Washington sells out space to OEMs for 2017 Auto Show then everyone goes to the ball game at Nationals Park

Washington sells out space to OEMs for 2017 Auto ShowÄ then everyone goes to the ball game at Nationals Park

The signature Space Draw for The Washington Auto Show is always a good mix of seriousness and good sport, and this yearês meeting at Nationals Park was no exception. The Space Draw marks the moment when a combination of luck (a coin toss to determine order) and planning helps OEM exhibitors determine their location on the show floor at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. WANADA CEO and Auto Show Producer John OêDonnell presided over Space Draw formalities for OEM exhibitors at the meeting on July 21st.

Everyone is hoping for better Washington weather than the Auto Show had this year with the Blizzard of 2016 knocking out 4 of the showês 10 days. But January will be a busy month all around, between the NADA Convention January 26 to 29 and the Presidential Inauguration January 20. Auto Show consumer days will number 10 again in 2017, January 27 to February 5. Because of the Inauguration, the Convention Center will have less space available for the Auto Show.

Porsche is returning to the show in 2017 after an absence of eight years. All the major automakers were vying for space, and all available space was sold at the meeting. OEM participants were then invited to stay for an afternoon baseball game at Nationals Park where the Nats sadly lost to the L.A. Dodgers, 6 to 3, yielding Nats star pitcher Stephen Strasburg his first loss of the season.

Joining Auto Show Chairman Geoff Pohanka are these members of WANADAês 2017 Auto Show Committee: George Doetsch, Apple Ford; Daniel Jobe, Capitol Cadillac; John Ourisman, Ourisman Companies; Kevin Reilly, Alexandria Hyundai; Charlie Stringfellow, Malloy Hyundai and Mark Zetlin, Mercedes-Benz of Arlington.

Media/Industry Days on Capitol Hill and onsite at the Convention Center are planned for Jan. 24-26 and will feature the Mobility Talks International Symposium

More information about the 2017 Auto Show is available at www.washingtonautoshow.com. Check back for updates.

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