The annual LA Auto Show opened this week, filling 760,000 square feet of exhibit space at the Los Angeles Convention Center. According to the show’s Wiki page:
The Auto Show began in 1907 with ninety-nine vehicles on display at Morley’s Skating Rink. 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, an electrical circuit in one of the airplane exhibits caught fire causing the entire show to go up in flame,s ending in more than $1 Million in damage. With the help of the community, the show re-opened one day later at the Shrine Auditorium.
The show was successful throughout the 1930s, then went on hiatus from 1940 through 1951 due to tough economic times and the second world war. In 1952, the show re-opened at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Hollywood — an Art Deco building most famously known as the location for the 1980 Olivia Newton-John / Gene Kelly movie Xanadu — with 152 vehicles on display, including those from international manufacturers. The show has continued its successful growth and is now housed at the downtown convention center; the name also changed from The Greater Los Angeles Auto Show to the LA Auto Show. The cars at this year’s show are absolutely stunning, and the display of hydrogen cars has got a lot of folks in the industry buzzing. Check out slides from the LA Auto Show 2013 above.