Let the good times roll: Auto show preps underway for this weekend at DeVos Place

Posted at 9:25 PM, Feb 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-02 23:21:49-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- More than 300 cars from more than a dozen automakers from around the globe will be parked inside DeVos Place this weekend for the 17th annual Michigan International Auto Show.

Crews spent Monday preparing the automakers' displays and lighting, while several exotic and classic cars were rolled onto the convention center floor for the hotly anticipated Million Dollar Motorway display.

Presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association, the show features new cars, trucks and SUVs, alongside rare exotic supercars and even some classics from the 1950s.

The Million Dollar Motorway will feature a dozen rare rides with sticker prices of $100,000 or more from automakers including Bentley, Aston Martin, Maserati, Rolls Royce, and Ferrari. The cars are worth a collective $4.2 million, according to Dianna Stampfler, the show's publicist.

"I mean where else are you going to stand next to an Aston Martin and pretend you’re James Bond or next to a Bentley and you’re one of the real housewives," she said. "Those TV icon cars are the quality cars we’re bringing in for the Million Dollar Motorway.”

Check out the complete list of vehicles to be displayed at the Million Dollar Motorway here.

“If you look at the craftsmanship on all the cars here, you’re looking at 300-plus hours for one car to be built, 60 man hours for one car to be painted," said Brian Bucholtz, with the Elder Automotive Group, which shipped the cars in from their Metro Detroit dealerships.

"It’s the cream of the crop, it’s the best.”

The show will also feature classic 1950s cars from the Gillmore Car Museum, along with a motorcycle The Fonz actually rode on during the "Happy Days" series.

“It's one of the great things about this show because it's like you're going to multiple showrooms in one building," Stampfler said.

The show opens to the public beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 300 Monroe Ave. Grand Rapids. The show runs through 6 p.m. on Sunday. Click here for a complete list of dates, times and ticket prices.