If you’re looking to buy or lease a new vehicle, and do so without pressure from salesmen hovering over you to sell you one, the Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers’ 23rd Annual Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show is the place to check them out – hassle free.
Aside from the traditional offerings from most of the carmakers (absent will be BMW, Lexus and Mini), this year’s collection will feature some high-end models and an electric. The list includes the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport AWD, Audi E-Tron Quattro (electric), Porsche 911 Convertible, Mercedes S560, Cadillac Red Horizon Sport XT-6, Jaguar F-Type, Range Rover Sport, Maserati Gran Turismo, Infiniti QX, the 400-hp Volvo XC 60 T8 R-Design hybrid, plus an array of SUVs, crossovers, vans and cycles.
On display too will be Mario Andretti’s 1994 Lola T9400 Indy Car that he drove on his “Arrivederci Tour” with the Newman/Haas Racing Team, and a retirement gift to Mario from the late actor Paul Newman.
On Saturday of the show, the Allentown Corvette Club will be at the show as will the Thunderbird Club and renowned international automobile photographer, Ed Solomon, who will display his work.
While at the show featuring over 30 vendors, you’ll be able to try out a Distracted Driving Simulator to see how alcohol or drugs can affect your driving ability.
The “Marketplace” will feature a long list of exhibitors, including Cabela’s and a host of local companies.
Good Shepherds’ Pediatrics department will display an innovative Trexo-Plus robotic walker that helps children with disabilities be able to walk again. “It’s ideal for children ages 3-6 with lower-extremity weaknesses who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, pediatric stroke, spinal cord injuries, gait disorders and other conditions. Trexo features robotic legs and computer controls to help children walk in a safe, correct and consistent manner. No other rehab provider in Pennsylvania offers this technology,” says Amanda Kleckner, Director of Pediatrics at Good Shepherd’s Rehab Network.
This years four-day event, held annually at Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus, will kick off Thursday, March 19 through Sunday, March 22. Show times are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens (55 and over) and children (6-14) and $25 for a family four-pack. Children five and under are free as is parking. Tickets may be purchased online at glvada.org or at the door.
If you’d like to preview the show before it opens, this year’s “Preview Gala” will be held Wednesday, March 18 from 6-10 p.m. It will feature food, cocktails and music. It’s open to the public with free valet parking. Tickets are $100 per person or $160 per couple. Tickets for this event can also be purchased online at glvada.org. Proceeds benefit Good Shepherd Participating nonprofits may sell discounted tickets as a fundraiser for their organizations.
Friday, March 20, is military and first responder appreciation day when admission is free with valid ID. Accompanying family members, up to four people, may attend at half price.
Volunteers are being recruited to staff this year’s show who are being asked to work four-hour shifts. You’ll receive a free t-shirt for your service. To volunteer, contact Tom Kwiatek, executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-758-9691.
For more information on the show and directions, visit the above website.