State Fair Cars

I enjoy the annual traditions of the State Fair of Texas, but it’s the auto show that always offers something fresh and exciting. Each year, top automobile manufacturers, including Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler, put their latest models on display.

I feel like a kid in a candy shop when walking through the Centennial and Automobile buildings. It can be a bit overwhelming because there are about 400 autos inside the buildings and outside in the Truck Zone. I recommend just diving in.

Nearly all of the cars are open for people to inspect and sit inside. Entire families come to see if they can sit comfortably in the new Ford pickups. Many cars now include new technologies like Wi-Fi capabilities and automatic emergency brakes.

I found two cars that easily distinguished themselves. The first is the 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, Midnight Edition. Nearly all black, this is an SUV that looks slick and bold. It is billed as having all the muscle needed for uphill excursions. Its wheels are a whopping 18-inches tall to keep drivers moving in off-road situations. It’s also assembled in Texas, which lets owners carry their state pride through any frontier.

The other car that really caught my attention was the Fiat 500 Abarath. This tiny Italian ride packs a punch with 160 horsepower in its four-cylinder engine. It has a spoiler airfoil to reduce wind friction and two doors for hopping in and out. Frankly, it made me want to drive very fast through small alleys in Rome.

While this year’s fair is already in the history books, I recommend checking out the auto show at the State Fair next year. It’s not just for car lovers, but for everyone to have an up-close encounter with the newest and most efficient automobiles for their transportation needs.