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Old 05-06-2006, 10:48 AM
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Big shows/swap meets - who profits?

After attending many big Classic car shows and swap meets through the years, I've finally been doing the math. Plus the recent post about us regular guys having to PAY to show up with our cars that are the main attraction at many events.
Seems that many successful drag racers wised up to this fact years ago and now recieve money to merely show up at at track to further pursue rewards for winning.

I'm talking about The Turkey Rod Run, Pate swap meet at Texas Motor Speedway, Charlotte and Carlisle where hundreds of thousands of dollars are changing hands in fees for showing, swap meet spaces, food vendors, car corrals etc.

The clubs that are well established have kept their shows growing through the years. I can't imagine them keeping this up year after year on a volunteer basis. I know there ARE many volunteers who work these shows, but I'm talking about the organizing clubs. They MUST be making profits. Where do they go? No wizzard can figure to the penney how much these events cost, so there's a profit, no doubt, and I think it's pretty big.

No matter who I ask, I never get consistant information regarding the financial workings of swap meets and club shows. I do notice how many VERY nice cars that members of the Daytona Beach Street Rods have.

My best friend moved to Daytona three years ago with intentions of joining their club. he's a lifetime rodder with a clean nose, nice personality and very nice cars, but he has yet to realize breaking into the elite group. He has befriended other lifetime prominant rodders in the area, that have never been able to get in either.

I'm not insinuating, just questioning........

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Old 05-07-2006, 08:39 PM
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Clubs ! just another group of retards that do not fit anywhere in the world but with there own. To put a polite answer to the question you pose. I would have to go with the GOOD OLD BOYS kind of a thang. You can see it happening if you just subscribe to a street rod rag, like streetrodder, the same cars and faces over and over and over again. I wonder how they stay in demand spewing out the repeated garbage all the time. Well on second thought they do change the words around and take new shots OF THE SAME CARS and friends. And you must have a red car to even have any chance. I to have wonder about showing up at a car show and paying to park my car to draw a crowd for the vendors and the anointed car show gods........ where is my cut, where is your stinking show without the hotrods? Anyway I get more fun out of driving my hotrod , then standing in a hot parking lot , trying to look interested and attempting to answer the absolute lamest questions mankind can think of.... If you want to have fun at the car show, here is what I like to do , drive by, open headers if you have them and every head and neck will jerk around to see and here your ride in action................ now that is what I call a CAR SHOW! Then in awhile if the car show is deserving do it again, guarantee the same results
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