GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Just as the snow began coming down in Grand Rapids Monday morning, semi-trucks started bringing cars and displays into DeVos Place Convention Center for the Michigan International Auto Show.
“It is all scheduled,” show manager Dawn Baker, who has been working the event for 16 years, told 24 Hour News 8. “Every hour there is another manufacturer coming.”
Semis started lining up to unload around 6 a.m.; 40 trucks were expected over the course of the day. Thirty-five manufacturers are presenting at the auto show this week.
“There’s snow and slush and a little bit of spinning (of the truck tires), but again, after a couple of minutes, they’ve got those trucks backed in and we are getting them unloaded,” Baker said.
Another line of trucks will arrive Tuesday, bringing cars from all over the country. There will be more than anticipated because some cars that planned to drive have to be hauled due to the weather.
“It’s a 2019 BMW M5 Competition, $120,000 off the lot, so it’s pretty special,” Gunnar Peery of Sharpe BMW said as he showed 24 Hour News 8 the 28th Street dealership’s car.
“We want to take good care of it … we planned on driving it in, originally, but we couldn’t do it” because of the snow, he continued.
Instead, it was brought in on a flatbed.
All the snow-covered cars are power-washed and then polished in the showroom. Everything has to be pristine.
“We have Visqueen (plastic sheeting) right now over the carpet, so even if they are still dripping a little bit, like these vehicles that will be taken through to the grand gallery, it’s not going to ruin the carpet,” Baker said.
The annual Charity Spectacular that kicks off the auto show is scheduled for Wednesday; 24 Hour News 8 at 7 p.m. will broadcast live from the gala. The event opens to the public Thursday.