VIP tours, Ask the Expert offered at Washington Auto Show

VIP tours, –Ask the Expert” offered at Washington Auto Show

The Washington Auto Show will again offer an array of automotive experts to answer consumer showgoersê questions and offer in-depth tours during this yearês show.

Show guests can get an insiderês perspective before they ever hit the show floor. Syndicated auto writer and Washington Post automotive columnist Warren Brown again will host the –Ask the Expert” booth at the main entrance to the show, where he will be available to discuss the trends and technologies shaping the industry and separate the hype from the truly revolutionary. Brown will host the booth during both weekends of the show from 11 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Additionally, there will be four seasoned auto journalists who will offer an up-close and in-depth look at the products on the show floor through their two-hour VIP tours.

John H. Davis is the Emmy Award winning producer, host and creator of MotorWeek, televisionês original and longest running automotive series. Davis can be seen and heard throughout the country on PBS stations and the Velocity cable networks. As host of MotorWeek, Davis puts all the new car models through extensive road tests and judges their practicality for buyers. Davis and MotorWeek have worked in recent years with the U.S. Department of Energy to promote public awareness of alternative fuels.

A professional auto journalist who test drives and reviews approximately 100 new vehicles from all manufacturers yearly, Les Jackson is intimately familiar with the operation and engineering specificatons of every one of the vehicles available in the U.S. His new-vehicle reviews and technical how-to articles have appeared in prominent publications for more than 25 years. Jackson is co-host and technical expert on Cruise Control, a nationally syndicated radio talk show devoted to all aspects of the automotive world. He has also restored 16 classic automobiles and has authored hundreds of how-to articles on car restoration.

As host of Planet Vehicle and the Womenês Business Report on Washington, DCês News Channel 8, Alvin Jones is a multimedia commentator who knows how to reach his audience. Jones is also well known in the DC area for his jazz background as host of the hit shows Slow Jam on WKYS-FM and The Quiet Storm on WHUR-FM. A former media personality with BET, Jones created the persona –The Unseen VJ” and hosted and produced several music video programs for the network.

William West Hopper is sought after for his in-depth automotive knowledge as well as his knowledge of local history, interior design, art and antiques. He currently owns and manages WWH Communications, providing freelance automotive and lifestyle marketing and event management services. Called a –consummate consumer with a nose for a bargain” by the Washington Post, Hopper produces the Queer4Cars blog, which focuses on automotive reviews, with a special interest in road trip destination travel.

VIP tours will cost $40 per person and are scheduled as follows:

« Jackson: Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 29, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 5, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

« Jones: Saturday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 5, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6:00 p.m.

« Davis: Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

« Hopper: Saturday, Jan. 28, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 29, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Additional weekday tours are pending. Interested parties can register online at

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