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Ready to roll: Portland Auto Show, charity preview set

February event will feature new, exotic and concept vehicles


Big changes are in store for the 2014 Portland International Auto Show.

For starters, it has been pushed back to early February to allow even more new vehicles to be included. And the Sneak Peek Charity Preview Party started last year is being expanded to allow more people to attend and more money to be raised for charitable organizations.

The 2014 show has moved from late January to Thursday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, Feb. 9. The preview party is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 5. Everyone who attends on any day will be able to see more than 500 new production, exotic and concept vehicles, many featuring the most advanced performance and high-mileage technologies.

In addition, those attending the preview party will be able to sample hors d oeuvres from local executive chefs, enjoy wine from Oregon s top wineries and other beverages, and enjoy a range of entertainment. Ticket prices for the preview party have been reduced to $100, which is tax-deductible. Once again, all of the money is going to four charities. They are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Meals on Wheels People, and the Providence Portland Medical Foundation. Attendees must be 21 and older, and evening dress is required.

The show and preview party are produced by the Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association. In addition to the new vehicles, the show features numerous automotive-related exhibits. They include the Clean Tech Center, which showcases the latest in green technologies; the Great Outdoors, which features options for enjoying nature; and the Mobility Zone, which demonstrates transportation equipment for the physically challenged.

The show also features nonautomotive exhibits. They include the Healthy Life Garage, where wellness information and services are available, and the Kids Zone play area.

Ride and test-drives will be offered by various manufacturers at numerous locations outside the center.

More information, including hours and ticket prices, is available on the auto show website, www.portlandautoshow.com. Tickets for the preview party also can be purchased there.