I recently attended the Eastern Spring meet in NJ and, though hot, it was a pretty nice turn out in terms of cars. I know there is a good bit of promotion done inside the AACA for these events to get people to participate which is good and fairly easy. I wonder how much promotion is done outside the AACA club via local news, social media, advertising at other local car shows so on and so forth. The reason I mention this is that though that show was held in one of the most densely populated area of the country there were very few "spectators" as opposed to other participants and there helpers. The fall meet in Hershey needs very little promotion as people come from all over the world to just see the cars. Other regional shows not so much. I was thinking this is a really nice show and it is absolutely free to the public, it should be mobbed. I think the crowd that didn't show is an assume source of new and future members.
Now, having made my pitch I want to say the organizers of the meet did a great job and everything went smooth as silk for me. I can only imagine the effort it takes to put together all the different elements of a National Meet so please don't think I am being critical. Maybe headquarters could put together a working media plan for all of the regionals to use especially getting word out via social media which many of us know nothing about yet it is how the younger people seem to network. Just a thought, I love a show where there are so many people I don't get a chance to sit down for talking to people about my car.