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Greater Los Angeles Auto Show

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An automobile industry show for the public in Los Angeles, California, USA.


The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's LA Auto Show page on 30 September 2019, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Los Angeles Auto Show began in 1907 with ninety-nine vehicles on display at Morley’s Skating Rink. In 1910, the event was held under a canvas big top at Fiesta Park. As the auto industry grew, the auto show changed venues four times throughout the 1920s to accommodate the growing needs of vendors. In 1926, it took place at the corner of Hill and Washington where it stayed for the next four years. During the 1929 show, a short circuit in one of the airplane exhibits caused a massive fire that destroyed the entire venue, resulting in over $1 million (approx. $15 million in 2019 dollars) worth of damages. There were no injuries. With the help of the community, the show reopened one day later at the Shrine Auditorium.

The show continued to prove successful throughout the 1930s, but took a down turn during the Second World War and went on hiatus from 1940 through 1951. In 1952, the show re-opened at the Pan Pacific Auditorium with 152 vehicles on display, including those from international manufacturers.

In 2006, the show moved its dates from early January to late November/early December, thus resulting in two shows during the year. The second 2006 event celebrated the show's centennial, despite its 100th year being 2007.


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16 November 2007Fuel Efficiency, Gadgets Mark Los Angeles Auto Show
Mike O'Sullivan for Voice of America News

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16 November 2007Fuel Efficiency, Gadgets Mark Los Angeles Auto Show Mike O'Sullivan
14 November 2010Major 5 Debuts Coming to the LA Auto Show Keith Griffin
15 October 2010Media Alert: WHEEGO ELECTRIC CARS TO DEBUT LiFe AT LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOWSusan Nicholson, Wheego Electric Cars
28 November 2012LA Auto Show - the good, the bad and the Fiesta Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
11 October 2013The L.A. Motor Show - Bigger And Better Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
23 December 2015Article about L.A. Auto Show Highlights the Stiff Competition among High-End Car Companies, Notes Luxury Line Auto RentalLuxury Line Auto Rental

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