– By Veeno Dewan
From cutting edge concepts and technology to the latest vehicles, the annual Vancouver International Auto Show is THE place to see what’s new in the auto industry. The Countdown Begins for 100th Anniversary of Vancouver International Auto Show as four months from now the doors of the Vancouver Convention Centre West (VCC) will open and history will be made as western Canada’s best attended trade and consumer event, the Vancouver International Auto Show, will mark its 100th anniversary.
The Vancouver Auto Show has always been a showcase for new technology, and the celebratory event (March 25-29, 2020) will reflect British Columbia’s rich automobile history, while also showcasing what’s next for the industry.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming auto enthusiasts from across British Columbia and the Northwest to the 2020 event,” says Blair Qualey, President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC (NCDA), which also presents the annual Show. “Planning for the 100th event started more than a year ago, and we’re excited to showcase many special vehicles, activations and displays that will be part of the 2020 event. Today marks the official countdown to the start of the celebration.”
Highlights of the 2020 show will include a special procession that will wind its way through the streets of Vancouver, ending at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, to officially open the show.
“We are honoured to announce one of the most impactful contributors to the sector in Canada, Mr. Jimmy Pattison, will be our Honorary 100th Anniversary event Chair and the Grand Marshall of the procession,” added Jeff Hall, Chairman of the NCDA Board of Directors. “The 100th Anniversary procession will include vehicles that represent each decade of the Vancouver Auto Show.”
“I’m very proud of our own involvement in the automotive industry. It’s where our company began back in 1961,” said Mr. Jim Pattison. “Today, the automotive industry remains the heart of our organization.”
Other highlights will include a special invitational Concours style showcase that will include more than fifty special vehicles, some never previously displayed, as well as a Look to the Future display, showcasing emerging and advanced technology options for consumers.
The Vancouver International Auto Show is owned and operated by the New Car Dealers Association of BC (www.newcardealers.ca). It is British Columbia’s new model showcase for the Canadian automotive industry and represents nearly 40 distinct brands from the world’s leading manufacturers.
Auto enthusiasts can expect events and displays to mark 100 years of our history of the automobile – along with some very special surprises. It is the 100th and it’s a celebration Concours Style
To celebrate the anniversary in style the auto show is taking a look back at all things auto over the last 100 years. During the lead up we will be giving you a sneak peek of what you might see at the show!
First up, a beautiful 1963 Studebaker Avanti! A rare vehicle to say the least, this beauty has been modified with an “Art Morrison” Max G chassis and a Pro Tour feel but still retains the elegance and class of the original! You will find it in the ballrooms next to a few 60’s classics but we won’t say more. Don’t want to ruin the surprise!
Thursday, March 26th, is also RBC Day, which means RBC clients receive 2-for-1 tickets. To take advantage of this special ticket offer purchases must be made ON SITE ONLY and clients will be asked to present their RBC debit or credit card. For more detailed information about the Vancouver Auto Show, March 25-29, 2020, and it’s many features, visit: www.VancouverInternationalAutoShow.com