Growing up in Midland, it was a big deal to go to the Annual Northwood International Auto Show every fall since it started in the early 60’s. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, it wasn’t unusual for people to buy a new car every three to four years and this was the best place to make some comparisons and to dream a little bit.
Fifty years have gone by since the first auto show and it is an even a bigger deal today, not just for Midlanders, but also for visitors from all over. The show has grown to be the largest outdoor new car show in North America and draws 50,000 people a year. With over sixty-five manufacturers and over five hundred new trucks, cars, RV’s and semi-trucks displayed throughout the campus grounds, the show is quite impressive!
The theme for this year’s show is “Cruising Through The Golden Anniversary”. Admission and parking is FREE! The show takes place September 27th through the 29th with a classic car show scheduled on Sunday. The beautiful fall trees provide a palette of colors as a backdrop for the vehicles.
The show is entirely organized and implemented by Northwood University students and requires six hundred participants. The Executive Board is made up of thirteen students with a general chairperson, section chairs and vice-chairs. In past years, the exhibits have ranged from Chevrolet and Ford to Rolls Royce and Maserati. This year will have a wide range of manufacturers as well.
For the auto enthusiast, it is like walking into a candy store. For the new vehicle shopper, it is a great way to see all models in one location; and for the dreamer, seeing a dream car up close and personal is the cherry on top of the cake!
Be sure to cruise on over to Northwood and help them celebrate their 50th anniversary!