Tulsa Auto Show Returns With Classic & Brand-New Cars On Display

Friday, April 16th 2021, 5:34 pm
By: Johnny Resendiz

TULSA, Oklahoma -

The 104th Tulsa Auto Show returns and offers a close look at classic and new cars all weekend long.

One year after getting canceled due to COVID-19, dozens of freshly waxed and painted cars filled the River Spirit Expo for the Tulsa Auto Show.

This year's show includes a mini-golf course, a pet adoption station and a remake of the Route 66 drive-in.

Part of the proceeds will go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Tulsa Auto show producer Peter Hodges said even with restrictions going down, he knows people are still in need of help.

"We're very excited to be supporting such a great charity, especially during these times when donations are very much needed," Hodges said. 

Sightseers said they don't get to see these types of cars up close and personal every single day. So, when the Tulsa Auto Show opened its doors, some said a sense of normalcy was starting to come back.

"It's wonderful and Tulsa is getting back into the swing with everything," show visitor Gayle Kraemer said. "Cars that bring back the memories for me are like the 50s and 60s cars my parents drove, cars I drove."

The cars displayed range from older, classic cars, to brand new models.

Steven Schnitzer with the Antique Automobile Club of America said he loves car shows because it gives him and other enthusiasts a chance to show off their cars, like his 1930 Packard. 

"We were itching to get back to the car shows this year," said Schnitzer. 

The auto show will be open until 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. 

Hodges said although COVID-19 made it hard to get the event together, seeing the end product was worth the hurdles he faced.

"It's always a challenge because putting on a big show is challenging, but it's what we know how to do," Hodges said.