Washington, D.C. (December 28, 1998) - With a motorsport theme at last year's show, it's no coincidence that race cars are less prevalent at the 1999 Washington, D.C. Auto show. This year's show, held at the Washington Convention Center, has introduced twelve new models to the region, including the new Lincoln LS 2000. Allocating floor space to race cars is hard for manufacturers to justify when they have new models to show.
Chevrolet is the only one of the traditional big three dedicating floor space to race cars. Two NASCAR Winston Cup machines grace the Chevrolet exhibit, the 24 and the 3. NASCAR fans will be delighted to see the cars of Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt as these two drivers have strong fan followings.
Be sure to visit the Dodge exhibit area where you'll find a racing simulator. Climb aboard and experience a few of the race circuits where the Viper GTS-R has been turning heads all season. The Chrysler Viper, as it's called in Europe, took a class win in this year's Le Mans 24 hour race in France.
Robert Yates Racing has two Ford Taurus Winston Cup cars on display. The cars of Dale Jarrett and Kenny Irwin sport their special one-off paint schemes that were raced at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in October. Jarrett's Ford Credit No. 88 became the Batman car while Irwin's Havoline No. 28 was the Joker car for the fall race at Charlotte.
Subaru is back with their three time FIA World Rally Championship Impreza 555 show/race car of Colin McRae and Derek Ringer. Subaru takes the look of their 555 rally car to the streets with the new Impreza 2.5 RS. It's worth a visit to the Subaru stand to try one on for size.
Stop by Hyundai's exhibit and pick up one of their brochures. Inside you'll be able to build your own Tiburon SCCA Pro Rally car from a cardboard kit.
And don't forget the Washington D. C. Region of the SCCA stand in the lobby, where the 1999 schedule for the Mid Atlantic Road Racing Series is available.
The lack of racing machinery at this year's show has been offset by a new crop of concept vehicles. Among the concept cars on display are the Jeep Dakar, Plymouth Pronto, Dodge Venom and Pontiac Rageous.
The Washington, D.C. Auto Show runs through January 3, 1999 at the Washington Convention Center.