WHAT ARE THE BIG SHOWS

Don't miss out on the best show in the industry.

The Keystone BIG Shows are the best trade shows in the specialty automotive equipment and accessories industry, outside of SEMA. The Shows are organized by Keystone Automotive Operations, the leading distributor and marketer of specialty aftermarket auto parts in North America.

What are the BIG Shows

The BIG Shows bring manufacturers, their representatives, Attendees, and the Keystone sales and management teams together in a relaxed setting to share knowledge and work to increase sales in the many categories within the market segments that Keystone services.

As a customer or supplier, there are many reasons to attend/exhibit at our Shows. Keystone's BIG Shows consistently provide an engaging forum for our customers to see new products first-hand and learn detailed product information directly from suppliers and manufacturer representatives.

 

Some of the benefits of attending or exhibiting at our Big Shows include:

  • New Products... Customers visit with hundreds of exhibitors to discover the hottest new products and applications just in time to merchandise stores for the peak selling season
  • Purchasing Deals... The deepest buying opportunity of the calendar year translates to greater profitability for our customers
  • Business Building Ideas... Our customers learn about strategies for growing their business effectively, including the use of eKeystone and our marketing programs
  • Networking... Our shows are the perfect setting for our customers to network with other shop owners and industry professionals, as well as meet their Keystone sales representative and favorite suppliers
  • Custom Vehicles Everywhere... Customers will find plenty of inspiration and examples of the hottest products and vehicle trends in action
  • Giveaways... Cash and valuable prizes are given away throughout the event

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • 12V & Specialty Shops
  • Auto Part Stores
  • Engine Builders
  • Manufacturers
  • Off-Road Shops
  • Speed Shops
  • Wheel & Tire Shops

Testimonials

  • I have been going to BIG Shows to check out new products and buying deals. I have signed some good deals in the past and hope to do so again. Mikhail Kirichansky
    MAGIC INT'L TRADING CORP, NY
  • I go to the BIG Shows for many reasons – network, new products, deals. I take my employees to meet and know the people I do business with. We work together to improve business issues. Raymond Neil
    FEDERAL MUFFLER, CANADA
  • I have never been to a BIG Show before, but I am going to the Midwest Show this year. I am keen to see what’s new around performance, accessories, etc. This should be interesting for business. Kevin Smith
    MID CITIES MUFFLER, TX

Recent Articles

  • Meet Chip Foose in the Magnaflow Booth

    Stop by the Magnaflow booth at the BIG Show East, in Washington, DC to meet legendary car builder Chip Foose in person.

     About Chip Foose:

    In a relatively short career, Chip Foose has created a legacy of designs and accomplishments that are well beyond his years. Chip was born and raised in Santa Barbara California and automobiles were definitely in his blood. Chip's first job was working for his father's company, Project Design. By age twelve, Chip already had five years experience under his belt, and had also painted his first car, a Porsche 356.

    Early on, a chance meeting from Alex Tremulus, the designer of the "Tucker", was Chip's motivation to attend Art Center, where he majored in automotive product design and graduated in 1990 with honors.

    Chip's career profile is staggering; in 1986 he was Staff Designer/Fabricator for the Asha Corporation, eventually becoming director of design in 1989. Chip was responsible for conceptualizing new proprietary ideas and fabrication of prototypes for the OEM's. Other work has included: Stehrenberger Design as an automotive designer, creating illustrations and conceptual models, Baker Sportronics, as chief designer and fabricator of electric vehicles used in the NFL and MLB, and of course, working with his father, designing and building street rods, customs, studio vehicles and show cars for films such as Blade Runner, Robo Cop, and Gone in 60 Seconds.

    November 1990 brought about the beginning of a relationship with Boyd Coddington and Hot Rods by Boyd, becoming a full time position in 1993, where Chip eventually became the President. Chip, who is widely acclaimed for his "Boyd Look" design and creative skills, was responsible for many internationally known vehicles such as: Roadster, Sportstar, Boydster I and II, and Boyd Air to name a few. Chip's venture with Boyd however, ended in 1998.

    At this time Chip and his wife Lynne started their Huntington Beach, California based company Foose Design, an automotive and product design Development Company. His company specializes in illustration, graphics, ideation model making, surfacing and complete construction of automobiles and automotive related products. These products are available to private individuals, television, film and the automobile manufacturers.

    In November of 1997, Chip was inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame at Peterson Publishing's 50th anniversary held at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This induction made history for Chip, becoming the youngest member ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame at the age of 31. In 1998, Chip was honored at the SMRA banquet and was the first recipient of the Good Guys Trendsetter Award, once again creating another historic moment in the Hot Rod industry. In 1999, Chip won the prestigious AMBR (America's Most Beautiful Roadster) Award at the 50th Anniversary of the Grand National Roadster Show with Fred Warren's "Shockwave". In 2000 Chip won the AMBR again with Chuck Svatos' "0032". Overall, Chip has been involved with seven different AMBR winners, the last in 2006.

    The new millennium meant new endeavors for Chip, in January of 2000, he signed a licensing agreement with MHT Luxury Alloys, allowing Chip to start the production of Foose Wheels. In 2002, Chip won the coveted "Ridler" Award at the 50th Anniversary Show of the Detroit Autorama with Bob and Wes Rydell's 35 Chevy Master, otherwise known as the "Grandmaster". He was inducted into the Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame. The end of the year closed with a bang for Chip and his highly acclaimed staff at Foose Design when the Discovery Channel filmed a documentary, "Rides", which aired repetitively on the TLC network in March of 2003. The documentary featured several of Chip's award winning vehicles, but the show's focus was to give viewers a chance to witness Chip's visionary talents come to life with a re-design of the 2002 Thunderbird. The redesigned Thunderbird otherwise known as the "Speedbird" received another award for Chip, as it made its debut at the 2002 SEMA show in Las Vegas, where Chip was presented the "Best of Show" award from Ford Motor Company.

    The year 2003 was equally exciting for Chip. He was honored once again with an induction into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame. He then received a second "Ridler" award at the Detroit Autorama for his work on Ron Whitesides 34' Mercury Stallion.

    Throughout the course of Chip's career he has been honored to receive the Good Guys Street Rod of the Year Award eight times, Most recently he captured the award in 2010 with the "Magnatude", a 1932 Custom Muroc Roadster (body by Marcel and design by Chip).

    2004 proved to be as exhilarating as the past years, Chip started a television series called "Overhaulin'", which began airing on the TLC network late April of 2004. With 5 successful seasons in the books and nearly 90 vehicles restored, the show continues to air in most domestic and international markets.

    2005 opened with Chip being inducted into the San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He also received his 3rd "Ridler" Award for, "Impression", a Foose designed and fabricated 1936 Ford based roadster owned by Ken Reister. Also that same year, Chip was honored to be personally selected by John Lasseter of Pixar to contribute paint schemes and graphic treatments to certain characters from the hit movie "Cars". This relationship has since expanded to a showcase of original Chip Foose "Cars" artwork at Disney Theme Parks and a role as a consultant on the sequel, "Cars 2".

    In 2009, Chip made a return to television, serving as a guest judge on the Discovery Channel's "Ultimate Car Build-Off", where top auto shops in LA, Detroit and Atlanta competed for a chance at glory and a $100,000 grand prize. Recently, he also hosted the documentary series "American Icon: The Hot Rod" on Discovery's HD Theater.

    Encouraged by the continued popularity of "Overhaulin’”, Discovery Communication’s Velocity network relaunched the show with all new episodes in October 2012. Chip and longtime co-host Chris Jacobs are now finalizing the second season of the rebooted format.

    Along with his wife Lynne, Chip continues to run his business Foose Design, where he designs and builds automotive masterpieces.
     

  • Meet Rutledge Wood in the Magnaflow Booth

    Stop by the Magnaflow booth at the BIG Show West, in Dallas, TX to meet legendary Rutledge Wood, the co-host of Top Gear on the History Channel,  in person.

    About Rutledge Wood:

    Rutledge Wood’s passion for cars and motorsports started at an early age; learning from his father the business of buying, restoring and selling vehicles both new and old. After moving from Birmingham, Alabama to Peachtree City, Georgia in 1995 and completing high school, Rutledge went on to graduate from the University of Georgia with a degree in marketing.

    Rutledge’s first experience in NASCAR came during his first job in entertainment: traveling with the NASCAR circuit for Country Music Television’s mobile marketing activation. Soon after, Rutledge was hired by SPEED TV, (now FoxSports 1) where he worked for 10 seasons covering NASCAR. He was a correspondent for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pre-race show, NASCAR RaceDay, and has hosted or co-hosted various NASCAR shows and events for Fox Sports, including SPEED Road Tour Challenge, NASCAR Smarts, and NASCAR Live, as well as the annual NASCAR Awards Banquet.

    Beginning in 2015, Rutledge joined NBC Sports as a specialty motorsports reporter and NASCAR analyst.

    In the Spring of 2015, Rutledge debuted on History Channel’s Lost in Transmission. Rutledge and his co-host George, travel the country in search of America’s forgotten automotive classics, in an attempt to tell their stories and get them back on the road for their deserving owners.

    Rutledge has been the co-host of Top Gear on the History Channel, the American iteration of the legendary BBC program of the same name, for the past 4 seasons.

    Rutledge currently resides in Georgia with his wife and 3 daughters.

     

  • BIG Show West Guidebook App Available Now

    The Guidebook app for the BIG Show West has been published and is now available for download. This easy to use guide supplies helpful information about the event including hotel information, show schedule, exhibitors list, interactive floor map, parking information, available transportation and more. During the event we will push notifications to the app announcing door prize winners, power hours, and events you won’t want to miss so that you can experience all of the opportunities the BIG Show has to offer.

    If you have downloaded the app previously, all you need to do is enter the current Redeem Code. To download the app for the first time, click the link below and follow the directions.

    BIG Show West app page http://guidebook.com/g/BIGShow-West2016

    Both Android and Apple formats are available for your smartphone or tablet.

    Contact your salesperson for the Redeem Code to start planning your show today.

     

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