Finding the Perfect Vendors

In this latest installment of So You Want to Have a Car Show, we discuss some of the most important vendor options to consider and the best ways to entice attendees and encourage them to stick around.

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Walking to the Car: We Visit the NYIAS

Yet onto this island flow more than 2.5 million vehicles per day, and, thanks to New York being the advertising capital of the world, each year the New York International Auto Show is staged. The first NYIAS took place in 1900, and this year, over the course of a ten-day run, more than a million people will attend the 2019 show.

Us included.

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The Horses Beat the Cars

The Indiana State Fair Commission announced in early April that the Indiana State Fairgrounds will discontinue auto racing at its one-mile oval after one final race, the 2019 Hoosier Hundred. This leaves only two, the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, as fairgrounds miles that continue to present auto racing.

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NASCAR Doubles Down at Pocono

A great deal of attention has been given to such changes as moving the season finale from Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida to ISM Raceway in Arizona, and moving the Brickyard 400 to the July 4 weekend. A western swing follows the Daytona 500 and the summer race at Daytona moves to August. Races elsewhere will see date shifts, some to better exploit potential weather conditions and some to exploit interest in the “playoffs.”

But the biggest change, in our view, is the shortening of the racing season by one week, accomplished by combining the two Cup races at Pocono Raceway into a single weekend doubleheader.

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The Safari Effect

Colton Herta won the NTT Indycar Series’ race at the Circuit of the Americas on March 24, thereby putting himself in the record books not only for the victory, his first in an Indycar and the first Indycar race run at the splashy Texas facility, but also for becoming the youngest driver ever to win in an Indycar, just days ahead of his 19th birthday.

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    If you want to find the really perfect time to put your automotive event on, there are a few things you’ll want to consider in more depth. Based on my experiences at car shows around the country and at all times of the years, here are some elements to keep in mind when looking at next year’s show calendar.
  • Finding the Perfect Vendors
    In this latest installment of So You Want to Have a Car Show, we discuss some of the most important vendor options to consider and the best ways to entice attendees and encourage them to stick around.
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    In the early 1980s, one of those cutting their teeth in auto racing at Dorney Park was John Andretti, nephew of Mario, who would go on to a winning career in both CART Indy cars and NASCAR Cup cars. Also in the early 1980s, Ray Evernham, who went on to become a Daytona 500-winning crew chief and an inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, broke his sternum in a Dorney Park TQ Midget crash.
  • Nissan Is Named
    On June 1, 1934, the Japanese based automobile manufacturer Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha changed its name to Nissan Motor Company.
  • Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise, Daimler and Maybach
    On March 17, 1834, Gottlieb Daimler was born in Germany. Had he been born 100 years later, he would have seen an automotive industry the likes of which early automakers could hardly dare dream, and yet, had he been born 100 years later, that very auto industry might never have come to pass.
  • The Drivin’ ‘O the Green
    This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate both Irish pride and the arrival of Spring by taking a drive in your 1959 Shamrock.
  • Il Mondo Secondo Gianni Agnelli
    On March 12, 1921, Gianni Agnelli was born in Turin, Italy. He was named for his grandfather who, in 1899, founded Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, the company we know today as FIAT.



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