The floating R8

Transportation with obstacles

Friday, September 22nd, 2017. Today after the trade fair has closed its doors, the racing car R8 should be fetched by the Car Collection (CC) Team. They have announced their visit on our booth for about 7 p.m.; the hall inspector who operates the freight lift is already informed.

Around 6:50 p.m. we receive a message that the CC Team has been stuck in a traffic jam and will arrive later. We inform the hall inspector – no problem so far.

At 7:50 p.m. the CC Team arrives at the fairground. We hand over the special parking ticket for loading and unloading so that the trailer that is supposed to transport the R8 can drive directly in front of the hall. Just in time – this is only possible before 8:00 p.m.

8:05 p.m. Suddenly, a shock: The freight elevator does not work. What to do? We have two options:
1. Taking the next freight elevator that’s about 30 m further down the floor. However, this one first has to be cleared out – another exhibitor has stored dishes, empty containers, and a lot of stuff here.
2. Taking an elevator at the other side of the hall. For that, the R8 would have to be carried straight through the hall.
We choose option 1 and clear out the lift.

The CC Team carefully manoeuvres the R8 off the booth.

Thereby, the racing car is lifted with air pressure and seems to float. Very carefully it then gets to the elevator.

Shortly after, the R8 stands in front of the hall. Now it still has to be put into the transporter. With skilled movements the CC Team steers the racing car into the trailer and pulls it inside via two ramps, with the help of a winch. Now tying it up with lashing strips, stowing the tools, and let’s go.

At half past eight the first star on this year’s IAA booth has ended it’s performance.

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