The Wellington Auto Show (Aka MTA100: car show of the century)

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For New Zealand’s Motor Trade Association (MTA) 100th birthday, they decided to host a car show in Wellington. It was wonderful although it’s name was rather long and a bit pretentious. Motor Trade Show 100: Car Show of the Century, see what I mean. But I loved how for two thirds of it anyway (one third was old cars) the layout, design and atmosphere was full international auto show.

I think it should have been given a name fitting for its standard, The Wellington Auto Show. Yes I did just copy New York’s and Vienna’s auto show names. So besides the name what else did we see.

The whole show was laid out in four areas. The outside area had test drives. The second area was Wellington’s new conference venue Shed 6. It’s an impressive transformation from when I was last in the building when it’s use was a shed. Now it’s a modern venue split into three rooms that can be joined together.

Shed 6

Shed 6
Shed 6

For the MTA:100 show, it played host to a number of vehicles from New Zealand.

The 'Aquada' car
The ‘Aquada’ car
A New Zealand designed sports car
A New Zealand designed sports car

The Main Arena

The third area was the main attraction. Inside TSB Arena were the next generation electric vehicles. Decked out in all black, the arena had large screens hanging in the centre (They didn’t do much but it was cool) and the cars were all on shiny floors with plenty of space to walk around.

TSB Arena transformed for the MTA:100 car show
TSB Arena transformed for the MTA:100 car show

Okay so it wasn’t the New York or Vienna Auto Show with rotating cars, car launches, concept cars or anything new. Everything that was there was either very old, slightly old or very new but nothing brand new or coming soon.

McLaren P1
McLaren P1
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S

 

 

There was one concept car that in my opinion will hopefully remain just that. The Rinspeed had a moving steering wheel and autonomous capabilities but it isn’t exactly stylish and its covered in glitter.

The Rinspeed, a concept car covered in glitter
The Rinspeed, a concept car covered in glitter

The Classics

Under TSB Arena in the car park was the fourth and final area home to a range of classic cars.

The third section had classic cars
The third section had classic cars

But this was a start for Wellington and it was perfect. There’s a reason that events in Wellington exist and succeed. The city is big and little.This means that events keep a certain level of intimacy and they don’t feel too big. An auto show in Wellington would be amazing addition the annual calendar of events showcasing the latest cars and the future of the auto industry.

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