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This was a great show and we encourage all those in the Harrisburg/York/Lancaster areas to come out and view the new cars being featured this year. Your Support will help showcase to the world that things in Pennsylvania are going to be Great! The size of the show was smaller than last with only one hall having been given to boats with a clear cut in motorhomes/campers compared to years past, but people will still enjoy the Car Show, specifically the cars displayed by Ben Ginder who always creates highlights with his luxurious cars. (check out his pictures towards the bottom of this post). As always people can check out the cars inside and out and sit in them to inspect the beautiful interiors. Enjoy the show!!

Car Show Features:

The show will feature the following:

  • Passenger Cars
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • Coach & Auto Builders
  • Two & Three Wheelers
  • Tires
  • Car Financing
  • Insurance Info
  • Alternative Fuel Systems
  • Refueling and Car care info
  • Disposal & Recycling info
  • Bodywork and Repair booths
  • Auto Accessory vendors
Boat Show Features:
  • Motors
  • Cruiser Boats
  • Bass Boats
  • Cuddy Cabbins
  • Walkarounds
  • Ski-Boats
  • High Performance models
  • Pontoon Boats
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Fishing Boats
Note: 6 boat show dealers will be present, 2 less than last year

AACA Museum Cars:
  • 1942 Ford Military Jeep
  • 1951 Yellow Ford F-2 Pick Up Truck
  • 1957 Black Chevy 210 Race Car
  • 1954 Red MG TF
  • Hershey's Kissmobile Cruiser and a Model T Delivery Vehicle.
The AACA Museum showed a good collection of cars(as always) and gave out brochures for those interested to visit the museum. For those who are planning on visiting our Active Adult Community in Hershey, High Pointe in Hershey, we will have a number of these brochures to give out to interested parties and may be planning some more incentives. Stay tuned!

Included below are some images from the 2007 show entrees by the Museum. For more pictures, contact the photographer at vkdesigns@hotmail.com

Note: A black 2000 Prowler is also on display and will be raffled off on October 10th of this year. You can buy tickets for $20. (Source)

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Show Car Dealers:
Note: Click on any of the links above to see the complete lineup of cars for a specific manufacturer for 2009.

To see images of all the show cars displayed at any of the 2009 Motortrend shows, check out MSN's Gallery Sidebar.

Show's Ommissions:
Ben Ginder's Car Collection:
This collection by Ben Ginder of PA valued at over $2,000,000 will include the following vehicles:

Alternative Fuel Technologies(Green Trail):

  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Lexus
  • Mercury
  • Saturn
  • Dodge
  • Lexus
  • Toyota

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2010 Car Models

Concept Car Showcase:
For pictures and information about all the new concept cars from this year, click on the following link which nicely has them all featured on one page for easy reference. 2009 Motortrend Car Show Concept Car Gallery

2009 Redigns/New models:
2009 Hybrid Models:

Note: Make sure to fill out any of the numerous subscription entree forms that will allow you to get a 12 issue-1 year subscription to Motor Trend Magazine.

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Show Hours:

  • Wednesday 1:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m EST
  • Thursday 1:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m EST
  • Friday 10:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m EST
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m EST
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m EST
Note: according to what i'm reading here in the showguide, stopping by the ABC 27 booth will allow you to get a complimentary Safe Flash Drive. "The Flash drives will contain child's photos, birthmarks, scars, tatoos, dental history, height, weight and allergies to hep locate a missing child" 

Kids Day special activities area:
  • Moonbounce
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Animals
  • Inflatable Tropic Slide
Show Conctact info:
Phone: (717)787-5373
Fax:    (717)556-7868

Organizer Contact info:
Motor Trend Auto Shows, Inc. http://www.motortrendautoshows.com/
Phone: (717)671-4300
Fax:    (717)671-4303
Show Sponsors -
  • Harrisburg Automotive Trade Association
  • Patriot News
Show Admission Pricing:
  • Adults (13+) - $8
  • Seniors (62+) - $5
  • Active Military* - $5
  • Children (7-12) - $3
  • Children (6 & Under) - Free
* (Must show ID)
-Sunday, February 1st is kids day. All children 12 & Under are admitted free when acompanied with an adult. 
-Yesterday was "College Two-Fer-Day".  A college ID was required to get one free ticket with the price of 1.

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Show Location:
2300 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9443
Show Directions:
When traveling to the show off Route I-81, take exit 67b(old exit was 23). The complex is then located off Cameron and Maclay streets.
Show Parking:
Parking is available for roughly 8 dollars. It is estimated that 2200 on-site spaces will be available. Off site parking can be located on Elmerton lot where free shutttle service is available to bring you to the front entrance of the complex.
Special Note: For those of you, like us, who have been to the show for a number of years already, we offer this advise.  Upon entering the on-site parking area continue going straight through the gates towards the back gate. That will give you a much better opportunity to park closer to an entrance which is a benefit in bad weather. The back Entrance also allows direct access to the Boat Exhibition.


Online Savings: You can get 2 dollars off of tickets by ordering them here.
Local Area Savings: Additional savings can also be attained from participating Mc.Donald's Restaurants. Visit www.AutoShowHarrisburg.com for more info.

Castellum's Favorites

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New Dodge Challenger

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Hummer H3T

AACA Display cars

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Ben Ginder's Collection of Cars

I had to whip out this photo i took of Ben's Mercedes Mc.Laren from 2007 - he sold it :( 

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Lamborghini Murcielago

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Ben Ginder truly has one of the nicest collection of new cars we have ever seen at any show around the world. Whenever you see a new car driving on the roads of lancaster, you can be sure that there's a good chance it's his.

Our Picks from this years show(dealers):

Castellum's Best price award goes to the:
  • Lexus GX 470 (landcruiser-like, only 48,440) - Compare to prices of competitors ranging around 70k. Has a nicer interior too(our opinion).
  • Chevy Explorer (custom - 7foot - w/24 inch tv,ceiling speakers/lounge chairs) Only 42.800$ (great deal!)
The next 2 biggest Car Shows are in Chicago and Geneva respectively and both are sure to showcase a wide variety of newcomers. Below are 2 lists of debut vehicles at those shows and of vehicles who have debuted previously at Detroit and at this show.




Other cars to look for in future shows(not present at PA):
--- Clicking on the above links will give you a detailed description.
Note: Those marked with asterisks (*) are highly recommended for viewing. Multiple asterisks have higher priority. 

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Conclusion: This years show was thinner than normal but there are still some diamonds in the rough that are worth seeing first hand. The best exhibit as always was Luxury Row, (AACA MUSEUM/Ben Ginder's Collection). Don't miss out! This should be an event everyone goes to annually!!

See Press Release photography for high Detailed images.

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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

Wow...what a bunch of cars on display. I personally love the chocolate Hershey kissmobile....yup....is the kiss real?

Jan 31, 2009 06:29 AM #1
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Sally, hmm. we didn't ask him, but when we call him next we will. Stay tuned.

Jan 31, 2009 07:39 AM #2
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

UPDATE: just a reminder, today is the last day to attend this great event. It opens at 10:00 a.m and ends at 5:00 p.m EST

Hopefully others will attend the event and give their impressions of it. We'd like to know what your favorite cars in attendance were.

Jan 31, 2009 10:39 PM #3
Everard Korthals
Castellum Realty LLC. - International Real Estate Brokerage - Lititz, PA
Lancaster real estate

Thanks for taking those pictures of the event victor they look great. this is definetely a great show to attend. you can still leave now and get back before the superbowl starts. best of luck in the contest you entered in.

Feb 01, 2009 04:39 AM #4
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

You're welcome Everard. It was a pleasure seeing Ben again. He always has the best cars. Did you see the picture of the McLaren i added from 2 years ago? I think i probably took a picture of every angle of that car. It was simply stunning. 

Feb 01, 2009 07:34 AM #5
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

UPDATE: all car models now have direct links leading to additional information.  We also added a very extensive list of cars to watch for in the upcoming year. We believe it will be usefull to consumers for the entire year to come as some of the cars listed have yet to make their appearance. We will soon be adding data of all upcoming shows this year so consumers can reference back to this post for those specific dates. 

Feb 09, 2009 04:55 AM #6
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate

For my money, no one puts more time, effort and dilligence into their localism posts than the Castellum guys.  I check out each and every car show post you put out, even though I never have a comment to add.  I'm not even a car guy, but your thoroughness and array of eye-catching pics is outstanding.  You should win a contest or something ;)

Mar 04, 2009 01:35 AM #7
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

Here's our research

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We probably mispelled something somewhere even though we ran the spell checker 4 times. Ah well, contests are overated.

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