It’s just before Halloween in Tampa. A cold front is blowing through, the air conditioning has finally been given a break, and the pre-holiday season anticipation is starting to build. The weather is perfect for racing and yet I haven’t been able to break away to get to the track. While it’s disappointing that I haven’t been out to see any laps, it’s almost time to be completely immersed in newest parts the racing community has to offer, and that’s always exciting. The trade shows, SEMA, PRI, and MPMC give us a chance to get up close and personal with not only the new speed parts, but also with the people who design them. Over these three shows, the CT staff has the chance to brainstorm, scheme, think-tank, and plan the following year’s editorial with some of the best and brightest in the racing world.

Of the three shows, SEMA in Las Vegas has the least relevance to Circle Track magazine, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be there checking what does apply to us. Our bread and butter is the PRI show in Indianapolis. This show is racing. Hardcore. No fluff! And that’s just the way we like it! The show is from Thursday to Saturday, but it starts a little early with some hardcore engine theory. The Advance Engine Technology Conference (AETC) brings some of the brightest minds from all over the race engine world to discuss all aspects of racing engines. The AETC covers a wide range of topics over the three days prior to PRI, and ends with round table discussion that is open to everyone in attendance to talk with the experts. Look for full coverage of the AETC in an upcoming issue of Circle Track.

Once AETC concludes, the big show begins. This year PRI is moving back to Indianapolis from Orlando, Florida, and while this means more travel for us, it promises to be a bigger and better show. The combination of PRI and IMIS means manufacturers will be there in force with bigger, better displays, as they only have one show instead of two. The show is sold out and will be a packed house with racing parts at every turn. You can also look for full PRI coverage in an upcoming issue.

After PRI, we get a couple of weeks to recover. Once the holidays conclude, we head to Los Angeles for the MPMC trade show. This industry-only show gives the magazine’s editorial staff one-on-one time with 100 select aftermarket companies to discuss the following year’s upcoming editorial. Ideas that are born at SEMA or PRI take shape at MPMC when have more time to hash out the details.

Over the next few months, the CT staff will be making our editorial plans for 2014. If you have anything you would like to see, feel free to email your suggestions to pete.epple@sorc.com. We look forward to hearing about what you want to see in Circle Track!