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Attending the 2013 New York Auto Show: What you need to know

The new Porche 911 GT3 at the 2013

The new Porche 911 GT3 at the 2013 New York Auto Show at the Javits Center in Manhattan. (March 27, 2013) (Credit: EPA )

If all the photos of souped-up sports cars, sleek sedans and thundering trucks are whetting your appetite to attend the New York International Auto Show, don’t fear -- it’s not too late. In fact, our photos and stories all come from the press showings. The show doesn’t open to the public until Friday, March 29.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on going to the show:

What: The New York International Auto Show is the oldest and largest such exposition in North America. This year, it’s 113th of existence, the show will feature more than 1,000 cars, including at least 60 making their North American or, in some cases, world debuts.

Where: The show is held at the Jacob K. Javits Center, located on 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets in Manhattan, three avenues west of Penn Station.

When: There’s a special sneak preview on Friday, starting at 10 a.m. You can still buy tickets for this day -- although Level 4 won’t yet be open. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, and the show remains open through April 7. Hours are 10 a.m. through 10 p.m., except Sundays, when the auto show closes up at 7 p.m.

Why: The auto show offers you the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the most expensive and luxurious cars in the world, while simultaneously allowing you to check out cars you may purchase without the pressure of salespeople (no sales are allowed at the show). Plus, it’s a great family activity for anyone with children on school break.

How: You can buy tickets at http://www.autoshowny.com/tickets. General admission is $15, but children age 12 and under can get in for just $5. You can also buy tickets on site, where they won’t sell out.

Don’t Miss: The Jeep exhibit that allows you to ride their vehicles through an indoor off-road course. For more special events, see the schedule here: http://www.autoshowny.com/show/schedule

Good to know: Bring a camera and your most comfortable footwear. There are tons of great photo opportunities but you'll be zig-zagging through more than 900,000 square feet of space to find them.
 

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