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Post by DaveMcLain » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:27 am

Walter R. Malik wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:23 am
The Radius Kid wrote:
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:14 am
I was planning on going, but I'm just a hobbyist, so I guess I'm out.

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Not a problem.Find someone with a team who's going....or make up a name for one of your own ..... maybe ABC Racing and get your name in.
It's not hard to do.
What you refer to as "not a problem" IS the very problem with the PRI.
I've found that if you can break away and attend the show on Thursday that it seems to be easier to get around to the booths that you want to visit. Normally I do that and then come back for a little on Friday morning before heading home. I don't know if I'm going to go to the show or not this year I can't decide.

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Post by Krooser » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:33 am

The Radius Kid wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:02 pm
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Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:14 am
I was planning on going, but I'm just a hobbyist, so I guess I'm out.

Randy
Not a problem.Find someone with a team who's going....or make up a name for one of your own ..... maybe ABC Racing and get your name in.
It's not hard to do.
I kind of ashamed to say that's what I did this year.

The other years I went I was in the promoting biz at dirt and asphalt ovals... quit all that in 2013. Now I'm just another old guy trying to make one last lap around the local dirt track... but I am bringing along a friend who is in the retail parts business.

I'll try to keep the mini-van at home...
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Post by pamotorman » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:35 am

I went 1 time to Indy before they move to Fla. and I liked Fla weather a lot better. :D

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Post by engineguyBill » Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:36 pm

Thank God, most people do not attend a trade show because of the "weather". The goal should be to find products and suppliers who will help you grow your BUSINESS.
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Post by cstraub » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:11 pm

I like Indy. Cold or not it keeps the trade in the building and mama and the kids don't want to go. By Saturday at noon there was nobody in the halls and you could play corn hole till 4pm. I think indy is better to keep the trade inside and not on vacation with the wife and kids.
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Post by DaveMcLain » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:19 pm

I also like Indy a lot too. Last year my wife's friend took us to a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant that was really great after a long day at the show. She lives there so she knew all of the good spots to eat etc and to keep my wife entertained while I was at the show. I saw Dave Dispain eating in there too so it wasn't unknown by people attending the show.

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Post by CamKing » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:21 pm

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I like Indy. Cold or not it keeps the trade in the building and mama and the kids don't want to go. By Saturday at noon there was nobody in the halls and you could play corn hole till 4pm. I think indy is better to keep the trade inside and not on vacation with the wife and kids.
All my display pieces, start accidentally falling into their shipping boxes around 2, on Saturday.

I wish they would go back to Fri,Sat,Sun. They changed it to Thur-Sat, because everyone was leaving early on Sunday. Now they just leave early on Saturday.
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Post by CamKing » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:22 pm

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I also like Indy a lot too. Last year my wife's friend took us to a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant that was really great after a long day at the show. She lives there so she knew all of the good spots to eat etc and to keep my wife entertained while I was at the show. I saw Dave Dispain eating in there too so it wasn't unknown by people attending the show.
And the name of this restaurant is ?????
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Post by DaveMcLain » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:25 pm

CamKing wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:22 pm
DaveMcLain wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:19 pm
I also like Indy a lot too. Last year my wife's friend took us to a little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant that was really great after a long day at the show. She lives there so she knew all of the good spots to eat etc and to keep my wife entertained while I was at the show. I saw Dave Dispain eating in there too so it wasn't unknown by people attending the show.
And the name of this restaurant is ?????
I can't remember I'll have to ask my wife! I'll post though because it was really good. Not fancy and not far from downtown. My wife's friend works at a university in that area.

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Post by PackardV8 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:50 pm

Anyone with a downtown hotel reservation who's now not going to be able to make the show, I'd appreciate being allowed to take it on. PM me and I'll handle all the details.

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Post by DaveMcLain » Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:59 pm

The name of the Mexican restaurant is La Margarita and it is in Fountain Square. 1043 Virginia Ave Suite 1

Another good one is supposed to be El Azabache but that's farther toward the South side of the city.

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Post by j-c-c » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:16 pm

"Thank God, most people do not attend a trade show because of the "weather". The goal should be to find products and suppliers who will help you grow your BUSINESS."

I have been biting tongue on some of the other PRI comments here.

I am not directing this at you directly, but I think it should be said if PRI was ONLY about "business", every booth would have a cash register. It seems like with some of other comments, a few have burnt out on the in booth exhibitor scene. i understand that. But IMO, PRI is also about establishing contacts, sharing technical passions, building trust, learning about new products, gaining information, getting parts in your hands, hearing clients wants AND complaints, and putting a face to the voice on the phone.

The idea of cross pollination is also a big plus, if not the engine guys would never go near the chassis guys, and so on.

On the catalogs, I suspect there is still a large part of the group that likes a catalog in the Mag rack in the bathroom, instead of electronics. Why some catalogs are so over produced, and likely very pricey, not sure why, it appears wasteful, and just lipstick on a pig IMO.

I agree about the wives and kids comments, but the other side is when chatting with an exhibitor, and say a Roger Penske passes by, and you become nearly invisible, is a bit disconcerting.

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Post by Krooser » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:40 pm

Is the Red Garter still in business on the square? A dancer borrowed my track jacket years ago and the Indy Star was there doing an undercover prostitution story...got my jacket on the front page of the Sunday paper!

Talk about free publicity!
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Post by CamKing » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:50 pm

j-c-c wrote:
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But IMO, PRI is also about establishing contacts, sharing technical passions, building trust, learning about new products, gaining information, getting parts in your hands, hearing clients wants AND complaints, and putting a face to the voice on the phone.
Yes, but for the professionals, not the guys building one or two engines, every 1-5 years, or the guy that drives the car, that thinks he can worm some sponsorship's from a few exhibitors.

As for the Roger Penske's, There's many a time, I'm talking to a guy that is building his own engine, that he races for fun, and 2 people behind him, waiting, is an engineer for an OEM, or a major race engine builder, who is visually growing impatient. Every time, I'm going to say excuse me for a minute, and go talk to that "Roger Penske", before he walks away. Those "Roger Penske's" and future "Roger Penske's, are the reason why we're there. Not to talk to the guy that Autocrosses his Miata on weekends.
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Post by CamKing » Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:51 pm

DaveMcLain wrote:
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:59 pm
The name of the Mexican restaurant is La Margarita and it is in Fountain Square. 1043 Virginia Ave Suite 1

Another good one is supposed to be El Azabache but that's farther toward the South side of the city.
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