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VIP Tours, Ask the Expert Offered at the 2016 Washington Auto Show

Want to shift your auto show experience into high gear? Then let the experts take you for a spin. Longtime automotive journalists John Davis, Les Jackson and Alvin Jones will provide a peek under the proverbial hoods of the latest vehicles on display and an up-close and in-depth look at the products on the show floor through their individual VIP tours.

But show guests can get an insider’s perspective before they ever hit the show floor. Washington Post automotive columnist Warren Brown will host the “Ask the Expert” booth at the main entrance to the show, where he will be available to discuss the trends and technologies shaping the industry and separate the hype from the truly revolutionary.

John H. Davis is the Emmy-award winning producer, host and creator of MotorWeek, television's original and longest running automotive series. Davis can be seen and heard throughout the country on PBS broadcasts and the Velocity cable networks. As host of MotorWeek, Davis has the opportunity to put all of the new car models through extensive road tests and to judge their practicality for buyers. He also acts as final editor on all of the new car road test segments and writes many of the test opinions as well as other portions of the program. MotorWeek offers him that rare chance to bring the enjoyment of a hobby to his professional life and to use his broadcasting, engineering and analytical expertise to bring information and insight to those who love cars. Davis and MotorWeek have worked in recent years with the U.S. Department of Energy to promote public awareness of alternative fuels.

A professional automotive journalist who test drives and reviews approximately 100 new vehicles from all manufacturers yearly, Les Jackson is intimately familiar with the operation and engineering specifications of every one of the hundreds of vehicles available in the U.S. His new-vehicle reviews and technical and “how-to” articles have appeared in prominent publications for over 25 years. Jackson is co-host and technical expert on “Cruise Control,” a nationally syndicated radio program devoted to all aspects of the automotive world. He has also personally restored 16 classic automobiles and has authored hundreds of how-to articles on the subject of automobile restoration. He is past president of the Washington Automotive Press Association and a member of the International Motor Press Association. He served as a naval aviator in Norfolk, Va. after completing his education in mechanical engineering and laser physics.

As a host of “Planet Vehicle and the “Women’s Business Report” on Washington, D.C.’s News Channel 8, Alvin Jones is a multimedia commentator who knows how to reach his audience. Jones is also well-known in the D.C. area for his jazz background as host of the hit shows “Slow Jam” on WKYS-FM and “The Quiet Storm” on WHUR-FM. A former media personality with BET, Jones created the persona “The Unseen VJ” and hosted and produced several music video programs for the network.

Award-winning syndicated automotive writer and Washington Post columnist Warren Brown will host the Ask the Expert booth during both weekends of the show from 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m.

VIP tours will cost $40 per person are currently scheduled as follows:

  • Jackson: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m..; , Thurs., Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 31  at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
  • Jones: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 am and noon; Sunday. Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. and noon; and Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m.
  • Davis: Saturday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Additional weekday tours are pending. Interested parties can register online at

The largest public show in D.C., The Washington Auto Show opens to the public on Friday, January 22 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 31 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Produced by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA), The Washington Auto Show features more than 700 new makes and models from more than 42 global manufacturers.


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