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Featured Hot Rods Car shows????

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Boneyard51, Feb 12, 2018 at 11:24 AM.

  1. Bones, There's car shows, dog shows, horse shows, etc. I think those would probably be very hard to put on. I guess you would need judges, that are experts in what they do. I also guess there would be a lot of rules, classes, categories, etc. etc. I'm not much help if your talking about a car show. But if your asking the OPINION of a HAMBer, who loves going to old car Events in my Hot Rod. I do have one of those. This is what I enjoy the most. I really like the trip, I like the food, I like the music, I love the swap meet, I like sitting around the camp fire. I just like making a lot of good memories with old, and some new friends. People build their old cars for a lot of different reasons. For some it's just to show, and for some, it's just for Fun. So if its a { show } you guys want to put on, I wish you the best of luck. But you may just want to keep it a simple event. You can always use the trophy money for some food. Did I say that I like the food? ;) Sorry, but I haven't read the others comments yet. I hope they had some better ideas for you. THANKS . Ron...
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  2. While I personally don't care to display my own rides at shows or judged events & support the idea of no awards/trophies, it has been proven that shows not offering such are often first to fail due to many owners feeling the need of validation for their car(s) or money they spent on it/them
    How many winning entries of GNRS, LARS or Pebble Beach do you think would spend the time and money with high end shops or display their cars at these events if no judging or awards were offered ?

    As a side note: IMO, one of the most annoying features often present at car shows is loud music, played through either by some audio system laid out by organizers or some idiotic participants playing THEIR favorite(?) tunes through a boombox or their vehicle stereos, often at high volume.
    Latter of course merely shows their utter lack of respect toward other event attendees.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2018 at 6:06 PM
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  3. KustomKreeps
    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
    Posts: 146


    If you want it to stay small then cap the year.
    Otherwise open it up to anything with wheels with a 80s onwards must be modified.
    Get a burnout pad if you can and charge a fiver or ten bucks to go on it. Crowd pleaser that will be solid booked if you yanks are anything like us kiwis.
    Judging depends on how many prizes you want. Some ideas maybe...
    Peoples choice set at a $1 a vote, participants choice, best car in show, best bike, best 1900-1949, best 50s, best muscle car, best truck, best import, best paint, best engine bay, best burnout, best sound system, best interior, then spot prizes through out the day (great way to drop your sponsors names)
    If you do a best dressed/fashion show dont forget to add a wearable parts show.
    if you want to draw younger kids then try to get a drift team or some such to come and show the cars, answer questions and scribble there name. Even better if your burn out pad is large enough for them to do donuts or something. Really draws the younger guys all wanting to be the next drift king fast n furious style.
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  4. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,820

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    We attend a show sponsored by the Midwest Street Rod Association here in Illinois
    which last year saw their 40th “Gears and Ears”celebration in Yorkville.
    T shirts for all who pre-register, free grilled corn and drinks for all participants all day long and damn near everyone gets a door prize to boot.

    The club members each make an award to present to a car of their choice,(club members cars ineligible) and the day wraps up with a huge 50/50 drawing with multiple $500 winners depending on the amount of tickets sold.
    Laid back atmosphere brings in 700 plus rods,muscle and stockers, seems to all work.
    Get there early for the shady areas! :cool:
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  5. ^^^^^^
    Nailed it!!
  6. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,328

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    Yep shows are the little local Show N Shines that do not cost to enter and no trophy's are handed out, local people/business donate items/prizes for a raffle ticket winner and a 50/50 money raffle for a good charitable cause.
  7. GeezersP15
    Joined: Dec 4, 2011
    Posts: 497

    from N.E. PA

    Although this isn't what the OP was asking for, I'll toss it out there anyway. At a local show (Bloomsburg Nationals), a scavenger hunt was included in the festivities. The kids were welcome to participate, and they had a blast doing so. Clues were strategically placed around the showfield, and there were quite a number of clues to discover. Can't recall what the final prize was exactly, although I think it was a cash award of maybe $25.00 or so.
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  8. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 125


    At our show almost everyone got a trophy, as we had so many classes, we only had two classes with over two cars and we had trophy’s for two places in every class. We also personalized each trophy with the winners name. We need all the advice you guys and gals can give us. Here is a pic of some of our advertising. Bones

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  9. Although I don't attend any, but here in SoCal we seem to have so many local, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly C & C's, Cruise Nights & Shows, one could find a car event to attend every day or night of the week, year round, on some days even several.
    I have some friends who do or have organized some of them and they've all told me that if their event doesn't offer awards, plaques or trophies, the participation will quickly evaporate & find its way to other venues that offer them. Also, to keep every one happy and coming back, they need to keep track of whom they've given a trophy more recently and make sure those who hadn't got one yet will do so too.
    Couple of them frequently raid thrift stores, etc. to find (used ?) trophies to keep operating/organizing costs at minimum.
    And some ask me why I don't take my cars to shows, especially when in their "opinion" I could perhaps win something ?
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  10. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 2,009

    anthony myrick
    from al

    We plan on doing a show at school this fall/end of summer.
    A start of school kickoff.
    Open for anything. I don't care if a hydrogen powered unicycle shows up.
    Students will build the trophies and judge.
    May even fire up the welders and fab trophies during the show.
    Will try to talk the superintendent into having a burnout comp.
    shows are supposed to be fun

    Whatever you do make it as fun and inclusive ( not being PC ) to as many different types of transportation as possible.
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  11. 56 Dodge Pickup
    Joined: Jul 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,353

    56 Dodge Pickup
    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    After reading this thread I thought I would throw my opinion in the ring. I go to shows during the summer season I would not attend a local/small show for 20 dollars. I would put the 20 in my tank and go on a nice cruise instead. I enjoy cruise ins much more than shows free to stop by donations for a charity lunch and some music live or dj. Door prizes listed by number on a white board instead of calling numbers all day very annoying. I have no interest in trophies I ussally tear my number of the placard so I can’t be voted for. Just my thoughts Hobo Jim
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  12. paul55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Posts: 2,412

    from michigan

    Yep, best idea!
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  13. 28 Ford PU
    Joined: Jan 9, 2015
    Posts: 218

    28 Ford PU
    from Upstate NY

    I don't like participant judging or the you vote for me I'll vote for you shit. If you don't get there until 10:00-11:00 75% of the judging is already in the ballot box.

    I'm all for no trophies, cheap food, good music, and as many door prizes as you can get.

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  14. dorf
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,057

    from ohio

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  15. nwbhotrod
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,227

    from wash state

    LARS is a no judge no trophy show and we like it that way
  16. Judging is a great way to create hard feelings, only the winners think it was fair! If you are counting on gaining attendance by doling out trophies, do you really want the type of people at your show, that will lie, cheat, and steal to get a $20 trophy so they have something in their shitty little life to brag about?
    Another great way to piss people off is to hold an engine raffle, only to have a member of the host club win it, (had it happen) that smells real bad!
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  17. Don't reward anything that came in on a trailer.
    That is if you're having a hot rod show.

    Otherwise give everyone a plastic gold chain they can hang on their a/c knob.
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  18. I did not know that.
    The way their gate keeper members were frowning* on my Roadster and denied our entry/participation with it 25 or so years ago made me assume (I know, I know !) they were too much of hi brow crowd not to play that game.

    * "What's that, some home built kit car ?", "That's not a real Hot Rod !", "We don't allow/want unfinished cars here, it's not even painted" (it was, but in efforts to my intentions to create proper appearance of aging with "real" patina, way before the concept became "popular", I had not polished or waxed it since painting it. In fact, I didn't polish or wax it in over 20 years and have only done it once, few years ago), etc or something in those lines.
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  19. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 22,774


    Yes, Know that type well, they are never happy. Bob
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  20. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 125


    Thanks guys, I will use your suggestions. But could always use some more opinions Bones
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  21. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 39,279


    Unless you go to a genuine points system or people choice like @HOTRODPRIMER suggested car show judging is primarily political. Whomever the judges like wins.

    If you are going to develop a points system then categories are a must, IE custom, hot rod, street rod race etc. Your points would be based on specific aspects of each class for example, race may include suspension and drive train, cockpit etc. Custom may be based on paint, fit and finish, mods. ad so and so forth. Find someone who is well versed in each class that you decide on and let them help you develop your points system.

    End of the day a lot of it is subjective and will be a judgment call.
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  22. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 125


    That is the system I used, 100 point system on three categories, paint, engine and interior. Thought I had it figured out, but when it came to add the points we ran into trouble figuring who was in what class and with my flawed system one car won every thing, not going to happen that way again. I made some quick decisions to solve some problems. Also my judges were either from out of town or had no connection with any clubs, just knowledgeable people. Got to figured a better way, that’s why I want to know what car folks want, after all it’s thier show really. Also I would like opinions about trailer queens and drive in cars, thanks Bones
  23. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 39,279


    I have never been to a show that made a distinction between drivers and trailer cars. It is purely up to the owner to make his or her car clean and presentable. Some shows provide a clean up area with a hose.

    Or you can make the provision No Trailer Cars, drivers only. You'll still get people who trailer them and drive them the last mile or two. That is the nature of the beast. The thing you got to remember is end of the day its your show and you run it the way you see fit, you will never please the masses so you just do whatever tradeoff you have to that you can be comfortable with and let the chips fall where they may.
  24. 26Troadster
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 302

    from Texas

    jimmy does play it a bit much.
  25. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 2,009

    anthony myrick
    from al

    and loud
    its real fun screaming at folks trying to have a conversation
  26. wsdad
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,199


    It's great that you recognize the opinions of the car owners are valuable. You could have just said, "My way!"
    I'm sure the show will grow each year.

    I'm sure you won't forget about the other half of the show - the spectators.

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  27. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 529


    The club I was part of did an annual event, there was no registration fee, it was free! They gave out 10 specially built trophies, all the same, club chosen as club's choice Club cars not eligible. At 1pm each club member went out and picked their favorite, and came back to the club tent, then 2 or 3 members would review the choices and pick out the top 10. Once everyone agreed, the choice was done. At the awards time, each of the 10 winners would bring their cars into the "Winners Circle" and the owner would tell a short story about their car. In addition to the 10 club trophies was a Kids Choice trophy, a Chief of Police choice, a Fire Chief choice, a Mayor's choice, and matching trophy of the club choice trophies given to a club member, chosen by non-club participants.

    The club was known for having some really nice cars that were driven. At the event they also gave members patches for hot rods driven over 10,000 miles the year before. We had a team that did kids activities throughout the day. They included coloring, games of tag within a specific area, and jars with different items for the kids to guess how many of the specific items were in the jars (the count was tapped to the inside of the lid). They also sent a group of kids out to pick a kids choice trophy, which would be presented by the kids at the awards ceremony. Awards were given for the kids activities at the awards ceremony as well.

    These events were always fund raisers for local charities. The charity members would seek unique donations. Each donated item had a jar placed before it. Club members would sell tickets seven tickets for $5, or $1 each, anyone could buy a ticket. If you saw a donation you liked, you would put part of your ticket(s) (as may tickets as you wanted to improve your odds) into the jar in front of the item. At the specified time, all the jars were sealed, and the winning ticket for the donated item was pulled from the represented jar. The winning ticket holder got the item, the charity got 100% of the money. We also held a 50/50 drawing they sold tickets for all day (different color from the donation tickets), the winner got 1/2 the money, the other 1/2 went to the cub to cover expenses.
    The club "sold" vendor spaces, but made sure there was only 1 of any vendor selling specific items. If the venue space permitted, we had car games as well, muffler wrapping, (crowd choice), slow drags, and in the early years, a burn out area (crowd choice).

    In addition to the big free show, we put on a show at a limited parking venue (an old time City Square around a park with 275 parking spaces). There we charged $10 for the parking spot, and everything was set up for all the proceeds to go to the local charity. There were only 2 trophies for that show, one the choice of the charity fundraising committee and one was the choice of the several kids that benefited from the charity. That charity received some very nice high value donations for the ticket jars. The Charity sold 50/50 tickets for several months before the event. That one the DJ also donated his time. That show generated several thousands of dollars to the charity. The charity put a lot of effort into preparation for that show after we did the 1st one and they were able to see the potential. Gene
  28. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 1,560

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    If there is an entry fee, give all entries a door prize such as a key chain or a T-Shirt, something along that line making sure that the entry fee covers the cost with a deadline to sign up.

    Choose the winners by class or by anyway that you decide using impartial judging or just have a stand alone show with no judging.
    Have good food available. Food trucks, BBQ, food booths, drink booths (water/soda), chili cook off, etc.
    Talk to the local eateries. Maybe you can cut a deal for 1/2 off of their food for the rod owners for the day of the show only as they do make good money this way.
    Good security is a must. Be sure to have the local authorities involved. Some have rods of their own.
    Make the show about the local authorities.
    Make the show about a charity.
    Make the show about your own club.
    Be sure to have adequate space available.
    Invite auto parts stores/ manufacturers to have a booth.
    Never charge the public for entry. Only charge for food and drinks.
    The only LOUD music involved is what you provide and not some lame brain showoff bumping his shitty music.
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  29. Floater03
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 465

    from Byron Ga.

    The host club picks Best of Show, usually, as clubs, shops, or individuals choose a category, make the trophies and pick the recipient amongst themselves.
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  30. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 5,462


    Just give everyone a participation dash plaque. Nothing more.
    Peoples choice just turns into a stuffing the ballot box contest.
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