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Antique Cars and the Public.....Public Property????

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cahartley, you've summed up my feelings nicely. I used to attend a lot of shows, but now only two or three a year now. For the life of me I can't understand PAYING for the privilege of letting people attend the shows for free (and doing all the stuff mentioned in other responses on this thread). In my opinion, everyone should be charged the same amount to attend - exhibitors and the public.

By the way, that's what the deal is on two of the shows I attend each year.

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I will never pay to show my car. I am the one who has to maintain, insure and make sure none of the types discussed in this thread abuse my car. I'm not going to pay and then have to sit by it and then have to be my own security guard.

OTH, I wouldn't mind paying to see cars at a show as a spectator. That's the way it should be. I do that anyway when going to car museums.

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Rude, obnoxious, disrespectful, and ignorant people have always been around. But they do seem to be increasing in number. I also find that many parents do not teach their children not to touch other people's property any more. In fact, they usually just stand there while the kids are wrecking stuff.

Plus, I guess with new car auto shows, people can get in and do whatever they want. So I guess they think they can do the same at an antique car show.

For whatever reason, people seem to have to "pet" the aqua velour seats on my car. Doesn't matter if they have mustard, ice cream, ketchup, or whatever on their hands. they want to do it anyway. I spent a lot of time shampooing the interior of my car, only to find mustard, etc., stains on the seats when I come back. So my car always has the windows rolled up and doors locked. I don't care if it is sitting next to a million dollar Duesenberg that is wide open. Mine will be closed and locked. People can laugh at that if they want, but it is my car, and I want it kept nice.

I also get tired of hearing that we are the ambassadors of this hobby so we should allow kids and even adults to sit in and play in our cars and try not to hurt their feelings if they are doing something wrong. I'm not got to sit there and do nothing while someone is jumping on or smearing ice cream all over my car. I don't need to have my car damaged just so maybe someone won't get their feelings hurt or maybe in 20 years they will (but probably won't) have an interest in old cars. If someone expresses a genuine interest in my car and seems like they will treat it with respect. Then I will open a door, and maybe even let them sit in it. But that is at my discretion if I decide to do so. They are not entitled to do that as many people think they are.

Usually I have pleasant experiences at a show, and I have only had a few minor incidents with no permanent damage. But I would like to keep it that way and not have any more.

Sounds to me like you attract these undesirables. I have many cars and I have never had these mustard, ketchup and other experiences you have. Maybe you should just avoid car shows !

Wayne

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Sounds to me like you attract these undesirables. I have many cars and I have never had these mustard, ketchup and other experiences you have. Maybe you should just avoid car shows !

Wayne

Nice attitude. The car attracts attention. Maybe yours don't. I think the location also has something to do with it. Some places people are respectful, other places, they aren't.

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Nice attitude. The car attracts attention. Maybe yours don't. I think the location also has something to do with it. Some places people are respectful, other places, they aren't.

I had a similar thought. I had just joined a short while ago, and had been somewhat taken aback by the attitudes and ego's. There are examples of rudeness and disrespect in all facets of life, I don't think it is exclusive to the collector car enthusiast. Perhaps too much time in the VIP martini tent shelters one from the rigors of everyday life.

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Most often kids between 5 and 15 years old are the best when it comes to respecting the cars.

The only time I will pay to show a car is when it is for a fundraiser that I consider a great cause, ethical and the money goes to the cause and not the promoters pocket. I understand here in Nevada everything has to be over insured.

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^I guess your wife found that out the hard way....... :mad: ........pity Nevado is so anal about that.

On the upside........I'm having a blast with the '65 Mustang........ ;)

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cahartley, you've summed up my feelings nicely. I used to attend a lot of shows, but now only two or three a year now. For the life of me I can't understand PAYING for the privilege of letting people attend the shows for free (and doing all the stuff mentioned in other responses on this thread). In my opinion, everyone should be charged the same amount to attend - exhibitors and the public.

By the way, that's what the deal is on two of the shows I attend each year.

Maybe someday, the above philosophy will be mainstream.

In the past I have had my share of uncaring individuals. example: I had taken a vintage motorcycle to a local show, that was when I thought that restored vehicles were the way to go. Since changed that way of thinking.

Anyway: A guy with his family was admiring my motorcycle, I believe he was trying to shift the side gear shifter; when I walked up closer to the bike. Then I noticed his young daughter had a hot-dog; and it was dripping mustard on my front fender. Not her fault at all; the Mother and Father should have watched this. The Mother just grabbed her and they walked away, never say sorry or anything.

Many years have past; and more instances, now I enjoy my efforts and work. Besides, who wants to sit at a show in the hot sun, in some parking lot, while life passes by.

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I have two antique vehicles, a 26 Chevy roadster (under construction) and a 35 Chevy pu, dent free with just a few minor scratches. Or it was anyhow.

I had left the 35 out side for a few days while I was away and upon my return found a very large dent in the right front fender. This was no minor oopsy. Who ever hit the truck knew they hit it and hit it hard.

The sad thing is I probably know the person who hit it but will never find out who that person is.

For the record the truck was parked well inside my property.

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Anyone so sick of the attention their old car brings can ship them up here. I'll take them off your hands so you never have to deal with those pesky people again :P.

Now to quit messing around, I can understand the problem you guys are having with these kids. My solution is to go talk with the parents. A simple " Stop ignoring your child and teach them a little respect for other peoples property" is usually more then enough to stop the problem. It's not a rude thing to say if it's fact. That way your not discouraging the kids from the classic car market, but instead helping these parents feel like they actually need to teach some values. It doesn't matter if they walk away mad at you, the point will be taken.

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