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I'm still a million miles away from finishing my car, but I'm already planning what to do at car shows

Since you guys are far better at this sort of thing than us Brits, I was hoping you could give me some pointers on what to do to ensure I get the attention my car (hopefully) deserves


Should I put it on a mat?
What about mirrors?
Do I need a write-up?
Should I jack it up, or put it on ramps?


As you can tell, I have no idea what's good, bad, and indifferent

What's going to be beneficial in showing the car and winning me some points, and what are the over the top things that I should avoid?

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Well, I have been building street rods and custom cars for 40 years and I can definitely give you good advice.

Do not buy mirrors, posts or a mat to put it on. Instead find out where the local cruise ins are and where the guys gather with their cars on monday night or wednesday night or when ever.

You will have a whole lot more fun driving your car and hanging around with like minded people than you will going to a show trying to compete for a 3 dollar trophy against people who have more money to spend and then having to deal with the politics of show car judging. Bottom line is drive it and enjoy it. Most car guys are great people that is where the fun is.

If you just have to be a car show guy, go to the closest World of Wheels Car Show or other indoor show and you will get all kinds of ideas for a display. The sky is the limit. Mirrors, Platforms, turntables, stantions, etc, etc etc.

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Well, I have been building street rods and custom cars for 40 years and I can definitely give you good advice.

Do not buy mirrors, posts or a mat to put it on. Instead find out where the local cruise ins are and where the guys gather with their cars on monday night or wednesday night or when ever.

You will have a whole lot more fun driving your car and hanging around with like minded people than you will going to a show trying to compete for a 3 dollar trophy against people who have more money to spend and then having to deal with the politics of show car judging. Bottom line is drive it and enjoy it. Most car guys are great people that is where the fun is.

If you just have to be a car show guy, go to the closest World of Wheels Car Show or other indoor show and you will get all kinds of ideas for a display. The sky is the limit. Mirrors, Platforms, turntables, stantions, etc, etc etc.

John L

Agreed, The way I see it there's no point in having a car you can't drive and enjoy. Plus I agree that the fun is the people you meet and the ideas and information you share etc. Good luck on the build post up some pictures if you get time. :thumbup:

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Amen John L, Amen!

At 52 years of age I have participated in 1 car show. That was the one and only show I have attended. I did so with my 82 year old grandfather. He was a Model T guy. We went to the show, paid the registration fee, parked my A-bone, and then proceeded to hit the swap meet area and walked through the "show car" area. Then we drank a root beer and left.

He passed last year. I still remember the smile on his face as I rowed through the gears as I left the car show. He was looking out the window, obviously thinking about days gone by.

Do the cruise in's. That's where the guys that built their cars hang out. Car shows... that's where you park your car on the street, check out what's there, and then head home for an oil change, or a tune up, or merely to park your rod and get ready to go to work tomorrow.
 

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Well, I have been building street rods and custom cars for 40 years and I can definitely give you good advice.

Do not buy mirrors, posts or a mat to put it on. Instead find out where the local cruise ins are and where the guys gather with their cars on monday night or wednesday night or when ever.

You will have a whole lot more fun driving your car and hanging around with like minded people than you will going to a show trying to compete for a 3 dollar trophy against people who have more money to spend and then having to deal with the politics of show car judging. Bottom line is drive it and enjoy it. Most car guys are great people that is where the fun is.

If you just have to be a car show guy, go to the closest World of Wheels Car Show or other indoor show and you will get all kinds of ideas for a display. The sky is the limit. Mirrors, Platforms, turntables, stantions, etc, etc etc.

John L
So very true...:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

This right here is #1.''politics of show car judging''.
 

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Drive to the show , Have a beer or two, Eat dinner , B.S. about cars , horsepower , make some new buds, look around, check the girls out, jump in and pull away with class. Then smoke up the tires 2 or 3 blocks away. Enjoy when your ready!!
 

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Drive to the show , Have a beer or two, Eat dinner , B.S. about cars , horsepower , make some new buds, look around, check the girls out, jump in and pull away with class. Then smoke up the tires 2 or 3 blocks away. Enjoy when your ready!!
Danged if you aren't making me anxious for spring killeratrod. :thumbup:

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Not to brag! But i am on the Gulf of Mexico in sunny Florida. More cruz nites then i can make in a 100 mile radius. And only 1 hour or so to the other coast Daytona. Today 79 degrees!!
 

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Sorry not intended !! I can send you one of them Sunshine in a can things!! Think about the trade off, soon it will be 100 outside and you will be 68. Perfect horsepower weather. And i will be lagging and stuck in AC or doing 100 in the 50 mile per hour zone!!
 

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Thanks guys

I've taken every bit of advice given to me by this forum so far, so I'll do them same here too

Once the car is freshly completed I'll enter one show, then spend the rest of my time enjoying it
 

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Thanks guys

I've taken every bit of advice given to me by this forum so far, so I'll do them same here too

Once the car is freshly completed I'll enter one show, then spend the rest of my time enjoying it
That sounds like a plan ant_8u. You can take lots of pictures and it will always be fun to have them of the car on display. What ever you do, I hope you really enjoy the car. Thanks for letting us have a little fun. :thumbup:

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Yeah, I've got lots of pictures of the build so far
It'd be nice to have some when it's finished too

After that I'll get it out on the road where it should be

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And I was thinking you should go and find a car with a Flathead Ford V8. Go stand close to it, and see how many people ask about the V-6 engine, because it only has three exhaust pipes per side.
 

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Thanks guys

I've taken every bit of advice given to me by this forum so far, so I'll do them same here too

Once the car is freshly completed I'll enter one show, then spend the rest of my time enjoying it

That is a good way to go. Or, keep the car nice and do a quick detail job on it and show it any time you want. High end cars shows have a place, just like cruise nights. I love them both.

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I go to a few shows a year with my car, mostly the small church type of shows, the monies collected stay in the community. I think of this, this way- We pay, usually 20-25 bucks to enter our cars. They want us there around 7-8 a.m. and stick around til 3-4 in the afternoon. They give out a few trophies, which have never interested me very much, we're putting on the show yet we pay for the right to do so. Something wrong here, it makes for a very long day, that's what makes the cruise nights a lot more fun. I do like dash plaques, I plan on making a board someday of all the shows I have attended, it will probably hang in the garage.

I like to look at albums, usually in the trunk of the car, that show what the car looked before, the after, and what it took to get it there. I like to look at a build sheet or plaque, of the engine and trans type, options, customizing pieces. I am a bit like Brian in the aspect of looking at an engine with the hood up, I don't care and it ruins the body lines. If someone wants to see the engine, I lift the hood for a bit.

What makes a car show fun for me: Friends to hang with, 50/50 raffles, hourly raffles, door prizes, a decent lunch, car and crafts booths to look at, it can make a long day a bit shorter if you have something to do. Of course, there are the cars to look at also. :D
 

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I go to a few shows a year with my car, mostly the small church type of shows, the monies collected stay in the community. I think of this, this way- We pay, usually 20-25 bucks to enter our cars. They want us there around 7-8 a.m. and stick around til 3-4 in the afternoon. They give out a few trophies, which have never interested me very much, we're putting on the show yet we pay for the right to do so. Something wrong here, it makes for a very long day, that's what makes the cruise nights a lot more fun. I do like dash plaques, I plan on making a board someday of all the shows I have attended, it will probably hang in the garage.

I like to look at albums, usually in the trunk of the car, that show what the car looked before, the after, and what it took to get it there. I like to look at a build sheet or plaque, of the engine and trans type, options, customizing pieces. I am a bit like Brian in the aspect of looking at an engine with the hood up, I don't care and it ruins the body lines. If someone wants to see the engine, I lift the hood for a bit.

What makes a car show fun for me: Friends to hang with, 50/50 raffles, hourly raffles, door prizes, a decent lunch, car and crafts booths to look at, it can make a long day a bit shorter if you have something to do. Of course, there are the cars to look at also. :D
What you are calling a car show Dinger is what we refer to as a rod run. I go to a lot of those in the summer and have a good time. Yes they do have a few trophies but you are still among car guys and with a few exception they are not there for the competition or the trophy. 20 dollars to support the local high school band or local church is money willingly spent.

I was referring to the indoor car shows which are full of cars that have never been on the road and are built strictly for the car show with no expense spared. Some of those guys have a small fortune in their displays.

I go to those shows as a spectator and enjoy looking at the cars but have zero interest in participating in them. I can not drive my car and maintain it to those standards. Not to mention the fact, I have never enjoyed laying on my back with soap suds dripping off my elbows. :)

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I'll do the cruise-ins mostly - and there are several each week within 25 or so miles. I'll also do smaller local shows plus two big ones. Usually car shows for me is just a place to park while I wander the rest of the show. I will return back to the car regularly, but wont stay more then a few minutes and that's just to check on it. As far as prep and contrivances - I only make sure the car is as clean as possible(it always is) plus print off my fact sheet of major parts as someone always asks what something is - and since CRS set in many years ago, drag that out if I can't remember.

There is one thing that does gripe me - a gathering of a bunch of folks right at the back of the car (often 2-3 cars) that are so close that you have to walk through or into their group to look at those cars. I wont. While I don't have any problem with these people gathering, just move away a bit so spectators can take a good look at your cars without breaking into that group.

Mirrors and ramps - this usually says to me that the person is thinking "I have LOTS of money and and PAID this big buck shop many dollars to build my car and now I want to show off" plus it conveys an 'attitude'. And is often a trailer queen car.
 
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