Auto Service World
News   October 17, 2019   by Allan Janssen

AAPEX to host virtual challenge

Attendees at the Automotive Aftermarket Pars Exhibition (AAPEX) 2019 are invited to virtually install parts on a vehicle and compete for the best time during a Virtual Vehicle Challenge.

Daily winners with the fastest time will receive free AAPEX 2020 registration and housing for up to four nights.

AAPEX represents the $1 trillion global automotive aftermarket industry and will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5 through Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

New this year to add to the fun and excitement, cars will race on the Virtual Vehicle Track with bends and turns similar to a Formula 1 track. Players will first make their cars in the virtual reality garage. Cars then will be added to the Virtual Vehicle Track with four cars racing at the same time.

The Virtual Vehicle Challenge is included in AAPEX registration and is sponsored by the Auto Care Association, Clarios, NGK/NTK, Phillips 66, Spectra Premium, Temel Gaskets, and ZF Aftermarket.

One of last year’s challenge was Pete Peters of Pembina Valley Auto in Winkler, Man. Other winners were Lot Burdick of Burdick’s Auto Solutions in McKinney, Tex.; and Anthony Williams of Advance Auto in Raleigh, N.C.

With more than 2,500 exhibiting companies, AAPEX is the showcase for the latest products, services and technologies that keep the world’s 1.3 billion vehicles on the road.

More than 48,000 targeted buyers are expected to attend, including automotive service professionals, auto parts retailers, warehouse distributors, service chains, automotive dealers, fleet buyers and engine builders. Approximately 162,000 automotive aftermarket professionals from 126 countries are projected to be in Las Vegas during AAPEX and the SEMA Show.