Fun Ford Stuff at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show

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This year’s auto show will feature a fleet of Ford trucks, celebrity guests, cutting edge innovations, and fun activities for a truckin’ good time.  

Attendees of this year’s LA Auto Show will have the opportunity to experience several new attractions and activities at the Los Angeles Convention Center, November 30-December 9. Using up almost one million square feet of space, the LA Auto Show campus will feature many new interactive experiences and curated showcases for visitors of all ages, including simulators, test drives, gaming areas, custom cars, the latest mobility solutions as well as some never-before-seen vehicles.

“For an annual event that’s been around for more than a century, the LA Auto Show continues to be a prime attraction for Angelenos and tourists alike,” said Terri Toennies, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA. “This year’s attendees can expect the return of fan-favorite interactive experiences as well as new ones to discover. Whether you’re planning to attend with family, friends or flying solo, there’s something for everyone at our show.”

Featured showcases and experiences at the 2018 LA Auto Show include (but are not limited to):

Interactive Experiences

The Grand Tour Game

Amazon Gaming Lounge: Stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May will be on hand, bringing high-jinks and hot laps to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in “The Grand Tour Game”, an episodic racing game based on the hit Prime Original series, The Grand Tour. Created by Amazon Game Studios, “The Grand Tour Game” transports players to exotic locations, where they’ll drive the world’s most interesting cars, and participate in the show’s outrageous challenges.

Byton M-Byte Concept SUV

BYTON Test Ride: Premium smart electric vehicle brand BYTON will host free test rides on a closed course at the show. Attendees will be one of the first passengers to experience the M-Byte Concept SUV and its groundbreaking 49-inch Shared Experience Display, which goes into production at the end of 2019.

Free Test Drives: For the first time ever, attendees will have the opportunity to test drive Alfa Romeo models at the show. Visitors will also be able to test drive brand new vehicles from brands including Acura, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Polaris Slingshot joyride

Slingshot Joyrides: Show-goers will be able to ride alongside a professional driver who will demonstrate the Polaris Slingshot’s fun driving capabilities by whirling around multiple tight corners within a custom-built, 18,000-square-foot course.

Custom and Unique Cars

MustangForums 1968 Mustang GT Fastback Bullitt

Bullitt Mustang: The 1968 Mustang GT Fastback, famous for being driven by Steve McQueen in the classic film Bullitt and estimated to be worth over $4 million, will be featured in Ford’s display at the show located in West Hall.

salomondrin Raptor S

Galpin’s Hall of Customs: Galpin’s Hall of Customs will feature a variety of unique custom vehicles, including a Ford Raptor S from YouTube star Salomondrin, a 2019 Aston Martin DBS, and the Galpin Rocket Mustang to name a few.

Lexus Customs: Lexus’ customized RC 350 F Sport will make its grand entrance at the LAs Auto Show on Friday, November 30. Inspired by the transformative experience of road trips, Lexus creatives teamed up with several of the country’s top customizers in Miami, Atlanta, Austin, and Las Vegas, to create a one-of-a-kind car. Lexus will showcase the vehicle’s cross-country journey and eight unique musically influenced customizations with a live performance at the show by celebrated DJ Henry Fong.

Paramount Pictures’ BUMBLEBEE: A life-sized model of TransformersBumblebee, the main character of the upcoming movie of the same name, will be on display during the LA Auto Show. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the Bumblebee statue, whose original form is that of a yellow Volkswagen Beetle, in anticipation of the movie’s release in theaters on December 21.

Ford Race Raptor LA Auto Show

West Coast Customs: Making its inaugural appearance at the LA Auto Show, West Coast Customs will feature a 2018 Ford Race Raptor, two custom concept cars created for Black Eyed Peas founder Will.i.AM, a Jeep Wrangler customized “Miami-style” for baseball superstar A-Rod, a restomod Porsche 356, a Liberty Walk Ferrari, and more. Marking its 25-year anniversary, West Coast Customs will also announce West Coast Racers, the world’s first racing launch roller coaster, slated to debut at Six Flags Magic Mountain in 2019.

Immediately preceding this year’s LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center is AutoMobility LA (November 26-29), where automotive and technology leaders will meet to discuss the future of transportation, unveil new vehicles, and showcase their latest innovations in front of thousands of journalists from around the world.

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S.J. Bryan is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online and Harley-Davidson Forums, among other auto sites.

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