If you’re going to be in DC this weekend, you owe it to yourself to go see the AutoShow in Motion at FedEx Field. I went yesterday and had a blast.
Sponsored by GM, AutoShow in Motion allows you to test drive (with absolutely zero sales pressure) over 150 vehicles on courses set up in the stadium parking lot. There are multiple courses, with separate courses for passenger cars, luxury cars, small SUVs, large SUVs, and trucks. There is also a special course for the Hummer H2 (which you can only drive if you’ve previously driven a vehicle on the SUV or truck courses) and a performance course for the Corvette C6 and Cadillac XLR (which you can only drive if you’ve previously driven on the passenger or luxury car courses). The regular courses are set up around cones and allow you to test drive cars on straightaways, swerves, long curves, through fake potholes, and over fake speed bumps. You can drive as fast as you want, within reason (I can attest, however, it’s much more fun when you’re with two friends you think they’re on NASCAR). The performance course is a classic oval. The Hummer H2 course is a bit trickier, featuring hills and moguls which show off the vehicle’s off-road prowess. The whole thing is open to the family, except for the performance track, where the driver must be over 18 and accompanied by a GM professional to make sure you can handle the Corvette C6 or Cadillac XLR. In terms of vehicle availability, GM models are most well-represented, for obvious reasons, but pretty much every major manufacturer was represented in some capacity. Indeed, my favorite in the luxury car category was not a GM offering, but rather the BMW 530xi. *drools*
Next weekend the AutoShow in Motion will be in Denver and Boston. Register online and GO!
I’m not in the market for a new car anytime soon, but after hearing about the show last year, I just knew it would be a lot of fun. I recommend going early in the morning (it opens at 8 am), and, if possible, on Thursday or Friday in order to avoid the crowds. My friends and I were there by 8:30 yesterday morning and pretty much had the luxury car section to ourselves for the first 90 minutes. My longest wait of the entire day was about 10 minutes for a BMW X5 in the early afternoon. It will probably be much more crowded this weekend unless the weather is bad, though I still recommend going.
I almost forgot….IT’S FREE! Plus, lunch is included and you get a free t-shirt when you leave. How cool is that?