It's almost time to cruise over to this year's Oklahoma City International Auto Show, which starts March 7 and runs through the weekend at State Fair Park.
Twenty-five vehicle manufacturers are set to debut 2013 and 2014 models of crossovers, SUVs, trucks, preproduction cars, specialty cars and hybrids at the show.
Attendees will have an opportunity to test drive vehicles in the Chrysler Ride & Drive event, including a Chrysler 300, Chrysler 200, Chrysler Town & Country, Jeep Compass, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Dart, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango, Ram 1500 and FIAT 500.
New this year is Camp Jeep, an indoor obstacle course where show attendees can ride along with a professional driver.
The Jeep's handling is tested on an 18-foot high, 35-degree mountain as well as over and around logs, stumps and other terrain.
Children 44 inches or taller can ride at Camp Jeep, but those under age 12 must ride in the back seat, Chrysler said. Camp Jeep will be inside the Oklahoma Expo Hall.
“It's pretty awesome,” said Peter Hodges, president of the Metropolitan Auto Dealers Association, which organizes the event.
“Not many other auto shows have had it.”
Other highlights include a toy car treasure hunt, with prizes ranging from T-shirts to tickets on Southwest Airlines, and a “Don't Text and Drive” seminar where teens can learn about the dangers of texting while driving and also win an iTunes gift card or an iPad mini.
An exhibit of CNG vehicles will offer a closer look at new vehicles powered by compressed natural gas as well as where drivers can fill up. The display will help take some of the “fear factor” out of purchasing a CNG vehicle, Hodges said.
CNG models on display include a Ram, Ford F-250, Chevrolet Silverado, Honda Civic and a motorcycle.
If you go
• When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 7-8; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 9; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 10.
• Where: State Fair Park.
• What's new: Camp Jeep, an indoor obstacle course; appearances by Dora the Explorer and Diego (noon to 5 p.m. March 9) and former University of Oklahoma Sooner football player Kenny Stills (1 to 3 p.m. March 9)
• Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 7-12 (children 6 and under are free.) Discount coupons are available at www.okcautoshow.