The Race & Performance Expo at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois is an auto trade show like SEMA, but one open to the public in, not just the pros. It incorporates a 25-vehicle car show in a hotel ballroom and a youth-oriented Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com) competition that packs parents in.

This 7th annual event attracted collectors, as well as racing buffs. While it sounds like a place to see racing parts and services, the car show is really for restorers and muscle car fans. Dave Glass of D & M Corvette used this venue to debut his new Nova gasser, which was built in just a few months at his shop.

The Race & Performance Expo also offers great seminars put on upstairs by companies like Edelbrock, MSD, Holley and Auto Meter. Many racetracks were also exhibiting to promote their 2014 venues. Check out a few highlights below.