COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Start your engines! A popular event has been happening in downtown Columbus since Thursday – The 2018 Columbus International Auto Show.
Something unique at this year’s auto show is a competition to find out who will go home with a brand new Jeep. Contestants had to stand with their hand on the vehicle for up to 48 hours.
Molly Hoying wore a green sweatshirt in the hope it carried some St. Patrick’s Day luck.
“It would mean a world to my kids who are 16, 18 and 20.”
The other competitor says, “It would be awesome, it’s a free car, and it’s a cool one.”
The competition started with 8 people on Thursday. Hoying was crowned the winner; she and the other contestant both lasted 48 hours, so it came down to a random draw.
However, the Jeep contest isn’t the only thing on display Saturday, as the Director of Columbus Auto Show Kelly Danison explains.
“There’s a no-sales pressure,” she said.”You can just come in, you can sit in the vehicle, push some buttons, find what you like best.
“We actually have a brand new area called luxury lane a red, carpeted special area for all the franchise luxury brands represented in one space,” Danison explains.
Officers guarding an electric blue Lamborghini told NBC4’s Elyse Chengery it’ll cost you more than $470,000. The Lambo is one of the most expensive cars at this years auto show.
Car show organizers say this is the first year every manufacturer is here.
Justin Harmon, the General Manager of Bob Caldwell Automotive, says this is a “huge deal.”
“There’s 38 different manufacturers that are represented to give every single manufacturer playing fair in Columbus, Ohio.”
On Friday a gala was held and raised money for local charities.
“We had a new record,” Harmon says. “We raised 189,000 for three charities: The OSU James (Cancer Center), The Ronald McDonald House, and The Childhood League Center. It’s to celebrate our industry and also make sure we give back to the community that gives to us.”
The 2018 Columbus International Auto Show wraps Sunday, March 18th at 6p.m.