Chicago Auto Show 2011

December 21, 2010 by  
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2011 is the 103rd edition of North America’s largest auto show. The Media Preview will take place from 9 to 10 February 2011; the First Look For Charity on 10 February 2011; and the Public Show from 11 to 20 February 2011.

Exhibitions at the Chicago Auto Show will include domestic and imported trucks and passenger cars; SUVs; and concept and experimental concept cars, to the number of some 1,000 vehicles. Also on display will be various accessories and other auto-related exhibits. Amongst the cars on display will be a number of fascinating interactive displays, including driver obstacle courses, sweepstakes, racing simulators, demos, quizzes and much more.

Date: 9 to 20 February 2011
Time: 10h00
Venue: McCormick Place
City: Chicago
State: Illinois
Country: United States of America

British Car Festival 2009

July 28, 2009 by  
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On the 13th of September 2009, a great collection of British vehicles will be on display, from the classics dating back to 1928, to the more recent models. Every American who has ever owned a British vehicle or just been an enthusiast of some of the luxury and sporty vehicles available are recommended to make their way to the British Car Festival 2009. Visitors to the festival can look forward to seeing makes such as Land-Rover, Lotus, Riley, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin and Mini Cooper, to name but a few.

British vehicle enthusiast seeking more information in regard to the festival can visit the British Car Union website at

Date: 13 September 2009
Venue: Oakton Community College
City: Des Plaines, Illinois
Country: United States of America

Gateway International Raceway

February 9, 2009 by  
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An announcement dated November 3, 2010, on the Gateway International Raceway website states: “Dover Motorsports, Inc. announces closing of Gateway International Raceway”

Gateway International Raceway is a NASCAR track located in Illinois of the USA. Amongst the biggest motorsports complexes in the United States Midwest, Gateway International is host to several NASCAR races, drag races and other exciting events each year. Dover Motorsports owns the track. If you are a big fan of NASCAR, be sure to pay a visit to Gateway International Raceway.

Gateway International Raceway had its beginnings back in 1967. Wayne Meinert decided to construct a 1/8 mile drag strip, which he named St. Louis Raceway Park. Meinert increased the strip to ¼ mile in 1971. He then renamed the track St. Louis International Speedway. Later, in 1985 a road course measuring 2.6 miles was added to the track. The name was changed to Gateway International Raceway in 1988. The impressive racing facility was referred to by spectators as “The Swamp”. Chris Pook of Long Beach Grand Prix purchased Gateway International in 1995. The following year he began renovations. A lovely new oval track was laid with a new drag racing strip. The newly revamped track was opened in 1997. Today, Gateway International Raceway is owned and managed by Dover Motorsports.

Gateway International Raceway has an oval track of 1.25 miles as well as a 1.6 mile road track and ¼ mile drag strip. As such the facility is able to host a number of different motorsport events. Through the year, Gateway hosts some 300 events attracting more than 500 000 excited spectators. Amongst these events are the NASCAR Busch Series, Craftsman Truck Series and Indy Racing League. A special activity area has been designed for children as well as an interesting junior dragster program.

Several additions have been made to improve the Gateway International Raceway experience. An additional 15 000 grandstand seats have been added. A Firestone pedestrian and vehicle tunnel was constructed below the track instead of the bridge that previously blocked the view. St. Louis’ light rail system has been extended to carry visitors nearer the raceway and a free shuttle service runs from the MetroLink stop to the raceway for added convenience. For a remarkable race day experience, make your way to Gateway International Raceway this season.

Chicagoland Speedway

February 9, 2009 by  
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Though there had been plans to build a superspeedway in Chicago for years, nothing much was actually done about it until 1995 when Tony George, the president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Bill France met informally to discuss the project. The two men, along with John Menard, later formed the Motorsports Alliance in 1996 and immediately began looking for suitable sites for the project. The challenge was to find an affordable piece of land that would not be too far from Chicago and which would be big enough to enable them to build a facility which would be able to host NASCAR and Indy Racing League events. Just as it seemed that they’d found the right spot, Illinois annexation laws prohibited the project from going ahead. Not long afterwards Menard withdrew from the Alliance.

By then it seemed that a Chicago would never have its own NASCAR track, but enthusiasm for the sport was increasing in the area. Fortunately Dale Coyne, who had successfully managed to build the Route 66 Raceway for drag racing in 1997-98, called and suggested that he meet with the Motorsports Alliance. He suggested that they discuss the possibility of building a 1.5-mile speedway right next to the Route 66 Raceway. In 1999, Coyne relinquished his position at the Route 66 Raceway to become partners with George and France in the newly formed Raceway Associates. The aim of the new alliance was to build a state-of-the-art, multipurpose motor sports complex. Finally everything was ready and earthmoving equipment arrived on site in August 1999. One year later, the public learned that this massive new construction would be called the Chicagoland Speedway. By 2001, the complex enjoyed an immensely successful opening season.

The Chicagoland Speedway is situated in Joliet, Illinois, not far from the great city. It features a 1.5 mile (2.414 km) track that takes the form of a D-Shaped tri-oval. The track is capable of seating 75 000 people and it currently hosts major events such as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the NASCAR Busch Series and the Indy Racing League, amongst others. The Chicagoland Speedway has proved to be such a great draw-card that major races are often sold-out months in advance. The track is currently owned by the Raceway Associates, LLC.