World's Largest Racing Trade Show Comes To Orlando
There's nothing else like it on the planet: 1,000,000 square feet of the hottest new racing products, latest advances in motorsports engineering and the best of today's precision automotive machining equipment.
The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida will once again be packed with over 40,000 racing entrepreneurs from around the world, and over 1400 exhibiting companies, all there to profit from the extraordinary array of exhibits and special events scheduled to take place at the 21st annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. The PRi Trade Show takes place December 11-13, 2008.
"The Show gives us an opportunity to see what's new and discuss how to market products and how to sell them, " explained Brent Kaeding, owner of the racing retail store Kaeding Performance, Campbell, California. "It has just been a great asset to our business since the first one we attended, and I've been to 19 of them. My favorite part is getting a chance to see all of our suppliers and all the other racers who I don't usually get an opportunity to see."
As the world's largest racing trade show, with 1,000,000 square feet required to house the event, the PRI Trade Show is quite a spectacle to see. With social gatherings like the PRI Happy Hour, Exhibitor Reception, and Grand Opening Breakfast with featured speaker Dale Inman, there are several chances to meet up with old industry friends and make new business connections. The Industry Roundtable and PRI seminars offer plenty of educational opportunities, while the All-Stars Kart Race, presented by Snap-On Stars of Karting, and the Engine Builder Charity Sweepstakes boast tons of excitement and fun for racing professionals.
"It was the best show I've ever been to in my life, " said Frank Stone, of Dream Cars, Atlanta, Georgia. "PRI is doing what I want done. You're focused in the market that I do my business, and more importantly, the people are there to do deals, and they're there to network, and it's not a beauty contest. I established a lot of new business relationships. It was a phenomenal show."
Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC) - Arrive a few day early for the 19th Annual AETC, which is presenting the Advanced LSX Engine Conference. These three fast-paced days, Monday-Wednesday, December 8-10, 2008, are filled this year with information on topics surrounding high performance LSX engine. Expect to see the latest cutting-edge technology while also learning power secrets from the experts. And meet hundreds of fellow race engine builders during the breaks, or at lunch or breakfast.
Industry Roundtable - Held one day before the Show opens, you'll get the inside line on 2009 and beyond at the 12th Annual Industry Roundtable, created by all-time legendary engine builder Smokey Yunick. This professional forum of industry insights was attended by more than 600 members of the racing industry last year. It takes place on Wednesday, December 10, 2008, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Orange County Convention Center meeting room.
Grand Opening Breakfast - Kicking off the 2008 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, the annual Grand Opening Breakfast will be better than ever this year. The winningest crew chief in NASCAR history is set to take the stage and share his favorite racing stories and experiences with a full house of racing industry professionals. As the longtime legendary crew chief for Richard Petty, accumulating nearly 200 wins managing the famous #43 NASCAR Cup car, special guest speaker Dale Inman will present some interesting insight about working with Lee and Richard Petty.
"For me personally, it is going to be quite a treat to have Dale Inman as our Grand Opening Breakfast speaker because of what all he and the Petty's accomplished during those early years of NASCAR, " said Steve Lewis, show producer. "Dale can spin a great yarn, and I know the packed house of all our attendees and exhibitors will really enjoy hearing first hand from Dale what it was like to work in the tiny, little Petty garage and prepare those iconic blue Plymouth race cars to go out and do battle with the best in NASCAR in those days and win consistently."
Enjoy a tasty breakfast with over 3, 000 of your industry friends, and some fun with Dale Inman. It takes place on Thursday morning, December 11, 2008, in the Northwest Corner of the Exhibit Hall. Doors open at 7 a.m. and breakfast is served immediately. The program starts at 8 a.m. sharp, and you must have your Trade Show credentials to attend this event.
Trade Show Days - The Trade Show schedule is as follows: Thursday, December 11, 2008, 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2008, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday, December 12, 2008, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Machinery Row - One of the most popular Show destinations is Machinery Row, where over 100 machinery manufacturers will have live, hands-on demonstrations set up for engine builders, fabricators, and the like. With companies like Sunnen Products, Mazak, Rottler, Mustang Dynamomter and so on, Machinery Row will be bigger and better than ever before. CNC machining, precision automotive machining, and fabricating tools are just a few of the types of race shop equipment that will be displayed and demonstrated.
UK Racing Technology - Another valued region of the Show is Motorsport Valley, which is the largest single block of international racing companies exhibiting at the Show. The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) refers to the UK racing trade group, and the British race engineering businesses that exhibit with MIA are compiled to form Motorsport Valley. MIA always brings F1 technology and other European expertise to the PRI Trade Show.
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