Young Automotive Professionals held its biennial trade show in Welland, Ont., attracting some 700 local shop owners and technicians.
Owners of the Bestbuy Distributors shareholder, which is actually located in neighbouring Port Colborne, John Grandilli and Claudio Sceppacerqua, say that they were happy with the turnout and with the support from exhibitors for the show, which is held every other year. In fact this year they had to turn away some suppliers interested in exhibiting. There was simply no room to accommodate them.
So, accordingly the owners are looking at a securing a larger facility for 2014.
Comments from the show floor indicate that exhibitors were happy with the turnout and the activity visitors enjoyed the opportunity to see some new offerings from suppliers, have a hardy meal, and enjoy rides in the stock car simulator.
In addition, Canadian former pro baseball pitcher Baseball Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins was on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures.