Northwood University students kick off their 54th annual auto show

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MIDLAND (WJRT) - (10/06/17) - It's one of the last auto shows of the season, but first in college student participation.

Northwood University kicked off its 54th student-run International Auto Show today in Midland.

Stretched across the campus of Northwood University are a collection of more than 500 vehicles from around the state, country and world.

"We have something that's really tailored for everyone, whether it's Ford all the way up to Ferrari, to aquatics, to Michigan CAT," said Northwood University Vice Chairman Ali Nasrallah.

Since the early 1960s, when muscles cars like the GTO were still a year or two away from hitting the road, classic and custom vehicles have been on display, showing off the mechanical and creative muscle of their owners.

"We have over 500 vehicles and over 600 students participating in the show this year," General Chairman Charles Elledge said. "It's a really cool event to come out, get to see all the cars from every single aspect of the automotive industry, plus some special ones in the after-markets."

More than 65 manufacturers will showcase their vehicles for North America's largest outdoor new car show, which is 100 percent run by Northwood students, who gain valuable, real-world experiences.

The famous Oscar Meyer "Wiener-mobile" will also appear, as well as a number of interactive displays.

"People really, I think the captains really took a hold of technology, so they're using that to their benefit," Nasrallah said. "So, whether it's off of TV's simulations, different things you can do with the cars."

More than 60,000 car lovers are expected to visit this weekend.

The auto show runs through 5 p.m. Sunday on the campus of Northwood University in Midland. Both parking and admission is free.

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