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TULSA (March 28, 2017) – Have you ever wondered what it would be to live around the time the automobile first gained popularity in the United States? The 100th Anniversary Tulsa International Auto Show will provide an opportunity to do just that with the re-creation of the event from the first show in 1917.
With the Tulsa International Auto Show celebrating its 100th anniversary April 7-9 at the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square, those attending the event will be treated to a re-creation of the event from 1917.
“Visitors to the 100th Anniversary Tulsa Auto Show are going to be in for a unique treat when they are able to see automobiles from over a century ago,” Joe Smith, certified appraiser for the Auto Appraisal Group, said. “In addition to the new cars that will be found throughout the show, some area collectible and antique car clubs will have displays. Whether or not you have a collectible and want to check out what some local car clubs are displaying, this would be a great opportunity to come out and check out some rare antique vehicles.”
A dozen antique automobiles dating back to 1914 will be on display as part of the re-creation exhibit. This feature will focus on showing visitors a glimpse of what the original Tulsa Auto Show looked like in 1917.
In addition to the vintage cars, those attending the show will be treated to advertisements and stories from the 1917 Auto Show “Automobile Section” as well as a re-creation of a 1917 dealership building façade.


“People always seem to be fascinated when they see some of the vintage cars from a century ago,” Tom Bloomfield, general manager with Don Thornton Automotive Group, said. “We are excited to be able to present a variety of automobiles from different eras at the 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Auto Show, and the re-creation should take many of the visitors back to some pleasant memories.”
The Tulsa Auto Show is one of the largest consumer shows in Oklahoma and will feature a variety of entertaining activities for adults and kids of all ages. In addition to the re-creation of the event from a century ago, the 100th anniversary event will include the opportunity to test drive cars and trucks from Toyota and Chevrolet; the Hall of Fame NASCAR exhibit; classic cars; an 18-hole mini golf course; a “Caffeine and Gasoline” event; a charitable Gala benefiting the Pencil Box which provides school supplies to kids in need; and many new vehicles that are not yet in dealership showrooms.
“Those who come out to this year’s Tulsa Auto Show won’t have to wonder what it was like a century ago,” Bill Knight, president of Knight Automotive Group, said. “We are going to have several automobiles available for them to see along with other entertaining features that we anticipate will make this an exciting event for everyone.”
Those interested in purchasing tickets are encouraged to go to www.thetulsaautoshow.com for additional information. Buy one get one free coupons are also available at QuikTrip.
Among the 27 automaker brands participating in the show are Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
The Tulsa Auto Show is sponsored by the Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association and The Tulsa World.
The Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association is a non-profit organization that exists to serve and promote the franchised new motor vehicle dealers of metro Tulsa and is the owner of the Tulsa Auto Show.

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