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Classic car competition returns to auto show at I-X Center

• Updated Feb 22, 2018 at 3:26 PM

CLEVELAND — The Classic Car Competition returns to the Cleveland Auto Show this year, reprising its role as one of the most popular attractions of the Show.

The 2018 Cleveland Auto Show, presented by Huntington Bank, opens its doors at the I-X Center in Cleveland at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23 and runs through Sunday, March 4.

“The Classic Car Competition at the Cleveland Auto Show really allows you to compare the styling on classic vehicles to the brand new vehicles you see on the Show floor today,” says Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the 2018 Cleveland Auto Show. “Every vehicle in the Competition is 25 years old or older, and each has a unique story.”

“We have an excellent selection of vehicles in the Competition this year,” says Karen Ford, manager of the 2018 Classic Car Competition. “The judging for top cash prizes this year should be very intense. You can tell that the owners of these vehicles take a great deal of pride in ownership.”

While participating vehicles in the Classic Car Competition will be on display every day the Cleveland Auto Show is open, prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3. The owner of the vehicle named as Best of Show will take home a cash prize of $500. There will also be five runners-up, each receiving a $100 award, along with a $100 People’s Choice Award winner. You can vote for the People’s Choice Award, the fan favorite, on the Cleveland Auto Show’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ClevelandAutoShow. All participants in the Classic Car Competition receive a commemorative dash plaque.

With more than 850 pre-production vehicles and new production models on display, the Cleveland Auto Show, presented by Huntington, marks the start of the automotive spring selling season in Northern Ohio. The Show runs daily from Friday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, March 4 at the I-X Center. Show hours are: Monday through Thursday from from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Opening Friday Night, on Feb. 23, runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Cleveland Auto Show is considered one of the top five auto shows in the nation and is rated as one of the strongest in the nation in terms of influencing its impact on a regional market. Tickets are available online right now at clevelandautshow.com with no convenience fee. Simply head to clevelandautoshow.com and click on “Buy Tickets.”

The Cleveland Auto Show marks the start of the spring selling season in Northern Ohio.

Featuring pre-production and production vehicles from the world’s auto manufacturers, the show is held annually at the I-X Center with nearly 1 million square feet of exhibits. The show, which dates back to 1903, also features an array of entertainment including sports and celebrity appearances throughout the show’s 10-day run.

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