The very first LA Auto Show was held in 1907, and even though its location changed since its inauguration, its popularity has grown rapidly. The Los Angeles Convention Centre is the ideal location for this popular event, as it offers 32 200 square meters of exhibition space which is filled with the latest vehicles that are on the market, vehicle debuts and concept cars. Concept cars on display this year will include Nissan, Mazda and Honda. Visitors can also expect to see debut vehicles from Porsche, Nissan, SAAB, BMW, Chevrolet and many more.
For more information, visit the Los Angeles Convention Centre website at http://www.lacclink.com/.
Date: 19 – 28 November 2010
Venue: Los Angeles Convention Centre
City: Los Angeles
Country: United States of America
Motoring enthusiasts in Germany are spoiled for locations when it comes to the annual Frankfurt Auto Show, as it is hosted in Frankfurt and in Hanover. Each year, the show displays an array of vehicles, both production vehicles and concept vehicles, for visitors to enjoy. Last year, production vehicles such as the Audi R8 Spyder, BMW X1, Aston Martin Rapide, Dodge Caliber and Ford C-Max were showcased, with concept cars including the Lexus LF-Ch, Mini Coupe, Bugatti Galibier 16C and the Mazda MX-5 Superlight taking visitors breath away.
This year promises to be another display of magnificent vehicles and state of the art technology that will create the cars of the future and vehicles that are safe for the environment.
Date: 23 September – 30 September 2010
City: Frankfurt and Hanover
The 28th Atlanta International Auto Show 2010 will be held at the Georgia World Congress Centre from the 19th to the 28th of March 2010. It is hosted by AutoTrader.com and AJC, and offers the public the opportunity to explore the latest vehicle models from a variety of manufacturers, which includes trucks, SUV’s and cars. Representatives will also be available at each display to answer any questions and provide additional information on the vehicles. Visitors can look forward to cars from Toyota, Kia, Lexus, Ford, BMW, Jaguar, Subaru and many more.
For ticket price information and a glimpse at what to expect at the show, log onto the official website at http://www.goautoshow.com/.
Date: 19 – 28 March 2010
Venue: Georgia World Congress Centre
Country: United States of America
On August the 27th, 1959, Gerhard Berger was born in Worgl Austria and went on to become a major name in the world of Formula 1 racing. Berger has an incredible track record, having competed in 14 seasons of Formula One. His best ranking was his two third-placed season finishes during which he won ten Grand Prix races, made it to the podium 48 times, 12 poles and 21 fastest laps, two more than Ayrton Senna, a good friend of his. It can be said that Gerhard Berger is a F1’s most experienced driver in all of Formula One history with his 210 starts. He can also be merited with being the winner of Benetton’s first and last wins, with eleven years in between them.
With European Formula Three, Berger won numerous times and from there he moved to Formula One in 1984 and drove for the ATS team. In 1985 he joined the Arrows for one full season, but it was only when he made a move to Benetton-BMW the following year that his F1 career really went places. In 1986 he won his first Grand Prix in Mexico, which caught Ferrari’s eye and he was soon with them for the 1987 season. Gerhard managed to win the last two rounds of the season and was seen as the 1988 Championship favorite. But with the McLaren team made up of Prost and Senna, who won 15 of the total of 16 rounds, it was not to be.
Nigel Mansell joined Berger at Ferrari in 1989. However, the car failed to produce the needed results and Gerhard was fortunate to survive a fiery crash during the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. Fortunately with relatively few injuries Berger was able to join from mid-season on. Then from 1990 to 1992 Berger moved to McLaren and joined Ayrton Senna, but Senna’s brilliant pace was difficult to match. Gerhard Berger was an immensely popular figure in Formula One and up until 2003 was seen in the pitlane as Competitions Director at BMW, overseeing their successful return in Formula One racing until 2006 when he took up shares with Scuderia Toro Rosso. He later sold his 50% share in the team back to Mateschitz in 2008.
It is quite obvious that vehicle manufacture plays a vital role in the sport of Formula One racing. Certain Manufacturers such as Ferrari and Renault completely manufacture their own Formula One cars. Other teams will form close working relationships with manufacturers. Millions are spent on creating excellent cars, able to handle the road well and reach remarkable speeds. Formula One manufacturers therefore form an integral part of the success and safety of the Formula One drivers who pilot the cars produced. The global motorsport ruling body, Federation Internationale d’Automobile or FIA, introduced a new commission into the world of Formula 1 in 2007. A number of senior position employees from F1 manufacturers were invited to represent their companies on the commission. FIA representatives are Max Mosley, Tony Purnell, Peter Wright and Charlie Whiting.
Whilst Ferrari, Renault and Toyota are “factory” teams, that is, they manufacture their entire F1 car, “independent” teams such as Sauber, Williams and McLaren need to purchase engines. BMW, Honda and Mercedes are popular engine suppliers.
The final touch to the vehicle is the tyres. Two renowned F1 tyre manufacturers are Bridgestone and Michelin. Formula One drivers compete each season for the honorary Drivers’ Championship. However, Formula One car manufacturers are not left out, they can compete for the prestigious Constructors’ Championship. Cars racing for the season are awarded points depending on their finishing position. By the end of the season the points are added up and the Formula One manufacturer with the most points is winner of the Constructors’ Championship.