DEL MAR, Calif. (BRAIN) — With gray skies and rain in the forecast, CABDA show director Jim Kersten may not have gotten the balmy Southern California welcome he hoped for as he set up for the inaugural CABDA West expo here in San Diego County this week. But he certainly took comfort in dealer pre-registration numbers ahead of Wednesday’s show opening — 1,150 attendees from 410 shops.
“When we first started putting this together I was going to be happy with 275 shops, so I’m very impressed with the turnout we’re getting. I knew we weren’t going to replicate Chicago numbers immediately our first at-bat out here, but it’s definitely better than I thought it was going to be,” Kersten said.
Many of those dealers are concentrated in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties, but Kersten said retailers as far away as Denver, Salt Lake City and the Phoenix metro metro have also signed up. He expects drive-in traffic as far north as San Francisco, more than 500 miles from the event venue.
CABDA West is Kersten’s first event outside of the Chicago area since resurrecting the regional trade show in 2015. Staged at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Racetrack, the sold-out show will feature 185 booths representing 300 to 350 different industry brands, a full seminar and tech clinic schedule, and bicycle demos. Festivities start Tuesday night with an exhibitor party at host hotel the HIlton San Diego/Del Mar, adjacent to the racetrack.
Efficient Velo Tools owner and service expert Brett Flemming will present a keynote address in the hotel’s Del Mar Ballroom at 9 a.m. Thursday, the closing day of the show. Doors open at 8:30, and the first 200 attendees will be served free breakfast.
“I told Brett to talk about whatever topic he wants, but I want to light a fire under people’s asses about the service end of the business. We can’t do anything about tariffs, we can’t do anything really about margins, but we can do stuff about service dollars and bringing in money that way,” Kersten said.
The weeks leading up to the show were a juggling act for show director Kersten, as Emerald Expositions’ announcement in early December that it was canceling the 2019 Interbike show ramped up supplier interest in exhibiting at CABDA West.
“We did what we could. We were kind of landlocked because they (the racetrack) have another event going on for part of our days. So we were able to take over an extra building and shift our seminar space over there, which opened up some floor space. We were just about sold out before that announcement too. So what it really did was add about 30 companies to our wait list,” Kersten said.
He also had to come up with contingency plans should rain put a literal damper on the show’s outdoor demo area. The National Weather Service is forecasting at least a 40 percent chance of rain through Thursday in the Del Mar area.
CHICAGO (WLS) — An on-duty Chicago police officer was struck by a vehicle fleeing a traffic stop Monday in North Lawndale on the West Side, police said.
According to police, around 2:40 a.m. officers in a marked squad car were conducting a traffic stop on a 2015 Buick Lacrosse in the 1100-block of S. Troy Avenue.
When officers approached the vehicle, they observed two men with open alcohol, police said.
One officer opened the driver side door when the driver put the vehicle in reverse striking him and fleeing in an unknown direction, police said.
The officer was transported to a local hospital with injuries to both legs, police said. He is in good condition.
The Buick was later discovered unoccupied by responding officers in the 1100-block of S. Whipple Street, police said.
No other injuries were reported.
No one is in custody.
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