Time to contemplate the year ahead, says the man from the MIA.
After seven trade shows in just 12 weeks covering France, Italy, Germany, UK and three in the USA, we're forced to consider whether motorsport can really afford to support all of these. Cost, time and preparation for small companies, especially during recession, has stretched them to the absolute limit. Unsurprisingly, several chose to simply visit the shows, not exhibit, preserving resources for future hard years. Some clearly made the least expensive choice and stayed away, inviting sellers to visit instead. Only time will tell just how many of these shows can retain support from the industry.
Most that did participate felt the shows were busier than originally anticipated and most still enjoyed decent, if lower, attendances. This reduction in quantity may have improved the quality, though, as those who stayed away were less involved in the industry anyway.
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