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Nikki-Dee helps set-up 2016 Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show

Posted at 8:08 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 08:08:51-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- I love getting out and trying new things, like the 2016 Virginia Motor Trend International Auto Show. The show is in town this weekend at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. I had heard the show was a really big deal, but I had no idea so many vehicles would be there.

The show did not officially begin until Friday, but photojournalist Chris Munnings and I arrived at the Greater Richmond Convention Center Thursday morning and saw some of the work that had to be done before the public is allowed to view. When we arrived, there were numerous 18-wheelers filled with brand-new 2017 vehicles.

While I had seen some of these cars online, none are on the lot yet.

Dee Dee Taft flies in every year from San Francisco to help promote and run the auto show. She knew there were a lot of things I had to get done before Friday morning and immediately put me to work. The first task was to get the vehicles inside the convention center.

I have never driven a vehicle inside a building, but it sure was fun.

When one man handed me the keys to a 2017 Jeep and said "you're the driver now," I noticed there were just 48 miles on the vehicle. I carefully drove it into the convention center. When I got there, the wheels did not even touch the floor because I drove directly onto fresh plastic.

After the vehicle is parked, it has to get presentation ready. It is carefully shined until you can see your reflection.

When I was able to explore around the auditorium, I found a brand-new Ford truck that screamed tailgate party!

Dee Dee Taft walked over, handed me a microphone and told me to be the "vehicle specialist" and tell others about the truck.

Wow, I had no idea you could travel the country and talk about vehicles! If this weather thing does not work out, this could be my new job!

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