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It takes 40 semi-trailers to carry the 120,000-plus yards of flooring used for the
exhibits and aisles at the NAIAS.

The length of flooring used at the NAIAS for exhibits is long enough to cover the
length of 750 football fields.

The show’s 10-week set-up employs more than 700 Teamsters, carpenters,
stagehands, electricians, riggers and ironworkers (working 12-14 hour shifts and
sometimes double shifts).

In 1992, it took the ‘Detroit Auto Show’ four days to set up. Now it takes about 10
weeks, or almost an entire college semester, for the NAIAS build. (Began work
in late October 2010).

In 1907, the first DADA-managed Detroit Auto Show hosted only 17 exhibitors.
Now, the NAIAS features more than 65 exhibitors.

The show’s name, North American International Auto Show, was adopted in
1989.

Over the years, the auto show has been held at a variety of venues including
Riverview Park, the Detroit Lumber Company, Arena Gardens, Convention Hall,
the Michigan State Fairgrounds and the Detroit Artillery Armory.

Cobo Hall became home to the auto show in 1965.

Twenty-eight years ago in 1982 was the first time cars valued at more than
$100,000 were on display at the Detroit Auto Show.

President Dwight Eisenhower was the first U.S. president to attend the show in
1961.

This year represents the 104th auto show in Detroit, Mich.


In 1976, the NAIAS began hosting the Charity Preview black-tie gala. That year, the event raised $15,000 dollars for children’s charities. In 2008, the Charity Preview raised $6 million. Since 1976, the Charity Preview has raised more than $82 million for southeastern Michigan children's charities -- $37 million of which was raised in the last seven years alone. Like many things NAIAS, Charity Preview has evolved into a star-studded affair that is the one place to see and be seen in Detroit.

Each year, the Charity Preview and the NAIAS host many local, national and worldwide celebrities. In the past R&B Singer Kelis; legendary DJ Funk Master Flex; veteran artists Hall & Oates; Celine Dion, Comedians Steve Harvey and Tommy Davidson; Kevin Bacon; Kid Rock; Jay Leno; Veronica Webb; Tony Danza; Jeff Daniels; The Apprentice star Omarosa; and TV Host Rachel Ray; have attended the black tie event.

Source: NAIAS.com

 

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