Shop, Compare and Drive at the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019McLaren 600LT

It’s time to shop, compare and drive at the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show. The event will be held Nov. 8-10 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

“The Fort Worth Auto Show is the only location that auto enthusiasts can see, touch, feel and get behind the wheels of hundreds of new cars all in November,” said Stephen Gilchrist, 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show chairman. “Do you want heated or cooled seats? How about the latest software to help you drive safely? Or, is a large touch screen on your dash in your future? Auto Show visitors can find out all about this latest technology at the Show this year.”

The impressive line-up will feature a variety of all-new or redesigned 2020s including: BMW X4, X7 and Z4; Chevrolet Silverado HD; Ford Escape, Explorer, Mustang Shelby GT500 and Super Duty; GMC Sierra; Jaguar F-Pace SVR; Jeep Gladiator; Kia Sportage, Soul and Telluride; Lincoln Aviator and Corsair; Nissan Versa; Porsche Cayenne Coupe and 911; Ram Heavy Duty; Subaru Legacy and Outback; and Volkswagen Arteon. Park Place will entice visitors to dream big with an exhibit featuring the Bentley Bentayga Stetson, the Karma Revero GT, the McLaren 600LT and Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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This year, the spotlight also will shine on a Ford GT, owned by the family of Aaron Shelby. And at 6 pm on Friday, Nov. 8, Aaron will take center stage to discuss how his grandfather Carroll Shelby took on Enzo Ferrari for fastest car bragging rights, the subject of the Ford vs. Ferrari movie set to be released on Nov. 15.

“Carroll Shelby is one of the most iconic names in automotive history. We are honored to welcome his grandson Aaron to the Show this year. Mustang devotees and auto enthusiasts alike will enjoy all the tales that Aaron has to tell. It is sure to be a great evening,” Gilchrist said.

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Chevrolet Silverado
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Lincoln Corsair
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Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Porsche Cayenne Coupe


Ride & Drive Event to Feature Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Toyota

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019

“There’s no better way to check out a vehicle than to take it for a spin through the streets of downtown Fort Worth,” Gilchrist said. This year’s outdoor Ride & Drive Event, sponsored by Spectrum Reach, will feature more than 30 models ranging from hybrids and compacts to SUVs and pick-ups from Chevrolet, Ford, Honda and Toyota. Participants must be 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.


Sponsored by: Spectrum


CBS 11 Gears Up for Classic Car Corral

CBS 11 is once again hosting the Classic Car Corral at the Fort Worth Auto Show. Visitors will be able to take a walk down memory lane and see some of the most classic and stylistic designs from automotive history.

“This year, the Pontiac GTO will be celebrated as well as many other vintage models from our past. CBS 11 will also host an old-fashioned Texas-style Ice Cream truck that will contain goodies from the CBS 11 prize closet,” said David Hershey, organizer of the Classic Car Corral and vice president of Creative Services for CBS11/TXA21.

In addition, auto show visitors will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite classic vehicle.

Sponsored by: Spectrum


Students, NTXAD Dealers Join Forces for First-Ever Fort Worth Auto Show Auto Tech Competition

NTXADThe North Texas Automobile Dealers (NTXAD) is excited to announce the first ever Auto Tech Competition at the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show. The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Fort Worth Convention Center Annex.

“The NTXAD recently joined forces with local and national educators, state agencies and foundations to launch a multi-faceted, community-wide initiative to answer the need for qualified automotive technologists,” said Brent Franks, president of the NTXAD. “Instructors from local automotive technician programs agree that having NTXAD dealer members involved in assisting in bridging the gap between real world needs and classroom activities is a key to their programs’ success. This competition is a huge step forward in making this happen.”

Nine local high schools with auto tech programs were selected to participate in the competition based on their scores from preliminary ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) tests in Maintenance & Light repair, Steering & Suspension, Brakes and Electrical. The finalists were then partnered with NTXAD new-car franchised dealerships to help them train for the competition.Those schools (and their dealership mentors) are:

 Azle High School  James Wood
 Birdville Center of Technolog  Five Star Ford North Richland Hills
 Crowley High School  Frank Kent Cadillac
 Dan Dipert Career Technical Center  Freeman Toyota
 Dubiski Career High School  Sewell Lexus Fort Worth
 Hollenstein Career and Technology Center  Huggins Honda
 Keller Center for Advanced Learning  Moritz Kia Alliance
 Lewisville Career Center Eas  Grubbs Infiniti
 Weatherford High School  SouthWest Ford

Olin Harrington, former automotive teacher at Birdville Independent School District and Commissioner of the Auto Tech Competition, said that the partnership between the schools and the dealerships will be key in the teams’ success in the competition

“The idea is to get the school and the dealer to develop long-term relationships,” Harrington said, which can only lead to students finding long-term careers and dealers fulfilling their need for qualified technicians. “This is an opportunity (for dealers) to ‘grow’ their own technicians.”

The Auto Tech Competition will begin at 9 am on Saturday, Nov. 9 with Phase I, four workstations that are designed to test the capabilities of the students. These workstations include: Precision Measuring, Safety & Environmental, Technical Information Retrieval and Interview. Phase II will be held following lunch with on-vehicle inspection and repair.

“Each two-student team will have an allotted amount of time in which to interpret, diagnose and repair a number of pre-assigned problems on the vehicle, based on the repair order for that vehicle. Each correctly repaired ‘bug’ will be worth a set number of points depending on the level of difficulty,” explained George Arrants, automotive education consultant for the ASE.

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The prize for the first-place team is a financial award to support post-secondary automotive technology education at Tarrant County College or one of the three DCCCD programs offered by Brookhaven, Cedar Valley or Eastfield College. This award is being generously provided by The Carroll Shelby Foundation. In addition, Snap-on will donate prizes to each first-place team student (Automotive Tool Set with Tool Storage valued at $3,000), each second-place team student (Automotive Tool Set with Tool Storage valued at $2,000) and each third-place team student (Power Tools Kit valued at $1,000).

Each participating student also will receive swag bags from Ford and Toyota. Students and instructors from each school will each receive a gift card from Audi.

The Team Instructor at each of the nine schools participating in the Competition will each receive a complimentary Registration to the ASE Conference in Frisco, Texas, in 2020. Value: $500.

“Everyone participating in this competition has the same goal,” Franks said, “and that is to lift these students up, invite them into the auto industry and show them a pathway toward a rewarding and lucrative career as an auto tech.”


Show Provides Exhibitor Credential Pickup Information

During the three-day run of the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show, Nov. 8-10, there will be designated days and hours for exhibitor credential pick-up. Each individual working the show must pick up his or her pass only. Packets of credentials will not be made available to anyone, and passes may not be picked up for friends or co-workers working the show.

Please note that the Exhibitor Credentials Service Desk will be located in the Houston Street Lobby of the Fort Worth Convention Center at the Main Entrance of the Show.

If you have any questions regarding exhibitor credential distribution, please call the North Texas Automobile Dealers office at (214) 637-0531.