Children visiting the British International Motor Show have the rare opportunity to paint their own patterns and designs on the current range of Daihatsu models.

Show organiser the SMMT wanted to have a stand specifically aimed at children, and when Daihatsu was approached the Japanese carmaker grasped the opportunity. They came up with 'Paint Box', which provides children aged between two and 11 with special felt-tip pens that they can use to draw on seven of the company's vehicles.

Since Daihatsu wanted to use the stand purely for entertaining the kids and not for promotional purposes it has recruited sixth-form students from a local school to staff the stand throughout the Show.

Steve Eardley, promotions manager of Daihatsu, said: “We left the sales people away from it and got the local community involved instead. We've been prepared from the beginning that Paint Box is more for the Motor Show than for Daihatsu - it's for the kids.”

Eardley said the stand had benefited from its location near the main visitor entrance, through which SMMT calculates that 65 per cent of visitors will pass. Parents have been encouraged to use the stand as an opportunity to take a breather and as a meeting point at the end of the Show while their children are entertained.

Published : 25/10/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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