On The Road
- Published on Tuesday, 31 December 1996 19:28
- Written by Town Crier Staff Report
More than 300 cars, light trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans will be on display at the 1997 San Jose International Auto Show Jan. 8-12 at the McEnery Convention Center.
The third annual event has grown more than 40 percent over last year's show and will feature 35 manufacturer's lines and new models such as the Cadillac Catera; Ford Expedition; Porsche Boxster; Infiniti's entry into the sport utility field, the QX4; and the Motortrend Magazine Car of the Year, Chevrolet's revamped Malibu.
Additionally, at least three factory concept cars of the 21st Century are scheduled to appear including Ford's Indigo and Synergy and the Mazda B-Xtreme pickup.
The initial show in 1995 drew over 102,000 attendees and last year's event saw 98,400 people pass through the turnstiles during the five-day event. Show producers anticipate crowds of more than 120,000 for the 1997 affair.
Show promoters have scheduled celebrity appearances, a $20,000 opening day shopping spree giveaway and a closing day activity that will reward one attendee with a $3,000 auto down payment and another winner with a $10,000 bill, the largest note issued by the U.S. Treasury.
The center of attention is expected to be the Prowler, Plymouth's exciting new two seater roadster available for sale in March 1997.
Celebrity appearances include General Chuck Yeager, ABC/KNTV "The Drew Carey Show's, Mimi Bobek, Cellular model Belinda Skulason and the San Francisco Giants' new first baseman J. T. Snow.
Tickets are $7 adult general admission and $3.50 for children, ages 6-12. General admission is $2 and discount coupons are available at all Nob Hill Foods locations.
Hours for the International Auto Show are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday noon - 10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.