January 9, 2007

Michel Barrette to return to the 2007 Montreal International Auto Show

Montreal, Quebec – Michel Barrette was a big hit during the 2005 Montreal International Auto Show, and the popular Quebec humorist is making a triumphant return during the 39th edition of the exhibition, January 19-28 at the Palais Des Congres in Montreal.

Mr. Barrette, who is an avid car collector, will unveil several vehicles from his prestigious collection as part of a special attraction, The Michel Barrette Collection…the sequel. The 2007 Auto Show will run from Friday, January 19 to Sunday, January 28.

Presented by Gold Series Pre-Owned (Mr. Barrette is Gold Series Pre-Owned spokesperson), the Barrette collection will be on display with other exotic vehicles on a part of Level 7 of the Palais des congres de Montreal that has specially been named 7th Heaven.

Mr. Barrette will introduce five cars from his personal collection, including a breathtaking 1955 replica of actor James Dean’s Porsche Spyder. Mr. Barrette is the poster boy for all car fanatics. He collects various car items that have belonged to the racing world’s biggest names, such as Michael Schumacher and Alexandre Tagliani. In fact, Mr. Barrette will have several of these items on display as part of this special attraction.

In additions, the popular Fever of Tuning feature will be back at the 2007 Auto Show. This exhibit, dedicated to some of the most colourful vehicles, will present 11 of the most beautiful cars in Quebec as selected by Team SCP. The display hall will be filled with music and lighting to add to the spirit of creativity and ingenuity – key elements that have gone into the modified cars on display. Before being modified, the cars were initially worth a total of $289,000. Today, the collection is valued at $880,000!

As well, several prized pieces from the Gilles Villeneuve Museum will be on display at the 2007 Auto Show to mark the upcoming 25th anniversary of the death of the Quebec race car driver. Not only will visitors be able to see a splendid Ferrari 308 up close, but they’ll also be invited to pose for photographs next to the prized car, in front of a large poster of Villeneuve standing next to Enzo Ferrari. This photo will be produced on the spot for visitors to purchase. Donations will also be accepted for the museum’s foundation. Several collectors’ items will be on display, and visitors will be able to purchase items, books, posters, photographs at the on-site boutique.

People interested in obtaining more information about the 39th edition of the Auto Show or those who wish to purchase tickets online can do so by logging on to the Show’s Web site at www.montrealautoshow.com.

The Montreal International Auto Show, organized by the Montreal Automobile Dealers Corporation, is presented by the Laurentian Bank, in collaboration with The Gazette.

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