The Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties Spring NVP Product Expo proved to be the biggest Expo ever put on by LeMans Corporation.
The event, which took place February 16th and 17th at the newly renovated Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC), not only hit its highest attendee numbers of any previous expo, it also exceeded all other U.S. distributor shows by spanning over 88,000 sq. feet with more than 240 leading exhibitors including 25 new brands to the Expo. The expanded show space allowed for larger displays to showcase the newest products and accommodate the record number of attendees.
Jeff Derge, VP of sales said, “Our first year in Louisville could not have gone better! Thank you to the dealers, vendors and our team for working the weekend with us. This show is such an important part of improving our industry. There are so many great new products on the market this year; the dealers spent quality time talking with the vendors and reps to really get an understanding of these products. In the end the dealers that attended will deliver a better shopping experience for every customer that enters their stores.”
The weekend kicked off on Thursday with training for the Parts Unlimited and Drag Specialties Sales Reps which extended into Saturday and also included Dealer training from Alpinestars, Fat Baggers, Rekluse, S&S and more. Expanded Expo floor hours both Saturday and Sunday provided dealers ample time to visit exhibitors and see the newest products.
The 2019 Spring Apparel Fashion Show was a highlight of the show floor during Saturday’s happy hour. Gracing the catwalk were new collections from over 15 brands highlighting Thor, Icon, Moose, Arctiva, Slippery and Z1R.
Saturday evening brought the industry to the iconic Meet & Greet at The Sports & Social Club in the heart of downtown Louisville’s 4th Street Live Entertainment District. Food, drinks, games, live entertainment and the Arlington Supercross (with a Cooper Webb win) on over 60 TVs was the perfect way to cap off the day. The Expo energy carried over into Sunday where a trip to the Drag Specialties and Parts Unlimited Rides were awarded and satisfied dealers filled the aisles.
“What a way to kick off the 2019 season," said Mike Collins, president of LeMans Corporation. "I’ve never felt such enthusiasm and optimism from dealers, vendors and reps. We all need events like this as a reminder as to why we are in this business. It was a fantastic gathering and we’ve set the bar high for our next event.”