The Tulsa Auto Show at the Expo Center

Thursday, March 15th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The Tulsa Auto Show takes place inside the Expo Center at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. The show starts Thursday March 15 and runs through Sunday March 18. The hours are 2-10pm Thursday, 2-10pm on Friday, 1am – 10pm Saturday, and 11am – 6pm Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, and children under 12 are free. Parking is free.

The Auto Show is a chance for car manufacturers to “show their stuff”. It’s also a chance for them to get feedback about concept cars and current designs from their potential customers. Cars like Chrysler’s PT Cruiser were put into production in large part due to feedback from the visitors at Auto Shows.

I went to high school in the late 70’s / early 80’s. As a typical teenage male, my mind operated in two modes: CAR mode and GIRL mode. I’m a family guy now, and I drive a decade old, used, wrecked, un-reliable, ugly, economy car. For me, cars have “taken a back seat” to the more important issues that being a father brings about. After visiting the Auto Show today, Heaven help me - I’m 16 again.

I’ve been to the Auto Show before, but I’ve never been so blown away by the design and variety of the machines. As you might guess, SUV’s are everywhere. Some put the emphasis on Sport, some put the emphasis on Utility, and some are just Vehicles. But the amazing thing is the VARIETY. If you can’t find something you want at the auto show, then maybe a four wheeled vehicle isn’t for you. That’s cool too, because Indian Motorcycles has an exhibit that will really get your motor running.

There’s a novel entitled “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. One of its main themes, was the thorough discussion of the delicate balance between Art and Science – the synergy of Creativity and Technique. Most of the 2001 and 2002 cars have achieved a balance that would make the author drool. Come to think of it, I might have drooled a bit too. But I bet I’m not alone. A word of warning, when you go to the Auto Show, watch out for slick spots.

Click here to see a photo gallery from the Auto Show