RacingJunk.com, the largest online race and performance classified site, and the Internet Brands Auto Communities representing over 100 auto enthusiast forum sites, are pleased to announce the “ No Shows, No Problem Virtual Trade Show”, running October 28 – 30, 2020. Inspired by both the lack of live events over the summer and the change of the in-person SEMA Show to a virtual marketplace experience, the No Shows, No Problem virtual show is a chance for businesses to share new or popular products with consumers and businesses, gain insight into current marketing practices, and help celebrate the enthusiast automotive audience.
The virtual show will feature multiple Product Showcases, original vehicle builds, and an online car show as well as educational webinars, live streamed industry-specific panels and Q&As, dedicated forum posts, editorial galleries and product reviews, virtual meet-ups, and more, including some fun swag to give away. No Shows, No Problem offers both businesses and consumers the chance to learn more about new products, the current state of enthusiast auto industry, and to share their passions for performance.
The spring and summer months brought numerous cancellations for in-person events from some of the big names in the enthusiast world including Goodguys, the National Street Rod Association, the North American Trailer Dealer Association Show, and of course, the SEMA show. The event cancellations, and the subsequent virtual responses, played a major role as inspiration for the No Shows, No Problem event. “We’d been brainstorming ideas for a virtual show throughout the summer, building on some of our other virtual efforts including webinars and online car shows. The day that SEMA announced its cancellation we knew we wanted to pull the trigger on a show,” explains Jim Sweener, Director of Sales and Business Development for the Internet Brands Auto Classifieds vertical. “After a summer of necessary cancellations of races, car shows and other enthusiast events, SEMA represented something for all of us to look forward to. And while their virtual manufacturing showcase will be a great opportunity for B2B to still do business, RacingJunk and the Auto Communities wanted to offer businesses and consumers a chance to celebrate the industry that is still hanging on and finding new and innovative ways to function.”
No Shows, No Problem intends to bring the two parts of the auto industry together. Businesses will have access to webinars on marketing, outreach and advertising, while consumers can ask questions of manufacturers in the Q&As hosted on social media.
The show is a joint effort between the Internet Brands Auto Classifieds and Auto Communities teams, including RacingJunk, CorvetteForum, Ford-Truck Enthusiasts, Club Lexus, Rennlist, HotRodHotline, LS1Tech, HondaTech, DodgeForum and more.
Canton Racing Products, Hughes Performance, Jerry Bickel Race Cars, POR 15, and Quick Performance have already signed on to participate.