The streets of Long Beach, Calif., home of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, soon will be filled with dads and grads test driving auto manufacturer's newest vehicles. The SoCal Test Drive Expo, the nation's first-ever all test drive auto show, will take place in the Long Beach Convention Center on Father's Day Weekend, June 15-17, 2012.
Featuring new makes and models from auto manufacturers, the show's one-stop registration process will allow visitors to test drive dozens of different vehicles from the automotive brands with a single $10 admission.
Guests at the SoCal Test Drive Expo will begin and end their test drives indoors, buckling up in their choice of nearly 130 different cars and then driving outside onto a portion of the same seaside street course used for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The show provides car shoppers with a rare opportunity to test drive multiple vehicles from competing brands under one roof in a sales-free environment.
"This is the first auto show experience in the country that is focused entirely on test drives," Todd Leutheuser, executive director, SoCal Test Drive Expo, said in a statement. "We want to get people behind the wheels of the cars, and give them the chance to experience many different vehicles in one afternoon."
The SoCal Test Drive Expo marks the return of the auto show circuit to Long Beach for the first time since 1995. Event organizers expect nearly 20,000 test drives will be taken during the three-day show.
Show hours for the SoCal Test Drive Expo are June 15, noon-7 p.m.; June 16, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and June 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets will be available on line at www.testdriveexpo.com.
The SoCal Test Drive Expo is owned and operated by the Southland Motor Car Dealers Association. SMCDA was established in 1932 and represents the majority of new car and truck dealerships in Southern Los Angeles County. Visit SMCDA online at www.smcda.org.
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