Past, Present And Future At Midlands International Auto Show

By: Katie Stukey Email
By: Katie Stukey Email
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The Midlands International Auto Show rolls into CenturyLink Center Omaha this weekend featuring old classics, new models and everything in between.

Not many people have had a chance to see the 2015 Ford Mustang, which made its auto show debut last weekend in Detroit. The very first 2015 Mustang sold this week at auction for $300,000. You won't find one on a showroom floor until next fall.

This marks the 50th year for the iconic pony car with countless fan clubs across the country. The 2015 model was made with a global audience in mind as Ford tries to boost sales of this American icon overseas. Auto reports project just 80,000 Mustangs will sell this year compared to the hundreds of thousands that sold in the early years of the Mustang.

“We had to definitely make sure that we kept that retro design to the Mustang and also a new modern, sleeker feel for new Mustang customers that we're trying to pull in through the door,” says Ford Motor Company’s Business Development Specialist Eric Moten.

The base model is expected to run around $25,000. If you're looking for more of a show Mustang, there’s the 1965 Mustang pool table costing almost $10,000.

One of the most talked about attractions from last week's North American Auto Show in Detroit is the new Ford F-150 pickup. You'd think the country's best selling pickup for the last 37 years wouldn't need much in the way of a makeover, but this redesign is already getting standout reviews.

The big change is in the aluminum body that alone took 700 pounds off the truck, making it more fuel efficient while also improving braking and handling. It was a pleasant surprise for even Ford insiders to learn the truck would be here. “It was just introduced last week at the North American Auto Show and there's just a love for trucks in the U.S. and being here in the Midwest, there's even a greater love for trucks here,” says Moten.

Elsewhere on the floor here you'll see the new Stingray, the Viper and the brand new Chrysler 200.

How about a car that's almost 75 years old? A 1940 Ford from Omaha is the reigning winner of the Ridler Award, one of the most prestigious honors in the world for a hot rod, given for creativity, engineering and workmanship. The award comes with a $10,000 prize, but when you start to add up all the custom details and three-and-a-half years of work that went into it, $10,000 doesn't look like much.

For years, Peter Fink from Certified Transmissions has been visiting WOWT’s Midday offering advice, but this weekend, he's showing off two of his own vehicles made for drag racing. The Cobra Jet is one of only 50 produced and has 1,000-plus horsepower. Right by its side is Peter's Chevy Copo Camaro, one of only 69 in the world. “Extremely rare cars, hard to get, very proud to have them."

These drag racing cars were out of production for decades. It was back in 1969 that Chevy made 69 racing cars and brought them back in 2012 and 2013. Fink hopes to someday make a museum of his nearly 50 different vehicles.

The auto show opens Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. It closes at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 7-12.

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