The Seattle International Auto Show kicks off Thursday with more than 500 cars on display. The four-day event is a “can’t miss” for auto enthusiasts and anyone in the market to buy a car.
“The show is both an important function and a convenient way to make a final decision about cars you might be shopping for,” says Charlie Vogelheim, the auto industry veteran who serves as the show’s industry expert. “Seattle’s show adds fun aspects to make it interesting and fun for kids.”
The SIAS offers something exciting for everyone in the family. A technical demonstration to help you assess your next car purchase and bedazzled pedal cars are just a few of the 2017 SIAS highlights.
More than 50 vehicles will be available for test drives starting in the parking garage adjacent to CenturyLink Field Event Center. The entrance is on the east end of the Concourse level.
Fun for kids
The Art Cars 4 Kids Cause art show will feature a collection of 14 pedal cars that have been painted by Seattle artists. The cars have been auctioned to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital and other charities.
From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, artist Ryan Henry Ward will paint a pedal car titled Under the Water. It will be his second pedal car in the display, the first being the Griffey Cruiser.
Other fun features for the little ones include small electric cars that they can “test drive” in the Kids Ride and Drive Zone. Head over to the east hall, where children ages 3–9 can drive battery-operated cars around a test track. The hours are 4–8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday.
The show is a chance to test out high-tech features, which were once reserved for only the most expensive cars, but have made their way into the mainstream.
“It’s important for everyone to get a feel for the dashboard and layout of the capabilities of the cars,” says Vogelheim.
The show is an ideal setting to have a one-on-one conversation with an expert without sales pressure. Visitors can also speak with representatives from a variety of manufacturers.
See Army’s Stryker
In honor of Veterans Day, Joint Base Lewis-McChord will provide two Stryker vehicles for visitors to view Friday only. The eight-wheel, armored fighting vehicles are manufactured for the U.S. Army by General Dynamics Land Systems. The vehicle is named in honor of two American servicemen, Private First Class Stuart Stryker and Specialist Four Robert Stryker, who lost their lives in World War II and the Vietnam War, respectively.
Stop by the west show entrance from noon–9 p.m. Friday for this special display.
Hot rod display
A variety of hot rods will be on display on the Concourse. Cars will include a 1956 Chevrolet, 1934 Ford Five Window Coupe, 1969 Pontiac GTO and more.
To get up-close to high-end cars, Luxury Row on the Concourse level showcases vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Jaguar and more.