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How do you pick a car show to go to?

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How do you pick a car show to go to?

 

I was looking for the off the road one.. maybe 2020 ??

 

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If I have the time, my car would 'fit in' with the other vehicles slated to be there and the drive isn't too horrible, I try to attend.

Problem for me, is that shows for stock 20's motorcars are getting harder to find.

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It can be complicated... I try to pick a show that will be entertaining to attend. I also try to pick the right car for a show.

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I just want to show up at a car show - that will never see a kaiser darrin in their life time...

 

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In Pennsylvania, where antique cars are numerous,

one could attend two or three different shows most week-ends.

One of our region members, with his wife, attends

50 to 60 shows every season.

 

I usually avoid shows that have street rods:  The presence

of street rods often means that they aren't serious shows

for antiques.  I'll choose shows that have a fairly large

number of cars, and a wide variety, so I can see some

different things.  The location is always important, since

it's more enjoyable to sit in a leafy green park or on the

quiet, narrow streets of a historic town, rather than in a hot and

featureless parking lot of a highway-interchange motel.

(Photo shows one of our members on just such a quiet street.)

 

Some community events have other activities too--

such as craft shows, book sales, an antique show--

that add to the fun.

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5 hours ago, nick8086 said:

I just want to show up at a car show - that will never see a kaiser darrin in their life time...

 

I know Kaiser didn't make all that many of that model,

but one year at Hershey, one of our local members

exhibited his Darrin--and right beside it was ANOTHER Darrin

in exactly the same color!

 

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take a look at who is sponsoring the show, and possibly contact them in advance.  It's normally pretty obvious if it's going to be a "rods and used corvettes" show

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I typically pick the ones close to a good place to eat... working out well so far! 

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9 hours ago, nick8086 said:

I just want to show up at a car show - that will never see a kaiser darrin in their life time...

 

 

Funny thing but don’t bet on it... I took my “new” car to a show thinking that very same thing, but 20 minutes after I arrived another Pierce pulled in and parked right next to mine! 80 to 90% of the show was post war cars, heavy on the 60’s and 70’s, and there were a few different people who commented that they had never heard of a Pierce-Arrow before and now here’s two of them... 

 

Of course, mine drew a bigger crowd... nothing like an unrestored car!

 

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So even a Kaiser Darrin or a PA owner can go to a show and see one's self.  Not sure if I would be annoyed or not? 🤔😉 Actually that is pretty cool!!

 

I look for prewar emphasis.  We have a 30 and 89 hobby car now.  Both in my mind are cool, but when I think show, I want running boards, cranks, side curtains and even wide whitewalls.  🙂

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10 minutes ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

So even a Kaiser Darrin or a PA owner can go to a show and see one's self.  Not sure if I would be annoyed or not? 🤔😉 Actually that is pretty cool!!

 

I look for prewar emphasis.  We have a 30 and 89 hobby car now.  Both in my mind are cool, but when I think show, I want running boards, cranks, side curtains and even wide whitewalls.  🙂

 

 

I’m a dinosaur........I don’t think of any post war car as a hobby car. Anything post 1960 to me is simply a modern car. I’m getting old!

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Tsk Tsk Ed.    I'm has hard core  as you but I would like any of the following at some point:

 

0.  51 Dodge Wayfarer "Roadster"

1.  53 Skylark

2.  63 R2 4 speed Avanti

3.  66 TriPower GTO Convertible 4 speed.

4.  73 LS4 Chevelle 4 speed

5.  80 Z28 350 4 speed.

 

As for which show to go to.   I go to the ones that I have friends attending.  Which means I don' t go to a lot of shows.

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6 hours ago, bryankazmer said:

take a look at who is sponsoring the show, and possibly contact them in advance.  It's normally pretty obvious if it's going to be a "rods and used corvettes" show

 The problem that I have is at the local Corvette show is very few C1's and the rest are new Corvette's practically right off the show room floor.

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Let the record show alsancle and his dad drove 2+ hours to attend and support our smallish AACA meet here in CT a while back.  Fun! 🙂

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4 hours ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

Let the record show alsancle and his dad drove 2+ hours to attend and support our smallish AACA meet here in CT a while back.  Fun! 🙂

 

Steve,  see my comment on only going to shows where I know friends will be.  That year it was your show or Pebble,  I think we made the right choice.

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7 hours ago, edinmass said:

 

 

I’m a dinosaur........I don’t think of any post war car as a hobby car. Anything post 1960 to me is simply a modern car. I’m getting old!

I spent the day at the local HCCA Fall Meet at age 10 back in 1961 cut off was 1942 produced vehicles. I knew what a Brass Era car was, CCCA Classic, and 1936-42 production car, my opinion hasn't changed in all these years. Post war sports cars up to 1965 are in a class of their own. In don't show any cars, but a swap meet that goes with the show is a must for me. Rhinebeck is this weekend! Bob 

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Proximity. Purpose. Route to get there and if I can get a group  to tour to the event.

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13 hours ago, John_S_in_Penna said:

 

I know Kaiser didn't make all that many of that model,

but one year at Hershey, one of our local members

exhibited his Darrin--and right beside it was ANOTHER Darrin

in exactly the same color!

 

Hershey-1954 Kaiser Darrin 1.JPG

I'll take the 1966 Pontiac GTO in the background.

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5 hours ago, Roger Walling said:

 The problem that I have is at the local Corvette show is very few C1's and the rest are new Corvette's practically right off the show room floor.

A couple of friends have early C'1s and they say the same thing. Don't know where you live, but that's the way it is in Prescott AZ. 

Forgot to mention 90+% of the guys that own those new Corvette's don't do any work on them-even simple oil changes!

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Bob are you setting up at Rhinebeck?

 

AJ has it right, it is more about friends it seems every year....  🙂

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11 hours ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

Bob are you setting up at Rhinebeck?

 

AJ has it right, it is more about friends it seems every year....  🙂

 

I think when you boil any avocation down to its core it ends up being a social thing.   I've noticed when I have owned a car with a very limited following I don't get the same enjoyment because there aren't as many guy to commiserate with.   Although, you can usually find a good group of guys for any odd ball make.   I was surprised at the support group when I became a Reo Royale guy.

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12 hours ago, Pfeil said:

I'll take the 1966 Pontiac GTO in the background.

Different hubcaps, which are correct?

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37 minutes ago, Curti said:

Different hubcaps, which are correct?

 

I know nothing but I'm guessing the right.

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