Tulsa Auto Show Recap: Classics Steal the Spotlight!
Oklahoma event provides exciting mix of new and classic cars in celebration of auto show’s 100th anniversary.
As people flooded into Tulsa, Oklahoma’s River Spirit Expo Square, they were immediately inundated with new cars from more than 20 dealerships. Every brand from Porsche to Cadillac was on hand showing off their newest automobiles at the Tulsa Auto Show, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary from April 7-9.
However, old-school auto enthusiasts passed right by the 2017 Volvos and new F-150s and headed straight to the vehicles that were stealing the limelight: classic cars. The 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Auto Show included a re-creation of the 1917 event that started it all. The special exhibit featured cars from as early as the 1900s.
One of the stand-out rides in the display was a gray 1916 Adler Detroit owned by Jim Jones, a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America. While Jones was very proud to show it off, he was even more proud to see how much the car fans enjoyed the display.
“I just enjoy the old cars,” Jones tells CarBlog. “I was a mechanic for a long time — retired after 36 years at Chrysler. These old cars are totally different than working on a customer’s car. I enjoy seeing people enjoy cars.”
Overall the entire show was a nice combination of old and new. Although Tulsa isn’t known for being a mega-market for the car industry, that didn’t stop car enthusiasts from coming out from all over OK to make the event’s 100th birthday party one to remember.
“Tulsa’s commitment to the growth of the auto industry has been reflected positively for the past century,” says Bill Knight, president of Knight Automotive Group, to CarBlog. “And we are excited to have an opportunity to celebrate 100 years of the automobile industry in the Tulsa area.”