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Sep 25, 2009 3:50 PM by Andy Koen

Springs Auto Show underway

The latest and greatest machines of the auto world are shined up and ready to show. The Colorado Springs Automobile Dealers Association 2010 Auto Show is underway at the Phil Long Expo Center.

The idea is to have a pressure-free place to look over all of the dealers fleets, kick the tires, sit in the cockpit, even honk the horn. Okay, maybe no honking.

"No honking the horns, but you can certainly sit in the cars and you can really take in what each of these brands have to offer," says Kenn Patton, general sales manager and partner of Phil Long Hyundai.

Pattons says the show give car buyers and auto enthusiasts the chance to see some of the industry's newest and rarest models.  For example, the 2011 Hyundai Equus is appearing here before the big Detroit Auto Show, and there's also the speedy 440 Horsepower Nissan GT-R.

There's also plenty of American muscle on display with new Cameros, Challengers and Mustangs all making a showing.  But the show isn't entirely about cars.

From its beginning in 1974, the Colorado Springs Auto Sohw has been a fundraiser for the Assistance League's Operation School Bell which buys new school clothes for children in the Pikes Peak Region.

"In that time they've helped us clothe over 65,000 children," said chapter president Sandra Grese.

The show runs from Friday, from to Saturday and to Sunday at the Phil Long Expo Center, 1515 Auto Mall Loop, near the Chapel Hills Mall.  Admission is $5, kids 12 and under get in free.

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