Once again the “Public Policy Show” arrived in the Nation’s Capital and set the city afire for ten days and raised the attendance bar. The Washington Auto Show takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is produced by Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA) and showcases the leading car manufacturers, luxury lines and custom vehicles along with celebrity appearances.
Touted as the largest event to touch down in the Washington Metro area, this show gives spectators a chance to realize the new offerings from each auto manufacturer under one roof. This year it was exciting to witness Toyota’s line of concepts, especially the FV2. There were so many beautiful vehicles such as the 1953 Cadillac Le Mans, GM Futurliner No. 10, Nissan GTR, Aston Martins, McLaren 650s, the Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador, Ferrari 458 and California T as well the Rolls-Royce Phantom, Ghost and Wraith.
Scion, Kia, Mazda and Toyota all hosted “Ride and Drives” for showgoers while Jeep set up an off-road course with their Trail Rated rock crawlers. Kids were entertained in Playland by various characters roaming the show floor and the Ford Mustang Car Club displayed classic and custom rides alongside a military tank from the District of Columbia National Guard. The 2015 Green Technology Award was also presented to the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel along with its 2015 Green SUV of the year honor while the BMW i8 won the 2015 luxury, Green Car of the Year.
Anxious crowds rushed to see the 2015 Shelby Mustang GT350R as well as the set of 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06s. Celebrities such as WWE wrestler Randy Orton, Sadie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, Miss Teen DC Angel Murray, Washington Capitals Brooks Laich and a host of others dropped by to take pictures with fans and sign autographs. Hyundai curated a “Hands On” contest where contestants attempted to hold onto a 2015 Hyundai Sonata for five days, in which the last man standing won. Paul Vaughn from Chantilly Virginia selected the lucky key after he waited it out with seven other participants. Automotive Rhythms also held onsite contests for BOSE headphones that generated a cadre of smiles. Enjoy the gallery.