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What do you display with your car at a show?

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So I took the Seville to the Clc show in la last weekend and it was very nice. I typically display photos, ads, etc with the car and in the trunk I made a display of items from 1977 or about 1977. What do you display with your car?

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The things you display with your car really make it more interesting in my opinion. When I bought my Chevelle a year ago this week it came with over 600 pics of the restoration so I printed up a few of them and added a little info about the history of the car which I display at car shows and cruises. I measured the distance from the front of the hood after it's opened and bought a big picture frame at Goodwill for around $10 and put a red towel on the top and bottom of the frame and this is what it looks like. A lot of people have no idea what a frame-off restoration is so they're interested to see how it's actually done. I've received dozens of positive comments too. I also added a copy of the build sheet to prove that it's a real SS and not a clone. In the trunk I display an original owner's manual, shop manual and 1970 Chevelle dealer brochure....

 

 

 

 

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I have a collection of several aftermarket, accessory, hood ornaments for my 1946 Ford. When people ask me about the ornament that is on the car now, I find it easier to just show them the collection. Many people don't realize that there were aftermarket hood ornaments and when they see them they are surprised.

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I have a large 3 Ring Binder full of Documentation, Magazine Articles, Owners Manuals, Maintenance Books, and virtually every receipt for parts and repairs.

When I get questions I can usually give a better response with information pulled from the binder.  

It also allows me to promote Clubs and AACA, Judging Rules, Classes, and Membership.   

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4 hours ago, MarkV said:

So I took the Seville to the Clc show in la last weekend and it was very nice. I typically display photos, ads, etc with the car and in the trunk I made a display of items from 1977 or about 1977. What do you display with your car?

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So that' s where my old `13 inch  Black and white TV went

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When first started taking my cars to shows. I would bring a number of small signs with information about the car a copy of the original window sticker, etc. I would jack the car up and pull a wheel or two to display the brakes and suspension.  I would also put mirrors on the ground under the car so judges and spectators could look at the chassis. After I restored one of my cars I brought a photo album showing the restoration process in pictures. After a few years of hauling this stuff to shows, setting it up and taking it down I cut back a lot on this stuff and how the car was displayed.

 

When I started going to AACA Meets I just brought factory documentation about the vehicle in case there were questions from a Judging Team Captain. Lately I have been thinking about getting one of the AACA sanctioned signs so I can once again display some information about my cars. Putting that information together and ordering the signs might be a good winter project.

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Yes, I strongly recommend the AACA signs-they are great and are nicely done.  I've been to car shows where you can hardly see the car for all the framed ads, teddy bears, models, etc.etc. I find all that distracting, so recommend just a plaque or sign that tells something about the vehicle, it's history and/or restoration.  I like having a binder of photos and other info handy for anyone who might be interested.

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With my 1931 Chevrolet Deluxe Coach (Canadian built) still in rebuilding phase, I takes along a couple of nice original advertisements in period correct frames, people marvel at the prices way back when, the number of models available (20), etc. Of course since Chevy's are so much scarcer than Fords, people have all kinds of questions why? BTW, the black car next door is a 1980 Shay (Ford licensed 1929 Model A Roadster replica).  

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I have a small sign describing how the car was brought back to life. 

 

I never display the car with the hood or trunk open. 

 

I like to display the car as the designers intended the car to look as it drove.  

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Absolutely nothing.  I guess I get that from AACA guidelines.  I suppose it depends on what type of show you are attending and perhaps I might add the 1954 Ford Dealer Showroom catalog.  Otherwise, AACA likes it clean.  Let the car speak for itself.  For the record:  I hate a display surrounded by bowling trophies - err event trophies.

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I have a set of original factory tools in the trunk of my 30 Packard to show people if they are interested , and for that car and my 40 Buick I have a windshield card I lettered up on poster board that gives all the information/specs of the car when new so perhaps the person viewing it   may realize what was available during the era and year it was built. It is much more detailed in information then just my name, place I live , year of car , make and number of cylinders. That sign usually inspires  questions from people , many usually state "wow things were reasonable ($) then, my reaction is and a new house cost the same as the Packard or that the cost of the Buick was most likely a years salary for someone at that time" I try to put things in proper perspective as most spectators judge what they see and read by today's standards.

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I use show signs with my cars. Saves answering a lot of questions, not  that I mind when someone shows a real interest. Also occasionally use props ,like a (airsoft) tommy gun and fedora hat with my '29 McLaughlin-Buick.

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Absolutely nothing.

 

OEM tools are in the pouch which is rolled up and placed inside the spare tire exactly the way it would have been when the car was delivered and the owners manual is in the glove box.

 

I drive to car show with a small cardboard box containing several spare parts and reference documents to include an original parts manual, service manual, sales literature and a notebook with other related info and photos about the restoration along with a  folding chairs for me and my wife.  When I get to the show I remove the foldings chair and the cardboard box and place them behind the car.  

 

Absolutely nothing is displayed in, on, beside, or under the vehicle that was not there when it was originally delivered.  If people have questions i have all the documents as reference and we normally get into a great discussion about that year and model car.  

 

 

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A copy of the Production Order, and a photo album showing before, and during it's restoration, as well as a photocopy of an extensive article written by Asa Hall on Studebaker diesel-engined trucks which includes production figures, etc.

 

Craig

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Only a framed poster prepared by Automobile Quarterly subsequent to an article they did for the Spring, 1975, issue featuring several of my cars.  Strangely enough, I didn't even know the poster existed until I came upon it in a vendor's tent at Laguna Seca in 1986.  

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Nothing more or less than what the car had when it sat on the dealer show room floor. 

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AJ, I agree with you about the trophies but there is a reason they do it. The reason that some people lug every trophy they won is first, to show the judges how many trophies my car has won, so I should win another at this show. Second, is to show the judges, that if my car doesn't win a trophy at this show you don't know what you are doing. One local guy must bring 20 or 30 trophies to every show he goes to, 3 or 4 boxes. We all call him a "trophy whore" because if he doesn't win something he pulls a tantrum.

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