Governor Tom Ridge delivers
the keynote address.

place April 3-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The show was, once again, a joint effort of the ICA, the Western Carwash Association, and the Automotive Oil Change Association’s iFlex.

According to the organizers, more than 8,100 individuals attended the show, besting the attendance at last year’s show in Nashville by a mere 200 visitors. Nevertheless, during the general session on Wednesday morning, April 5, ICA president David Begin was able to welcome attendees to the “largest convention we’ve had in 10 years.” This characterization referred not only to the number of attendees, but also the number of exhibiting companies and the size of the tradeshow floor.

Begin was joined on stage by ICA CEO Eric Wulf to discuss current association activities and future plans. These included the completion of the association’s latest consumer study, the updating of the existing water usage study due for release nearer the end of the year, and the launch of a European consumer study, the results scheduled to be available at The Car Wash Show Europe in September. Wulf also announced that the second Splash! event would take place October 24-25 in New Orleans.

While no awards were presented at this year’s show, the association did pay tribute to past ICA president and Car Wash Hall of Fame honoree Ed Dahm, who passed in December last year. Dahm was co-founder of Mike’s Carwash.

For 2018, The Car Wash Show remains in Las Vegas. The event is scheduled for April 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. For information, contact the ICA at (888) ICA-8422 or visit

One of the short, informative presentations
in progress on the show floor.
Attendees surge forward at the first access
to the exhibits.
A crowd waits for the exhibits to open.
Blendco unveils several products with added Rustoleum protection.“A better way:” SpinLite from Belanger.Turtle Wax holds the promise of hot sales.
Discussing water recovery systems at PurWater.Attendees beneath Coleman-Hanna’s entrance arch.AutoVac’s central vacuum system.
Hot Wax and Shine from Simoniz.Dr. Joe pioneers a new booth design.ICS defines the world of car wash technology.
Istobal aims to transform the car wash world.Motor City Wash Work’s new display
introduces the color purple.
The row of arches that is Lustra’s shine process
Colorful vacuuming at the J.E. Adams booth.An invitation to experience the difference
at Clean World.
Vending machines on display at Kleen-Rite
NCS groups its brands: MacNeil, Ryko, CleanTouch.A wall of information at DRB for attendees
who want to know.
Sonny’s invites attendees to step up.
Modern Wash shares its plans and designs.Peco’s Shammy Dry arch.JBS explains a new direction
in car wash chemistry.