The Automotive Service Association (ASA), sponsors of the recently created Automotive Service & Repair Week (ASRW), as well as the International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) and the Congress of Automotive Repair & Service (CARS), announced that both the NACE and CARS events are off to a strong start. Initial booths were assigned during the joint Space Draw, resulting in over 85% sold of the projected 160,000 net square feet in exhibit space. NACE and CARS will be co-located in 2008 and held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 5-8. “The exhibitor participation during the initial Space Draw process is very encouraging,” said Ron Pyle, ASA president and chief staff executive. “Such strong results further support the decision to co-locate these longstanding events [NACE and CARS], allowing us to further expand the Expos, available education and training, as well as the unparalleled networking opportunities, reaching the collision and mechanical sectors of the entire industry.” The online housing system is live and open at www.NACEexpo.com and www.CARSevent.com. Hanley Wood Housing will assist attendees and exhibitors with all hotel, airline and car rentals — one-stop shopping for all travel needs. “With so much happening during that first week of November, Las Vegas is jam-packed and hotels will fill-up very fast. “We encourage attendees and exhibitors alike to book and secure rooms early,” said Debbie Guthrie, NACE Housing & Travel Manager. Online registration will open in early-June and the printed attendee brochures will be distributed in mid- to late-July.