Went to a local car show today about 50cars there lots of nice cars we had the oldest one but no trophy for oldest anyway we had the most people visit us than any other there we took it with some dirt as a survivor and let people sit in it take photos no one else would let anyone touch and yes I know why but we had a blast
I know the numbers are wrong, a young girl did the sign and did not have time to get it corrected
I know what you mean, Ronnie. Gone to many a show whereby my T gets more attention, picture taking than any of the 50's-70's cars,(and yes, some even NEWER!!), yet come judging time, it's always the '67 Chevelles or something real shiny in the '50s that walks off with the trophy. Oh well, doesn't matter. Very gratifying to have all the people stand at my car for 15 minutes looking, taking pictures, and asking questions, as that hardly happens with the "modern" cars and rat-rods!
I will say, though, my '12 did do pretty good last year overall. This year the '15's having a tough row to hoe, even though she's pristine.
Don't know if you can read the windshield but my wife wrote all original including dirt that got lots of laughs the kids really liked it
Posing in sartorial splendor.
That's why I don't enter in any show which has an entry fee or where they have judging. I find that cars which have been trailered and pushed into place tend to win, or cars with modified suspension and or engines. Sometimes even modified bodies win.
I do enter some shows where it is free and no prizes are offered.
A couple months ago we were invited to an 'Early Ford' show. About 175 vehicles.
A bunch of kids - 60's, 70's, oh and a couple of 50's too ! We had a LOT of interested visitors. Some wanted to know if it was 'real'. But we got one of the 'top 15' awards.
When will they learn, you can't argue with seniority !
I like doing shows. I have to admit, there's a part of me that fails to understand why anyone would want to enter a new car into a car show and it kinda gets under my skin for them to win a trophy. BUT.....I've had my fill of cheap plastic trophies. I've given away a car load of them. They mean nothing to me anymore. What I enjoy about a car show is educating people about my vehicles. I enjoy explaining how they work, how they are different than modern cars and how they are the same. I open the hood. I open the coil box. It generates questions, which I am all too willing to answer. I point out that it has no pumps of any kind. Which will always generate the question of how fuel/oil/coolant flows. Then I get to point out the gravity flow fuel system, splash lubrication, and explain how thermosyphon works. The open coil box generates questions about the ignition system, which I like to explain. I tell them how it operates differently on magneto than it does on battery and how the magneto is not JUST an alternative power source, but also a timing device. When it is my TT, I like to explain how the engine and transmission are the same as they were in a car and that the 1 ton capacity comes from the WAY LOW gearing in the rear end.
To me, car shows are not about trophies. They are about educating the public. If you can understand where I am coming from, you will understand why I have no use for fuel pumps, water pumps, distributors and dare I mention...... No, I won't. And no, mine are not trailer queens. They get driven A LOT. No shiny paint and therefore, not usually any trophies.
Hal: I agree with you but I will put my car in a trailer If I am going to visit relatives (most of mine are 300 miles or more away) then when I get to their house we park the van & trailer and drive the "T" everywhere. It's amazing how many times I get asked is it legal to drive that? Go to the local mall find a distant parking spot with a shade tree and see how many people are gathered when you come back out!
I agree with Hal that it is a great place to educate people about our cars.
I have a great time at car shows and have won a trophy at every one where they there were trophies. My car is a long way from a trailer queen because it is recovering from 45 years in storage after a mid 50's restoration.
All of the them were people's choice shows were the visitors voted for the best in numerous classes. I think I do well because I talk with people, start the car once in a while (crank), and let the little ones sit in the car.
I find it amusing to see a great car with the owner just sitting in a lawn chair at the rear and he/she is not interested in talking with anyone. Yes you can run into some jerks but that is part of the fun. How else can you get interesting comments from real people?
It does not bother me that there is an entry fee as long as it is a fund raiser for a good cause. Where else can one get 3-4 hours of entertainment for $10?
This is the T near the end of one of the shows where it was awarded third place out of about 30 vehicles that were pre 1950. Many of the vehicles in the class were absolutely pristine Model As, but people liked it
I do trailer mine sometimes, but they are not trailer queens. There is a pretty good sized show about 50 miles from us. We usually trailer the TT and drive either the A or the T and put two cars in the show. 50 miles is a long ways in a stock TT. I have no doubt it would do it, but it would take a long time to get there.
We have also trailered one some place else (Like the mountains) and just driven around when we got there. If I had more time off, I might consider actually driving there, but when time is short, trailering to your destination and driving once you get there makes more sense.