Here is my goal:
I have one site lets call it http://www.SiteAboutCars.com. I want to have multiple sections such as: car shows and auto repair. The main page and each section will have its own slightly different design but the main page will show case both. Each page will have it's own submenus though.
I looked into multisite but that didn't seem to be what I wanted since WordPress says this on http://codex.wordpress.org/Before_You_Create_A_Network, "If you plan on creating sites that are strongly interconnected, that share data, or share users, then a multisite network might not be the best solution."
I'll be creating the themes/designs myself. I'm very well versed in design and front/back end development. I've just never attempted something like this.
I assume this could be done through categories? Such as http://codex.wordpress.org/Category_Templates suggests.
Is there a better way to do this?