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Pig of a Motor Show

25th September 1997

The Frankfurt Motor Show, the largest of its kind in the world, recently took place at the massive Frankfurt Messe exhibition centre, and featured an immense amount of lighting equipment.

The Frankfurt Motor Show, the largest of its kind in the world, recently took place at the massive Frankfurt Messe exhibition centre, and featured an immense amount of lighting equipment. Renowned for taking a 'no expense spared' attitude, this year the world's major motor manufacturers appeared to excel themselves like never before. Reportedly over 800 Vari*Lite fixtures were brought in for the event alone, in addition, of course, to the mass of other lighting fixtures from the worlds major lighting fixture manufacturers. Not to be outdone by this, lighting control manufacturers were also well represented with the Flying Pig Systems Wholehog II taking the limelight. This inconspicuous controller took over more than 10 of the largest stands at the show, including Audi, Volkswagen, General Motors, Ford and Opel, and a number of pre show press launches, which, in some cases, were more spectacular than the stands themselves. A classic example of this was the BMW press conference which featured 20 Amptown WashLights, 40 GoldenScan HPEs, and over 100 conventional dimmer channels, all supervised by Lighting Designer Martin Kuhn from a Wholehog II supplied by TLC in Germany. German production company, Showtec supplied equipment or a variety of stands from manufacturers such as Clay Paky, High End Systems, Rainbow and Flying Pig Systems in addition to seven Wybron Autopilot systems. Most of the exhibition stands ran as timecoded demonstrations that were left alone once programmed. Of these, one of the most interesting was that of Land Rover which took its viewers through a series of environment changes to demonstrate the suitability of their products to adapt and adjust accordingly. John Sinden programmed this show from a Wholehog II which was not only used to control the lighting fixtures, but also the equipment necessary to change the environments. Air conditioners, heaters, sprinkler systems and smoke machines all ran in tandem with the Vari*Lite fixtures and dimmers from the single source to create the spectacular 6 minute presentation. The next major motor show of the year is due to take place in London, but with so many of today's major manufacturers being German, the big bucks always get spent at Frankfurt.