If you have any thoughts of replacing that rusty old buggy sitting in the driveway, now is the best time to see everything the industry has to offer.
Auto manufacturers from around the world have their latest models in town and on display in the Baltimore Convention Center and adjacent Festival Hall as part of the eighth annual International Auto Show.
It is like having all the car dealers scattered along Ritchie Highway under one roof in a gala event offering industry officials the opportunity to hawk their wares at a time when showroom traffic has been dismal.
The show is in progress and will continue through Sunday, Jan. 26. The hours are noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays; noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays, and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.
The price of admission is $6 for adults. Those 12 and under get in for $3.
Tickets can be bought at both the Pratt and Camden street entrances.
Car buyers will be able to check out about 250 models ranging in price from $6,500 for a basic transportation subcompact to a $250,000 luxury sedan.
There will be the flashy imported sports cars, like Lamborghini and Lotus, along with the latest family sedans from Chevrolet, Ford, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac and Buick.
Infiniti, a division of Japan's Nissan Motors, will introduce its J30 performance luxury car, which goes on sale this spring as a 1993 model.
Expected to appear at the show are Chrysler's $50,000 Dodge Viper, which made its debut a few weeks ago at the Detroit Auto Show, and General Motors' Ultralite, a sleek concept car, not currently in production, that is designed to get up to 100 miles a gallon. It weighs a mere 1,400 pounds.
The show's promoters say there will be cars for every lifestyle and every pocketbook. There will also be a selection of trucks -- pickups, vans and mini-vans -- including the Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari made at the GM plant on Broening Highway.
For those who like to get off the beaten path, there will be a wide variety of four-wheel drive vehicles and sports utility trucks. For campers who like to take the comforts of home along with them when roughing it in the wild, there will be a display of Winnebago recreational vehicles.
E.& G. Classics, the Columbia company that produces auto accessories, will have a collection of its custom option items to personalize your new set of wheels.
The show will also feature Dre' Brungardt, host of the syndicated radio automotive talk show, "Nutz & Boltz," which is carried locally on WCBM. He will be offering tips on how to get 150,000 miles from your auto.
Mr. Brungardt's one-hour seminars will be featured Monday through Friday starting at 8 p.m. His Saturday program, which addresses a wide variety of car topics, will be aired from the show.