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Updated Nov 21, 2012 - 8:19 am

Auto show set for Phoenix Convention Center

PHOENIX -- New car shoppers might want to spend part of Thanksgiving weekend checking out the Arizona International Auto Show.

Workers at the Phoenix Convention Center are busy getting over 400 new cars ready for the show, which runs Thursday through Sunday.

The show includes exotic cars such as the 2013 all-electric Fisker. It has solar panels on its roof.

Knox Ramsey of the Valley Automobile Dealers Association joked that the panels powered the car and do something else.

"If your coffee gets cold, we can put it on top of the car and get it warmed up," Ramsey said.

Kick the tires, check under the hood, and sit in any of the 400 cars, without any salesman pressure.

More cars will be available for test drives this year, Ramsey added.

"We're expanding the number of ride-and-drives we have," Ramsey said. "We had five (automakers participating in) ride-and-drives last year. This year we have 11, so there's another 100 cars involved in the ride-and-drives."

Sunday is family day at the show. Kids under 12 get in free with a paid adult and they'll also have the opportunity to meet Spider-Man and Captain America.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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