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Houston Auto Show 2018 Celebrates 35 Years

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

KIA Stinger on display

KIA Stinger on display

Houston Auto Show 2018

The Houston Auto Show 2018 was terrific! They began exhibiting vehicles to Houstonians back in 1983 at the Astro Hall, which is now called the NRG Center. It has grown over the years and offers people a chance to see vehicles of all different types and prices. One can also test drive cars at that location. The one pictured above is a KIA Stinger, which was on a turntable inside of the NRG Center.

My husband and I decided to attend the Houston Auto Show to see some new model cars and have some fun at this annual event. Instead of going from one dealership to another, this was an opportunity to see more than 700 vehicles in one place and do some comparison shopping.

NRG Center

There were numerous vintage autos on display in the lobby as well as inside the 700,000+ square foot showroom of the NRG Center. My husband likes looking at older vintages as well as new ones. We have attended some car shows like the annual one at Towne Lake in Cypress to look at well preserved older vehicles.

January 24th to the 28th were the dates for the 2018 auto show. We knew enough to wear comfortable shoes because there would be lots of walking entailed in viewing this massive show. After we exited the car show, we walked around the Astrodome, where we spotted, and I got to photograph some beautiful western sculptures. So we accumulated many miles of walking that day!

Many Automakers Participate

Forty of the world's automakers participated in this show. Some of them included the following manufacturers: Volvo, Acura, Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo, Subaru, Aston Martin, Toyota, Audi, Ram, BMW, Porsche, Buick, Nissan, Chevrolet, MINI, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz, Dodge, McLaren, Fiat, Maserati, Ford, Mazda, Genesis, Lotus, GMC, Lincoln, Honda, Lexus, Hyundai, Lamborghini, Infiniti, Land Rover, Jaguar, JEEP and Kia.

There was plenty of eye candy at this car show! The 2003 Aston Martin is collector owned with only 1,356 miles on it. It was #50 of 99 built for the U.S. market according to a sign posted by this beauty. For those who like cars, much like James Bond was known to drive, new ones were on display and could be purchased like the one pictured below for $203,950.00.

Houston Auto Show Camp Jeep

Camp Jeep was a fun exhibition to watch. The video below shows what it was like to take a ride through this obstacle course while inside one of their Jeep vehicles.

Camp Jeep was also one of many places in which one could sign up to win a car. My husband and I signed up to possibly win one of 3 different vehicles while attending this year's Houston Auto show. People could also sign up to hopefully gain some Astros tickets. Did we win? No, but it was fun to dream of winning!

Astros Participate in Auto Show

January 26th, 2018 at the Honda exhibit, George Springer, who is a Houston Astros outfielder and the 2017 World Series Most Valuable Player, was there from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to sign autographs. Many of our Astros are continuing to do that in various places around town. Houston Astros fans continue to form long lines in anticipation of getting those autographs and getting to meet our ballplayers in person.

Star Wars

People were lining up to take photos next to this Star Wars figure. This Nissan Titan AT-M6 was outfitted to appear as the truck with a powerful cannon as it appeared in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

At times the truck would seem to shudder, and groaning type sounds would emanate from it. You can see some of that in the video below.

Comparing the Autos

It was fun to get to check prices and to sit in many of these vehicles, checking them out for comfort. Numerous people were taking advantage of doing some test driving on site. Dealers were even offering incentives for people to do that.

Spending Time There

There were plenty of chairs and tables where people could relax and even eat and drink. Numerous food vendors were on site.

The show was open for 9 1/2 hours on Wednesday through Friday and even several hours longer on the weekend. With everything going on both inside and outside, visitors could easily spend quite a bit of time there if desired.

Annual Event

Attending the 2018 Houston Auto Show was an eye-opening event and so much fun. If you did not get there to see it for yourself, hopefully, my photos and the videos gave you some idea of what it was like to attend this event. You can always plan to participate next year!

The address of NRG Center is 1 NRG Pkwy., Houston, Texas 77054.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Many people appear to enjoy these types of shows, whether they are interested in purchasing a new vehicle or not.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 08, 2020:

I like looking at vintage models and concept cars. This may be a good place to spend a few hours when they decide to schedule it again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2020:

Hi Robert,

They also hold boat shows at least once annually in the NRG Center. We have not gone to one of those since we have no interest in owning a boat.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2020:

Hi Liz,

It did take quite some time to wander through the place. Those that took cars out for test drives would have spent even more time there. It is good that they had some food, tables at which to sit, and restrooms.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

I agree that it is a convenience to see all types of cars grouped instead of going from one dealership to another when looking for a vehicle. They do similar things here for boat shows.

Robert Sacchi on April 22, 2020:

Probably, it's one of those things I never got around to doing. I went to a boat show once, many years ago.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 22, 2020:

This looks like a great event. It's unusual to be able to compare so many cars in one place. It must have taken some time to take it all in.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 22, 2020:

It would be nice to compare the cars together instead of going from one dealership to the other. I drive a Honda CRV and I love it. I think the auto dealers around here are too competitive to share space.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 22, 2020:

Hi Robert,

With your love of aircraft, I would think that you would also enjoy auto shows since both are mechanical wonders of engineering.

Robert Sacchi on April 21, 2020:

An auto show seems a fun place to visit. Oddly, I never got around to attending one. Thanks for posting.

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