Car lovers, as well as everybody who feels cabin fever setting in, have a place to escape this weekend's snow.
The 24th annual Quad-City Regional Auto Show runs today through Sunday at the Davenport RiverCenter. There are more than 150 vehicles from 24 manufacturers to enjoy.
“I think it’s more than we had last year because we’re really stacked in here,” event coordinator Susan Shrader said Thursday.
“This is a family event, so bring the kids. It’s a great place for them to run off lots of energy.
Among the many vehicles to see are four prototypes in the Ford area, Shrader said.
The prototypes being showcased are the Mustang Bullitt, the EcoSport, the Edge and a Ranger pickup.
“It something new and we don’t always get those vehicles here,” Shrader said.
Mark Zimmerman, owner of Zimmerman Honda in Moline and who is this year’s auto show board president, said, “We’ve got just about all of the 2018 models here.”
But looking at the cars, Zimmerman said it’s all about the technology.
“There is a lot of new technology on the cars,” he said. “Many cars have lane sensing technology, and most have backup cameras and such. But most of the new technology is really about safety.”
Of course, there is technology for gas mileage as well. This year’s show features the Honda Clarity, which is a plug-in hybrid. The electric motor can be used for short trips, or the gasoline motor can be tapped for longer hauls.
Proceeds from the auto show benefit the Iowa-Illinois Regional Auto Show Scholarship Fund. More than $433,000 has been given to 149 area students who either are college-bound or heading to trade school.
During a VIP event held Thursday, 16 students received a total of $50,000 in scholarship money.
The Quad-City Times donated $10,000 to the scholarship fund. The money was raised from sales efforts of the Auto Show special supplement.
Ann Boyd, director of major accounts at the Times, said during the VIP event that, “We are proud of our 13-year partnership with the auto show, and we’re thrilled to be able to support the Quad-City Regional Auto Show Scholarship Fund with a $10,000 contribution.”
Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said as the father of four and grandfather of 10, he is looking much larger vehicles that gets good gas mileage “so we can do all the grandkid work and all the stuff we do in the community.”
“It’s exciting to see all the dealers from around the world coming together to put on a great show and brining state of the art new equipment into downtown Davenport,” Klipsch said.
The 2018 Quad-City Regional Auto Show is owned and presented by the Quad-City Regional Auto Show Board and produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows LLC, part of TEN, The Enthusiast Network.