Regarding cars and events and especially the HCP, only by attending the event and viewing the cars can a person decide if the event or cars are to their liking. Depending upon your personal acceptable level or interpretation of what is or is not quality, a decision is formed regarding the event or cars. I have attended the past six HCP's. My conclusions are as follows. This years HCP was the largest gathering of personal built vehicles that, showed some of the lowest levels of car construction or workmanship. Not all but, way too many. The 2009 HCP did not come close to being a "traditional hot rod and custom show". It was a great display of some poorly done resurrected junk, field, barn or survivor cars. "Artsy" cars were present, also, some even museum quality. Clown cars, shot rods, shock rods and some rolling junk could be found amongst the way too few cars that, were done with some understanding of mechanics, safety and respect for "traditional hot rods and customs". Many of the spectators, that I spoke with, were not car people. Many of them left me with the impression that, they came to see some sort of carnival side show, a gathering of weird cars or a rat rod show. Most of them did not appear to leave disappointed. The events "criteria list" does a good job at excluding "billet cars" and a better job at including cars with bad engineering, sloppy workmanship, poor welds, bad wiring etc. Unfortunately and obviously, as more and more examples, of this type of car construction are displayed, people will view them as acceptable and typical. More will be built. The responsibility for all of the events shortcomings and problems will fall on the car club or clubs organizing or producing the event. Rightfully so, if they didn't do the event there would be no problems. All the things in their control that, became problems are caused by inexperience, improper planing, organizational shortcomings, communication breakdowns and not being prepared. No one person or group can be 100% prepared but, this years problems were only a larger continuation of problems that, were happening at the HCP within the past few years. An event that, was conceived by a group of well intentioned, serious minded hot rodders has lost focus. Traditional hot rods and customs are few in attendance. Examples of todays interpretation of "traditional rods and customs" were many. The events purpose, dollars for charity, is hugely successful. If, the event survives this years problems and continues, it can become larger and meet its charitable purpose with great success. The HCP has accomplished some things that, NSRA and Goodguys have not accomplished with some of their events. Yes, the HCP guys and gals deserve all the approvals and congratulations that come their way. I support their continued financial success and I will support any event that features more "traditional hot rods and customs" than cars that, are posing as "thrc" or cars that missed the mark, entirely.