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Live demos and virtual reality experiences at AAAA Expo

RESPECTED car restorer and coachbuilder Brian Tanti, who is also curator of the Fox Car Collection and co-host of Discovery Channel’s Car Chronicles,will host a live Working Workshop demonstration at what is shaping up to be an unmissable 2017 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo.

As well as demonstrating traditional restoration and coachbuilding disciplines that in some cases pre-date the motor car, Tanti will show Expo visitors how modern technologies such as 3D printing, scanning aids and other specialist skills can be applied to automotive restoration, repair and fabrication.

If that is not immersive enough, ZF Service will be offering visitors to its Expo stand the opportunity to experience a virtual reality ride called Tilted Attraction that provides an innovative 360-degree inside view of how the company’s automotive expertise is applied, in sometimes unexpected ways. ZF promises it will be an “unforgettable” journey.

The Expo, which takes place at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from April 6-8 and is co-located with the Collision Repair Expo, has sold out all available floor space to a total of 437 exhibitors, including VASA. It is the largest show of its kind anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tickets to this trade-only event are free for qualified members of the automotive industry and all visitors must register. Further information and application for tickets is available at

In addition to the live and virtual reality demonstrations, 437 local and international exhibitors and a record number of industry associations participating in this year’s Aftermarket Expo, there will be numerous networking opportunities including the Australian Auto Aftermarket Innovation Awards Breakfast on the morning of Thursday April 6 and Australian Auto Aftermarket Excellence Awards Banquet that night. Combined attendance is expected to exceed 1000 automotive aftermarket industry leaders.

Master of Ceremonies at the breakfast will be former athlete and sports broadcaster Tiffany Cherry, while the banquet will have stage and TV star Gorgi Coghlan as MC with comedian Dave Callan drawing proceedings to a close with laughter.

On Friday April 7 a free Happy Hour networking event will take place from 6pm until 7pm.

Under the 2017 Expo’s theme of “Build a Better Auto Business” is a comprehensive official seminar program, with one of the most popular topics expected to be Embrace the Fault Finding Evolution presented by Matt Douglas of AutoLogic, who will explain how to quickly diagnose a vehicle problem through correct interrogation of the fault report and Rob Stafford of Garrett, who will take attendees through oft-misdiagnosed but common turbocharger faults.

This session will take place on Friday April 7 at 3.15pm.

Stuart Charity, executive director the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) that organises the Expo, said the fault-finding seminar will enable attendees to “better plan for, and adapt to, the rapid advancements in vehicle electronics”.

Entry to Expo seminars is free and bookings are essential to help organisers plan seating arrangements and can be done at:

Mr Charity said that under the 2017 Expo’s theme of “Build a Better Auto Business”, the whole event “will be focused on helping service and repair businesses to improve and grow their operations”.

“That is why this is a trade only event. It is focused on you and your business. And entry to the Expo is free for industry professionals.”

As a trade-only event, admission is free for qualified members of the automotive industry and all visitors must register. Further information and registration is available at

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