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New York International Auto Show Historical Series

Take a journey back in time and enjoy the notable NYIAS moments through a new series called Steering History: Iconic Moments of NYIAS.

Date Published: 13 Apr 2020
New York International Auto Show Historical Series

From New York International Auto Show : Today would have been the public opening of the 2020 New York International Automobile Show. It's an incredible experience, one that generates buzz and excitement among the hundreds of thousands of visitors from all across the country converging on New York City to see the latest cars and trucks.

Instead, like the entire world, we are in shock at the unprecedented health crisis devastating every corner of the globe. We never could have imagined anything like this, and our hearts go out to everyone impacted by it.

For 120 years, the Show has given the world a glimpse into the future. Today, we are taking a journey back in time and offering readers the opportunity to enjoy many of the notable moments that have occurred along the way through a new series called Steering History: Iconic Moments of NYIAS.

New York International Auto Show Launches Historical Series

The obstacle-filled board track at the November 1900 show proved the maneuverability of this 5 HP Percy “Klock” that was built in Connecticut and sold for $1,200 out of a dealership in Manhattan’s Astor Court.

A Glance in the Rear-view Mirror
Automobiles have helped shape our culture and have played a critical role in the development of today’s modern cities. They’ve given us the opportunity to explore this vast land, experience our national parks, visit friends and family, and take in all the treasures this country has to offer. They’ve influenced the arts and have had a profound impact on music, film, photography, design and so much more while giving us the freedom of personal mobility.

From the beginning, when the first New York Auto Show opened in November 1900 at the original Madison Square Garden, the annual exhibition of automobiles, and the pageantry they create, has been a hallmark of the industry. The magic continues at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and has inspired generations for the past 120 years.

New York International Auto Show Launches Historical Series

The Automobile Club of America’s first show opened in Madison Square Garden on 3rd November 1900 and ran for six days. All the exhibits at the show were contained inside the wooden demonstration track.

Last month’s decision to reschedule the 2020 Show was difficult, especially given the fact that the event had only closed once before: during World War II. Throughout the decades, the Show has witnessed many extreme circumstances, from the Great Depression in the 1930s to the fuel crisis of 1970s as well as the economic downturns of the early 1980s and the Great Recession of 2008.

Even during these tough times, the auto industry never stopped engineering, designing and building great vehicles. Incredibly, many of those same automakers today are re-tooling factories to make ventilators and other medical devices to help fight this crisis.

Highlights from our Archives
We understand this is an extremely hard time for everyone. So as we ride this storm out together, we’ve decided to open our vault and pay tribute to an industry whose innovations have transformed the lives of people across the globe. We will share many of the notable moments that have occurred since the New York Auto Show opened in 1900.

We hope you will enjoy looking back at the excitement this new form of transportation gave the world—on the world’s largest stage—over 120 years ago. Throughout the coming weeks, we will continue sharing many of the amazing photos, videos and stories collected from past Shows. So stay tuned.

New York International Auto Show Launches Historical Series

Promotional announcement appeared in the November 3, 1900 edition of the New York Times.

A Look to the Future
In the meantime, we pause to look at what’s happening right now in the industry.

For the past 15 years, the New York Auto Show has hosted one of the most important automotive awards programs in the world. And even though NYIAS is on hiatus, the recognition continues.

We are pleased to share this video announcing the winners of the prestigious 2020 World Car Awards, a distinction determined by 86 automotive journalists from around the world.

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