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Things to Consider When Hosting a Car Show

A car show is a great way to showcase a brand, raise money for charity, or both. Successful car shows attract huge crowds and grow year on year, but they do require a lot of forward planning. The workload can be broadly split down the middle into promoting and hosting. Unless you promote the event, nobody will come, and unless you do a good job of hosting it, nobody will bother coming back next year.
Promoting an event is now a lot easier thanks to the internet and social media, but organizing the actual event can be more difficult. So what do you need to think about when hosting a car show?

Agree a Budget

Unless a budget is agreed right from the start, costs are likely to spiral out of control pretty quickly. Someone needs to take responsibility for the financial side of things, so nominate at least one individual to manage the budget and make sure the bills are paid.
Work out how many cars you need to cover the cost of hosting the show, and if you are concerned about a low turnout, adjust the budget accordingly.

Choose the Right Venue

Think carefully about how much space you need before deciding on a venue. Scalability is important if you intend to make the show a regular feature. If this is the case, look for a venue that will grow with your event. If this is a business promotional event and you have a large car lot, consider holding the event there, as costs will be lower. Think about the weather, too, as an indoor location might be more suitable.

Organize Insurance and Permits

You will need to organize insurance and relevant permits. Public events must be insured – speak to an insurance broker for clarity on this subject.

Provide Restrooms

Members of the public and vendors will need to have access to restrooms during the event. Portable restrooms can be hired, but do make sure you hire enough facilities. Nobody likes using dirty portable restrooms. Nor do they appreciate queuing up for an hour. Don’t let this become an issue at your event, or people won’t bother returning next year. 

Provide Traffic Control and Parking

Inadequate car parking or traffic control will cause chaos in the surrounding neighborhood. Plan the layout of the event so that parking is in a sensible location and employ attendants to direct traffic at the beginning and end of the event. If you expect VIP guests to show up, it is worth looking at key valet parking from Valet Box.

Entertainment

Good entertainment is essential. Live music, a sound system, kid’s games and rides, and demonstrations that are car-related are all perfect for a car show. If the purpose of the exercise is to raise money, don’t forget to organize a raffle, auctions, and competition prizes.
Lastly, don’t forget to provide plenty of food and drink options for show visitors. The more refreshments vendors you have, the better, particularly on a hot day.


The Beast Returns - 2016 Ford GT

2016 Ford GT - Raw Horsepower

FORD REDEFINES INNOVATION IN AERODYNAMICS, ECOBOOST AND LIGHT-WEIGHTING WITH ALL-NEW FORD GT CARBON FIBER SUPERCAR

All-new Ford GT supercar sets new standards for Ford innovation through performance with advances in light-weighting, aerodynamics and ultra-efficient EcoBoost® engine Ford GT features the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever – a new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower Ultra-high-performance supercar is Ford’s most extreme offering, infused with race-proven technology engineered to keep company with exotics when it goes into production in 2016

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The 2017 Ford Raptor

2017 Ford Raptor Detroit auto show

ALL-NEW F-150 RAPTOR IS FORD’S TOUGHEST, SMARTEST, MOST CAPABLE TRUCK FOR ULTIMATE OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE

Toughest: All-new, purpose-built high-strength steel frame unique to Ford F-150 Raptor, and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body help save more than 500 pounds of weight for improved performance and capability Smartest: Powered by all-new, high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine with more horsepower and torque than current Raptor’s 411-horsepower, 434-lb.-ft. 6.2-liter V8; all-new 10-speed transmission; advanced LED lighting, camera technology for improved visibility day or night Most capable: Redesigned, larger FOX Racing Shox with more suspension travel and all-new terrain management technology help F-150 Raptor tackle America’s toughest trails – from dry washes in the Mojave Desert to Moab’s rocky terrain to Michigan mud, sand and snow

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V Takes on the Best of Europe

2016 Cadillac CTS-V - Raw Horsepower

Cadillac brings back the CTS-V on is newly designed platform. Not only does the new CTS-V have the sporty looks to take on the likes of BMW M series and Mercedes AMG model, it has the muscle to back it up. Powered by a detuned version of the supercharged 6.2L used in the new Z06, the Cadillac CTS-V has more power and torque than the Mercedes-Benz 5.5L biturbo V-8 and the BMW M-series 4.4L TwinPower (twin-turbo) V-8. A luxury four door sedan for cruising in style and capable of 0-60 performance in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. This is not Grandpa's Cadillac of the old days, its an all out battle against the top luxury sport sedans available today.

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The Legend Returns - Shelby GT350 Mustang

by Robert Nimocks - 11/18/2014

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Ford is returning with one of their most prolific cars ever, the Shelby GT350. Ford wanted to return to the roots of the performance Mustangs with a track ready version of their new independent rear suspension thoroughbred. The late 60’s model Shelby Mustangs were offered in a GT350 and GT500 version with the later receiving a big block power plant. Shelby always stated the big block cars were heavy street cars where as the small block cars could be tuned to run the local tracks. Ford returned to the roots of the early 1965 and 1966 Shelby Mustangs with naturally aspirated small block V8 power and lighter weight. The new 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 is an all new flat plane V-8, naturally aspirated producing at least 500HP and 400ft-lbs torque.

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 flatplane v8 white - Raw Horsepower

The flat plane crankshaft engine is typically found on racecars and exotic sports cars offering lighter weight and high revving power and offering a distinctive sound. While the full specs have not been released, there are rumors of 8000 – 8200 rpm redline, that puts the Shelby in Ferrari’s range. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals.

Crossplane V8 (for a simple example is basically)

two pistons at top (opposite sides for balance)

two pistons halfway moving up (opposite sides for balance)

two pistons halfway moving down (opposite sides for balance)

two pistons at bottom (opposite sides for balance)

Flatplane V8

Four pistons at top (opposite sides for balance)

Four pistons at bottom (opposite sides for balance)

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