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posted November 12, 2000 05:38 PM UIN: 16262997

FORT WASHINGTON, PA November 10, 2000 . . . More than 275,000
square feet of the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center will be
jammed with everything motorsports come January 12 thru 14,
2001. More than 40,000 people are expected to make their way
through the Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 Auto Racing Trade Show
after the "opening bell sounds" at 1 p.m. on Friday, January
During the 16 year history of the show many of the best
known names in the sport have appeared, including Dale
Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Mario Andretti,
Richard Petty and many others. The "free" autograph sessions
featuring top name racers and personalities are always
tremendous crowd pleasers.
However many local and regional auto racing stars are
part of the Pennzoil Motorsports Auto Racing Extravaganza. A
large number of fans come out to meet their favorites that
they see in action at the area speedways and drag racing
facilities. "You just never know who you may run into while
walking the aisles, visiting the more than 600 exhibit booths
that make up the show. The man who started the "twist craze"
some years back, Chubby Checker, was found walking the show
one year. And there are fans who come to see the more than
125 vehicles on display representing every form of
motorsports competition, even boat racing," said show manager
Joe Pratt.
"It is a mid-winter respite for many who are anxious to
see what is new for the coming season. Many speedways and
sanctioning organizations use the show to release their new
schedules and announce plans for the coming season. Many
in the business make the Pennzoil Motorsports Show a very
important part of their overall marketing efforts. And fans
start planning their trip to the show as soon as the season
has been finished, many even plan sooner."
For racers the most important part of the show is the
"HARDCORE RACING SECTION" where many new items for the coming
season are unveiled.
And for fans, in addition to collecting autographs,
schedules, and other items, the collectable section has
become a must visit. Many of the vendors are offering show
specials that will save show attendees considerable money.
Other attention grabbers during three day show that opens
at 1 p.m. on January 12 and continues through until Sunday,
January 14, 6 p.m., include the MotorMax Motorsports Garage,
USTobacco/A-Plus Mini Markets Ms. Motorsports Pageant, Kids
Big Wheel Racing, Li'l Miss Motorsports Contest, displays of
Antique race cars, autograph sessions with racing legends and
much, much more.
For those who may want to make the weekend a learning
experience there are a number of "free" seminars offered
covering everything from sponsorship to chassis setup.
"The neat thing about Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 is that
once the ticket is purchased at the entrance, attendees can
get autographs, attend seminars, participate in a variety of
events, and not spend another nickel," said Pratt.
Race fan Ron Engessor of Belle Mead, NJ is already
planning his trip to Pennzoil Motorsports 2001. He bid
$250 at the recent Stacy Miller Charity Auction at
Grandview Speedway and bought the opportunity to be a
judge at the very popular U.S. Tobacco Ms Motorsports
Pageant. The pageant, presented on Saturday during the
three day show, is one of the most popular show events.
In fact Engessor could probably make a profit by selling
his "judgeship." However that just is not allowed.
Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 is set for the weekend of
January 12 thru 14 at the Fort Washington, PA Expo Center
located just off Exit 26 of PA Turnpike. In fact, as long as
there are no construction delays, a new exit and entrance
(Westbound only) should be in place which will make it even
easier to get to the show.
Information on tickets may be had by telephoning the
show office at 609.888.3618 or visit the show website at This is also the number to call to obtain
additional information on exhibiting at the show,
participating in the various events, and being put on the
list for a show schedule.
Marilyn Saxton is in charge of discount room
reservations at the show hotel (Holiday Inn at Fort
Washington) and a number of other hotels in the area. She can
be reached at 215.752.2392 or telephone Plaza II Travel at
Ernie Saxton Communications, Inc. can assist businesses
wanting to benefit from marketing through motorsports at the
Pennzoil Motorsports 2001 Show. There are opportunities to
sponsor contests, special areas, etc. that are offered at
very reasonable rates. Telephone 215.752.7797 or fax
215.752.1518 to obtain a brochure on marketing opportunities.
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MEDIA NOTE: We are anxious to have you be part of the show,
please be in touch to make arrangements for show credentials.
Fax us at 215.752.1518 or e-mail us at Let us know if we can be of any
assistance to you. ERNIE SAXTON

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