TOUGH times in the car business have taken a toll on the final running of the Melbourne Motor Show.
The attendance at this year’s show is down about 30 per cent over the excellent turnout last year, show organiser Russ Tyrie of the VACC says.
‘‘We’re still doing the numbers, but it looks like 160,000 people. We’re going to be down, no question,’’ he says.
Tyrie says organisers expected a dip because of the slide in new-car sales and the absence of drawcards such as Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz.
‘‘It’s not a bad result, all things considered. We probably couldn’t have expected any better,’’ Tyrie says.
The show will miss the Melbourne events calendar in 2010 before returning in 2011 as the joint-venture Australian International Motor Show.