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05/07/08
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PRI Trade Show extends Orlando location through 2016
The world’s largest racing trade show, the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, will remain in Orlando through 2016.

Attended by more than 45,000 racing industry entrepreneurs from over 50 countries, and featuring exhibits of the latest advances in motorsports technology by 1,450 companies (2007 numbers), the PRI Trade Show’s first event in Orlando was in 2005. This year, the 21st Annual PRI Trade Show will once again be held in the North/South Building of the Orange County Convention Center, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 11–13, 2008.

Previously, the PRI Trade Show had contracted to hold the event in Orlando through 2010.

“After holding the PRI Trade Show in Orlando for three very successful years, it is now viewed by exhibitors and attendees as the place to be for the future,” said Steve Lewis, show producer. “Exhibitors appreciate the strong annual domestic and international buyer attendance in Orlando. Buyers appreciate shopping the 1,000,000-square-foot exhibit hall featuring displays of all the latest product lines in motorsports.”

In Orlando, the entire PRI Trade Show is located in one hall, on one floor. “Orlando provides the PRI Trade Show with all the attributes of a great host city, including a spectacular convention center, and this has been proven by the enormous volume of business transactions concluded every year at the Show,” continued Lewis.

“Orlando becomes the center of the racing universe for three days each December,” said Bob Davis, global communications manager for Sunnen Products Company, St. Louis, Missouri, “and we look forward to it every year. We could not be any happier with the Convention Center, the number of attendees or all that Orlando has to offer in the way of hotels, restaurants and entertainment.”

“Certainly, the serious business is the main reason and the justification, or even the excuse, which always ‘drove’ us to all the PRI Trade Shows,” said Wilfried Eibach, chairman and CEO of Eibach Springs, an international manufacturer of racing springs with offices in Corona, California.  Eibach added that he also very much enjoys the social aspects of the PRI Trade Show. “The facilities and the climate in Orlando are just so pleasant and inviting, for the whole family. The decision [to stay] in Orlando will cement even more PRI’s role of being the biggest and most important motor show around the world.”

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