NOVEMBER 2019 • VOLUME 25 • ISSUE 4

2019 Fort Worth Auto Show Showcases All-New Vehicles, Test Drives, Student Competition

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The The 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show had a great crowd waiting on opening day

The 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show was an action-packed event featuring more than 30
all-new 2020 models; an appearance by Aaron Shelby; the first-ever Auto Tech Competition; a Ride & Drive (sponsored by Spectrum Reach) with Chevrolet, Ford,
Honda and Toyota; and the Classic Car Corral (sponsored by CBS11), which celebrated more than 50 vintage automobiles.

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The Ford Shelby GT500 was
well-photographed.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Toyota highlighted its all-new 2020 Supra.

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Autobahn brought all six of its line makes to the Show.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The 2020 Jeep Gladiator fit in nicely in Truck Country.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The McLaren 600LT was front and center at the Park Place Premier Collection exhibit.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Checking under the hood is highly encouraged at the Fort Worth
Auto Show
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The GMC Sierra’s tailgate has six different configurations.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The 2020 Telluride is the newest SUV in the Kia line up.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The all-new Chevrolet Silverado has all the bells and whistles.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Product specialists were on hand to provide vehicle information to consumers.

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Auto Tech Competition

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019High Schools, NTXAD dealer members, manufacturers, community colleges and automotive industry professionals joined forces to present the first-ever Auto Tech Competition.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Liam McClelland and Suleiman Khan from Keller Center for Advanced Learning were thrilled when their names were called for the First-Place title.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019From left: ASE’s Matt Northrup; Fort Worth Auto Show Chairman Stephen Gilchrist; ASE’s George Arrants; Fort Worth Mayor Pro-Tem Dennis Shingleton; Competition Commissioner Olin Harrington; and NTXAD President Brent Franks.

Eight schools from around the west side of the Metroplex competed in the first-ever Auto Tech Competition. Schools were chosen based on the scores from preliminary ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) tests. Each of the schools was then paired with a North Texas Automobile Dealers dealer-member to mentor the students and prepare them for the competition.

The schools and their dealer mentors were:

 SCHOOL  DEALERSHIP
 Azle High School  James Wood Motors
 Birdville Center of Technology  Five Star Ford North Richland Hills
 Crowley High School  Frank Kent Cadillac
 Dan Dipert Career Technical Center  Freeman Toyota
 Hollenstein Career and Technology Center  Huggins Honda
 Keller Center for Advanced Learning  Moritz Kia Alliance
 Lewisville Career Center East  Grubbs Infiniti
 Weatherford High School  SouthWest Ford

First place went to Suleiman Khan and Liam McClelland with Keller Center for Advanced Learning. The second-place team was Evan Adamson and Richard Lundsgaard with Lewisville Career Center East, and the third-place team was Matthew Dages and Lane Freach with Birdville Center of Technology.

Each student on the first-place team received 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, which was generously provided by The Carroll Shelby Foundation. In addition, Snap-on donated 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).

Fort Worth Mayor Pro-Tem Dennis Shingleton was on hand to welcome the contest participants to the event. Stephen Gilchrist, 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show chairman, assisted in announcing the winners and presenting the prizes to all students
and instructors.

“This event could not have happened without the support of everyone in this room,” Gilchrist said. “Schools, dealers, manufacturers, sponsors, local community colleges. Everyone had a hand in making this first-ever event successful. The need for qualified auto technicians is extremely important in our dealerships. This Auto Tech Competition is just the first step in getting schools and dealerships to work together to assist with this need. Thank you to everyone who participated.”

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Students were individually interviewed to test them on their communication skills.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Other Workstations included Precision Measuring and Safety & Environmental.

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Students were tested on their ability to use online repair information to diagnose and fix problems.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Each team was tasked with interpreting, diagnosing and repairing a number ‘bugs’ on their vehicles.
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Aaron Shelby and ‘Ford vs. Ferrari’ 

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Aaron Shelby discussed his grandfather Carroll’s quest to prove that Ford was faster than Ferrari.

On Friday evening, Aaron Shelby delighted car enthusiasts with tales of how his grandfather, Carroll, took on Ferrari for fastest car bragging rights, which is the subject of the newly released movie “Ford vs. Ferrari”. Aaron also brought his family’s Ford GT to the Show. Aaron answered questions about the movie and car, and signed movie posters and posed for pictures with Auto Show visitors.

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Aaron signed movie posters for fans.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019And took selfies with them too.

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Ride & Drive Event

Chevrolet, Ford, Honda and Toyota gave Auto Show attendees the opportunity to
test drive more than 30 models through the streets of downtown Fort Worth. Product specialists were on hand to point out all the vehicles’ bells and whistles for
interested consumers.

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Chevrolet
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Ford
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Honda
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Toyota

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Classic Car Corral

CBS11 returned with the popular Classic Car Corral, filling the Convention Center Arena with more than 50 vehicles, including Pontiac GTOs and Fieros, Ford Mustangs and Thunderbirds, and Chevrolet Corvettes.

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Jerry Bodiford’s 1957 Chevy Pickup won the Overall Best of Show Award at the Classic Car Corral.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Bryan Williams’ 1957 Corvette Convertible won the People’s Choice Award at the Classic Car Corral.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The Pontiac GTO was well-represented this year.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The CBS11 Pick went to Dave Rankin’s 1981 Time Machine Delorean



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Miscellaneous

There was something for everyone at the 2019 Fort Worth Auto Show.

Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Auto Show Chairman Stephen Gilchrist joined WFAA Meteorologist Jesse Hawila live at the Show.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Buzz Smith from Classic Chevrolet Grapevine talked all things electric on the Chevy Bolt.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019Lockheed-Martin brought Prepar3D
and PlaneBuilder Virtual Reality experiences.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The Paschal High School Jazz Ensemble provided entertainment.
Fort Worth Auto Show 2019The Aftermarket Exp featured products and services for the automobile and home.

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