Auto show to feA­ture ‘ev­ery ex­otic brAnd’

Calgary Sun - Autonet - - CAR COMPARISON - — Harry Pegg is a mem­ber of the Au­to­mo­bile Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada. You can find his ve­hi­cle re­views at www.ex­ and find him on Face­book and Twit­ter.

Bit by bit the Cal­gary In­ter­na­tional Auto and Truck Show is tak­ing shape.

Cal­gary Mo­tor Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive man­ager, Jim Gille­spie, who is also auto show man­ager, says the 2018 edi­tion, slated for next March 14 to 18, will see a few changes.

For one thing, heavy trucks will no longer be at the show and high-end ve­hi­cles have even greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion with Alfa Romeo and Ge­n­e­sis now lo­cated in their own booths in the lux­ury sec­tion. Tak­ing the dol­lar value of the assem­bled ve­hi­cle dis­plays up a notch, he says “ev­ery ex­otic brand avail­able in Canada will be rep­re­sented.”

A change that should be wel­comed by ac­ces­sory ex­hibitors is their new lo­ca­tion. Ev­ery ex­hibitor will be lo­cated across from a lux­ury brand booth. That should re­ally boost their vis­i­bil­ity since the lux­ury brands are the most pop­u­lar draws af­ter the ex­otics. “We still have some ac­ces­sory booth spots avail­able,” says Gille­spie, so there’s some room for some new sup­pli­ers to get their wares be­fore the pub­lic.

The Ve­hi­cles & Vi­olins Gala, which as raised close to $4 mil­lion for Cal­gary char­i­ties since its in­cep­tion in 2000, has some changes as well.

This year the gala will be run by the new­ly­formed Cal­gary Mo­tor Deal­ers Foun­da­tion which means 50% of the $150 ticket price is el­i­gi­ble for a tax re­ceipt. The other ma­jor change is that a sin­gle char­ity will be the re­cip­i­ent of gala pro­ceeds: Ron­ald McDonald House Char­i­ties.

Teams get kick­start

Cal­gary’s Notre Dame high school is among 16 schools across the coun­try who will ben­e­fit from the Nis­san Kick­off Project which is now in its fourth year.

The project pro­vides strug­gling high school foot­ball pro­grams across Canada with fund­ing, equip­ment, uni­forms and mo­ti­va­tional events. This year, nearly 800 stu­dents in 12 ci­ties and six prov­inces will ben­e­fit from the Nis­san pro­gram.

“The Nis­san Kick­off Project is back for its fourth con­sec­u­tive year, and we are ex­cited to build on the work that has al­ready been done to give Canada’s next gen­er­a­tion the op­por­tu­nity to learn and grow on a team,” says Steve Rhind, Nis­san Canada’s di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing. “The Nis­san Kick­off Project has made a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in a num­ber of Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties, and we are proud to con­tinue pro­vid­ing high school foot­ball teams with the much­needed sup­port they re­quire.”

The project helps high schools which have the pas­sion for the game but lack the re­sources to par­tic­i­pate in foot­ball. Schools are cho­sen in ar­eas where Nis­san deal­ers and, where pos­si­ble, the CFL and its teams are able to take part at the lo­cal level.

Nis­san has been a CFL spon­sor of the CFL for a decade and to date, the Nis­san Kick­off Project has sup­ported nearly 3,500 stu­dents from 72 schools na­tion­ally in 39 ci­ties and nine prov­inces.

“I’m so proud of the suc­cess of the Nis­san Kick­off Project,” says CFL Com­mis­sioner Randy Am­brosie. “It’s been so won­der­ful to be part of this valu­able pro­gram sup­port­ing the growth of our game that gives such great op­por­tu­ni­ties to Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties. We’re ex­cited to once again bring sup­port, re­sources, and foot­ball to stu­dents in this fourth year.”

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