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Guido Ebert Joins Dealernews.

Industry Journalist Becomes Senior Editor and News Editor of North America's Leading Powersports Trade Magazine

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Advanstar Communications Inc., a leading provider of print, event and online media for the powersports, off-road and automotive aftermarket industries, announced today that veteran industry journalist Guido Ebert has joined Dealernews magazine (www.dealernews.com) as Senior Editor.

Dealernews is the nation's largest powersports business-to-business magazine. Ebert assumes his new post December 26, 2006, reporting to Associate Publisher/Editorial Director Mary Slepicka.

"We are absolutely delighted to be able to secure a writer and editor of Guido's caliber," said Slepicka. "The editorial staff looks forward to working with him as we continue building our news, analysis, business and product coverage to a level that is unparalleled in the powersports industry."

Ebert will be in charge of the magazine's News sections, and also will direct the magazine's coverage of the off-road market, which includes ATVs, off-road bikes, dirtbikes and karts. He will be based in the Midwest, working from an office near Minneapolis, Minn.

"Basing an editor in the Central time zone enables Dealernews to become more editorially accessible to the Midwest and Eastern areas of the country," said Slepicka, who manages the magazine's "home team" in Southern California. "Plus, it enables us to deploy a reporter more quickly in the Midwest and Eastern U.S., should the news opportunity present itself."

Before joining Dealernews, Ebert was Associate and then Managing Editor of Ehlert's PowerSports Business. He began his career in journalism as a newspaper reporter. He is fluent in English and German, and is an avid motorcycle, ATV and PWC enthusiast.

"I'm stoked about the opportunity to join this talented team of industry professionals," Ebert said. "I've spent more than 20 years riding powersports vehicles and nearly six years supplying news and analysis about the companies involved in this dynamic industry. It's important to me to be a part of an organization that doesn't just report on the industry, but takes part in it. I think I found a good fit at Dealernews."

About Dealernews

Dealernews, The Voice of Powersports Retailers, has been the flagship business magazine for the powersports industry since its inception in 1965. Dealernews combines dealership owners' and managers' passion for the sport with their pursuit of profit. News, analysis, retail trends, exclusive research and new product information give dealers the tools they need to stay innovative and competitive. Visit www.dealernews.com for more information.

Dealernews is Fueled by Advanstar. Its sister publications include the bi-monthly Big Twin Dealer tabloid trade journal, and the annual Powersports Magazine and Sturgis Guide consumer enthusiast guides. Advanstar Communications also produces the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows presented by Toyota Trucks consumer motorcycle shows, and the Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo and Big Twin West trade shows.

Fueled by Advanstar

Advanstar Communications (www.advanstar.com) is a leading provider of integrated media solutions to the automotive aftermarket, off-road and powersports industries, offering a dominant portfolio of 7 magazines including new titles Big Twin Dealer, Off-Road Business and DIRTsports; 15 targeted supplements and buyers guides; 16 consumer events including leading brands Off Road Expo, the largest off-road consumer show series in the country and the International Motorcycle Shows, the largest consumer motorcycle event series in the world; 3 trade shows including Dealer Expo, voted a 2005 Tradeshow Week Fastest 50 tradeshow winner; 14 websites, and 42 training manuals for vehicle industry professionals, trade buyers, and enthusiasts.

Through a multi-media approach, Advanstar reaches nearly 9 million original equipment and aftermarket manufacturers, distributors, service & repair professionals, retailers, and consumers. Advanstar drives insightful news analysis, research and trends, entertainment, new product information and buying opportunities to customers at their office, home, and race track - keeping them passionate, competitive, and connected.
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