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Nashville International Auto Show 2016 Recap

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Music City was born out of necessity as a small fort on the Cumberland river. If you are traveling through the south it is almost impossible to avoid the charm and hospitality of Tennessee’s capital. Because the local economy is powered by the entertainment industry, Nashville is home to some of the most significant cars ever built. Our annual collaboration with Motor Trend is now into its third year, so we decided to bring something for everyone last weekend. And to capture the collection of exquisite automobiles was our friend Tanner Mashburn of TMash Photos. His photos can be seen in this article.

Building the booth requires patience and along with an artistic flair to wow the crowds. In order to accomplish, we turned to our local dealers for an unprecedented display. First in our display was our friends from Velocity Motorcars. With several million dollars of inventory, they arrived with some heavy hitters. From a RENNTECH S65 coupe to a 599 GTO and everything in between, we placed them behind a fence to give an invitation-only experience.

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Next in was the latest in luxury from Music City Motorcars.They arrived with a Maserati Levante and a Bentley Bentayga for those in need of a luxury SUV. As one of the most prominent Aston Martin franchises in the US, they commissioned the famous graffiti artist Kaves to wrap a new Vanquish Volante. It provided a brilliant contrast to the new DB11, which was finished in slate gray. We placed them inside another VIP area, along with new shotguns from Barrett Firearms.

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Porsche of Nashville had a nice surprise for us: a new 911 Targa 4S in Miami Blue. Built as a show car by Porsche North America, it has every option for a grand total of $179,000. It was also my first experience driving the new 718 Cayman and it doesn’t disappoint. Audi of Nashville, along with BMW and Mini, helped to make it an awe-inspiring display. For those who prefer American power, Ford of Murfreesboro brought the latest in domestic muscle. As one of the most successful Roush dealers, they brought a new Stage III Mustang along with two Roushcharged F-150 trucks. A giant F-350 Black Ops allowed us to tower over our neighbors, and it was a great vantage point to see the entire convention hall.

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Jaguar/Land Rover of Nashville arrived with an F-Pace and the new Discovery, but the real treat was the Jaguar F-Type and Range Rover Sport. Those two were SVR models equipped with the supercharged 550 hp V8 engine. Last to arrive was a new McLaren 570GT from McLaren Philadelphia.

A big thanks to all of our dealers and fans who helped to make Nashville 2016 a show for the record books. Our next event will be the Tampa Auto Show December 2nd to the 4th at the Tampa Convention Center. We look forward to seeing you there.

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