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Event Coverage Door prizes at cruise ins what do like?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fastcar1953, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,835


    What prizes do you like to see given away at cruise ins? My town is starting to get things together for next year and wandering want car guys really want. We are going to try tools and maybe general shop supplies. rags, funnels, gas cans. maybe screwdriver sets or socket sets. small tool boxes. Would eventully like to get bigger better stuff like carbs or heads or headers. We are just starting to get where we can get donations. Give me some ideas please. I really don't like the stuff i see at other events.
  2. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,408


    Decent quality stuff. Cheap tools, etc are worse than nothing.
    Gift cards to auto supply stores.
    General stuff like shop towels are always welcome.
  3. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,835


    I agree on cheap tools. Once got a metric wrench in a goody bag , we all laughed about that. Just one wrench and not even a common metric size.
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  4. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,832


    Nothing so big or heavy a guy can't haul it home. Gift certificates to local stores and cafes are good.
    Back when I was teaching auto mechanics and either the 48 or the 51 Merc were primered I always seemed to win was or Armor all my students knew where I tossed it on a shelf in my office for first come first served but don't get greedy and take it all the time. Sometimes there was a too small for me shirt or something else
    Don't forget the wives and significant others though. The gals like to get stuff too and not all of us think car events are guys only events.
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  5. Gift certificates to Speedway, Jegs, Rodder's Journal, Jalopy Journal etc...
  6. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 540

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

    Fender protectors. Antifreeze, gear oil, Penetrating spray.
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  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 28,558

    Jalopy Joker

    Items that have good packaging that get people looking and buying tickets. Many guys have won plenty of stuff never used, look for donations at other car gatherings. Framed posters of classic cars, nice car related shirts, dinners at nice/popular places. One show that I went to recently gave out $20 worth of raffles tickets instead of event T-shirts to entrants. I have too many t-shirts with not so great art work on them already
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  8. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,885

    from Colorado

    First off, go for gift certificates worth X dollars for merchandise. Chances are, the guy getting the certificate will spend some additional money in the store. If it is a downtown show on the street, make sure participants have wrist bands. Merchants can offer discounts to people with the bands. Remember, when you’re out there soliciting stuff, you are implying that the merchant giving you stuff will be rewarded with additional business. If I use WD-40, I’m not going to be impressed with a house brand from NAPA. More often then not, a merchant will give you stuff he couldn’t sell in the first place. Just because it’s a car show doesn’t mean you can’t hit up movie theaters, restaurants, clothing stores and such for gift certificates. For the record, I think goodie bags are worthless,!
  9. Tri-power37
    Joined: Feb 10, 2019
    Posts: 510


    I am always thankful for anything given to me. But I think the money spent on goody bags and prizes is kind of a waste. It must be a lot of hard work to put on a event and I can appreciate you trying to make the event more special. Do something special or nice for the ladies and or kids but I’m a grown man who doesn’t need a goody bag or a $5.00 trophy. Getting together with other car people and enjoying all the cars is prize enough for me. I never want to be disrespectful but this is how I feel.
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2019
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  10. Consumables, doesn't matter if it's car related or household related, or even edibles. I donated a couple of prizes to our biggest event of the year. One prize was tools and other automotive related goods, the prize my wife put together was snacks, wine, and other household consumables. I never got any feedback on the prize I put together, but I got an e-mail from the wife of the winner of the prize Linda put together expressing her thanks for such a useful and thoughtful prize.
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  11. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,835


    I totally agree on the goody bags and trophy's. I want people to show up and have a good time talking and meeting new people. We go to shows and cruise in's. We like meeting people and talking. I go with a group all summer. Just wanting to have my town get people here. If we have bigger or better prizes i figure it will bring people in town. Tired of same old things at most shows. Most don't get used.
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  12. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,818

    oldiron 440

    I always donated polish and detail spray etc., it was high quality product that I sold....

    Don't be afraid to go around and get donations from businesses in product and services.

    Every year I'd give $50 to $100 away, it was fun.
  13. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,835


    We are having cruise in's not car shows. We will go to places to get donations, just want ideas on what to get. These are door prizes or giveaways. The cruise in is free.
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  14. Dirty Dug
    Joined: Jan 11, 2003
    Posts: 3,686

    Dirty Dug

  15. hotrodharry2
    Joined: Nov 19, 2008
    Posts: 717

    from Michigan

    Goody bags are worthless. Most of what I get in them goes to the trash can. I agree with coupons for food (resturants), auto parts store, tool store, maybe $5.00 off on a tank of gas?.
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  16. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,850


    Myself don't really see the need for the door prizes. But, if so just something that is somewhat useful.
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  17. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,297


    I agree with the above post. Free cruise no need for door prizes. The cruises that charge should have some kind of goodie bag.
  18. pirate
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 711

    from Alabama

    Was at a show with a lot of door prizes they gave something away every 15 minutes or so. I got a half gallon of McQuires car wash soap. Exciting no, practical yes, appreciated yes. Door prizes are not the reason I attend. I like the gift card idea for parts stores , restaurants, etc. I like shows that give to charity or other good causes. If you are there showing a car, any car you are probably better off then a lot of folks which are sick or could use a hand.
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  19. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,801

    from Woburn, MA

    No matter what you decide on, my $0.02 is don't do A LOT of prizes. People get bored standing around too long and would rather go back to hanging out with each other and talking about cars after a few minutes of diversion.
  20. Pat Thompson
    Joined: Apr 29, 2012
    Posts: 247

    Pat Thompson

    We do one here in town and the local Lions Club gives us a Grand to give away every year. This year it was 10- 100.00 bills.
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  21. lonejacklarry
    Joined: Sep 11, 2013
    Posts: 1,464


    Micro fiber towels. You cannot have too many of those.
  22. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,835


    Thanks for reply's. The people i hang out with just like to get together and talk. We don't need music or prizes. This is for a benefit for the city. They are trying to raise money for the community. I need ideas for a draw to get more people in town.
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  23. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,198


    The only "incentive" I like to see, is the elimination of the blaring "music" over cheap loudspeakers. People might want to talk with each other without shouting.........
  24. Joe H
    Joined: Feb 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,148

    Joe H

    Food cards from local restaurants are only good for those that live there, outsiders just toss them along with the rest of the coupons. No music would be the best gift.
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  25. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,494

    from ohio

    I am right there with you on the tunes. It doesn't make for an enjoyable day when you have to yell at the top of your lungs just to talk to the folks next to you:mad:
  26. CASH, Around here they don't have door prizes, occasionally they give away cash at some of the bigger ones. HRP
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  27. Tri-power37
    Joined: Feb 10, 2019
    Posts: 510


    I like the ideas expressed here for coupon/gift certificates like someone already said. It would bring people to businesses they might not otherwise frequent and you usually end up spending more when you are there. Cruise- ins don’t usually have prizes but larger roped-off outdoor car shows usually do. The Shriners put on a amazing outdoor car show here every summer. They had a full tour bus set up like a hospital inside - they could put doctors and nurses inside and move sick kids around. All from their fundraising. Pretty amazing!
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  28. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 8,477


    IMO, The best door prizes or drawing prizes are cash, gas cards, restaurant coupons, discount coupons for product. Agree with patmanta about too many door prizes, gets boring, less is more. This being said and have been involved, the cash, gas cards is tough, the stuff from auto supply stores are the easiest to get. Good Luck with your deal, get thick skin as people will bitch about something. I ran a cruise night at a custard stand, owner gave me a chip to hand out for a free cone/dish of ice cream to participants, had people bitch that it was a small dish/cone, gave counter kids a hard time, had a guy bring his McDonald bag, sit and eat there. ( I suggested to him, never bring his sorry ass here again). I'm on a RANT now, I was at a show Saturday, a guy bitched about the very nice Plaques they handed out instead of trophies, I went up and Thanked the lady for her time/efforts that just got chewed out by the Asshat and she got teary eyed, Thanked me 10X, but stated she will not help club out next year, as she does not need this. SO..................... My Point Is, ALL of you Crabby/Bitchy/Whiny Guys, STAY HOME ! AND to us Men that attend, 2 small words, THANK YOU to the people that organize these events. End of rant, Everyone Have a Great Day. I added this edit, I went to car show 2/3 weeks ago, they have a drawing for participants only, 5 $100 bills, I got lucky and won $100, The best car show award ever for me.
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2019
  29. Nostrebor
    Joined: Jun 25, 2014
    Posts: 1,216


    Attended a show in Ottawa, KS a few weeks ago where the drawing prizes were just huge. Suspension parts, welders, $5k in cash, an LS3... I don't know how they draw that level of sponsorship, but they certainly kept a crowd for the drawing.

    I'm not a door prize needer... just give us a decent place to hang out, keep the doowop music turned down real low, and make the event as laid back as possible.
  30. Joe_dirt1
    Joined: May 28, 2019
    Posts: 50


    id be happy with just coffee and dounuts
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