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Event Coverage Car Shows As I Have Enjoyed - Now GONE

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by roddin-shack, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. R A Wrench
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 487

    R A Wrench
    from Denver, Co

    Several opinions on this one. I was not in favor of the new cut off dates, but am getting adjusted to them. At the latest NSRA in Pueblo, there was a weird variety of rides. One was a radically jacked up 4X. Why? Several others of the right age, but didn't seem to fit. I have only missed one Pueblo show in 30 + years and have enjoyed them all. Not by sitting in my chair, but walking around, meeting other rodders that I may see only once a year, getting new ideas too.
    And by the way Laroke, your friend Hank Langsedkamp took the long distance for the second year running.
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  2. strait8
    Joined: Jun 11, 2014
    Posts: 142

    from Skokie, IL

    I just went to a show in Delaven WI. THe Cars Time Forgot at Lake Lawn Resort. Great day! OVer 1100 cars next to the lake. Lots of different stuff of all era's. My favorite is happens to be the 50's. It has changed over the years. My first ride was a 70 Chevelle. Got married had kids and got out of the car thing. Happened to go to the Hunnert Car Pile up back in 2010. Lots of patina, survivor, jalopy even rat rods. This show opened my eyes to the idea of an unfinished car that I could have fun with without worrying about the kids scratching it. It got me back into cars and I am having a ball. My car is not a rat rod but it certainly is not a high quality work of art. I probably lower the property values in others opinions. Especially when I park next to a ride that belongs in a museum. I do know that my car makes people smile whether they are laughing at me or with me. At the Delaven show there were cars that I would never own or build but they make me smile. I can appreciate different tastes. Shows like Symco are my favorite because of the periodness of it all. The cars, the music, the dress, the vendors, even the guys that lived it. Then there are the shows that are a sort of history lesson. They have everything. Problem is there is a tuner next to an 80's citation next to a 51 Mercury next to a rat rod. It's like a playlist that goes from Saturday night fever to Buddy Holly then to Jay-Z. There is no flow. Maybe if the shows were organized like a museum where each period or style was grouped together guys would not have as much of an issue. If you do not like a period or style don't enter that part of the museum. Everybody could get to participate in the show young and old, modern or vintage, modified or not. Play music that fits the vibe of the area. Encourage the attire of that period. Most of all enjoy the love of cars, creativity, and people of all ages.

    Born in 60's I was a teen in the mid 80's. Wish I was a teen in the mid 50's and living in 2018. Need em all!
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    Posts: 2,013


    Thanx, Hank is an inspiration to us other geezers in his circle in South Florida. He graduated from high school in 1948, the year before I was born and I can't keep up with him. We were having coffee one morning when someone asked if he had military service. Hank said Army and went quiet. After a minute, I asked "The blue or the gray?"
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  4. 2MNYTYS
    Joined: Feb 29, 2008
    Posts: 39

    from MN

    Yeah ok!

    Me too, as a member for over 20 years I have heard all kinds of wild accusations and no proof!

    I know we discussed this back then and agreed to disagree. But here I am again and will say it again. The bold part is true, BUT the documents were found and presented to the board, the membership, and then turned over to the accountant, auditor and lawyer and all was found to be legit. But that was mysteriously never reported by the then secretary because she had other agendas... And MSRA has used the same accounting firm for the last 20 years, so no they didn't get "the boot".

    And how much of your money are you insured for at one bank? Seems like a smart decision to have multiple savings accounts and CDs to protect your money.

    I suggest that you attend a meeting if you are able too. You can see the full financials of the club if you want. It's all black and white for you to see for yourself.

    And after attending the board meeting last night is seems as though it was another very successful year at Back to the 50's.

    And what does all of this have to do with the thread topic?
  5. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 763

    from Motown

    Maybe if the shows were organized like a museum where each period or style was grouped together guys would not have as much of an issue. If you do not like a period or style don't enter that part of the museum. Everybody could get to participate in the show young and old, modern or vintage, modified or not. Play music that fits the vibe of the area. Encourage the attire of that period. Most of all enjoy the love of cars, creativity, and people of all ages.

    This might seem to make sense, but it means you may not be able to park with your buds. At Columbus my group had a 32 Ford, a 54 F-100, a 57 T-bird, a 64 Olds 442, and a 65 Riviera.
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  6. What about the restored, putt-putt, brass-era cars that show up? WTF are they doing at a ROD and CUSTOM event? This fat ass could ride his BICYCLE faster than one of those things can move.

    Also, WTH do they allow FOUR DOOR SEDANS and STATION WAGONS in to these shows? Only a loser would have considered one of those a "HOT ROD" or a "KUSTOM". How about a Nash Metropolitan? Nope. Some German's Isetta Whatchamacallit? Nope. Grandma's Studebaker Lark? Nope. Jimbo from BFE's 4x4 truck? Nope.

    I'd rather see a nicely done Squarebody GM or Fox-body Mustang than another goddamned RAT ROD.
  7. Fitnessguy
    Joined: Sep 28, 2015
    Posts: 1,698


  8. I went to the heartland nationals, i didnt see many cars, or trucks newer than the early seventies. Might be that the "newer" car guys only heard about the change just before the show. Still, the show was big, hot, & pretty good. Ive heard that the swap is terrible, but,ive not seen that many real magnesium wheels in a swap meet anywhere
  9. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,479


    I like cars later than what is acceptable here. I hate what most people do to them though. Everyone has their own opinions but the 69 Camaro that won whatever award it was at Columbus was IMO hideous.

    I'm open to many different cars. Heck, I recently owned a 76 Pacer, I'm simply not a fan of what people do to them in large part. (it happens here to an extent also).
  10. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 10,061

    anthony myrick

    I have pondered the swap meet conundrum
    are there fewer parts available, are fewer people selling parts, are fewer parts wanted?
    are things such as Craigslist, FB and E-bay causing this trend?
    are swap meet both prices too high?
    are folks hording parts?
    all of the above?

    I will admit that CL and FB is where I find the bulk of my used parts
  11. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,229

    from California

    "equivalent" in age only. I bought my 49 Chevrolet in 1976. it was only 27 years old. it was also light years behind late models at the time in every imaginable way. that's not even getting into the cool looks. my 26 year old 1992 GMC is pretty much the same car as a new one with the exception of all the electronics and smog, and it really doesn't even look as good as the new ones. we like these old wrecks because of the way they look not because they are old.
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  12. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 2,469

    Gary Addcox

    I here you, Bud. We would attend the GOOD-GUYS event in Arlington, Texas. Then Gary Meadors passed on and Mark, his son, took the reins. He prefers muscle cars and raised the cutoff date to all this more modern crap. We're finished. We drive a red Deuce roadster and expect to see similar rides in attendance. Our salvation is the LSRU in Austin in April. It's the best Texas has to offer, anyway.
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  13. roddin-shack
    Joined: Apr 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,451


    Thank You, I agree with you including the LSRU which I really enjoyed, it was a long distance for me but well worth it.
  14. Truckintom
    Joined: May 7, 2017
    Posts: 18


    Funny,for sure!
  15. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 10,061

    anthony myrick

    guys could debate when saw blade style wheels came out
  16. Truckintom
    Joined: May 7, 2017
    Posts: 18


    Yep! I can hear my Dad now yelling at me to turn that damn music (loud noise from his view) down! Ha! 1968, and now here I am and really do not like most of what the "younger Gen." Listens to, ugitty boogitty mow, Volume 99!Ha!. Cycles of life.and it goes on. I remember when 4 and then 8 Trac's were cool. Now they are sqeezin 400 + H.P. out of 1.nothin 4 cylinders,and it's cooler to slide your car sideways then it is to run the quarter mile in under 10 seconds with an older car and no money to make it go faster.No one can stop Father time,whaa! No time left for you! Just enjoy the ride and have fun! The checkered flag is waiting for all of us at the end of our run, Make the most out of what we have, Have Fun, to do list --------Have Fun
  17. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,637

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    "You young fellers and your confangled new contraptions! My two wheeled, one horse buggy can still out do your 35 horse powered four wheeled high seated whatchamacallit!"
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  18. Muttley
    Joined: Nov 30, 2003
    Posts: 18,478


    If I wanted to park next to one of those I'd go to the mall.
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  19. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 10,061

    anthony myrick

    I always try to park my ride next to the newest car at the show. Sometimes they move Sometimes they have old stuff they want worked on.
  20. johnold1938
    Joined: Apr 19, 2009
    Posts: 436

    from indiana

    fiberglass cars are great they come with there own backup power plant it's called a TROWLING MOTOR
  21. 31hotrodguy
    Joined: Oct 29, 2013
    Posts: 2,704


    So my teenage son just walked in the room and wanted to hang out with me and I just waved him to go away so I could finish reading this post! It just dawned on me what I did so see you all! Let me know when you figure out the answer to this great question! Gonna go help him work on his 57 wagon.

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  22. I go to sell parts in the swap meet, although I also bring some hobby stuff and some other odds and ends. Most of the time I never even see the cars, it just depends how far I have to go to find the can, what I have to walk past.

    I'll be at the Syracuse Nats this week and I won't see a tenth of it.
  23. Although I would prefer a pre-65 (or pre-49) hotrod show too, this seems like a lot of drama over nothing. If you like a show, go! If you don't like it, don't go (which is what the OP is going to do). If there is a need, the free market will fill it. If there is no longer a demand for something, it will fade away due to lack of support.

    What that means to me is if the big shows have a need to include later model cars to remain viable and you can't tolerate that, then vote with your feet. If enough people do that, then someone will realize there is a niche market for old hotrods that needs to be filled. Kind of like what Ryan has done (and very well, I might add). Free will and free markets are wonderful things.

    As we get older I know it brings us comfort and validation to hold on to "what was." Man, I get it. On the other hand there are a lot of new things to see. It doesn't mean we need to let go of the old stuff or that it's no longer valid. We're just broadening our horizons. It doesn't have to change who we are. We can still be purists if we want.

    Personally, if there is something at a show that is not my cup of tea, I walk on by. It's only a few extra steps and good exercise. Sometimes I stop and look though, out of curiosity. As my wife says, "Let it be easy."

    It's going to be okay. And if not, then it's going to be what it is. :) Now if you'll please excuse me, there is a thread on hotrod door panels that I need to check out.
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2018
  24. 32owner
    Joined: Nov 30, 2009
    Posts: 468


    I am a Goodguys Rep and to be honest i was a little upset with the year jump but Columbus was not a whole lot different you really are not forced to look at cars you don't like. there were plenty on hotrods and custom to look at Fri. I walked 5.4 miles and did not have a problem finding cars I am into. I am 68 and have built quite a few billet show cars but now I drive an unpainted old school 32. If we refuse to let the younger enthusiast get involved in our hobby it will fade away just like we are. I was impressed at what quite a few young car enthusiast had on display and talked to quite a few great kids. Come on guys lets give the younger enthousiast a chance they ARE our hobbies next care takers!!! just my 2 cents
  25. I`ll know it`s time to shut out the lights when a Tesla shows up and parks beside me lol.
  26. LAROKE
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,013


    I had a Tesla park next to me. The owner asked if I had insurance. I said Yeah, did he? He said Yes, why? I told him it would be pretty simple to match his silver paint but it would take a master to match my chalky red primer.
  27. Dennis D
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 818

    Dennis D

    Should have ask him if he had a tetanus shot lately.
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  28. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 10,061

    anthony myrick

    I had a guy with a Tesla take selfie with my ride
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  29. When I am parked somewhere in my 34 Dodge and some young guy pulls in with a Honda Civic that they have put a lot of work into I walk over and ask them about their car and give them a compliment. They usually don't really check out my Hot Rod. I remember when I was a kid with muscle cars the stuff the old timers were driving didn't interest me either. I guess what goes around eventually comes around.
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  30. 31Apickup
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 2,914


    Helped my Dad sell some stuff at the Ford V8 restorers club swap meet last weekend in Belleville Michigan. It used to be a 2 day swap meet and car show, now it's down to one day. The car show was small, and there were alot of open swap spaces. It may have been due to the.temperature. One of the organizers called my dad the next day, he was looking for one of the vendors who had something for sale that someone wanted. In their conversation, he said they had 30 prepaid vendors who didn't even show, some had two to three spaces. He said that alot of the vendors are getting up in age so probably was thee heat that kept them away. The Adrian swap meet was another one that fizzled out due to the aging VMCCA members who ran it.

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