Got plans for November? Why not head down south to the country’s second largest state (in both land mass behind Alaska, and population behind California) and check out some authentic Tex-Mex eats as you peruse the impressive International Auto & Truck Show? Did we mention it’s big???
From November 8 11, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will sport over 350 new trucks, SUVs, automobiles, and concept cars. It’s been an annual event for 39 years drawing thousands of car and truck enthusiasts from all over the world.
What can you anticipate seeing? Well, starting at the East Hall, you’ll walk past 2008 models from Mercedes-Benz, Scion, and Suzuki. Isuzu will be right there in the mix with its high-performance pickup trucks and SUV model (the Ascender). Audi will display its newest TT and Lexus will show off its future lineup as well. Continue into the West Hall and check out the Lotus display, and those by Cadillac and Hyundai.
If car shows are your thing, Texas is the place to be. The state offers over two hundred truck and auto shows each year, ranging from the San Antonio Autorama at the Autodome to the Texas Heatwave Show at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin.
If speed is what gets your blood pumping, Texas delivers in that area as well. Racing is popular in Texas as proven by the Texas Speedzone, Twin Cities Speedway in Odessa, Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Bad Boyz Speedorama in Austin, and Houston Motorsports Park in… you guessed it Houston.
While we love the great state of Texas, finding an auto show in your vicinity shouldn’t be too difficult. There are literally hundreds of auto shows every year, in every state and that’s not counting the big international shows overseas. France, Germany, Britain, Japan, even China puts on amazing auto shows a car lover’s dream.
And car shows aren’t what they used to be. These are major productions with food, entertainment, booths from all kinds of automobile industry reps, and of course, a glimpse into the future of cars (both immediate and long term). Many offer events for the entire family, making it a great destination for a family vacation. For example, San Antonio’s car show takes place near Riverwalk a hot spot for restaurants, hotels, and theme parks (San Antonio’s Six Flags Fiesta Texas is only a hop, skip, and a jump away). Other local attractions include golf courses, Natural Bridge Caverns, the San Antonio Zoo, and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure.
So the next time you’re down south where bigger is better, check out the San Antonio Annual International Auto and Truck Show. You might just be surprised at what you find these aren’t your parents’ auto shows. They’re more than that. They’re destinations. And they are truly the only place where so many different vehicle manufacturers come together to give you a glimpse of what the future holds for the auto industry.