Former Charlotte Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler made the announcement Friday prior to the start of the second annual Carolina Auto Racing Show at the Hickory Convention Center. The third edition of the event is scheduled Dec. 5-7, 2013.
The show is a collaborative effort among Clint Elkins, Jimmy Schiltz and Dick Schiltz
“Clint started this show down here with help from the Schiltzes a few years ago and it was an immediate success,” Wheeler said Friday. “This is a fine building, but last year I remember coming here and literally you couldn’t move. There was no place to put another exhibitor.
“Then he (Clint) got the bright idea of saying, ‘Hey, since PRI has become an all-encompassing show for automobiles and has left Orlando for Indianapolis and it’s going to be the second weekend (in December), why don’t we take the show and move it to Charlotte?’”
Wheeler said he expects the show to grow exponentially in Charlotte, attracting exhibitors from all forms of motorsports and attendees from all over the world.
“I’d think this is going to give us an opportunity for people from all over the world to come to the U.S. and go to two huge shows in a row,” Wheeler said. “They can come to the Charlotte Convention Center, they can see the great NASCAR Hall of Fame and then they can go 526 miles sort of Northwest and then go to the PRI show.
“It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see us double or triple the amount of exhibitors that we have,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler said he expects the show to bring at least a $12 million economic impact to the Charlotte region during a time when tourism dollars are hard to come by.
“I think it easily has the potential of blossoming into an event that brings $50 million into the Charlotte area,” Wheeler added.