RACES & MOTOR SHOWS
Agility Fairs & Events manages logistics for some of the biggest motor sports events and car shows around the world. Short notice periods, tight deadlines and special handling requirements put a premium on meticulous planning.
Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix
Agility is the freight-handling agent for the Etihad Airways Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and has been since the inception of the race in 2009. The Agility team manages inbound and outbound customs clearance, airside loading, local transportation, coordination with relevant authorities and on-site handling of all the race cars, official and medical cars, ancillary equipment, and hospitality units. It’s an intensive 24/7 task driven by the deadlines of moving from one race venue to another.
Auto Shows in China
Auto China in Beijing and Auto Shanghai, China’s two largest auto events, run on alternate years. For the past five years, Agility’s Fairs & Events operations in the UK and China have supplied turnkey logistics for Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover. Recently this has included Lincoln, and also services to Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. Agility provides sea, air and road freight, full onsite operations, storage, customs brokerage, movement of cars and equipment, and purchase of containers for outdoor displays at these shows when required. Most shipments originate from the EU and United States but they can also come from India, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and other worldwide locations. On average, Agility moves 110 tons of cargo for each Chinese auto show.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the UK’s most popular car and motorsports event and takes place annually on the grounds of Goodwood House, the seat of the Dukes of Richmond. Agility has been working with the show since 2010, providing logistics services for clients in the UK and EU. That includes the supply of transportation for stand equipment, all-terrain forklift trucks, scissor lifts, cherry pickers, cranes and empty case storage. For the 2014 show, Agility provided logistics services for Audi, Honda, Michelin, Seat, Infiniti, Skoda, Ford, Nissan, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz, and also set up 12 of the main stands, each measuring 400 square meters.
UEFA Champions League
Supplying transportation services for the automotive sponsor of the UEFA Champions League is something Agility has been doing for seven years. At the 2013 event in London’s Olympic Park, 56 truckloads of equipment, forklifts, scissor lifts and cherry pickers were moved on to the site. As with other special events, deadlines are critical and on one occasion Agility’s Fairs & Events specialists had just 48 hours to dismantle a display originally scheduled to be taken down over a five-day period.