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First time entering a car show

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BaBa, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. BaBa
    Joined: Jun 2, 2011
    Posts: 97


    Decided to enter my truck in a couple of the upcoming local car shows. These are both fairly small shows which I have attended before but I have never shown a vehicle before. Any advice for a first timer?
  2. Yeah,get a cry baby doll and park with your right front tire on it's head!:D HRP
  3. gtowagon
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 406


    Don't forget to bring some bowling trophys to display
  4. TULSA
    Joined: Sep 27, 2008
    Posts: 659

    from Tulsa

    Dont put your hood up unless its some super rare motor.

  5. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    Don't let a possible trophy keep you from having fun.

    And yes, some sort of defamation towards the cry baby doll is required. It'll keep you from winning a trophy, but it'll piss off the guys who are there JUST to win a trophy.

  6. i try to stay away from those small local car shows , it seams most of the trouble i have gotten over the years from spectators has been at them...never at a big event like BTT50's. i wont get into the details, but they seam to bring out the jerks who think your car is there for them to abuse and manhandle.

    so my advice to you is if you value your truck watch it VERY closely

    and have a good time and don't worry about any trophys
  7. Ol Dawg
    Joined: Oct 6, 2010
    Posts: 161

    Ol Dawg

    If you must go. Expect nothing, just have fun!
  8. TerrytheK
    Joined: Sep 12, 2004
    Posts: 856


    Can you sense that there's a little apathy/antagonism regarding car shows on this board? ;)

    DON'T go expecting to win a trophy. That way, if you do happen to get one it'll be a pleasant surprise. DO leave the bugs on the front bumper, windshield and grille to prove that you drive your truck. (You DO drive your truck, don't you??!) DON'T sit by your truck, walk around and talk to some of the other car owners. DO Introduce yourself to people you don't know. DO compliment the owner of a vehicle you like and get them to tell you a little about it. DON'T try to eat the plastic hamburger that someone will have on a drive-in tray attached to their window.

    Just have fun. Even if it turns out to be a total disaster? Down the road even bad days make good stories!

    For what it's worth, here's a little more of my take on small-town car shows:
  9. First show I ever went to was a people choice award for the whole show. One plaque for whoever got the most votes. A close friend of mine who I met the night before told me about the show. I went to check out everyone else's car with no intention to enter. After getting harassed by my new friend and others at the show to enter my car I did. There was no entry fee, just a good time to be had. I had not washed my car yet and had rain spots all over and the carpet had some grass on it. Other people are armor-alling their tires and washing the windows. Keep in mind I went to be a spectator only. After all the smoke cleared and the dust settled my name was called up as the peoples choice winner. Yes I felt bad because of the other people hard work they put into their vehicles and I the punk kid that just pulls up and wins. But I never thought I had a chance at winning anything more than a good time. So it is possible that stranger things have happened.
  10. 123
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 285

    from Seattle

    Don't block the front of your ride with one of those stupid reader boards telling everyone how long it took to build and thanking people that no one knows, they ruin it for anyone that wants to take a picture and if they want to know this or that about your ride they will ask.
  11. Chuck R
    Joined: Dec 23, 2001
    Posts: 1,347

    Chuck R

    In my tiny brain it all boils down to one thing. It's about the people you meet and the friends you make along the way. Have fun, enjoy the day, after all is said and done it's probably going to be a way better day than doing chores around the house. After years of driving all over creation going to shows the part I look forward to the most is seeing my old friends.
  12. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 3,324

    from MB, SC

    Only enter if your interest is letting others see and enjoy your ride and meet some new people. If your expectations are to win a plastic trophy then you may want to reconsider.
  13. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 7,121


    Arrive early enough to avoid long waiting in line.

    Leave before they give out trophies.
  14. 327Eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,528

    from Diablo Ca.

    Don't expect anything, or dwell on the haters. Got to have fun, there will be plenty of people interested in your truck to B.S. with. All the shows I've entered my P.O.S.'s in where fun times, because I had no expectations.
  15. SuRfAcE_RuSt
    Joined: Sep 22, 2010
    Posts: 594


    Bring a spare battery for your radio and blast KC and the sunshine band all the way through the show and dont forget to pile all your elvis and monroe memorbilia on your car
  16. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    If you feel the need to display a model in your truck may I suggest Cindy Crawford?
  17. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Going for the first time is always exciting and fun. 99% of the spectators and other car owners are cool and respectful, but then there is that last 1%. :rolleyes: If you want to stick around the car to answer questions that is nice but also be prepared to hear a few comments that are not so complimentary.

    You could take an award winning car there and someone would always have something negative to say, like "Why did he put that engine in there, or I would have done it differently, etc, etc." There are just always going to be those comments and you have to learn to laugh at them and let them go, otherwise you will be rolling around on the ground with every inconsiderate jerk who comes around.

    As everyone said, do not feel disappointed if you don't take home a trophy, but if you get one that is always fun. Just go to meet the 99% nice people who you will run into and have FUN.

    (Peeing dogs and crybaby dolls are always a hit so you may want to stock up now ;))

  18. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,981

    from Michigan

    All the above. Oh...except for the bowling trophies...LOL!!!
  19. KooDaddy
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 753

    from Wis.

    Have your wife and little dog come along so she can sit and knit and you can wear your tee shirt with the picture of your truck so they know who the proud owner is. Enjoy the ride homie!
  20. Moon Rocket
    Joined: Dec 26, 2012
    Posts: 540

    Moon Rocket
    from GA

    Don't park near the cool ass Rat Rods, because you wont get a look if you do! And this is true!
  21. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,954


    If you have the time to stay at a car show all day, by all means go, chancs are you'll have a good time. I'm just burnt out on showing a car, and walk through most shows unless I bump into old friends. Bob
  22. scootrz1
    Joined: Apr 16, 2011
    Posts: 268

    from usa

    go to have fun if you have done a lot of work yourself make a poster or photo album to display I made a built not bought one that people luv
  23. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 3,230

    from illinois

    After 8 years of car shows & cruises , I grew to hate 'em + the spectators !
  24. lawman
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,665


    Have been showing cars for some 40 years. Follow everything
    that was posted above and you will be fine.Remember don't turn into
    a trophy hound as it will ruin your life !!!!! LOL
  25. bobd1976
    Joined: Sep 24, 2010
    Posts: 62

    from Illinois

    Took my 36 Chevy full fendered street rod sedan to a car show a few years back. Was told at the gate I couldnt enter because this was an antique only show. That was cool ,so I parked my car out in the spectators lot ,went in and walked around met some friends and stayed the whole show until awards time. Best of show went to a channelled 40 Ford coupe street rod with a giant skull painted on the trunk. I was like WTF?????True story.
  26. gearheadbill
    Joined: Oct 11, 2002
    Posts: 1,308


    My advice is to park somewhere near an exit so you can get in your car and leave anytime you want. Personally I'm good for only an hour or so. After that I get bored, want to leave. You can't leave if you have to drive thru a crowd to get out. After 50 years of doing this I have a short attention span.
  27. paintcan54
    Joined: Oct 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,100


    The only thing I can add is, just go and have fun, check out the other cars, bs with everybody and you will be fine.
  28. unkledaddy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2006
    Posts: 2,865


    You'll be fine if you don't go.
  29. The advice above is good...just go to have a good time and meet
    Other old car people. There are some guys I only see once a year
    at a certain show. I took a loose leaf binder and some clear
    Plastic pocket pages to make what i call my fender book...with pics
    Related to the car. Put it on my R front fender on a towel to
    Protect the paint. Am always amazed at how many people look
    At it.

    Last show I went to had participant judging--- you get a ballot
    when you register...and you vote on others cars in several categories.
    I left early before awards, not expecting any. A couple days after
    The show, a neighbor came walking up to the house and handed me
    a third place trophy for my class he picked up for me. So--you just
    never know.
  30. My advice is don't worry what other people think of your ride. If you win a trophy, cool, if not, no big deal.

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