Pennzoil Motorsports Show, something for everyone

FORT WASHINGTON, PA November 10, 2000 . . . More than 275,000 square feet of the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center will be jammed with everything motorsports come January 12 thru 14, 2001. More than 40,000 people are expected to make their...

FORT WASHINGTON, PA November 10, 2000 . . . More than 275,000 square feet of the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center will be jammed with everything motorsports come January 12 thru 14, 2001. More than 40,000 people are expected to make their way through the Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 Auto Racing Trade Show after the "opening bell sounds" at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 12. During the 16 year history of the show many of the best known names in the sport have appeared, including Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Mario Andretti, Richard Petty and many others. The "free" autograph sessions featuring top name racers and personalities are always tremendous crowd pleasers. However many local and regional auto racing stars are part of the Pennzoil Motorsports Auto Racing Extravaganza. A large number of fans come out to meet their favorites that they see in action at the area speedways and drag racing facilities. "You just never know who you may run into while walking the aisles, visiting the more than 600 exhibit booths that make up the show. The man who started the "twist craze" some years back, Chubby Checker, was found walking the show one year. And there are fans who come to see the more than 125 vehicles on display representing every form of motorsports competition, even boat racing," said show manager Joe Pratt. "It is a mid-winter respite for many who are anxious to see what is new for the coming season. Many speedways and sanctioning organizations use the show to release their new schedules and announce plans for the coming season. Many in the business make the Pennzoil Motorsports Show a very important part of their overall marketing efforts. And fans start planning their trip to the show as soon as the season has been finished, many even plan sooner." For racers the most important part of the show is the "HARDCORE RACING SECTION" where many new items for the coming season are unveiled. And for fans, in addition to collecting autographs, schedules, and other items, the collectable section has become a must visit. Many of the vendors are offering show specials that will save show attendees considerable money. Other attention grabbers during three day show that opens at 1 p.m. on January 12 and continues through until Sunday, January 14, 6 p.m., include the MotorMax Motorsports Garage, USTobacco/A-Plus Mini Markets Ms. Motorsports Pageant, Kids Big Wheel Racing, Li'l Miss Motorsports Contest, displays of Antique race cars, autograph sessions with racing legends and much, much more. For those who may want to make the weekend a learning experience there are a number of "free" seminars offered covering everything from sponsorship to chassis setup. "The neat thing about Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 is that once the ticket is purchased at the entrance, attendees can get autographs, attend seminars, participate in a variety of events, and not spend another nickel," said Pratt.

Race fan Ron Engessor of Belle Mead, NJ is already planning his trip to Pennzoil Motorsports 2001. He bid $250 at the recent Stacy Miller Charity Auction at Grandview Speedway and bought the opportunity to be a judge at the very popular U.S. Tobacco Ms Motorsports Pageant. The pageant, presented on Saturday during the three day show, is one of the most popular show events. In fact Engessor could probably make a profit by selling his "judgeship." However that just is not allowed. Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 is set for the weekend of January 12 thru 14 at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center located just off Exit 26 of PA Turnpike. In fact, as long as there are no construction delays, a new exit and entrance (Westbound only) should be in place which will make it even easier to get to the show. Information on tickets may be had by telephoning the show office at 609.888.3618 or visit the show website at www.aarn.com. This is also the number to call to obtain additional information on exhibiting at the show, participating in the various events, and being put on the list for a show schedule. Marilyn Saxton is in charge of discount room reservations at the show hotel (Holiday Inn at Fort Washington) and a number of other hotels in the area. She can be reached at 215.752.2392 or telephone Plaza II Travel at 215.943.0190. Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. can assist businesses wanting to benefit from marketing through motorsports at the Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 Show. There are opportunities to sponsor contests, special areas, etc. that are offered at very reasonable rates. Telephone 215.752.7797 or fax 215.752.1518 to obtain a brochure on marketing opportunities.

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Series Automotive
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Mario Andretti , Richard Petty