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The Ultimate Guide to Motorsport Event Using Commercial Shelters

Curious about how to use commercial shelters at motor events? this guide will give you all the info you need on curating a fantastic motorsport event for those corporate clients your impressing!


If you are organising a motorsport event, whether it’s rally, karting or motorcycle racing you will need instant shelters, gazebos and marquees to suit a range of needs and varying weather conditions.

Below, we have made a list breaking down each of the different types of cover and their main uses.

Instant Shelter

An instant shelter tent is a mini version of a marquee. They are a necessary feature of any racing event and are commonly used as pit tents. A pit tent needs to be strong and durable, whilst offering protection against the elements. These tents are made from metal frames (steel or aluminium) and have a polyester canopy. They offer shade and cover for the pit crew and equipment. These tents double up as promotion for both the team and its sponsors. They are normally specific colours, and printed with logos. For security and privacy, tents can be fitted with sidewalls to create an enclosed or open space. Instant shelters can also be used for press at events, as well as food and drink stands. They can come in a variety of sizes, and can be quickly and easily erected and dismantled.


Gazebos are very similar to instant shelters. They are freestanding roofed structures that can have optional sidewalls. Gazebos are popular and commonplace at motorsport events. Pop up gazebos provide an instant shelter, and can fold away for easy transportation and storage. Commercial gazebos are designed for maximum strength and durability whilst remaining relatively light weight. Like tents, you can customize a gazebo with logos and colour so that they can be used as a marketing tool. Gazebos are often used to cover the vehicle, for storage of equipment, and as a space for the team and crew.


Marquees can be functional or used for display purposes. They are either used in the same way as the tent and gazebo. If you want to display a vehicle in style, choose a crossover dome marquee. This design is modern and visually striking. As with the other tents and gazebos, the canopy can be personalized. Pop-up marquees are easy to transport and erect. Depending on the location and need, event marquees can be used inside as well as outdoors. Marquees can be larger than tents and gazebos, and are normally used for spectators, function spaces as well as outdoor canteens.

As it has been stated above, instant shelters, gazebos and marquees have the option of being branded. It is important for companies, teams and individual racers to have branded covers at events, competitions and tournaments. They act as a focal point for the teams, officials and supporters. Sponsorship is commonplace in all forms of sport. A branded marquee or gazebo creates a visual impact for the company, team, as well as the sponsor.


We hope that this has given you a better idea of what instant shelters, gazebos and marquees are used at motorsport events.


Alex Harrard is an advanced motorsport event planner and commercial gazebo distributer.

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