St. Louis Auto Show is a well-oiled machine

ST. LOUIS - It is a carefully choreographed dance.

"Well-oiled machine, see what I did there," Chris Adelmann, executive vice president of the St. Louis Auto Dealers Association quickly points out.

You get the point, involving more than 500 cars, trucks and SUVs.

"This place will be packed we've got a little more than 500,000 square feet," Adelmann explained.

But before the first car pulled in this morning, just a day before the show starts, lights had to be hung, plastic had to be put down and displays were built.

"There's a ton of pre-work that goes into these shows," Adelmann said.

Each manufacturer has a floor plan and every automobile has its mark.

"So when we get here we've already got the whole electrical plot done for the entire center so we know where every plug comes up under every car carpet everything is marked, it's quite a process," Adelmann said.

Maneuvering each make and model requires more patience than a mall parking lot and hopefully not a body shop. Once in place the final touches are added, each car is cleaned and the entire place is wiped down top to bottom.

"We'll get a good vacuum in and it will be show ready for tomorrow," Adelmann added.

By noon Thursday 500 cars trucks and SUVs will be in their proper place and polished that's when the show starts. The St. Louis Auto Show runs through Sunday and this year they're doing something new, there's a concert Saturday night with Gary Allen and Joe Nichols.

Tickets for the St. Louis Auto Show cost $10 for adults, children 6-12-year-olds cost $5.


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