Philadelphia car enthusiasts rejoice, the big stars of the Philadelphia Auto Show arrived at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Wednesday with the help of some local celebrities.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney fired up the engine of Jon Bon Jovi’s Dodge Viper and two of Pope Francis’ biggest guests during his visit to Philadelphia drove the Fiat popemobile into the convention center.
Bishop Shanahan High School band director Chuck Keating drove the special Fiat 500L while singer Bobby Hill sat, and waved, from the passenger seat -- the spot where Pope Francis sat. Keating's son Michael, who has cerebral palsy, was blessed by the pope upon his arrival to the City of Brotherly Love and Bobby Hill famously serenaded the pontiff on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
The two even stopped to dance before leaving the popemobile behind. "We got to jam out and sing some tunes in there," said Keating.
The Fiat is one of the famous cars used by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia in September and will be on display throughout the Auto Show from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7.
A second popemobile Fiat is up for auction during Friday night's Black Tie Gala and proceeds will benefit select ministries and missions of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. You can bid remotely or in person.