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CARS show - what’s the future

CARS 2014
CARS has given the industry a fantastic opportunity to check out the latest kit and get the top ideas on how to build profits for your business. The show's success means decisions must be taken about where it goes form here.
We were talking with the organisers of CARS a few weeks back to find out their plans for CARS 2016. It might sound a long time away but it soon comes around and some big changes are being talked about. This is your show and we would like your opinion.



Anyone who attended CARS 2014 will know what a great show it is for our industry. The trouble is there aren’t many sites in the league of Motorhog’s that can lay aside the space required to host the show. The problem is further exacerbated by the show’s success which means more and more space is required.

I know the organisers have potential sites to talk to for the show but here at atfPro we think there might be a better way. Let’s face it, as our industry is so closely linked with the scrap industry (we even have to be registered a scrap merchants now), and the scrap merchants and processors don’t have a showcase for their industry, surely it would make sense to focus the show on material processing as well as auto recycling. Please bear in mind these are our thoughts and not necessarily those of the organisers.

You may be asking yourself, what’s the point? Auto recycling as a stand alone group is not large and from an organiser’s point of view, it’s very hard to keep prices down on such a restricted market. We feel that this could be solved by running a scrap show along similar lines to CARS at the same time. They don’t even have to be integrated. Maybe just share the same venue. Let’s face it, a great many of us deal with scrap as well as vehicles so it could also give added interest.

So where do you hold it? Again, we have some ideas but we would really like to hear from readers so we can pass them on to the organisers. We strongly feel that CARS 2016 should take place further south next time. After all, the show has been held twice further north (unless you’re in Scotland which must be on the cars for future shows). We would suggest somewhere not too far north of London. Then there is the issue of finding a venue that could hold the site. Maybe a show ground, small airfield, large goods yard, or similar location that has plenty of room to host both shows side by side with good access but close to some top facilities for tours. For example, there is the Royal Agricultrural Show ground near Warwick but we think a little further south would be better. Anyone has any ideas or knows of anywhere, let us know.

These ideas aren’t perfect and we do see one rather large fly in the ointment, site licences. A key element of CARS is being able to demonstrate equipment; after all, if you can’t see it working you don’t get much more feel for it than looking at a brochure. The same applies to scrap processing machinery. Perhaps, if all vehicles to be used for demonstration are depolluted prior to arriving at the show, the environment agency could issue a temporary licence or some other dispensation to allow for the two days. We know those at the top of the environment agency have been asked loosely about this in principle but as there is no precedent for it, no-one feels keen to stick their hand up. The only suggestion from the top was that it would be up to the local agency on the ground - ah nothing’s ever simple! If you’re an EA officer, we would like to hear your views and ideas on this point.

So that’s where we stand. The organisers are going to have to start taking decisions within the next few months so it is a good time to let us know your views. As we said earlier, these are the views of atfPro and not necessarily the organisers but we feel for the CARS to go forward then we must have an affordable show but at the same time, it must be worthwhile for those running the event. The great thing about CARS is that it has always been industry driven and that must continue - that’s why we want your help. Email any comments or ideas here or call Chris on 01544 267140.

February 2015

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