Automotive News publisher Crain Communications Inc. and German trade show specialist Messe Frankfurt are teaming up to create a celebration of motoring in the United States.
The first Festival of Motoring USA will be held April 29-May 2, 2021, the companies said in a recent statement. It will take place at the 750-acre Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga.
The show will be modeled after South Africa’s Festival of Motoring in Johannesburg, which was founded in 2016. This year’s festival, held last month, was billed as an event “that brings the entire industry together and allows visitors to not only view or compare the latest models, but to jump in and experience the performance and handling of these vehicles on the track.”
Festival of Motoring USA officials said the intention is to work with local retail and industry leaders in a partnership to create a unique consumer experience at Road Atlanta.
The Atlanta event will have the support of Kinrara, Goodwood’s international event consultancy. Kinrara helps organize the annual Festival of Speed in England.
In addition to displays of new and classic vehicles, the Atlanta event will feature skid pads, self-drive tracks, 4×4 off-road experiences, technology showcases and test-drive circuits with professional drivers.
Messe Frankfurt organizes some 500 trade fairs, congresses, conferences and other events annually. Its North American headquarters are in Atlanta.