By on March 4, 2021

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The Keystone BIG Show, an automotive aftermarket trade show arguably second only to the SEMA Show in importance, will be held Friday, March 5th, and Saturday, March 6th, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The in-person show will be followed March 15-19 by a virtual event.

KeystoneWhy is the Keystone Show of any consequence to automotive enthusiasts? As with SEMA, this is where warehouse distributors, shop owners, and installers come to see all the latest parts and accessories. With the cancellation of this show in 2020, along with the SEMA Show, it’s been more than a year since local sources for information and advice in communities across the country have been able to attend a trade event. For an industry based on new products and innovation, it’s difficult not to have access to the companies and brands that are an integral part of the automotive aftermarket.

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It could be argued that the virtual trade shows that took place during the pandemic were informative, and to some degree, this would be a valid argument. However, with many parts and accessories, it’s how they are made that makes a big difference, something that’s hard to ascertain from a small image on a computer screen. This includes the fit and finish, a judgment call that shop owners and warehouses need to make before purchasing what you see at a local speed shop or truck center.

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Manufacturers representatives do a good job trying to get to all the accounts they can in their territories, but items such as replacement sheetmetal, fabricated bumpers, winches, lift kits, or large shop tools and equipment, aren’t easily transported or shown. Brochures, catalogs, and electronic images only go so far, and this is why this event and the SEMA Show, are so important to this industry.

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Despite the inability to hold large automotive consumer shows and events in most areas, sales of automotive parts and accessories have skyrocketed during the coronavirus, due in part to stay at home orders, work from home mandates, and a lack of other activities. Coupled with difficulty in getting your vehicle into a shop that has a following, it has also given a lot of vehicle owners the incentive to do-it-themselves, thus increasing sales of parts, accessories, and tools to perform the installations. The question is, will this phenomenon continue once the majority of Americans have been vaccinated, and COVID-19 has receded?

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19 Comments on “Keystone BIG Show Returns This Weekend...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Q: “Why is the Keystone Show of any consequence to automotive enthusiasts?”

    A: Because it’s an awesome superspreader event held during a pandemic.

    Bravado doesn’t stop a bullet in warfare, and it doesn’t stop a virus, either. But I suppose it stops fake viruses.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Bravado? More like political pandering to the Freedom ‘N Whiskey crowd, who will shrug and say “well, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs” when it comes to things like half a million folks dying of COVID, or 20 kids getting blown away while they’re at school…and will also say that some poor 19-year-old kid ending things for the three-day-old zygote in her uterus is taking part in a “fetus holocaust.”

      Having said that, if this were a year ago, this event would have been wildly irresponsible; it’s a lot less irresponsible today.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        Lol, you had your coffee yet?

      • 0 avatar
        golden2husky

        I love shows like this, and certainly miss car shows as well. But we are so close to being able to put the pandemic behind us that jumping the gun seems (and is) foolish. But the Gov of Texas is an idiot when it comes to science. He has his eyes on the future of his political career and thinks cutting all restrictions will resonate with the “less gov’t is always better” crowd. And he may be right on that score. But as far as putting the safety of Texans first, he is a failure.

        Remember at the beginning of the pandemic and we had posters here saying that this is just another flu, a “corona cold”…well, the data tells a different story. The worst year of the past 10 years saw the flu take 61K lives. The best of the same time frame saw 12K lives lost to the common flu. Contrast that to 500K plus for covid. When does stupidity end? Sure, you would like to think that people, left to their own devices, would do the right thing. Plenty do. But too many do not and they can’t let go of the politicization of the pandemic. Making the pandemic a political statement has caused the loss of untold numbers of people. And for what? To appease an authoritarian dictator? No wonder America’s infection and fatality rate is among the worst among industrialized nations.

        • 0 avatar
          SCE to AUX

          But you can’t talk to such people, because they believe that everything is fake, or a conspiracy. I even know people who hold these opinions after seeing family members die of Covid, or after having it themselves.

          • 0 avatar
            RHD

            To paraphrase George Carlin: Think about how stupid the average American is. Now remember, half of them are even stupider than that! And they are allowed to vote.
            (And choose to believe deeply in their illogical, unscientific, misinformed and ignorant opinions.)

        • 0 avatar
          CaddyDaddy

          golden2husky: 1st post I’ve read from you where you are not calling for the “elimination” of anyone who does not follow your political philosophy. I’m truly surprised that you were not 86’ed for some of the statements in the past…. Regardless, I would love to go to this show and poke around with fellow enthusiasts who are not Chicken Littles!

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      What does the Science say? We have been at this for a year now so there is certainly data? From what I have been seeing recently there wasn’t much difference in the hands off approach taken by Florida and the approaches of places like California and New York in infection rates. Given vaccination rates maybe this isn’t a terrible thing. Guess we will see.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        The hands-off approach in South Dakota has been disastrous.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        There doesn’t seem to be much correlation between rules and fatalities while there is some positive correlation between rules and case rates. I’ll also say anecdotally that even living in an “open” state, indoor mask wearing, indoor social distancing, and remote work is still very high.

        One of the biggest issues to me is that even after a year *no state* that I’m aware of has been able to provide useful contract tracing data.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Texas’ rate of infection is considerably worse than either New York or California.

        https://www.statista.com/statistics/1109004/coronavirus-covid19-cases-rate-us-americans-by-state/

        Actually, when it comes to infections per 100,000, New York and California are somewhere in the middle; both could be a lot worse. COVID infection rates should be higher by nature in places with densely populated areas, and it’s hard to find more densely populated areas than New York or California.

        By far the worst performers are North/South Dakota.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          Are we trusting the numbers from New York? I’m not an “Everything is a conspiracy” type, but were I sitting on a jury I think the phrase “Reasonable Doubt” has to be applied there.

          I guess we can’t expect an accurate count, what with all that blood rushing to Andrew Cuomo’s “other head” likely impairing his ability to perform basic math.

          But seriously, when you are caught manipulating your numbers, I am much less likely to trust said numbers.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            I think it’s more an issue with the newer strain. What’s worked in the past may not work with the new strains. We don’t want to take a chance on them spreading. We’re only a month or so away from widespread vaccine availability.

            As a side note, all of this masking and sanitizing hasn’t been so bad. I kind of liked going through the winter without even a single cold. It wouldn’t hurt if businesses at least kept up with the sanitizing. Then again, we will see the mRNA platform get used to go after the other diseases and maybe even give us a better flu vaccine and maybe a human rhinovirus vaccine as well.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            @Art:
            That’s a rabbit hole. By the same logic, couldn’t you question whether Texas is reporting artificially low numbers so they can “reopen,” or question the credibility of Greg Abbott, whose bar for “truth” is about as low as Cuomo’s?

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            Are there credible instances of Greg Abbott hiding Covid deaths in the manner that Andrew Cuomo was with respect to nursing homes (like members of his own staff saying he was underreporting prompting the state to investigate)?

            He has issues with the power stuff, but outright Trump style lies about the Covid numbers do not appear to be one of them. This is not the case in New York.

            Guy is preaching to us the whole time, writing books about how great a job he is doing, and lying through his teeth about the death numbers. I’m going to look it his data with healthy skepticism at this point.

            I disagree with the response in some other places, but I have no reason to doubt the data they are providing.

  • avatar
    redapple

    NO BEATING ON JASON

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    This looks like a good show (click on the Exhibitor List):
    https://s23.a2zinc.net/clients/keystone/bigshow2021/Public/eventmap.aspx?shmode=E

    One of the reasons it looks like a good show is because it is uncontaminated by motorcycles (hint hint).

    Accidental link:
    https://youtu.be/CGb76UWmgug

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