As always I’m really looking forward to the Canadian International Autoshow. I’ll be heading down a couple of times this year. First I’ll be checking it out on the media day and then I’ll be heading back with my hubby so that he can enjoy the fun as well.

If you’re planning on visiting I’ve put together a list of things that you just can’t miss during this years CIAS.

Let’s talk EXOTICA, Auto Exotica that is.

At this year’s event attendees will be able to visit with and have some intimate time with more than $100 million worth of exotic cars. That’s the highest in the AutoShow’s 44-year history! Any true fan of motorsports, classic cars and automotive history needs to see these top picks

I will definitely be visiting these beauties (even if they cost more than everything I own…).

  • Ferrari 250 LM, which won the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans – Found in Auto Exotica
  • 1951 GM Le Sabre Concept – Found in Art and the Automobile
  • Aston Martin-Red Bull Hypercar Concept AM-RB 001 – Found on The Star stage 300 level
  • 1929 Duesenberg – Found in Art and the Automobile
  • Rinspeed Oasis Concept — Found in Electric Avenue
  • 1978 Ferrari 312T3 of Gilles Villeneuve – Found in 50 Years of Grand Prix Racing exhibit
  • 1997 Williams FW19 of Jacques Villeneuve – Found in 50 Years of Grand Prix Racing exhibit
  • 1978 Walter Wolf WR6 of Jody Scheckter – Found in 50 Years of Grand Prix Racing exhibit
  • 1990 Ferrari 641 of Nigel Mansell – Found in 50 Years of Grand Prix Racing exhibit
  • Ferrari F40 — Found in Auto Exotica
  • Ferrari F40 – Found in Muscle Car Matchup
  • 1991 Benetton B191 of Michael Schumacher – Found in 50 Years of Grand Prix Racing exhibit
  • 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra – Found in Castrol Alley with Legendary Motorcar Company
  • Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona – Found in Auto Exotica
  • 1974 Parnelli VPJ4 of Mario Andretti – Found in 50 Years of Grand Prix Racing exhibit

I may spend some extra time with the Bugatti… just saying.

EDIT!

As life would have it, I caught the worst cold of my life. THE WORST! I was not able to make it to the CIAS 2017 media day. Nope. Let’s not even get into the fact that I couldn’t get out of bed or celebrate my birthday.

I digress…
I waited until I felt somewhat better and took some time on Monday to hit the show. It was packed. People were pushy, there were kids everywhere and many of them ended up in most of my photos, so I had to discard a bunch of them.
I almost wish I was there just as a patron and not writing a blog post.

SO MANY PEOPLE!

Well, I may have been irritated by all the people but, it wasn’t a bad thing. The Canadian International AutoShow set a record for attendance their opening day (February 17th, 2017), and I bet they continued to hit records everyday after that, including Family day Monday.

Based on my recent experience – Here are my top tips for attending the Canadian International AutoShow:

  1. If you’re not a fan of the crowds, attend on a weekday, and go early!
  2. Plan out what you want to see. Hit those attractions first, or you may miss out on seeing them. Like, how I missed out on seeing the Bugatti because I was on a time limit and it was packed
  3. Bring food with you if you plan on spending the day at the show. Food at the show can be expensive. Plan and strategize for seating if you’re going to have a meal at the show. Seats in “food courts” disappear quickly.
  4. IF you’ve parked in the underground closest to the venue, leave your coats in the car. It gets SUPER hot inside the show
  5. If you’re planning on taking photos of your favourite vehicles, concepts or auto erotica, use your friends to block off traffic in front of your shot.I loved having Bobby block off space for me to take my shot. Wish I had thought of it earlier in the day.
  6. Have fun. Really, there’s so much to see and it’s just such a great experience over all.

Photos

I thought for sure that I’d have a hole lot of photos of concepts and faves to share. Sadly, I only have a few. Enjoy!

Canadian International AutoShow Details:

When:

February 17th to February 26th

Where:

Metro Toronto Convention Center

Cost:

You can pick up tickets and find some great coupons here
Adults (Ages 17-59)
Regular price $23.00
With $5 coupon* $18.00
SUPER Tuesday Special Valid Only Feb. 21, 2017 $12.00
Kids (Ages 7-12)
Regular price $7.00
Kids 6 & Under Free
Family Pass
$45.00
*includes 2 adults and 2 children (ages 7-12)
Senior(Ages 60+)
$15.00
*Valid weekdays only – Feb. 17 & Feb. 22-24 (excluding weekends & Family Day) Seniors tickets can only be purchased at the gate with valid photo ID.