The San Antonio Auto Show: Gas Monkey Garage, Monster Trucks, and More

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The San Antonio Auto and Truck Show (SAATS), produced by the SA Auto Dealers (SADA), is next week, bringing all things automotive to South Texas, and we’ll be there!  Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018, visitors can experience the most current and innovative automotive technologies, test drive new vehicles, meet celebrities, and experience some of the most exotic vehicles on the planet.

There is something for all ages, including a monster truck event, activities for kids, ride and drive opportunities, and lots more, November 15 to 18.

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Here’s the idea: student teams race against the clock to fill two vehicles with as many student bodies as possible before time runs out.

The program draws attendees from across the show floor to the competition ring, where they students battle for the title, the Cup, a monetary donation to the charity of their choice, and a full year of bragging rights. Past winners have included the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of the Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake University (a two-time champion), and Texas A&M.

The College Challenge has hosted over 200 college student participants since its inception and continues to expand its presence at the fast-growing San Antonio Auto and Truck Show.

If you are a member of a student organization interested in partaking in the College Challenge, please email to learn more!


With a focus on trucks, the SAATS is “the truck capital of South Texas”, where visitors can experience the latest in Texas-sized pickup trucks at the outdoor SAATS Ride and Drive Experience, where visitors will have the opportunity to test drive their favorite new vehicles. 


We love Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud, and we are looking forward to meeting them in person at the show. Jason, Jeremy, and Mike will be coming down from Dallas to represent the Gas Monkey Garage crew with Richard Rawlings’ 1968 Shelby Mustang.


Green Car Journal has identified finalists for its high-profile Green Car Awards™ program hosted each year by the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show. Finalists for 2019 Green Truck of the Year™ include the Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Ford Ranger, and RAM 1500. Making the cut as finalists for 2019 Commercial Green Car of the Year™ are the Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan, Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Metris, RAM ProMaster City, and RAM 1500.

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Kristin Shaw