Oklahoma City Auto Show arrives at State Fair Park, opens with Jeep obstacle course

Two dozen auto manufacturers have 2013 and 2014 models on display at Oklahoma City International Auto Show, which continues through Sunday.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: March 8, 2013

From hot rods to hybrids and minivans to Minis, the 2013 Oklahoma City International Auto Show has vehicles to please anyone's taste.

Many visitors on the opening day Thursday said they came just to see what's new. Two dozen automobile manufacturers were debuting 2013 and 2014 models at the show, which continues through Sunday.

Jaws were dropping in the Chevrolet exhibit, where a cherry red 2013 Camaro ZL1 coupe and a 2013 Corvette ZR1 were parked. The Corvette, white with a gray racing stripe down the center, has a sticker price of more than $125,000.

While some attendees may have been looking seriously with the intent of buying soon, most just like to browse.

“I'm a car bug so I like to come out and see what's new,” said Robert Shortley, of Oklahoma City, peering in the window of a 2014 Subaru Forester, an all-wheel-drive SUV that advertises 32 miles per gallon. Shortley joked that owning five vehicles (a golf cart, a Cadillac Eldorado, a Nissan Altima, a GMC pickup and a Lexus ES 350) prevents him from buying another.

Interactive features

The auto show is more interactive this year, with the Camp Jeep exhibit inside the Oklahoma Expo Hall. Showgoers are able to ride along with a professional driver on an obstacle course featuring an 18-foot mountain with a 35-degree incline, a split ramp and other rough terrain with logs and stumps.

Camp Jeep has been at just a handful of other auto shows, mostly in large markets, organizers said.

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by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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If you go

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets: Available at OnCue stations and at the show. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 7-12; children under 6 get in free. Seniors and military members receive discounted admission on Friday.

For more information and a schedule of events: www.okcautoshow.org.

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