Drank too much coffie too late! Might go to the local car show on the 4'th but i hate to pay to have others enjoy our cars.Bud.PS,Got e-mail from the OCF to send my 25.00 but i enjoy that!!! Bud.
Hey Bud--I will see you and everyone else at OCF for the first time this year! Gonna drive the '14 all the way there, too! I've always had school before!
I always thought that the business model for car shows was backwards - seems like the show cars should get in free and the spectators should have to pay, but I'm sure there's a good reason things are the way they are.
Just the fact that we own show cars means by definition that we have at least some "disposable income".
R.V. - I'll look forward to seeing you and your '14 at the OCF. We'll be taking our '14 and usually park next to Bud with his '14,& you're welcome to join us.
At the OCF, the non-judged cars are all parked by year, for example, all '14's in the same area. The Judged cars are parked in a separate area.
Mark - I tend to agree with you that show cars should get in for free, but the OCF is different. The OCF was free for participants until recently when they had to begin charging this modest fee. I don't mind this $25.00 because this is one of the most enjoyable and unique events in the old car world. There are very few museums that are self supporting. Most receive government support or have a private benefactor(s).
Most shows I attend are held for a benefit or a non-profit organization. So the entry fee is ultimately towards a good cause. About the only shows I attend that arent are the AACA shows.
I have pretty much stopped going to shows that want me to pay. I could be in a show almost every weekend day during the summer and that is just too much. I will do some small shows like I just did one for an assisted living. It was wonderful to see the excitement in some of the folks that reside there.
ahem: excuse me but what is the OCF? If they didn't charge the car owners the public would not show up to see our cars! (Cheap Persons) I know my wife and I put together a show to benefit our local humane society and the "Spectators" didn't even want to buy 50/50 tickets until the DJ explained for the umpteenth time how it worked... 4 spectators bought tickets. all the car owners bought 50/50
G.R. - OCF is the Old Car Festival at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. It's always held on the first weekend after Labor Day, and is a Saturday & Sunday event. This event has been going for over 50 years I think, and it's sort of a one-of-a-kind event. It includes cars and trucks (but only those built up to 1932), plus high wheel bikes. It includes car games, judging (if you so desire), a pass and review at the grandstand, a gaslight parade that begins at dusk on Saturday evening, and winds up on Saturday with fireworks at 9PM.
This event is unique in that where else can you see a 1905 Queen car (owned by a Forum participant whose name escapes me just now), a 1909 Sunset car, Stanley Steamers and many other very rare cars all being driven around Greenfield Village.
Go to The Henry Ford web site for more information and consider attending this event if you can. I'm sure you'd enjoy it.
I'll gladly pay an entry fee to any car show organizer who gives the proceeds to charity, but I tend to eschew the type who burn the candle at both ends for profit.
RV,I look forward to seeing you and so many others!I put the check and when the mail lady took it the credit union statement came showing we already paid it in may!I hope Rob is there with his K and mabey he will offer a ride to some of his forum friend's?? Hint Hint!Darren Wallace has the Queen and there will be alot of friendly Canadians there.All around nice guy Jim Cook and Jack Putnam will be there if the Ohio border is open?? Grandmaw said we might stay at the fancy hotel if it's not too pricy.The parking lot might have more room if i leave the doubles home!Got your lites working Keith?? Bud.
Thanks, Keith. I will do that. Where do you park?
My Browns are show lamps; too nice to actually use. I'm working this summer on restoring a pair of Victor lamps to burn. How many of you guys use the little brass clamps on your acetylene lines?
The OCF is, in my humble opinion, the best car show around, bar none!!!
This will be the 64th consecutive OCF, making it the longest running car show of its kind in the country. Greenfield Village is the perfect setting for a car show that includes cars from 1932 to the earliest that care to enter.
The OCF gives visitors and participants alike the opportunity to see, hear and, yes, even smell these early cars in use as driving around the Village is encouraged. Then the Pass-In-Review feature, where the cars drive up to a reviewing stand and are talked about by narrators, is another chance to see the cars move around.
The Gaslight Parade on Saturday night has the cars driving around the Village with their lights on -- including gas lights.
I'll be there with my 1914 Touring and my 1923 American LaFrance Brockway Torpedo fire engine (which we'll pump at the Village).
I haven't missed an OCF since 1963 and, I am VERY proud to say, this year will be my 33rd year as narrator. If you haven't been -- GO!!!
R.V. - There are designated parking areas by year of the cars except for cars being judged. You'll easily find Bud and myself in the '14 area. Each car is given an identification label with the car #, owner's name, etc. to put in the windshield.
I use the little brass clamps on my acetylene lines, and they work fine. There's only about 1 pound of pressure in those lines.
Bud - I'm in the process of changing over to a Prest-O-Lite tank for the lights, but not done yet. It will be done in time for the OCF!
Keith,I'm going to hide a small m tank.I done with carbide!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bud.
It's nasty,and hard to keep fresh!Bud.