Make no mistake, there will be plenty of old-car enthusiasts at the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry (www.performanceeacing.com) Trade Show in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 11-13. This is one of the few “car shows” scheduled for the last month of the year. Officially it’s for members of the racing trade, but lots of car collectors show up, too.
Last year the 3-day show at the Indianapolis Convention Center proved that a sluggish economy had little effect on the performance car industry. This year’s show will have 100 additional vendors, which is pretty good growth.
An estimated 40,000 filled the show floor in 2013. We can personally verify that you couldn’t get a parking space, for any price, in surrounding parking lots. Almost 1,200 exhibitors attended despite cold temperatures and a snowstorm. They took up 3,300 booths and spilled over into smaller rooms off the two main exhibit halls. The layout was new and a small folding map of the show was a much-appreciated necessity supplied by SEMA.
Well-known drivers like Ernie Irvan attended the show. Richard Petty came to introduce the Mustang for Ford. For 2014, drag racing legends Don 'Snake' Prudhomme and Tom 'Mongoose' McEwen will share their colorful racing stories at the PRI Show’s Grand Opening Breakfast.
Old-car industry suppliers spotted at the PRI show included Jody Schmeisser of Pit Pal Products, Ernie Silver of Egge Machine, Billy Fisher of Howard’s Cams, Dennis Pitzebarger of Professional Automotive Tomfoolery, and Greg and Carolyn Frick of Inland Empire Driveline, who used photos of Greg’s 1940 Lincoln Zephyr to decorate their booth.