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Jacksonville International Auto Show Information

Posted: January 31, 2014 - 3:44pm  |  Updated: January 31, 2014 - 5:39pm
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Photos by Joe.DeSalvo@jacksonville.com  The General Motors Ride & Drive returns with 15 Buick, Chevrolet and GMC models for drivers to test drive.
Photos by Joe.DeSalvo@jacksonville.com The General Motors Ride & Drive returns with 15 Buick, Chevrolet and GMC models for drivers to test drive.

What: 2014 Jacksonville International Auto Show. The show provides great entertainment for car enthusiasts, shoppers and the entire family. Hundreds of domestic and import vehicles — including economical and luxury cars, crossovers, sports cars, minivans, electric vehicles, SUVs and trucks — will be representing 31 lines. There will also be several 2015 models on display. Factory representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

Read: Jacksonville International Auto Show shaping up nicely

When: Friday through Sunday, Feb. 9

Where: Prime Osborn Convention Center, 1000 Waters St.

Show hours: Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Box office closes one hour prior to the end of the show each day.

Admission information: $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; children under 6 are free; $8 for seniors (65 and older); $5 for military personnel and veterans with appropriate military ID. Discount coupons for $2 off admission are available at participating Gate stores. Avoid box office lines and purchase adult and children’s tickets online at jaxautoshow.com. There are no service fees for online purchases. Senior and military tickets must be purchased at the on-site box office. Group tickets are available for groups of 20 or more at a discounted rate. Call Peg Rose at 1-800-258-8912, ext. 103 for group-rate information.

Parking: There’s free parking during the show in the main lot behind the Convention Center, courtesy of VyStar Credit Union. Enter this lot from Bay Street.

Exhibiting Car Lines: Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Scion, SRT, Subaru, Toyota, Wheego, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Show sponsor: Jacksonville Automobile Dealers Association.

Show producer: The show has been produced by the Paragon Group for the JADA since 1999.

Addition information: Go to the show’s official website at jaxautoshow.com. The show office phone number is (904) 630-4800.

 

Test Drives

■ General Motors is once again offering test drives of several models with Ride & Drive event. Models scheduled to be available for test drives on streets near the convention center are the Buick Encore, LaCrosse and Regal; the Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Sonic, Spark and plug-in hybrid Volt; and the GMC Acadia, Sierra and Terrain.

■ The Chrysler Drive is also back for this year’s show. Models scheduled to be available for test drives are the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country; Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee; Dodge Charger, Dart and Durango; Ram 1500; and the Fiat 500 and 500L.

■ Drivers must be 18 and older and present a valid driver’s license to participate in the test-drive events. Test drives will be held during daylight hours only.

 

Special Features

■ First Coast Powersports will showcase dirt bikes, motorcycles, scooters and ATVs.

■ Kids of all ages can join our laser maze game, The Launch: Laser Maze Conquest, as well as the a Pirate Slide and Bounce, on Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., presented by Let’s Roll Entertainment.

■ Kids will have the chance to climb aboard and explore Gordy, the Gordon Chevrolet Fire Engine, staffed by their employees for a complete learning experience!

■ The Jacksonville Roller Girls of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association will be appearing from 3-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

■ Check out Local Haunts at the show on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and get your chills and thrills learning about local supernatural lore.

■ Get a taste of local mobile culinary triumphs at the food truck caravan on Sunday.

■ Classic Car Alley: Check out vintage and iconic Corvettes on Saturday and Mustangs on Sunday on the outside patio. Also, there will classic Beetles on display Saturday at VW Way on the grassy knoll.

■ Supported charities: A portion of the proceeds from the Jacksonville International Auto Show is used by Jacksonville Automobile Dealers Association to fund children and family charities in Northeast Florida. JADA will be supporting the following organizations in 2014: American Cancer Society — Pediatric Research; 2014 Cowford Ball; Angels for Allison; Angelwood; Challenger Division — Little League Baseball of America; Exchange Club Family Center; Exchange Club of Jacksonville; First Coast Kids Triathlon; Gateway Community Services — Adolescent Residential Services; Girl Scouts of Gateway Council — Community Development Troops; Haven Horse Ranch; HEAL Foundation — Healing Every Autistic Life; Hook the Future; Mercy Support Services; Murray Hill Theatre; Project SOS; ScoutReach — BSA’s North Florida Council; Seamark Ranch; Take Stock in Children — Duval and Clay counties; the Children’s Christmas Party of Jacksonville; and USO — Greater Jacksonville.

 

About JADA

When it comes to community service, the Jacksonville Automobile Dealers Association Inc. and its 55 franchise new car and truck member dealers located in Clay, Duval and St. Johns counties proudly support numerous children and family charities in Northeast Florida and the association’s own Teens Drive Safe Community Awareness Program. The program encourages young drivers to follow the Teens Drive Safe “Rules of the Road” to help decrease the number of accidents involving teenaged drivers.

Annually, the JADA presents the Jacksonville International Auto Show, which is the largest automotive event of the year for area member dealers. A portion of the proceeds from this event allows the JADA to support children and family charities in Northeast Florida and the Teens Drive Safe Community Awareness Program. Since 2001, the association has donated over $1,250,000 to local charities and community service programs.

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