Philly Auto Show 2016 Philadelphia, PA
Car show season has begun in the Northeast, with many cities holding annual auto shows for companies to showcase their latest models that will be coming out in 2016. Philadelphia had their Auto Show from Jan 30th – Feb 7th which was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The show consisted of three different rooms with over 700,000 square feet of space and featuring the DUB Show Tour as well. We have never been to the show before so we made it a point to make sure that we attended this year!
We attended the show on a Monday so we didn’t have to deal with the massive amount of people who would have attended on Opening Weekend. Once we arrived in Philly shortly after noon, we hit up the Reading Terminal Station for some lunch before we went into the show. Again, this was a place we had never been to but had heard about many times from friends. If you have never been to it before, it’s a huge market with produce stands, meat and fish counters, and food stands everywhere you look. After finishing up at the market, we walked across the street to the Convention Center and started our Philly Auto Show experience.
Making our way up the escalator, it took us right in front of the main room which featured 32 brands in that room alone along with a vintage car show and even a Jeep obstacle course. Volkswagen was the first brand we saw when we walked in which was a great way to start it off. Volkswagen had all of their latest models there except for the new Golf R which I was a bit disappointed with but oh well. They also had a Tanner Foust GRC Beetle on hand for the show goers to check out.
Subaru had the STI BRZ concept on display which featured a matte blue color, carbon fiber accents, and a center exit exhaust system. Fiat had their 2017 124 spider on display which features a 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine. This car reminded me so much of the Mazda Miata. Over at the Dodge stand, they had a Viper simulator set up where you could get in a real Viper and feel the car respond to your actions as you race around a track.
We tried out the Jeep obstacle course which features 5 different obstacles as you make your way around the course with an instructor. In the main room, they also had a vintage car show which had old American muscle cars, old European cars, and even some modern Mustangs on hand. Both of the Pope’s Fiats that he used while he was in Philadelphia earlier this year were there as well. After we finished the main showroom, we headed for the second room which had Mercedes and Lexus makes. With dimmed lighting and classical music playing in the background, the room had that “rich person” feeling. There were two levels to this room and on the top level there were food stands and even a bar, which gave a nice view looking down onto the cars.
Moving down to the lower floor, the DUB Show Tour was set up with all different kinds of modified cars.
Tuner Evolution was set up as well with their booth featuring a very clean Corrado built by Legacy Innovations. The Fisker Karma seemed to be the most surprising car to see in the modified area, with 2 or 3 of them being featured. Kelly Motorcars brought many high end cars to the DUB Show including a Lamborghini Gallardo, two Audi R8’s, and also a blacked out Rolls Royce Phantom.
After 5 hours touring around the Philly Auto Show, we finally finished seeing everything on hand. We had a great time and I’m sure we will be back next year. Go to the GALLERY page for all of our pictures from the long weekend and give us a LIKE on Facebook! Thanks for reading!
Written by: Justin May
Photography: Justin May