(09/26/13) - The Northwood University International Auto Show is celebrating a major milestone - 50 years and still going strong.
"It's obviously a very important thing, next to our one-hundredth, which will happen in another 50 years, and we'll probably have flying cars by then. For everyone, it's a very special," said Adam Lafurgey, Auto Show chairperson.
The auto show runs Friday-Sunday, outside on Northwood's campus in Midland. More than 65 manufacturers will have their cars on display and for the big anniversary, the committee is bringing in some heavy hitters.
"One notable is a Jaguar F type S, and it's really something else. It's like a $95,000 car. We also have Bentley and Rolls-Royce on one team this year, so that's something else to see," said Justin Edgar, Auto Show vice chairperson.
This is the largest student-run auto show in the nation, and quite possibly the world. More than 600 students have come together to help make it happen.
"It's almost a third of the student body that will be participating in the show, so it's really something else that we get so many people involved in the show, working the show, and then of course, we're expecting close to 60,000 people to show up this weekend," Edgar said.
The show takes Northwood students around 11 months to plan.
"The more practical experience you can get in today's job market, the better. It brings what we learn in the classroom and brings it into action for all of the students here at Northwood," Lafurgey said.
Organizers want to make it clear - even though college kids are in charge, this isn't some college car show.
"We work a lot with dealers, we work a lot with manufacturers to coordinate this. It truly is a professional auto show, it's just run by students," Lafurgey said.
The Northwood University International Auto Show opens on Friday at noon.
For a schedule of events, click HERE.
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