2008 North American International Auto Show

One of the prime international auto shows in the world, the 2008 NAIAS, is set to take place from Saturday 19 January through to Sunday 27 January 2008. Companies in the automotive industry will have the opportunity to attend a preview of this much anticipated auto show on Wednesday 16 January and Thursday 17 January 2008, before it is opened to the general public.

The NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) started way back in 1907 as the Detroit Auto Show, which was a regional event with seventeen exhibitors. Over the years since then the show has grown to be an international world class event with more than 60 exhibitors representing well respected manufacturers and suppliers in the auto industry. The NAIAS has grown in popularity among auto enthusiasts who travel from far and wide to attend this well organized event.

Auto racing fans are no doubt looking forward to the Sprint Racing Day which is scheduled for Friday 25 January 2008 as part of the NAIAS. Auto racing drivers that will be present to sign autographs include American Le Mans Series driver Bryan Herta, IndyCar Series drivers Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan, as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle. Racing enthusiasts, young and old, can experience the thrill of auto racing while testing their driving skills in one of four three-quarter scale racing car simulators. Fans can expect to see exclusive video footage of the exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. There will be plenty of giveaways and a number of surprise appearances by some of the auto racing industry’s top drivers. Car displays will be put on by several top automotive manufacturers. The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, American Le Mans Series and the IndyCar Series racing leagues will be represented in this motor sport celebration.

The NAIAS Automotive Education Day hosted by State Farm Insurance is scheduled for Wednesday 23 January starting at 8:30 am. The program will provide high school students with a unique opportunity to explore career paths within the auto industry.

There will be a number of contests running throughout the 2008 NAIAS including a photo contest, poster contest and the innovative “Courageous Persuaders” – a contest where high school students produce a video highlighting the growing problem and dangers of underage drinking. The judges of the competition include middle school students, thereby exposing them to responsible role models, sending a meaningful message.

With so much on offer for every member of the family, whether they are auto racing fans or not, the 2008 NAIAS is an event that should not be missed.

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