Comtrans 2010 will be hosted in the Crocus International Exhibition Centre, in Moscow, from the 20th to the 24th of April 2010. It is one of the biggest expos in the country, and specializes in commercial vehicles, luring thousands of buyers and car manufacturers to the event. It is a leading networking opportunity for businesses and members of the automotive industry, with a variety of exhibitors attending the show each year. Visitors to the Comtrans 2010 will be able to view trailers, armored vehicles, trucks, vans, pick-up trucks, mini-vans, busses, all terrain vehicles and much more. Exhibitors will also be displaying their services and products, such as maintenance, tires, lubricants, tools and insurance.
To explore additional information in regard to the Comtrans 2010 show, and its exhibitors, visit the website at http://comtrans.auto-fairs.com/en/leftnavigation/information.
Date: 20 – 24 April 2010
Venue: Crocus International Exhibition Centre
The Sema Show is known as one of the biggest events of the year, in the automotive industry, and will be hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Centre on the 3rd to the 6th of November 2009. It is an event that is not open to the general public, but attracts thousands of industry leaders from around the world to the show. It is a networking opportunity as well as a platform to sell products, and the exhibition floor at the show will be divided into twelve sectors, such as tools and accessories.
Demonstrations and seminars will also be hosted at the Sema Show 2009, and for those in the automotive industry that are interested in the show, can visit their website for contact details and more information at http://www.semashow.com/main/main.aspx?ID=/content/SEMASHOWcom/HomePage.
Date: 3 – 6 November 2009
Venue: Las Vegas Convention Centre
City: Las Vegas, Nevada
Country: United States of America
If you are a PlayStation 3 enthusiast with superior Gran Turismo 5 skills and approximately $2 million lying around in the bank, then Citroen are the people you want to warm up to. Last year, at the Paris Motor Show, crowds went wild as the GT by Citroen concept car was revealed to the world. A car so slick, luxurious and sporty, that what PlayStation fans could only dream about was designed, built and displayed. A virtual vehicle had become reality, and this year Citroen have stepped it up by revealing that this magnificent vehicle was going into production for six vehicles only.
The joint venture between Citroen and Polyphony Digital has created great excitement in the auto industry and motoring fans, who are thrilled that a production version is being made of the GT by Citroen and cannot wait to see it. The task of bringing a realistic and workable design of the vehicle seen in the game to life fell to Takumi Yamamoto. Yamamoto, a Japanese designer on the Style Citroen design team, created a vehicle that is as close to the version seen on the game as possible, leading to a glamorous and dangerous looking vehicle that screams power. Many features of the vehicles and accessories seen in the games created by Polyphony Digital, have made their way from the game to the real world, and the Japanese company is also the leader in developing racing simulations.
The exact specifications on the vehicle have not been released as yet, but it is known that the GT by Citroen will weigh 1 400 kilograms and will have a power output of 780bhp. Exactly what will be going under the hood to produce the power of this magnificent production vehicle is still to be decided, but one thing is certain, and that is that the unveiling of the GT by Citroen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September is going to be a massive crowd pleaser and draw to the show. With only six limited additions up for grabs, many motoring collectors will truly be disappointed if they don’t get their hands on one of these GTs.
Auto Racing, like many professional sports, is also a business, and like all businesses certain financial factors need to be taken into account for the good of the sport. Number one is the fans – those who pay for race tickets and merchandise. Fans drive the sport of auto racing, literally. If auto racing events are well-attended and race merchandise is flowing off the store shelves, then the various auto racing organizing bodies such as NASCAR, the Indy Racing League and F1 have a lot of money with which to advertise and promote their events.
Advertising and promotion are directly related to the second factor – sponsorship. Operating an auto racing team is a very expensive proposition, and the costs can run into the millions of dollars. Formula One is the most expensive racing sport, since F1 teams must construct their own cars instead of simply buying off-the-shelf parts. How is it all paid for? Sponsors. Companies pay – and pay very well in the case of winning drivers – to have their logos and products emblazoned on a race car driver’s car and uniform. Even the events themselves may be sponsored, and often are: the Busch Series, the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto and the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 are just a few examples. Here are some of the topics we’ll be elaborating on to assist you in learning about the business of auto racing:
The Industry – Race car manufacturers and component suppliers are squeezed between the desire to win at all costs and the need to conform to rules and regulations that can change suddenly. It’s a roller-coaster ride, and we’ve got the latest scoop on how the winds of change are buffeting the auto racing industry.
Services – A modern auto racing team simply cannot function without the various services that they depend on to keep their cars performing at a fine edge. Many such services are offered to racecar owners and drivers.
Sports Book and Betting – Gambling on sports events is a multi-billion dollar business, and racing fans are no different than other sports fans when it comes to putting their money on the line. Learn more about the world of sports wagering – it’s a fascinating science whether or not you’re a participant.
The sport of auto racing, despite its massive popularity, faces a number of key business challenges – not least of which are how it develops and grows in the future and how it can retain the interest of those who follow its twists and turns both on and off the race track. Here at Autoracing.com, our challenge is to provide our visitors with the finest, most up-to-date information on racing. We invite you to not only learn about the auto racing business at Autoracing.com, but also to contribute to our site for the benefit of auto racing fans everywhere!
Humanity in general has, throughout its long history, had a love for competition. The desire to win is hard-wired in our genes and the attraction to speed… well, that just reflects our love of excitement and good old-fashioned fun! The invention of the automobile provided the perfect opportunity – and vehicle, literally – for people to challenge one another on early racetracks and road courses as they had previously done before with horses. Auto racing was also seen by perceptive car manufacturers as a great way to advertise – provided their cars were winners, of course. The saying “race on Sunday, sell on Monday” exemplifies the business of auto racing and the ever-expanding industry of racing, promotion and parts marketing that has grown up around it.
The auto racing industry has progressed quite a ways from its earliest days. Formula One racing, for example, has become a multi-million dollar sport with high-tech cars, generously paid drivers and big business sponsorships. NASCAR racing proves that “the business of America is business”, both on and off the track. The names of NASCAR events and entire series like the Nextel Cup indicate the need for big-time sponsorship and the copious flow of funding it provides the organizers, teams and drivers. Try to think of a racing car that doesn’t have logos and advertisements on it – bet you can’t, unless it’s a vintage race car.
Auto racing has truly become a big business. Besides sponsorships, revenue comes in from ticket sales and merchandising. This industry seems likely to continue its phenomenal rate of growth as people will never lose their love of thrills, spills and racing excitement!
Check in with Autoracing.com regularly to keep up to date on the latest auto racing industry developments.