Ride n Drives, Camp Jeep draw long lines

Ride ênê Drives, Camp Jeep draw long lines

The rideênêdrives that give Auto Show goers the chance to experience firsthand the new vehicles in motion were big crowd pleasers. As in Auto Shows of yore, the rideênêdrives operated in and around the W.E. Washington Convention Center depending on whether you were driving or riding shotgun. Camp Jeep, for example, was indoors, where professional drivers would take passengers up and down the simulated off road slopes. Kia, Mazda and Toyota/Scion ran outdoor test drives on city streets.

One especially popular exhibit at the WAS that had a vehicle not available for driving was the GM Futurliner. Built in 1940 and driven around the country in the 1950s as a showcase for engineering and scientific accomplishments, the bus-like vehicle was taken out of storage and shown with much fanfare by the Historic Vehicle Association on Media Day, Jan. 22. The Futurliner drew large crowds throughout the WAS, plus a write up by Washington Post columnist John Kelly.

Camp Jeep was again a big hit. The angles were even higher than last year, and driving through them was truly a daredevil feat. The off-road test track was thronged with visitors throughout the show. When VIP tour guide Alvin Jones passed by with a tour, he said he lost a couple of his tour-goers to the Jeep track.

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