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50th Annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show Begins

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Brian Kirkpatrick
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Vintage Rolls Royce is one of the top attractions at the 50th San Antonio Auto & Truck Show.

The 50th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show is now open and runs through Sunday at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. 

The show features roughly 366,000 square feet of exhibits on the street level of the convention center.

Show spokesperson Cassandra Lazenby said it's a great place for those in the market for a new car to visit.

IF YOU GO WHAT: 50th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show WHERE: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 E. Market Street WHEN: 2-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; & 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday  COST: $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and military members, and $5 for children ages 6 to 10. Kids ages 5 and younger are free

"You can see everything,” she said. “... It's the largest showroom in South Texas, so that means you can come down here and check out every vehicle you could ever imagine — maybe some you didn't. It's all under one roof. You don't have to go to different dealerships or anything like that. You don't have to be pressured into buying anything.”

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Matas Concepts Auto Design & Paint owner, Hector Mata, oversees detailing of 1963 Lincoln Continental by Juan Victoriano. lower left, and Isaiah Garcia.

There are consumer models priced from $16,000 up to luxury models worth upwards of $500,000. She said the event is also a showcase of the latest in automotive technology.

“They even have Alexa where you can order online in the vehicle — I'm not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. Lots of cool stuff like that. Massage seats; heated seats,” she said. “You name it, we got it."

Visitors can also test drive some vehicles outside the convention center. Another section of the indoor show features classic cars.

Brian Kirkpatrick can be reached at brian@tpr.org