28th Annual Performance Racing Industry Show, Indianapolis, IN, / December 2016

Welcome to our coverage from the 2016 Performance Racing Industry Show, held December 8 - 10, 2016 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN.

This show was bigger and busier than last year's show, which was bigger and busier than the year before. Just when you think the last show was the biggest, along comes this year's show to eclipse it! The PRI Show management always does a great job in providing loads of extra value to its exhibitors and attendees, whether from the WiFi throughout the show floor, to the Grand Opening breakfast, to the Happy Hour. All of these were provided free of charge by PRI. The show management also provided free sandwiches, soda and beer to the exhibitors who were setting up their booths on Wednesday. What a great touch.

We have tons of products to present here so we hope you'll take your time with this coverage. We'll start off with Wednesday, December 7th and the various industry seminars that take place on the day before the show opens.

Getting There is Half The Fun!
With the amount of gear I bring (marketing materials, cameras, lenses, laptop, etc), driving is really the only option. The drive from New Jersey to Indianapolis is not too bad, and if I'm feeling a little tired on the road I can always make a stop to buy some fireworks. Setting off bottle rockets and roman candles in the car will wake me right up.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016: Set-up Day, Seminars and Industry Events
Here we are: PRI, Indiana USA!
Wednesday is the final load-in day. The weather was perfect.

Yup, if you need an engine hoist to unload from the truck, you've got some heavy stuff.
Heading down to the convention area. This will be jamming tomorrow with show attendees.
Booth set-ups being finalized.
Trailer Row is once again outside this year, right next to the convention center.
Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge
One of the coolest events at PRI is the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge, which resembles the tear down between rounds at a drag race. The contestants are teams of high-school students who must disassemble and reassemble an engine in front of judges and spectators. The engines are identically prepared small block Chevys complete with all the goodies. Learn more at www.hotroddersoftomorrow.com.

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