NH Auto Show offers eye candy to attendees

BEDFORD – People might drive sensible cars, but they can dream – dream it’s 1964 and they’re driving a red VW Beetle along a California highway, or dream their race car is rounding the Loudon speedway’s final turn, or just dream they’re gliding a Mercedes-Benz into their own driveway.

Visitors to the New Hampshire Auto Show from Oct. 24-26 could dream all of those dreams and more. There were cars from more than 25 manufacturers, along with all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles and some that were hard to classify, looking like they came from a James Bond movie.

Michael Mills, of Merrimack, for example, was in the market for a 2015 Nissan Maxima, but that didn’t stop him from sitting in the driver’s seat of a Honda race car.

Ryan Smith, of Bedford, and Carolyn DeBeradinis, of Milford, were intrigued by the event’s “show-stopper,” a Polaris Slingshot, with its one wheel in the back and two in the front – a motorcycle for two.

Smith said he was actually there to look at a BMW 535 diesel because he’s interested in performance and fuel economy.

The show, presented by the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association, took place at the NH Sportsplex. It was produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows.

Steve Freeman, general manager of Motor Trend Auto Shows, said part of its purpose was for manufacturers to display their “latest and greatest” in a nonselling environment.

Attendees were encouraged to sit in the cars, inspect under hoods and even take select models for test drives.

“It’s a good way for people to try the four or five (vehicles) on their short list,” he said.

This was the second year of the show, and Freeman said the NH Sportsplex was chosen again because it’s the biggest freestanding building in New Hampshire.

New this year was a luxury row that allowed attendees to compare BMW, Jaguar, Audi/Porche, Lexus, Volvo, Land Rover, Acura, Equus, Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti all at one location.

NH Auto Show offers eye candy to attendees

BEDFORD – People might drive sensible cars, but they can dream – dream it’s 1964 and they’re driving a red VW Beetle along a California highway, or dream their race car is rounding the Loudon speedway’s final turn, or just dream they’re gliding a Mercedes-Benz into their own driveway.

Visitors to the New Hampshire Auto Show from Oct. 24-26 could dream all of those dreams and more. There were cars from more than 25 manufacturers, along with all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles and some that were hard to classify, looking like they came from a James Bond movie.

Michael Mills, of Merrimack, for example, was in the market for a 2015 Nissan Maxima, but that didn’t stop him from sitting in the driver’s seat of a Honda race car.

Ryan Smith, of Bedford, and Carolyn DeBeradinis, of Milford, were intrigued by the event’s “show-stopper,” a Polaris Slingshot, with its one wheel in the back and two in the front – a motorcycle for two.

Smith said he was actually there to look at a BMW 535 diesel because he’s interested in performance and fuel economy.

The show, presented by the New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association, took place at the NH Sportsplex. It was produced by Motor Trend Auto Shows.

Steve Freeman, general manager of Motor Trend Auto Shows, said part of its purpose was for manufacturers to display their “latest and greatest” in a nonselling environment.

Attendees were encouraged to sit in the cars, inspect under hoods and even take select models for test drives.

“It’s a good way for people to try the four or five (vehicles) on their short list,” he said.

This was the second year of the show, and Freeman said the NH Sportsplex was chosen again because it’s the biggest freestanding building in New Hampshire.

New this year was a luxury row that allowed attendees to compare BMW, Jaguar, Audi/Porche, Lexus, Volvo, Land Rover, Acura, Equus, Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti all at one location.