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Sacramento auto show features mix of old and new

Car show takes over Cal Expo

The Sacramento International Auto Show features the old and the cutting-edge in motoring Friday through Sunday at Cal Expo. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and trailers pack many buildings on the fairgrounds. The event is a fundraiser for charity.
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The Sacramento International Auto Show features the old and the cutting-edge in motoring Friday through Sunday at Cal Expo. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and trailers pack many buildings on the fairgrounds. The event is a fundraiser for charity.

Old favorites, pricey exotics and the latest in-car technology will be on display through Sunday at the Sacramento International Auto Show at Cal Expo.

The three-day show at 1600 Exposition Blvd. is sponsored by the Greater Sacramento New Car Dealers Association. The Sacramento Bee is a primary co-sponsor.

This year’s event will showcase the latest models from about 40 domestic and foreign manufacturers.

Show producer Stacey Castle, head of Castle Communications Inc. in Gold River, said the main focus of the 2016 show “will continue to be the awe-inspiring technological advances of new cars.”

Manufacturers across the board are touting myriad high-tech comfort, convenience and safety features built into new vehicles for the upcoming model year.

Producers of horsepower-laden exotics participating in this year’s show include Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. Ultra-luxury automakers Bentley and Rolls-Royce also will be showing cars.

Show attendees also will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel and test-drive vehicles on four closed courses on the Cal Expo grounds. Ride-and-drive vehicles are being provided by Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Jeep, Ram and Toyota.

An “All Electric Ride & Drive” from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District also will be on the grounds, with electric vehicle experts on hand to answer questions.

“While the new cars and the exotics represent the present and the future of the automobile, we’ll once again be paying tribute to cars through history,” Castle said.

Numerous Sacramento-area car clubs will be represented, showcasing classic models that include the Ford Mustang, Ford Thunderbird, Chevrolet Camaro, Studebaker and even some horseless carriages from the turn of the 20th century era.

Specialty exhibits include motorcycles, custom-built show cars, recreational vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, wildly decorated art cars and rat rods.

Show proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, and Ronald McDonald House.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

Sacramento International Auto Show

Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets: Daily general admission is $13 for adults ages 18 and up; $9 for seniors ages 65 and up, military veterans and students with identification; $7 for teens ages 13 to 17; and $5 for children ages 8 to 12. Children age 7 and younger accompanied by an adult will be admitted free. Sunday is Family Day, when children ages 16 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Parking: The first 100 to arrive each day can park for free; otherwise, Cal Expo parking is $10 per vehicle.

More information: sacautoshow.com

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