Northwood University's 2012 auto show drives the dream

The 2012 Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS) recently provided a great learning experience for students as well as the opportunity for over 45,000 visitors to interact, view and become educated about the more than 500 product offerings presented by over 600 students of all majors at Northwood University. The three-day Auto Show, which marks its 49th anniversary this year, continues the tradition of allowing students to plan, organize, execute and work the show, an experience truly unique to Northwood. Throughout the weekend many alumni returned to campus either to display product offerings or visit the show.

"Despite the on and off rainy weather throughout the weekend, attendance to the Auto Show was steady as people bundled up and enjoyed the show regardless of the weather, something that students also chose to work through as rain poured for the early part of Thursday's setup," commented Patrick Faber, NUIAS general chair.

Many aspects of the show were different this year with many products having returned and some new vehicles introduced to the show. This year the Car Care Council hosted a free vehicle check-up event in the parking lot of H.H. Dow High School. Council staff was on hand to discuss how to be "Car Care Aware" and distributed free car care guides to attendees. The goal for next year's show will be to maintain this year's vendors while also offering new exhibits.

According to Dr. Timothy Nash, vice president for strategic and corporate alliances and Fry endowed chair in free market economics, "The NUIAS impacts the Midland area with an estimated $2-3 million dollars annually. The students of Northwood University should be proud of their hard work, as the experience they take with them is something you could never learn in a classroom."

The event, which takes nearly a full year of preparation, is already underway for next year which will mark the 50th anniversary of the Auto Show. Students invite you to join Northwood next year for the Auto Show as it will have a whole new selection of vehicles and products from the industry.

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