The 104th anniversary of the Tulsa Auto Show will have a Route 66 feel to it with dozens of autos from a variety of eras on display and a drive-in movie screen showcasing the Disney Pixar hit movie “Cars” starting next Friday.
This year’s auto show will have 48 vehicles on display with autos from multiple decades. A drive-in movie screen will feature the movie “Cars” at various times during the auto show. The Tulsa Auto Show, which is donating parts of its proceeds to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, will be held April 16-18 at River Spirit Expo at Expo Square.
“As excited as we are about all the new autos that will be on display here this year, we know people are always excited to see vehicles that are memories from their past,” Tom Bloomfield, managing partner with Don Thornton Automotive Group, said. “Whether it is being able to see ‘Cars’ or on the drive-in movie screen or being able to see autos from a variety of decades, we are sure there will be plenty for visitors to the Tulsa Auto Show to enjoy.”
The display will include autos provided by the Tulsa Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America. The AACA began in 1935 as a club of people who came together to share their love affair with early automobiles, and has branched out to include regional clubs throughout the nation.
“We hope the public comes out and sees these cars on display because we really love showing them,” Joe Smith, one of the exhibit organizers, said. “The Tulsa Auto Show is a great event to show them off, and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone there.”
The classic autos will be mixed in with several new autos that will include the debut of the 2021 Ford Bronco two-door and four-door and the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. A special exhibit – Electric Avenue – will be dedicated to electric vehicles, and the Futurliner #10 will also return to be on display at the auto show.
“One of the best parts of the Tulsa Auto Show is that it offers something for everyone,” Bill Knight, president of Knight Automotive Group, said. “If you want to look at new vehicles, we have dozens of the latest models from twenty brands. If you also want to see autos from your past, we will have plenty of those as well. All under one roof.”
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. In addition to the re-creation of the Route 66 Drive-In, the Futurliner #10, and the dozens of new cars and trucks from 20 automobile brands, the Tulsa Auto Show will feature pet adoptions through Subaru Loves Pets partnering with Oklahoma Alliance for Animals, the 18-Hole Mini-Golf Course Experience with proceeds benefitting Oklahoma Veteran Connections; the military vehicle exhibit; and a “Coffee and Cars” outdoor event on Saturday.
The Tulsa Auto Show will be operating under governmental and Expo Square policies and standards for social distancing and mandatory mask-wearing. Among the precautions being taken are to have autonomous temperature checks at the entrances, hand sanitizing stations set up throughout the building, designated eating areas, and ongoing sanitizing and disinfecting of vehicles for the duration of the event. Additional COVID-19 safety information can be found at https://thetulsaautoshow.com/covid-19-guidelines/.
Those interested in purchasing buy one get one free e-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 20 automaker brands participating in the show are Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, RAM, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.
The Tulsa Auto Show is sponsored by the Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association and print partner 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.