Last-Minute Details for a Successful Show!

Mar 8, 2010

The Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show is just days away! The attendance is looking high and exhibitors are up 25 percent from last year! Here are a few tips and details for a successful and smooth show.


  • Wednesday, (March 10, 2010) 8:00am – 6:00pm (Exhibitor Registration) – located in the Exhibit Hall
  • Thursday, (March 11, 2010) 7:00am – 6:00pm
  • Friday, (March 12, 2010) 7:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, (March 13, 2010) 8:00am – 3:00pm

Don’t forget to print and pack your registration confirmation. Also, Full Show Badges were mailed out to those that registered before February 22, 2010. So be sure to bring it with you! If you registered after February 22, 2010, you can pick up your badge at the show. Registration is located in front of Hall E.

Online registration is now closed. If you have yet to register, save yourself some time and download the onsite registration form here. Just print it, fill it out and bring it with you to the registration desk.

Education Day: Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion for each seminar they attended from start-to-finish. Those who pre-registered for the seminars should have received a sheet of Education Day tickets. Please don’t forget to submit your ticket when they are collected at the end of each session. Attendees who register for Education Day at the show will also receive a sheet of tickets.

Grand Opening Breakfast: Those who RSVP’d for the Grand Opening Breakfast when they registered should have received their tickets in the mail. You can still RSVP for the breakfast on-site at the registration desk. Doors open at 8:00am and the breakfast will commence at 8:30am sharp. Please come early! Seating is first-come-first-serve, even with your ticket.

Updates: Interior Fabrication Workshop Time Change! Due to a schedule conflict we have moved Saturday’s Interior Fabrication Workshop to a NEW time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm. The Interior Fabrication Workshop will be located in rooms 109 and 110. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Restoration Roundtable with Jim Barber Announced The roundtable discussion will be put on by Jim Barber, chairman of ARMO and president of Classic Automotive Restoration Specialists (C.A.R.S) in Belews Creek, North Carolina. It will take place on Friday, March 12 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm in rooms 107 and 108 of the Indianapolis Convention Center.

Parking: There are numerous parking garages downtown in which the rates vary and are by the hour. If you’re staying for five hours or less, the most affordable lot will be the Circle Centre Mall garage on Maryland Street. This garage and numerous others are connected to the convention center by skywalks. For extended hours, lot #3 at the corner of South and Missouri Street is $5/day to park. This is the most affordable choice, but also the furthest walk to the entrance of the building.

Be aware, there are a couple lane restrictions on the east (Capitol Ave) and west (Missouri St) sides of the building, but no parking has been lost.

Other Tips:

  • Dress for comfort! It may snow, so bundle up to and from the show.
  • Market yourself! Bring those business cards and marketing materials.
  • Make a list of your show goals, the questions you want answered, and the people you want to meet.
  • Don’t forget your camera! There’s going to be lots of beautiful cars on display and many great people to meet!

If you have any questions prior to the show, check out our General Questions at or call (800) 576-8788. Should you need any information while at the show, please visit us at the registration desk.

Safe travels and we’ll see you in Indy!