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Philadelphia Auto Show features something for everyone

The excitement is gearing up for car aficionados as well as families just looking for something different to do together. Whether cars and trucks are your passion or simply a way to get from Point A to Point B, the Philadelphia Auto Show, running January 31 through February 8, is – there’s no better word for it! – awesome!

Meanwhile, tonight the stars will be out for certain when the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation’s Black Tie Tailgate previews the 2015 Philly Auto Show and raises money for the Division of Neonatology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Last year’s event netted over $447,000 for Neonatology at CHOP, so hopes are high to bring in even more for such a worthy cause.

The Fred Beans Family will be there this evening, checking out the newest and greatest cars, trucks and SUVs as well as the most iconic of vehicles of the past 100+ years.

Fun for all
Motorheads already know what is so compelling about the East Coast’s biggest and best auto show, so let’s speak to those whose hearts don’t speed up at the mention of engines, horsepower, torque, displacement, acceleration and other technological variables of automotive design and performance.

You don’t need to care about any of that to appreciate the glitz and excitement that comes of having more than 700 vehicles of all makes, models, price ranges, styles, colors and even eras in one huge hall. Although no one is allowed to actually sit in the exotics and concept vehicles, they are available for you to walk around and study. And almost every manufacturer’s display welcomes show-goers to climb inside the vehicles, pop the hood and kick the tires.

And oh, do please bring your cameras and video recorders, because you are encouraged to make a record of your time at the show. There’s even an opportunity to share your shots online.

Have a history buff in the family? Wander on over to the museum section of the Convention Center where you’ll find exhibits that include historically significant racing sports cars from the Simeone Museum, muscle cars from the LRA Museum, seven magnificent antique convertibles assembled by the New Hope Auto Show and classic and antique vehicles from the earliest days of automobile transportation from the Antique Automobile Club of America.

Get in and drive
Yes, you can get behind the wheel, too, so you may want to schedule your visit to coincide with one of these programs, open to the public:

Camp Jeep offers the ultimate indoor off-road driving test! Choose from Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Wrangler Rubicon and Grand Cherokee and experience Jeep’s extreme off-road capabilities in a 30,000sf exhibit right there on the showroom floor.

Saturday, 1/31 & 2/7, 9am to 10pm
Sunday, 2/1, 9am to 6pm
Monday-Friday, 2/2-6, noon to 10pm
Sunday, 2/8, 9am to 8pm

Toyota Ride & Drive permits test drives of the new Camry, Corolla, Highlander AWD or RAV4 AWD on the streets of Philadelphia.

Saturdays & Sundays, 1/31, 2/1, 2/7 & 2/8, 10am to 6pm
Monday-Friday, 2/2-6, noon to 8pm

Kia Ride & Drive also opens up an opportunity for show-goers to take a spin to experience the new Kia K900, Optima, Soul, Sedona, Sorento or Sportage out on the streets of the city.

Thursday & Friday, 2/5 & 2/6, noon to 8pm
Saturday & Sunday, 2/7 & 2/8, 10am to 6pm

Die-hard aficionado? You’ll like this!
On Saturday, February 7, at 1:30pm, Philadelphia Inquirer “Driver’s Seat” columnist Scott Sturgis will be on hand to talk to the crowd and answer questions. Collect your thoughts and challenge Scott to defend his favorites or refute yours, explain the concepts at the show or those on the horizon – or just have a great chat with a writer whose experience spans the last decade and a half. Scott will be on the bridge between the Main Exhibit Hall and the Grand Hall at the Convention Center.

And if you want to check out whether your heart-throb set of wheels will be on display, go to the list of vehicles scheduled to make an appearance.

You can also plan your exciting day at the Philly Auto Show here.