Diane DiCola, our Product and Merchandising Manager in Philly, sent this image of setting up for the Philadelphia Auto Show last month. For those that have never had the privilege of setting up an event, anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Even for regional shows, like this one, the logistics are daunting. One year, I had to track down one of our Swedish auto show staffers, “He’s out where our packing crates are stored.” I went out back and the warehouse could have been a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. There was row upon row of stacked wooden packing crates, a good 15 feet high. I think the worst part of an auto show is all the new carpet being installed. It gives off some fumes, but the nylon that floats around is really nasty. We all end up with ‘auto show nose.’ Coupled with a lack of sleep, food and cold weather, we all end up sick after the week is over.
The next major auto show for us is New York. We love NY. More about this show in a couple of weeks. The only problem is getting a taxi when you need one. Often we stay near the Javits Center, but sometimes we do not. So tracking down a cab during the afternoon rush hour is, well painful.