Auto Show 2015 – accelerate your success!
May 14, 2015

A bright red shiny sportscar stands out beside a dull grey car.Batman, his Batmobile and even Batman’s friends will take centre stage at the at the 2015 Georgian College Auto Show Friday, June 5 to Sunday Jun 7 at the Barrie Campus of Georgian College.

In a special appearance for 2015, the caped crusader will be entertaining show guests of all ages in the main tent each day of the show.

For 30 years this outdoor, student-run show has allowed consumers their first peek at many new models in a sales-free environment. It’s an opportunity to learn all about the hottest vehicles on the market from trained, knowledgeable student teams.

And there’s much more to the show than simply checking out the outdoor showrooms. Anyone who craves excitement will want to take a thrilling ride around the Pfaff Autocross Track with a professional race car driver behind the wheel. All it takes is a donation to Camp Bucko, a camp for children with burn injuries. Show visitors can get the ride of their lives all day Saturday or Sunday.

Those whose tastes run to classic and customized cars will want to visit the show and shine display taking place Saturday and Sunday. Anyone who loves the exotic will be drawn to Grand Touring Automobiles, which is showcasing luxury vehicles at their finest all weekend. For speed, visitors can drop by the Formula 1200 racing exhibits located in the performance area.

Plug’n Drive hosts an Electric Vehicle Experience (EVE) to educate all visitors on the benefits of going green. Visitors will have the opportunity to test drive electric and hybrid vehicles provided by various manufacturers. The EVE Road Show has travelled to more than 130 events across Ontario, engaging in more than 36,000 conversations and giving more than 1,100 test drives. There’s also a distracted driver simulator where visitors can learn about the hazards involved in texting and driving.

Friday brings two special features. Free admission is offered to all EMS and CFB Borden personnel with proper identification. Also that day, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario will provide an accessible vehicle display.

Hungry? Check out the culinary village where Georgian College students will have prepared tasty fare using locally sourced products from Simcoe County.

A live auction takes place on Saturday, June 6 at 1 p.m. Many items have been donated from the supporting manufacturers and surrounding local businesses. All proceeds support scholarships for students in the Automotive Business School of Canada.

Co-ordinating the show with an audience of over 15,000 people and managing vehicles worth millions of dollars is a big responsibility. Fortunately, the student leaders of this year’s show are a talented group. The Georgian College Auto Show is the largest outdoor auto show and student lab in North America.

It’s difficult not to be impressed as the Barrie Campus is transformed into a city of tents. This show is sure to “wow” everyone who attends.

The gates are open Friday, June 5 from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daily admission is $7 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted free. A special weekend admission rate of $15 per person is also available, and parking is included in all prices. For more information and a $2 off coupon, visit georgiancollegeautoshow.ca.