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Old 08-27-2010, 05:30 PM
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Cruise nights, what cars should be allowed???

Cruise nights have been a gathering of antique and collector cars, where guys and their cars get together and people come to see the cars. Most of these car owners mainly take their cars to car events. (IMHO)
However several years ago guys with new STOCK Chargers started coming to this events, sitting with their hoods up, then the new Mustangs and now Camaros , Challengers and other cars come. I sometimes give out the tickets at the entrance and I've mentioned to the organizers that newer stock cars have no business in the cruise night corals. But they don't want to be bad guys and turn away cars. We just had a cruise night that had a live radio show broadcast. We had over triple the usual cars, having to turn some really nice cars away. Some guys even brought rail dragsters. However I'm really tired of the newer cars showing up. I had Special Edition Ford Rangers and a new V6 Camaro next to me. There were STOCK Miatas, K cars, Minis taking up room while 55 Chevs etc were sitting some place else. The audience attendance was hugh, but I don't think they'd be there to see newer cars. Hell then it would just be any parking lot. Am I right?

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Old 08-27-2010, 05:55 PM
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Ran into this 20 years ago with friends who had 10 year old hopped up 80's Mustangs or hopped up late 70's cars, and many shows were 72-earlier. Wouldn't allow 73 Camaro(looks just like a 72), wouldn't allow 74 Trans Am, Wouldn't allow 383 stroker '79 Monte Carlo, or 74 GTO. When they start making year stipulations is when I don't go. Anyone who is proud of their car, and wants to show it off should be allowed. Just because it is there doesn't mean you have to look, you can just walk on by.

Sounds like you just need a larger parking lot, or reserve part of it for "classic" and have a year stipulation on that section.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:26 PM
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My view....A hi perf car is a hi perf car....year doesnt matter, new or old....When I was a kid, I was always interested when the new cars came out.....Things are still that way ......I would love a new Camaro, but cant afford it. ..If you need a bigger venue, get one.............
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:39 PM
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I have seen the same thing with the late model cars but I mostly ignore them. To each his own. Let's face it, there are some new muscle cars that are worth a look what with the current emphasis on fuel efficiency, hybrids, electrics, natural gas cars, etc. Even though they are new, they are somewhat of a rarity and do generate some interest. I do stop and look at new genuine Super Snake Mustangs, and if I had one, I'd probably take it to cruise-ins too.

Let's face it, a well-attended cruise-in is a successful cruise-in. Most of these events start off small and grow based on what the organizers / sponsors do to make it interesting. A good DJ is a must for me and there must be a decent amount of cars or I won't come back. Now if you need some newer cars (where the owners didn't do much more than write a check to drive them) to make it a draw, then that's okay. What are you gonna do, suddenly tell those that helped make the event successful that they aren't welcome anymore? Most of our DJs out here are compensated based on the amount of the 50-50 drawing, so the more cars the better and the DJs don't really care what you bring. If I like the DJ, I'll buy a fistful of 50-50 tickets to show my support.

Rather than develop an hierarchy system or attitude, there are a few other issues that I feel could use some attention at these events. Saving car spaces next to your car for your tardy buddy's car just exacerbates the capacity problems - rather, agree to meet at another location or just outside the entrance to the event and then go in together. You and a dozen of your friends setting up your folding chairs in a parking space next to your car is another capacity killer. Organizers that ask you to sign in for a cruise-in is another no-no (this is okay for a pay-to-enter show). If you are running a show where the participants pay to enter their cars and you're offering dash plaques or other such trinkets, make sure you have enough of the dash plaques so each participant gets one (DPs to the first 200 cars don't cut it when you have to pay to get your car in). Also, the guys who just sit by their cars during the whole event and then won't talk to you about their cars if you show some interest, well I just can't figure that one out.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:04 PM
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We've been having a cruise-in at Quaker Steak and Lube every other Saturday with tickets being given away for a drawing to be held Sept 11th to anyone who put their car in the corral . They haven't turned anyone away . They just put the cars that aren't interesting in the back . No one bothers to look at them . BTW , My t-bucket got front row. :-)
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Personally, i like mid 60s muscle cars. adantessr likes street rods. Everyone has individual tastes. One of my concerns is that if we turn people away, especially young people we lose potential hobbyists.

There are people out there trying to curtail our hobby. I'd rather keep that guy in to 2010 Challenger on my side.
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Personally, i like mid 60s muscle cars. adantessr likes street rods. Everyone has individual tastes. One of my concerns is that if we turn people away, especially young people we lose potential hobbyists.

There are people out there trying to curtail our hobby. I'd rather keep that guy in to 2010 Challenger on my side.
Hey Hey Hey ! I like 'em all ! I just couldn't afford to build or buy a full bodied car and had always wanted a T-bucket anyway . I'd take a nice '67 Chevelle SS anytime if someone wants to give me one . Lord knows I can't afford to buy one ! LOL
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i like all sorts of cars, old or modern, they are very pleasureable items and give me a lot of enjoyment, and also appreciatting asset as well.I know some guys and clubs get a bit anal, but lifes too short, we gotta just enjoy the time we have on this earth.Dam, getting philosophical in my old age,lol

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Cruise in is just that. Anyone with interests in vehicles show up to share and gain knowledge. I personally enjoy looking at the new stuff, but not enough to go to the show room so let the cream of the show rooms come to me when I go shopping for new and fresh ideals. Try to stay out of the ruts in which we become very comfortable.

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If it's a 'classic' car cruise the late model stuff should be out... but if it's just a 'cruise night' the new stuff is probably OK.

Personally I have little time to waste looking at cars I can buy at the new car dealer...
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If it's a 'classic' car cruise the late model stuff should be out... but if it's just a 'cruise night' the new stuff is probably OK.

Personally I have little time to waste looking at cars I can buy at the new car dealer...
The word classic means something that is a perfect example of a particular style, something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality. From wiki.

A brand new 2010 Camaro,Challenger,Vette, can all be classics, hell a 1992 Ford Ranger can be a classic if you make it one. I like to see the newer cars at shows, not as much as I like to see older cars but I still like to see them. No, I don't want to go to a car show and look at a 1992 Ford Ranger, but if the person put the time and energy into restoring it and making it his "Classic" vehicle then I would take a look at it. I agree with the earlier post of if you don't want to look at it then just keep on walking by. If you feel that you are losing the fans/crowd over newer cars then step it up a notch, do a burnout contest or something that will definitely draw interest. I live in a very small town that is lucky to see 100 vehicles a day. The town is dead all year long until the annual "Rod Benders" car show. They do a burnout contest at this car show every year. People come from all towns around to see this thing, you can't find a place to park, and after the burnout contest the town is right back to where it was, cricket. I feel like I rambled through this post, sorry
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Yep, as much as I could give a crap less looking at a new Charger or Camaro, they ARE an "enthusiasts" car. But I WILL walk right by them. I posted the photos of what I enjoyed at the last show, a VW camper van was one of them.

But you know what was there that ticked me off, a row of Mazdas with a salesmen! NO KIDDING, now THAT doesn't belong.

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i like all sorts of cars, old or modern, they are very pleasureable items and give me a lot of enjoyment, and also appreciatting asset as well.I know some guys and clubs get a bit anal, but lifes too short, we gotta just enjoy the time we have on this earth.Dam, getting philosophical in my old age,lol

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We had a club get up and leave when another club came in at at little cruise night here in town. We are talking gray haired adults here, the first club was invited by the store who was putting it on. Their name was on the poster. When the second group came in with a eight or so cars and put up a sign the first club wanted them to take down their sign and when they didn't the first group left!

LOLOLOL, what a bunch of maroons.

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Yep, I would be happier too if the older cars showed up for cruise night.....but.....unless you have a year cut off, anything on wheels will show and rightfully so. We have a few locally - and I really don't want to look at that '10 'vette or Mustang GT that I can see in a dealers lot, but if they brought the admission price - a non-spoiling can or box of food, they're in for the evening.

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god wasn't the nsra bad enough . ever here the phrase " snob rodder " . i think jealousy has more to do with it than anything. trophy hounds whine and cry about show cars or trailered cars.
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