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.
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.
Maggie Kingcade and her husband, Jerry, didn't know about the obstacle course but tested it out once they saw it.
“It was enjoyable,” Maggie Kingcade said. “I got to see a product I probably wouldn't have otherwise.”
She said they had owned a late-'80s model Jeep, but the new models are very different.
Also new to the show is a compressed natural gas exhibit, sponsored by OnCue, which has 13 stations with CNG across Oklahoma. Maps educate drivers on CNG station locations, and several CNG-powered vehicles are on display, including a Honda Civic and Ford F-250. A NG chopper motorcycle will be on display Saturday
It's the first time an auto show in the U.S. has featured a natural gas vehicle exhibit, said Peter Hodges, president of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, which organizes the Oklahoma City show.
A toy car treasure hunt rewards 25 people each day of the show. Find the grand prize car (a storm tracker replica) and win $500 cash or an iPad; four gold cars are worth a $50 American Express card each, and 20 additional people win auto show T-shirts.
Back again is Ride and Drive, where attendees can take a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram or Fiat vehicle for a spin. The exhibit is set up outside the Travel & Transportation Building.
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