100 Years of Auto Show in BC

The history of the automobile in British Columbia provides a road map for the development of communities throughout the province; from north to south and east to west the industry has touched every corner. Just as the arrival of train travel allowed cities to grow, the personal automobile has helped British Columbia to become far more than a port gateway. BC is one of the best places to live in the world and our love affair with the automobile can be seen throughout this amazing province with long-standing dealer retail outlets selling a variety of brands for over 100 years!

Mr. Jimmy Pattison joins the Auto Show as Honorary Chair and Procession Grand Marshal

We are thrilled to announce the 100th Anniversary Show will kick off with a procession through the city and will feature vehicles from each decade of the Vancouver Auto Show! Grand Marshal and Honorary Chair of the 2020 Vancouver International Auto Show will be Mr. Jimmy Pattison, one of the most impactful contributors to the auto sector in Canada. Check out the recently released News Release!

“I’m very proud of our own involvement in the automotive industry. It’s where our company began back in 1961,” said Mr. Jim Pattison. “Today, the automotive industry remains the heart of our organization – please join me in supporting and attending the world class 2020 Vancouver International Auto Show!”

Read Mr. Pattison’s Letter of Support

Roger Penske To Attend 100th Anniversary of Vancouver International Auto Show

One of the great leaders and innovators in both the automotive and racing industry over the last 50 years will join the opening day lineup for the Vancouver International Auto Show. Roger Penske will help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the popular annual BC show on Wednesday, March 25th.

“We’re thrilled and honoured to welcome Roger to the 2020 Vancouver Auto Show,” says Jimmy Pattison, Honourary Chair and Grand Marshall of the 100th Anniversary of the Vancouver International Auto Show (March 25-29, 2020). “Roger is a legend, he’s an inspiration to countless young drivers as well as business professionals and he’s a true ambassador of the auto sector.”

Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 1937, Roger Penske became a standout race car driver in the late 1950s and early 1960s before he walked away from his career as a driver in 1965 to focus on business and an opportunity in the automotive industry – as a Chevrolet dealer in Philadelphia.

His on-track prowess was soon followed by business success, but racing continued to be his passion. He formed his own race team in 1966 and Team Penske with over 540 all-time race wins is one of the most successful sports organizations in the world. In January, Penske’s company began its newest opportunity, taking over as the owners of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and IMS Productions, a leading video services and production company.

As a special guest of the 2020 Vancouver International Auto Show, Penske will participate in a breakfast panel for media and industry attendees on March 25 to discuss the global automotive sector with Canadian automotive icon and friend Jimmy Pattison, along with a number of other VIP participants. Penske will also join several other special guests in the 100th Anniversary ribbon cutting ceremony.

Read the full press release here

Official Proclamations

Everyone seems to be jazzed about it being out 100th Anniversary! Check out the official congrats letters from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, the Governor General of Canada, The Honourable Janet Austin, the Lieutenant Governor of Our Province of British Columbia and Mayor Kennedy Stewart of the City of Vancouver.