VIP Tours with an Automotive Expert ($35)
Take our VIP private group tour and get an in-depth, behind the scenes look at some of the most exciting automobiles in the world and the companies that create them. Don’t miss this VIP auto experience!
Led by automotive experts and renowned journalists, the VIP tour will focus on new technologies, safety and infotainment, and a chance to see the Washington Auto Show® up close and personal! Ask questions, be wowed and learn more about the cars you’re considering for purchase. Book now as tours fill up quickly!
Enjoy a private group tour of our 750,000-square-foot showcase with Warren Brown, award-winning Washington Post cars columnist or Jayne O’Donnell, USA Today consumer reporter and columnist. Tours are approximately one-and –a-half hours throughout both floors of the Auto Show. Minimum of four persons, maximum of 18 on each tour.*
*Must be 18 years or older on all tours except Saturday, when a child 10 or older may participate with an adult
Tours will be offered, at the following times:
-- Sunday, Feb. 3, 9 am, 11 am (Warren Brown)
-- Thursday, Feb. 7, 4:15 pm; 6:15 pm (Brown)
-- Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 am, 11 am (Jayne O’Donnell)
-- Sunday, Feb 10, 9 am, 11 am (Warren Brown)
About the Experts:
Warren Brown has covered the automotive industry for The Washington Post since 1982. Known for his trademark wit and irreverence, Brown has earned numerous awards for his incisive coverage, including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Urban Wheel Awards Ceremony of the 2012 North American International Auto Show, the 2012 Golden Quill Award from the Washington Automotive Press Association and, most recently, by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA), which sponsors The Washington Auto Show.
Brown’s weekly column for The Washington Post is called “On Wheels,” and he continues to host a live weekly web discussion on Washingtonpost.com called “Real Wheels Live.”
A graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans where he grew up, Brown began his career with a fellowship from The New York Times to complete a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He wrote for the Times, and then the Philadelphia Inquirer before carving out a legendary niche on the “automotive beat” at The Washington Post.
Jayne O’Donnell is the consumer reporter and columnist for USA TODAY, an author, TV contributor and freelance writer. She has covered the auto industry, especially safety and consumer issues, for about 25 years. Jayne has been the car columnist for Woman’s Day, the Washington correspondent for AutoWeek, a syndicated auto writer, and a contributor to Good Housekeeping.
Jayne has won public service and journalism awards for her work alerting the public to auto safety hazards. They include Detroit Press Foundation first-place awards for her 2005 series on teen driving and, in 1997, for exposing the dangers air bags posed to children. Jayne’s reporting with Jim Healey on air bags in the mid to late 1990s is widely credited with prompting the government’s actions to make them safer, including the “smart" air bags and the warning labels now in every new vehicle. In August 2005, the Governors Highway Safety Association made Jayne the first journalist to ever win its "Chairman's Award," which was presented for her "dedication to improving highway safety" with articles on teen driving, seat belt usage and other issues.
Her first book, Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens and 20-somethings are Revolutionizing Retail was published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley in September 2009. Jayne has also been a juror in the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards since they began in 1994.