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Behind the Scenes at the Philly Auto Show

The Philadelphia Auto Show just held it’s annual event at the Philadelphia Convention Center and Empire HQ sent out the Behind The Covers crew to get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the action.

The yearly car gala is one of the oldest and most popular gathering of automobiles in the country. The first Philly Auto Show was organized way back in 1902. The variety of vehicles and the amount of people who frequent the event each year has increased dramatically over the past 111 years. The show currently brings in over 200,000 guests and has over 700 vehicles filling in the 550,000 square feet of the Center City, Philadelphia building.

We sat down with Kevin Mazzucorla, the Executive Director of the Philly Auto Show who has been involved with the event for the past 15 years, to get to know what makes this event so special.

EMPIRE COVERS: “What’s the best aspect the Philadelphia Auto Show has going for it, right now?”

KEVIN MAZZUCORLA: “Everything. Everything is perfect. But seriously, for one, the tradition of the event is phenomenal. It’s one of the oldest shows in the country. Kids who have come to the show with their grandparents become grandparents and then take their grandchildren. It’s amazing. You see generations that have been coming to the show for, well, generations.”

EC: “How has the show changed over time and, more specifically, within recent history to where it is today?”

KM: “A lot has changed. For one, the size of the show. The building is bigger, more people are coming, the interest is stronger than ever. That doesn’t even count for how much the technology has changed and how much the industry has grown over the years. A larger automobile culture means more companies want to get in the door to show off their product. This year we have over 700 vehicles on the show floor.”

EC: “How big of an influence does the Philly Auto Show have?”

KM: “A great deal, actually. The Philadelphia market is top 4 in the auto industry in terms of sales of vehicles alongside New York, LA and Chicago. This area alone generates about $3 billion in revenue per year. 30% of all vehicles in the Philadelphia market are influenced by this show, so we have a lot of pull going for us.

“The beauty is, there is no selling going on at the actual show. People come in, see what they want to see and make decisions later. For the most part people will come in and view something they didn’t know existed or never thought of before and will tend to at least research into that specific vehicle more, if not purchase it at a later time.

EC: “Are you in competition with other big shows around the country?”

KM: “We obviously want to have the best car show in the world, but yes, sometimes the wind is pulled out of our sails. Detroit is a huge show and is right before us, so naturally if car companies want to unveil something brand new or an incredible unique concept, they’re going to do it there because it’s the first big show of the year. Just the way it is.”

EC: “Would you like us to cover all of your cars for next year?

KM: “Absolutely!”

Thanks to Kevin for taking the time out of his busy schedule to speak to us. Photos of the event and the beautiful cars are below, but before we run out of covers supplying the 2014 Philadelphia Auto Show, you may want to stock up for your own good. Check us out at EmpireCovers.com.

Sweet Rides From the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

2014 Chevy Silverado

Every year the Detroit Auto Show features the best and hottest cars about to hit the market. 2013 was no exception as dozens of brand new concepts were brought to the international stage. Thousands will flock this year to the show that runs from Janurary 14-27, but if you’re not lucky enough to make it, don’t worry. We’ve rounded up the sweetest rides we’ve come across from this year’s car extravaganza for your enjoyment.

Acura NSX Concept

The Acura NSX concept car’s shell stayed mostly same, there’s actually an interior to look at inside the Japanese supercar that the brand says will focus on simplicity, good outward visibility and style to enhance the driving experience. Take the PR words for what it’s worth, but there’s no getting around the fact that Acura is at least one step closer to building the NSX.

Honda Fit Urban SUV Concept

Honda brought the Fit Urban SUV concept to the Detroit Auto Show this year to preview a crossover built on the Fit platform. For the most part, the concept doesn’t actually seem so far from what a production version could look like apart from touches like the LED-laden headlights and door handles.

2014 Cadillac ELR

The ELR offers 300 miles of range, helped by the same 1.4-liter gas engine as the Chevy Volt. The ELR also gets tighter steering and suspension to deliver a sportier driving feel to separate it further from the Chevrolet product.

2014 Audi RS7

0 to 60 mph in less than 3.9 seconds. Wow. The 2014 Audi RS7 has a ridiculous 553 lb-ft torque rating at 1750 rpm. The body is styled with an almost excessive number of carbon fiber pieces, but in this case it works to further the car’s aggressive look. Audi’s 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 makes plenty of power, but the brand also says it expects the car to average 24 mpg thanks in no small part to cylinder deactivation.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray practically took over the show over before it started in Detroit by packing a massive venue and is definitely the fastest base Corvette ever. Powered by an all-new 6.2-liter LT1 V8, the Stingray has 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Not only that, but Chevrolet says the car has a better power-to-weight ratio than both the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. The perfect car for the perfect ride.

Looking for a cover to protect your amazingly sweet ride? Check us out at Empirecovers.com.

The Top 10 Bumper Stickers of All-Time

 

Bumper stickers. It’s nice break when you’re on a long, boring drive or stuck in traffic and seeing something that, for a second, makes you laugh, think or at the very least, distracts you from reality. For decades, bumper stickers have provided us with a quick chuckle, inspiration or general silliness while on the road. Millions have been made and have graced every type of vehicle (except if you have one on your Lamborghini, then you have some serious problems). We at Empire Covers have searched the Internet far and wide to bring you the best 10 bumper sticker’s out there today:

10.  Civilization would continue, just without the luxury of vehicles or basketball dunks.

 

9.  Never knew stickers had that kind of power.

 

8. Can’t wait for the newest member of the family, Kick.

 

7.  Must work in retail.

 

6.  Sweet truck!  Hey, what are you doing this Saturday?

 

5.  Will do, madam (assuming…probably correctly).

 

 

4.  Good point. Can also be true for elderly people who are driving in the passenger seat while looking out the window and sitting on there dog.  Concentrate on the road please, Nanna.

 

 

3.  Somebody’s making a fortune over those things.

 

 

2.  And if you’re illiterate, then the joke’s on you I guess.

 

 

1.  Funny?  Yes.  True?  Double yes.

 

 

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