Show slow­down

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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.

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