By Hayley Babbitt
Gearheads mark your calendars- the Michigan International Auto Show is back in Grand Rapids, which opened Jan. 30 and runs through Feb. 2.
Showcasing an impressive variation of vehicles, you can expect to see your dream car at Devos Performance Hall this weekend. Whether you take an interest in classic, practical, or exotic cars, the four-day show promises several exhibits and booths that will keep anyone engaged.
Admission is $12 for adult tickets, and $5 for children aged 6 to 14. The show’s hours are from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Food and drinks can also be purchased in the main showroom.
The “Million Dollar Motorway”
With a whopping $4.5 millions worth of cars in the single room, the “Million Dollar Motorway” exhibit showcases vehicles ranging from the makes of Aston Martin to McLaren. With a Lamborghini parked right outside, auto show-goers are lured inside for a look at these hard-to-miss cars.
2020 Model Exhibit
The largest event space is displaying 2020 models of trucks, SUVs, and everything in between. This year’s show focuses on current car models, which can explain why most of the event space is dominated by this exhibit. With the majority of the right wing of the floor displaying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, manufacturers like Honda and Chevrolet dominate the left hand side. Most vehicles displayed in the new car exhibit have informational guides on pricing and vehicle statistics, along with the helpful floor specialists to answer any specific questions you may have.
Gilmore Car Museum
For classic vehicle enthusiasts, perhaps the most exciting exhibitor at the show is the Gilmore Car Museum. With a great selection of cars on display right from the museum, their main focus is to announce and promote their 2020 summer opening of their newest expansion- the muscle car museum. To find out more about their newest addition, The Collegiate met with Gilmore’s marketing director of 19 years, Jay Follis, at the show on Thursday night.
“At the Gilmore Car Museum we have 90 acres, and we have several historic buildings, and many are old barns. We are doing a 1960s-70s car dealership that will be full of muscle cars,” Follis told The Collegiate.
“It will be the biggest expansion that the museum has ever done,” Follis said. “We are trying to raise seven and a half million dollars.”
For anyone interested in getting involved with the museum’s newest installment of the muscle car exhibit, the museum website, linked here, has information on the plans of the building as well as ways to get involved financially with the project.
Additional Exhibits and Vendors
It is difficult to note every exhibit that the Michigan International Auto Show has to offer. Below is a list of all of the exhibits and vendors not mentioned previously in the article
- Label Motorsports Special Features
- Cars and Coffee Grand Rapids
- Great American Muscle Cars
- Auto Image Special Features
- Gas Pedal Customs Special Features
- Dino’s Rod and Custom Special Feature Vehicle
- Toyota Drive Center
- Gentex Corporation
- 104.5 SNX Radio
- Gizmo The Robot