Event Industry News: Grand National Roadster Show, Super Bowl Munchies and Galaxy Glass

January 27, 2014

A very quick look at the Grand National Roadster Show

Grand National Roadster Show: Hundreds of cars and thousands of people visited Fairplex this weekend for the 65th Grand National Roadster Show. A number of hot rods, customs, motorcycles and other vehicles were displayed in our expo halls while sponsors and food and retail vendors set up shop along the avenues surrounding the buildings. Cars dating as far back as 1914 all the way up to the latest Ford models were featured throughout the campus and a number of lowriders were reigned in the Suede Palace. Travis Barker (Blink 182), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and other celebrity car enthusiasts came to check out the scene. Can’t wait for next year’s event!

The Grammys: The 2014 Grammy Awards Show was long. Really long. Duets and medleys were the name of the game this year, as dynamic musical numbers were performed by some of the industry’s greatest. Notable performances included Beyonce & Jay-Z, Sir Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams & Stevie Wonder, Robin Thicke & Chicago, Metallica & pianist Lang Lang and Sara Bareilles & Carole King. And of course, who could forget Pharrell and his hat?

Super Bowl Munchies: Despite the frigid temperatures, preparations continue at full speed for Super Bowl XLVIII. No Super Bowl party is complete without Pepsi, hot wings, pizza and a bag of Doritos and New York won’t be any different. Food sampling stations from brands like Cheetos, Doritos, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut will be open throughout Manhattan and on Super Bowl Boulevard throughout the week. Cupcakes laced with Mountain Dew and Doritos-flavored frosting, Cherry Pepsi BBQ wings and free pizza are just some of the samples being offered. It might be worth braving the cold for those flavors.

Technology: We have yet to see the mass public walking around with Google Glass attached to their faces (two words: beta mode) but the headset made enough of a splash to launch a rival product from Samsung: Galaxy Glass. Samsung claims the new product will allow users to connect to their smartphone, display call alerts and listen to music (Korea Times.) Nothing is officially confirmed but we could be looking at two types of groundbreaking headgear coming our way by the Fall.

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