2013 Northwood University International Auto Show Awards

2013 Best of Show—Team John Deere Display

The 50th anniversary of the Northwood University International Auto Show (NUIAS) combined over 500 vehicles and 600 students to create, display and learn product knowledge on their specific vehicles. The weekend proved to be an interactive and educating experience for both students and show attendees.

The students needed to create a way to combine the theme “Cruising Through the Golden Anniversary” into their displays. The judging was held all weekend by the executive board. An awards ceremony has been held to celebrate the students’ hard work throughout the last ten months.

The team winners for the 2013 NUIAS are as follows:

Best European: Team Mercedes Benz
Best Asian: Team Toyota
Best Domestic: Team Cadillac
Best Aftermarket: Team AEV
Best Specialty: Team John Deere
Best Heavy Truck: Team Freightliner
Most Creative: Team Kia
Best Product Knowledge: Team Lincoln
Best Team Spirit: Team Chevrolet
Most Improved: Military
People’s Choice: Bentley/Rolls Royce
Best of Show: Team John Deere

In addition to the team awards, the faculty advisors test an individual from each team on their product knowledge for a specific vehicle. Students are scored on their overall knowledge of any vehicle in their display that they chose.

The winners for the 2013 Walk Around awards are as follows:

Domestic: Christina Salmon—Team Cadillac
Specialty: Jeff Leslie—John Deere
Aftermarket: Steven Baranski—Performance and Customs
European: Harry Collins—BMW
Asian: Tyler Jones—Acura
Heavy Truck: Elizabeth Good—Kenworth

Elgie Bright, chair of the automotive marketing program at Northwood University, states, “Next year’s Auto Show, scheduled for October 10-12, 2014, will mark the 51st anniversary for this annual event planned, organized and executed by the students of Northwood University. If you were unable to attend the show this year, next year’s show should feature even more in terms of celebratory and rare items.”



Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.