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Association to Curate Content and Showcase Historical Vehicles for Inaugural Event

ATLANTA (September 6, 2016) – Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events company, announced today its partnership with the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) for The Classic Auto Show, being held January 27-29, 2017, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.

Through its members and partners, the HVA promotes and protects the cultural and historical significance of the automobile and creates educational programs to expand awareness of how the automobile has impacted and shaped modern society. At The Classic Auto Show, the HVA will provide content that connects visitors to the history of classic automobiles, showcasing two of the vehicles on the National Historic Vehicle Register on the show floor. On display will be "Old Red," the 1964 Meyers Manx dune buggy, and President Reagan's beloved 1962 CJ-6 Jeep. The HVA will also be holding educational sessions in the Celebrity Theater, which will also include featured guests Mike Brewer, Wayne Carini, Chip Foose, Chris Jacobs, Dave Kindig and Mike Phillips.  

"These two vehicles, while historically significant on a broader, national scale, have a special connection to California," said HVA President Mark Gessler. "Bruce Meyers helped bring California beach culture to the masses with his ingenious dune buggy design and sense of fun and freedom. The jeep represented a different type of freedom as it was the only vehicle President Reagan was able to drive while in office. Used daily at his beloved ranch, Rio del Sol, the jeep remains largely as it was the last time the late president drove it."

The Classic Auto Show is the first in a series of consumer-based automotive events hosted by Urban Expositions and Clarion Events in the United States. The Clarion Events Motoring Division produces a complete suite of auto events, including the UK Classic Motor Show, and the Classic Car and Restoration Show and Race Retro The international Historic Motorsport show, which are attended by over 100,000 auto enthusiasts each year.

"There's an excitement when cars from a variety of eras and regions come together," said Doug Miller, partner of Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events Company. "Beyond the cars themselves, it's the stories of how an automobile can connect people with life milestones and memories that we want to capture at The Classic Auto Show. Partnering with the HVA is a vital connection to enhance the event experience for our visitors."

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Based in Kennesaw, GA, and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 36 events. Urban serves seven industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Pet and Gaming. Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. Urban has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois.

Clarion Events operates over 200 events in 35 countries from offices in the UK, South Africa, USA, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, UAE, Turkey, and the Netherlands. Clarion can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness.

The HVA is dedicated to preserving and sharing America's automotive heritage. In 2014 the HVA established the National Historic Vehicle Register program working with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Heritage Documentation Programs and Library of Congress to document historically significant automobiles in America's past. The HVA is supported by over 400,000 individual historic vehicle owners, key stakeholders and corporations such as Shell, Pennzoil, Quaker State, Hagerty, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers as well as important individual benefactors. Please visit: