Auto Show to feature hands-on contest, smart highway, motor art

Auto Show to feature hands-on contest, smart highway, motor art

The Washington Auto Show just doesnêt stand still! As if it werenêt enough to showcase 700-plus state-of-the-art vehicles, The 2016 Washington Auto Show will also feature a live car art display, the legendary Hands-On Contest, the Intelligent Transportation Superhighway and a beer garden with micro brewês from across the world. Among the highlights:

« The Washington Auto Showês first –Art of Motion” exhibit, an avant garde art experience produced by Automotive Rhythms, promises to be a trendsetting, urban lifestyle and automotive experience. The cutting edge live car art display will feature a 6,000-square-foot exhibit of stunning experiential automotive art. Nationally celebrated artist Demont Pinder — a.k.a. Peekaso — will be painting at the art display, and at least 10 OEMs will exhibit specially commissioned art cars and bikes. On Saturday, Jan. 23, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., GMês young designers will style a new Chevrolet sports car for showgoers to experience. Toyota will host an interactive art installation Sunday, Jan. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the new RAV4 by Blind Whino SW Arts Club, which will also design the exhibit space.

« The ever popular Hands-on Contest is back! The hottest reality show in town takes place on the Auto Show floor as contestants vie for a brand new Hyundai. Showgoers will have to maintain body contact with the car over the course of the Auto Show, with only several 15-minutes nature breaks per day, for the chance to drive home in a new car.

« The Intelligent Transportation Superhighway, sponsored by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, will feature a new exhibit of the latest technologies in automated and connected driving.

« A beer garden will deliver the magic of an outdoor happy hour to The Washington Auto Show each day. The pavilion will feature music and specialty craft beers, including Sam Adams seasonal brews, Blue Moon and Reddês Apple Ale. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program will furnish a booth to remind showgoers to drink responsibly and not drink and drive!

« Live music, courtesy of iHeartRadio, will heighten the Auto Show excitement threshold on Wed. Jan. 27, Young Professionals Night. Washingtonês rising stars will enjoy discount admission to the vehicle showcase, accentuated with great music.

« Military Day. On Auto Show Tuesday, Jan. 26, active duty and retired military get free admission with proper identification. Among the dayês special features, the American Red Cross will bring service dogs, trained to assist troops with PTSD, and provide showgoers the chance to wrap care packages to be sent to combat troops. The U.S. Armyês DownRange Band will be back again this year to rock the night away.

« Camp Jeep returns to offer rides along an indoor obstacle course with steep climbs and thrills. And the Family Fun Zone brings beloved childrenês characters and mascots to meet, greet and take photos with their fans. Among them, Simpsons characters are visiting Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23 to 24, and Captain Planet will appear Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30 to 31.

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