Thursday, September 17, 2009

Charlotte AutoFair 2009 - WOW!

The Charlotte AutoFair held at the Lowes Motor Speedway in North Carolina was an incredible event. For us, it was the longest car show/event we have participated in, to date. Each trip took about 12 hours through some of the greenest and most beautiful countryside we've seen.

Although I did not get a chance to get out and walk around much (that's Michael's department - rough hey, having to look at cool cars and search for parts for our 71 Formula!), I did get to gaze upon some pretty awesome cars myself. During a quiet moment (the awards ceremony) on Sunday afternoon, I took the photo below from behind our desk, to show you what my view was for the weekend ... not too shabby!

The cars in this garage were there by invitation, so you can imagine the quality and pedigree before us. There was an assortment of classic cars, race cars, modern muscle cars and hotrods, presented by professional restoration shops as well as private collectors.

This was a unique set up for us. Usually we have our outdoor easy up tents to anchor the display (we even use them at indoor venues). However, this time round we couldn't do that, so had to set up a "free standing" display. The results ... just great! This photo was taken on Wednesday (setup day), just after we finished putting up the Gallery Edition Canvases and some framed Limited Edition Prints:

If you look closely at this next photo, you'll see our display down at the far end of the garage. Just to give you an idea of how big it was, I took the picture from about 1/2 way down the length of the building.

The show opened at 8:00 am daily, and shut down at exactly 6:00 pm. A big thanks to the organizers and security staff ... we really were in great hands. Getting out "early" meant we had time to explore local restaurants ... I tried gator and cactus for the first time ... wow!

We had a really fun weekend, once again meeting long time clients for the first time face to face. As well as, a whole new group of people, some of which had never seen Michael's work before ... very exciting! We also made some great new friends, and look forward to seeing them again very soon - thanks B&H for the fabulous dinner.

We are already looking forward to next year's events ... we might even make the trip out in spring of 2010! See you at the show!!! - Linda

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