"I think we'll have every last nameplate in there, " said Stephen Byer, vice president of Alan Byer Auto Sales and chairman of this year's show. "If you're in the market for a new car in the next year or two, where else are you going to see this many cars in one place?"
This will be the 106th annual auto show put on by the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association, making it one of the longest running auto shows in the country.
Domestic and foreign automakers will show off their latest models on both floors of the Onondaga County Convention Center and the Onondaga County War Memorial arena. (A tunnel connects the two buildings, so visitors can walk from one to the other without braving the elements outside.)
Tickets will be available at the door. They are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $3 for children 5 to 11, and free for children under 5. Parking at the Oncenter garage is included with the price of admission to the show.
The show will be held from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, and Friday, Feb. 14; from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15; and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16.
For those interested in getting an early look at all the new models and making a donation to charity at the same time, the dealers association will hold its 16th annual charity preview at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Tickets to the preview are $125 and must be purchased in advance. An RSVP form and purchase information can be found on the association's website. Proceeds from the preview will be donated to 14 local organizations. More than $2.3 million has been raised for charity in the 15 previous years it has been held.
Byer said new to the show this year will be a "lifestyles" display. It's a section where subcompact cars, motorcycles, small watercraft and all-terrain vehicles will be exhibited.
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the
computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with
technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00
cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."
In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release
stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be
driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):
1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a