Visitors to the Washington Auto Show can buy tickets for VIP tours by automotive experts on both weekends of the show and at various points during the week. Automotive journalists John Davis, Les Jackson, Fadra Nally and William West Hopper will provide a peek under the hoods of the latest vehicles on display and an in-depth look at the products on the show floor through their individual two-hour VIP tours.
As Emmy Award-winning producer, host and creator of MotorWeek, television’s original and longest running automotive series, John Davis can be seen and heard throughout the U.S. on PBS broadcast and Velocity cable networkers. Through media appearances, Davis’s automotive industry expertise is tapped by commercial radio and TV programs nationwide (e.g. , Weekend Today on NBC and Live with Kelly and Ryan on ABC). A sought-after speaker, Davis frequently addresses automotive executives, consumer groups, auto enthusiasts and students interested in the field. Davis has owned a variety of high performance cars, including several vintage Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Corvettes and a deTomaso Pantera.
A professional automotive journalist who test drives and reviews around 100 new vehicles a year from all manufacturers, Les Jackson is intimately familiar with the operation and engineering specifications of every one of the vehicles available in the U.S. His new-vehicle reviews and technical and 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 program devoted to all aspects of the automotive world. He has also restored 16 classic automobiles. Jackson is past president of the Washington Automotive Press Association and a member of the International Motor Press Association.
Fadra Nally is a lifestyle blogger, travel writer and entertainment podcaster. She has covered the car scene on her blog, All Things Fadra, for more than six years and has previously written for the women’s automotive site, She Buys Cars. A self-proclaimed “chick who digs cars,” Nally has long been a fan of aesthetics over mechanics, which she covers in her popular YouTube segment, Fadra Drives. She has worked with Kia, Toyota, Volvo, Chevy, GMC, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, Buick, Lexus, Hyundai, VW, Fiat and Chrysler.
William West Hopper is sought after for his automotive knowledge as well as his knowledge of history, interior design, and antiques. A lifelong automotive enthusiast, Hopper is currently president of the Washington Automotive Press Association and has served as a director for the Mercedes-Benz Club of North America, overseeing club publications, and social media. He currently owns and manages WWH Communications, providing freelance and lifestyle marketing as well as event management services. Called a “consummate consumer with a nose for a bargain” by the Washington Post, Hopper produces Automotive Business Report and Queer4Travel blogs.Download Bulletin PDF