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Philly Auto Show: 5 can’t miss things to see at the show
Get your engines started because this year’s Philadelphia Auto Show — at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia — has some fun, quirky finds. Usually people go looking to spot their next new car, but there are other things to see here. Promise.
First, one car has been getting a lot of attention. Built by high school students and their teachers,make sure you don’t walk past this sporty blue gem. At the Workshop School in Philadelphia, students and teachers designed and built a car that runs on bio-diesel fuel.
The bio-diesel fuel came from leftover fryer oil from Federal Donuts. So basically, the car runs on Federal Donuts fryer oil. Really. It does.
“The students at the school have been making hybrid and electric vehicles for a long time,” said Simon Hauger, the school’s principal.
But the goal of this car was to make it “fast, cool-looking and earth-friendly.”
And this car is definitely all of those things. And running on fryer oil — vegetable oil — is environmentally friendly, “it burns cleaner” than regular diesel fuel, Hauger said, it “removes the product from the waste stream,” and it’s a “much better engine lubricant.”
“There are tons of upsides,” he said.
Second, make sure you take a ride at Came Jeep. This reporter hopped into a 2016 black Wrangler Rubicon with driver T.J. and off we went.
Just make sure you put on your seatbelt. It’s definitely a bumpy ride. You go over bumpy “logs,” steep inclines and more. And be prepared to lean over. The Wranger rode over a steep hill and didn’t tip over. But it sure feels like it will.
It’s a lot of fun. And it doesn’t cost anything to take a ride.
Third. take a walk over to the exotic cars. Ever wanted to see a Maserati or Lamborghini up close. I know, these are definitely out-of-reach dream cars that everyone drools over. It’s a lot of to dream, though.
There’s a huge section of exotic cars, so take your time and browse.
Fourth, check out the Corvette Z06 pre-production car that product specialist Sean Bennett said “gives a foreign performance for a domestic price.”
“It’s in a league of it’s own. It’s an argument-ending car,” he added.
But don’t go running to purchase this car yet. It starts at $78,000. That’s still nothing to sneeze at.
Finally, check out the classic cars section.
There’s the 1929 DuPont Le Mans Speedster, the 1970 Plymouth Superbird and the 1954 Austin-Healy. People love looking at classic cars, and there are tons to see here.
You can’t sit in these cars, but you can get pretty close.
Philadelphia Auto Show tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for seniors and children, children 6 and under are free. The show runs from Jan. 31 through Feb. 8. For more information, visit www.phillyautoshow.com .