18 January 2017

Automumble – Are car shows boring?

“And now for something completely different…” Parking lot and grassy hill car shows have their supporters. But many folks prefer seeing cars in action at historic events like the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (aka Laguna Seca Historics) and Goodwood Revival. Join Hagerty’s UK office, including John Mayhead and Charlie Patterson, along with Ed Legge from Classic & Sports Finance, in exploring the subject and let us know what sort of car shows you most enjoy…

63 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Rick AZ January 18, 2017 at 16:33
    How can you possibly have a boring car shows talk and not mention Top Gear(unless I missed that part of the conversation). A British, non-boring car show
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    Rick AZ January 18, 2017 at 16:34
    How can you possibly have a boring car shows talk and not mention Top Gear(unless I missed that part of the conversation). A British, non-boring car show
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    Don Greene UTAH January 18, 2017 at 16:35
    Generally I enjoy car shows if I attend a variety of events in different states. If I only attend events in my local area or state, I usually see the same cars over and over again. So yes...in that scenario it does get boring.
  • 4
    Gene Ohio January 18, 2017 at 16:47
    To twist the old adage....those who can't..show. :-)
  • 5
    Joseph New York State, USA January 18, 2017 at 16:59
    Of course they are boring... in the UK!!. Bentley & Jaguar... oh my. Go to a show that has street rods, rat rods & customs for stimulation. Chopped, dropped, painted or raw...something to look at besides millions of dollars (or pounds) of engineering and luxury.
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    Keith Watts Caldwell, Idaho January 18, 2017 at 17:06
    My favorite car function is "Cruise Idaho" where 100+/- cars gather at Payette, Idaho and travel for 7 to 9 days around the Northwest. In 2015 we went to Montana, Canada, Washington and back to Idaho for 7 days. 2016 we went across Wyoming to Rapid City, South Dakota, back by way of Yellowstone Park to Idaho in 9 days. It's a great time and wonderful car roadshow. This year we will be all over Montana and back for 7 days. We start the run every Father's Day Sunday each year. What fun!
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    Ken Dallas, TX January 18, 2017 at 17:15
    I couldn't agree more about most car shows being boring. I only attend a few a year with my car and those are the ones at festivals or fairs when there's something else to do. Big problem is they are way too long. I also don't get the trophies and judging. Who cares about a trophy to a minor car show. It would be better just to give all the money to charity. To me, the drives are much more fun but a lot of guys don't drive them which is another thing I don't get.
  • 8
    Tony California January 18, 2017 at 17:18
    Shows like Monterey are interesting, but still out of touch for most enthusiasts. Now perhaps a show that allows more "regular" classics to be driven and enjoyed... Far from the best, but I enjoy going to Hot August Nights in Reno. Lots of venues, and most of the cars are driven around town. There are mini car shows all over town, a cruise night and even drag racing ( 330 foot) and autocross for those wanting to be a bit more daring. I understand the preservation aspect, but I also enjoy owners using their cars the way they were intended... In that regard, Monterey and Goodwood are nice, but it would be better if regular guys could actually participate...
  • 9
    rich farrow new bern nc January 18, 2017 at 17:36
    out side of the XKE what car from England is exciting to see over and over again. In US things are a lot different. exciting cars from 20s.30s 40s etc. you name it. I have 1931 and 1957 both are true classic and people love to see them.
  • 10
    patrick kettels ON January 18, 2017 at 17:39
    I have to say yes car shows are becoming boring.In my area there must be around twenty car shows that are put on and at each of these shows it's the same cars that show up to be shown and that's all that happens.They show up, park, owners keep dusting them off and that's it.As far as the show organizers are concerned, the same cars win in their classes each year no matter what their car's condition is in.Ever heard the expression its not what you have but who you know.
  • 11
    Tony Portland January 18, 2017 at 17:40
    No way. Roadkill was great and tapped into the spirit of what driving cool classics should be!
  • 12
    BMG CA January 18, 2017 at 17:42
    I have to feel that this video re: boring car shows is so out of touch with the majority of US Hagerty clients. I mean really ... 3 Brits sitting around talking about Ferraris and Bentleys ... oh please. Yes, most car shows are boring. Want to know what makes them fun? Then ask your target audience ... unless the FerrRi/Bentley crowd is your new audience and no longer the meat & potato crowd.
  • 13
    Barbara Richards FL January 18, 2017 at 17:49
    I've gone to car shows when I've gone to the Interstate Fairs. Yes, they are not only boring, they are REALLY boring. I don't even know if the people that came with their cars are having a good time! They bring their lawn chairs, coolers and books and they just sit there ignoring anyone looking at their car like it was a trophy. You know what would make these shows FUN? If these people got out of those chairs and stood by the ropes and actually, with enthusiasm, talked to people looking at them giving history, etc. Going to a car show .... I'd rather watch paint dry.
  • 14
    Buddy hirshfield Fla January 18, 2017 at 17:49
    More driving less seat in chairs
  • 15
    Jim Nulf, Sr. Gastonia, NC January 18, 2017 at 17:57
    As a fan of automobiles of all types, I attend at least fifty plus shows a year. I like them all. Yes you see a lot of the same manufactured years of cars such as the 55 Chevy, the 49 - 51 Fords and such but the colors, the interiors, the awesome additions such as Continental Kits makes it all worth while. I not only like original restored, I also love customed cars, rat rods, hot rods, lead sleds and everything in between! I love the colors, the designs, the interiors, the imagination that went into producing these rides. It's all great fun to me and anything but boring. If you're bored you must be brain dead in my opinion. Besides I love to go not with the expectation of winning an award I go for the camaraderie and ideas. I win my share of awards too but how many does one need? After all they do become dust collectors don't they?
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    Denise Lutz Versailles, KY January 18, 2017 at 18:04
    There's nothing more thrilling than watching these cars being cars. It's like letting your old horse out of his stall and watching him run. I've had the pleasure of attending both Goodwood and Laguna Seca Historics. The fun there, was watching the competition. Of course, a beautiful, or interesting setting for a show, like Pebble Beach, or St. Moritz, is always nice, too.
  • 17
    Ron Ochenski Roseville, Mi January 18, 2017 at 18:07
    One of the best live car shows around is the yearly Woodward Cruise here in Michigan...it's been a good time for years
  • 18
    Urban AutoPlex, LLC MN January 18, 2017 at 18:07
    "Where you get involved and there is a turn-over of cars ... ... the noise, the smell ... being social is being lost in this day and age ... having a great conversation about cars, about all kinds of subjects ... you pull up to some nice location, interacting with people...." We couldn't agree more with this discussion. Most experiences including some of the information sharing have become stale. It's time for a more dynamic "presentation" and where it's more inclusive with all aspects of collecting and the lifestyle it brings.
  • 19
    Danny Boy Hoffman Estates, IL January 18, 2017 at 18:08
    It is a sign of the times...kids these days care more about playing on their phones than talking face-to-face with strangers about their car. It will only get worse when youngsters don't want to own a car; because they can use Uber or Lyft to get around. Most cars are a liability not an investment. No car - no insurance, maintenance or fuel costs to incur...more money to spend on that new X-box game or movie download. The future of car shows and cruise nights will change with technology. These kids would probably have more interest in how many of their friends give them thumbs-up, than would have interest in seeing, feeling, hearing and smelling automotive history.
  • 20
    william e hedges SD January 18, 2017 at 18:15
    They get boring to me pretty quickly. But i REALLY dont like entering a vehicle in one. Then i am stuck there. I build mine for driving not sitting in a lawn chair though
  • 21
    Ken Wiebke New York January 18, 2017 at 18:18
    Interesting topic to explore but would prefer to hear an American point of view
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    david gentry clinton twp. mi. January 18, 2017 at 18:38
    i like most of the shows, some more than others. some are very entertaining like fast&loud. i really like the ones that show and explain how to fix up or repair old cars. most of us have 15 or 20 thousand dollar classic cars and we need to know inexpensive ways to do stuff ourselves. and maybe problems we can't figure out. which, by the way, would make a great show. most we see are swapping for LS3 engines. and stuff like that. not only that, they do these high end jobs on cars that come from there friends or producers and makers of the show.must be nice. to sum it up, give us a show us little guys can find useful and can sink our teeth into. thanks,dave
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    James Herrera Southfield, Michigan January 18, 2017 at 18:43
    Boring ? As long as you continue to Churn the same old classic Warhorses, Yes. Have a Clue, get with the program, we want something normal, not the "Million Dollar Exotics" Wake Up !
  • 24
    Rich Gray Arkansas January 18, 2017 at 18:44
    I'm not a fan of big events, and prefer to see the cars in their natural habitat; that is, MOVING. Sure, they are fun to inspect, and it's great to visit with the owners, but the wheels need to turn 'round and the engines need to be heard (electrics are exempt from this second requirement). Day tours are my favorite. You know, wheels on the ground, stay between the trees, watch out for idiots! Happy motoring, y'all...
  • 25
    Bill Pappas Sanibel Fl [ snow bird] January 18, 2017 at 18:53
    theAACA Boston Bean Pot club we have several shows that take a lot of work planning and money we find that our cruze events are a lot easier andmore fun . Bp
  • 26
    Larry E Gilbert 35 Miles NE of INDY January 18, 2017 at 18:56
    I like the smaller shows in a shaded area where you can meet most of the other car owners. These shows are usually less crowded than the big making them much more enjoyable to my wife and I.
  • 27
    Jim Boland Ontario January 18, 2017 at 19:00
    I love the Old Car Festival at the Greenfield Village in Detroit.You see cars from the beginning through 1932, displayed throughout the village and free to drive around,which many do.One of the best,IMHO.
  • 28
    Mick NY January 18, 2017 at 19:21
    As Chief Starter at Watkins Glen and the owner of my 1965 Plymouth Barracuda I see both sides of racing and car shows. Some may think the Historic cars out there racing is the ultimate thing you xan do with your prized car. However I have an older Starter who refuses to work on start me for these events. He tells me " I can still remember when these cars really raced". Others think that I am not going to chance ruining my car so I will do my local car show or even a Concourse show. And I have a ball as well doing these. But the most fun I have all year with the Barracuda is taking our local high school seniors to their prom so they won't drink and drive. Try it. I guarantee you will love it. Absolutely the most fun we have with cars all year.
  • 29
    Archie Guyton,GA January 18, 2017 at 19:25
    I enjoy 1950 to 1980 muscle car shows with a sponsored burn out contest.
  • 30
    Mike 14127 January 18, 2017 at 19:27
    I like being a spectator because I can walk around and view the cars and leave when I want to. I despise being an entrant and sitting around for six to eight hours (listening to all of the experts). I prefer cruise nights , come and go as you please no judging of anything.
  • 31
    Douglas H Clarke II Southern California January 18, 2017 at 19:31
    Car show are great, but even better is actually seeing and hearing part of our history running down the road. Open cruise nights are the best when the cities let us run our cars sometimes with open headers. They designate an area for us to cruise just like when we were in high school. Spectators and show participants all enjoy the cars. Trailer queens are for SEMA or other shows. True enthusiast's drive and enjoy our cars. Thats all. Thanks
  • 32
    Scott Ohio January 18, 2017 at 20:47
    Locally the annual Hamilton (Cincinnati, Ohio) Antique Car Parade (hosted by the Butler County Antique and Classic Car Club) is a real treat. Expect to see about 300 cars. Any condition is okay, but cars must be stock including correct wheels and tires.
  • 33
    brooks townes Northwest January 18, 2017 at 20:48
    Vintage car shows are not usually boring, rather they're a fine way to get a good look at a variety of designs & engineering, to smell leather & castor oil while sipping a nice wine. However, if it was either or, not both or more, I'd have to vote for historic races, then tours like the California Miglia where fine old machines perform as intended. Of course I'd always want to be a driver, not simply passenger or standing observer. If only the latter was available to me, I'd prefer to appreciate at my leisure the machinery polished on the grass.
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    Steve Green No. Monterey County, CA January 18, 2017 at 21:00
    I happen to be an fan of American Motors cars; Ramblers, Gremlins, Pacers, Javelins, & AMX's, but enjoy seeing any old cars of my youth. (I'm 72 years old, and grew up in the "golden age" of the 1950's & 1960's when the American auto was undergoing a revolution in terms of design, technology, and performance). I revel in "static" car shows (in which the cars are basically on display, without any movement or performance) because these great old cars have both historical significance (i.e. nostalgia) as well as artistic characteristics, both of which appeal to me.
  • 35
    fred debros Massachusetts January 18, 2017 at 22:02
    big shows are totally boring and for the rich only: dresscode, schedules, entry fees, dont touch this dont touch that. dont bring your kid, dont take a selfie etc etc like horseraces for horse non-owners.....only for the rackett. try local shows where doodlebugs are hauled out and grammys 1947 monster caddy....including cat.
  • 36
    John AR January 18, 2017 at 22:25
    Many are, especially to any woman I'm involved with! I haven't met one yet that actually liked one. But back to the topic, my absolutely favorite memory is attending the Monterey Historic races. While strolling through the pits, a trio of Bugatti GP racers fired up and drove single file by to line up for the next race. I walked by a row of four Ferrari 250 LM's under the same tent. One fired up and and anti-freeze immediately began running out from underneath. The driver was unaware, I pointed to it and he shut it off quickly. Upon leaving that day we drove behind an early 50's Ferrari (340 Mexico I think), spitting out blue smoke as the driver shifted, making lovely sounds. It was a heavenly day for a car nut!
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    John R Antioch Il. 60002 January 18, 2017 at 22:31
    Going to shows in this area are becoming harder and harder due to when you do go you keep seeing the same cars. We are having to go farther and farther from home base to see a larger batch of cars. This matters a lot when you go to shows on evening's as you are sometimes don't have the time to drive that far.
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    Tom steitz Calif January 18, 2017 at 23:09
    Never boring if you are a real car nut. Always like seeing new classic cars I have not seen before. Classic cars and hot rods are like art work. Meet a lot of nice people.
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    Russell Sifers Leawood, KS January 18, 2017 at 23:48
    At the Lake Garnett Grand Prix Revival we have a show on the town square but we also offer rides for charity in our sports cars around the historic SCCA course there as well as race them. I took my 1949 MG TC #8875 and had the most fun giving charity ($10) rides from the square out to the track for some relatively fast laps. People not only could see our cars up close and watch us race them, but they could actually ride in them!
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    Ray T Cleveland, OH January 19, 2017 at 13:08
    I own a 1955 Ford Country Sedan wagon. I usually do not attend more that a couple "static" shows a year. The joy I get in owning a vintage vehicle is actually motoring in it. They're made to be driven.
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    Gary Homer Glen, IL January 19, 2017 at 13:26
    I enjoy the local cruise nights here you see a lot of driver cars.The bigger shows you get the trailer queen ,cars that are hardly driven or really enjoyed .I like talking to the car owners to find out how long they have owned their car and what they have done to the car since they have owned it also about all the different options that were available back then. I don't care much for all the new off the showroom floor cars, they have no place at classic car show.
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    Howard Alpine,Ca January 19, 2017 at 03:26
    I'm a car guy like the street and some of the larger showers Goodguys and showes that help folks Like Debby Browns Cursing for a Cure I'm not much in to folks who are in to Check Book Cars I guess it's the Old Hot Rodder in me Thank You
  • 43
    Bluegrass Bob KY January 19, 2017 at 17:23
    It depends. I like to walk around and talk to car people. I also really enjoy offbeat shows like "beatersville" (Louisville). That show has a lot of traditional rods and customs. However, The shows with row after row of the same cars you've seen a thousand times (you all know the ones I'm talking about) fiercely competing for a trophy bore me to to tears. That and the attitude of the know-it-all owners along with the ever present and permanent 1960s sound track will send me out the gate faster than you can say "monotony". Gimme a show with some variety and friendly people and I'll be there all day. The best shows have a Gremlin parked next to a four door 1960 Buick, next to a shop truck etc etc.
  • 44
    Leo Wyoming January 19, 2017 at 18:33
    Google Kool Deadwood Nites. Casino town, hundreds of cars, free concerts at night, lots of golf courses, 4 days of events in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Have attended 15 years in a row.
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    Jeff Rallison Rimbey, AB January 19, 2017 at 19:45
    Thanks to Mick in NY about the tip of using our classics for prom night! The most fun I've had in a classic is when I get to ride in someone else's car, or taking people, including strangers, for rides in mine. Also I'd like to encourage putting them in parades, advertising for a local business you like (or your own). It's a blast, trust me. Classics are at their best when ROLLING.
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    DOUG SUN CITY AZ. January 19, 2017 at 20:27
    To rick from Texas you don't care for cars show?. Well my it be you don't have a car that gets picked for trophies or you just get bored?. Get out and ride and just have fun:))). I drive my Muscle Car every day and go to a lot of different shows So cheer up and enjoy life as it to shot not My car took me 5 years to get my car to look good and I did that for people of all ages to enjoy not just me .Have a nice one:).
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    james spaulding ohio January 19, 2017 at 21:57
    If you want to bring up the excitement at a car show, do something to encourage owners to travel a distance to show their vehicle. It is better for the owners, and spectators as they get to see the "new car in town". It also helps stimulate the economy by driving to the next town over, buying a meal, possibly a room, or fuel. I know I really get a kick out of seeing an old car going down the road and thinking, where,s he going?
  • 48
    Larry aka "Red4Spd" Riverside, Ca. January 19, 2017 at 22:43
    Car shows are NOT boring. Take a GREAT attitude, talk to owner's, listen to there Car stories. When YOU are bored........stop going to car shows.
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    Tim Chandler AZ January 19, 2017 at 10:50
    Events like Good Guys are becoming over regulated. Prefer events like HRM Drag week and power tour. For me the Scottsdale Auction scene has become too elitist. I will cross some bucket list events off this year like GNRS in Pomona and Carlisle and Hershey this year. Enjoy swap meets, like upcoming big 3 and Pomona, always cool rides for sale that are more in my price range and without 10% buyer premiums.
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    Harold Gulf Coast Mississippi January 19, 2017 at 10:58
    Each October a multi-day event is held called Cruisin' The Coast. Last year it attracted more than 7,000 collector vehicles of every description. It also attracts 10s of thousands of people to see the classics, muscle cars, street rods, customs, etc. as they travel from venue to venue in small towns located along The Mississippi Coast. The daily schedule assures an ever changing combination of vehicles as they cruise from city to city and create impromptu static displays in each location. Great family fun for all ages.
  • 51
    Mike Ontario Canada January 19, 2017 at 11:29
    Short answer, yes, most shows are boring for the tenured car enthusiast. (Different when you are new to the hobby and every show is great!)I agree that a large plain cold space makes for a less than favourable experience and one trip through the venue, looking at the same cars from the previous weeks show( maybe a different location) simply lands you in a lawn chair behind your car. Things like the group you go with, and friends you both meet and make at these outings make it fun. The challenge is really for the organizers and I don't know what the answer is. We car guys and gals will show up anyway, just for the chance of seeing something new we haven't seen before.
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    John V. Baton Rouge, LA January 19, 2017 at 23:39
    Yes, the usual parking lot car shows have become pretty boring. Too many people show up and sit in their lawn chairs and never walk around or talk to anyone. The one exception has been the (now defunct) Hunnert Car Pileup. THAT was a show! Rat rods normally aren't my cup of tea but there were plenty of traditional hot rods, bikes, Kustoms, almost-completed projects, but the thing that hooked me was that the people were FUN and they didn't take themselves too seriously. I miss that show! We used to put on the (intentionally pretentious sounding) "Colonial Invitational Motor Tour" near Williamsburg VA when the leaves were at their fall color peak, and we allowed -anything- to drive in the 75'ish mile event along the Colonial Parkway (google street view it!). In years past we had everything from Dodge Vipers to Slant 6 Dodge Darts, and even an old 70's era custom van, a few Acura NSX's, Ferrari's, hot rods, and a ton of muscle cars of every description and rating scale. But again, the PEOPLE were what made it FUN. At a minimum, a parking lot show should have some other activities besides "park your car/truck over there". A band or two, a swap meet, food, trivia contests, burnout contests, skill tests (spark plug / tire change), drag racing, pinup girl contest... Something! (And you'll never go wrong having something for the ladies like Chryslers at Carlisle does - massages, manicures, arts & crafts sales...).
  • 53
    Don Minnesota January 19, 2017 at 11:43
    Yes and no..it's nice after a long winter to get fired up about showing your car.no,it is a little frustrating to see the same old,same old ,especially when it's the same clubbers only voting for there buddies and not the cars.but,I will still go and show my car.
  • 54
    wes jones Indiana January 19, 2017 at 12:05
    Sure you see the same cars an people at shows but its always a new crowd of inquisitive an excited observers passing by and asking about your car and reminiscing about the highs an lows of their automotive lives.
  • 55
    Dan Seattle January 19, 2017 at 00:57
    I think the most energized show I have attended was a Clark Marshall show in the 60's. He was playing a safe bet by having a "hot car motorcycle and boat show" the hill climbing motorcycles had an amazing display. The selection of hot rods and race cars provided some really quality scenery. There was live music, vendors, drawings for items donated by vendors, and celebrities. Having a mix of cars with the emphasis on personalization provided a good cross section of interests. Today some video games, a slot car track, possibly bring in the miniature engine group and run some miniature engines at posted times. The miniature offy sounds perfect. Donations for a charity drive are a usual. Kendig Customs out of Colorado are a good draw. No one enjoys a car show in a large plain space that is too quiet and too cold feeling except the car owners.
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    Mark Burrow Waco, TX January 21, 2017 at 16:21
    I have owned my 70 Camaro since 75. I drove it every day for almost 30 years and never went to a car show. In 2006 I started showing locally within 50 miles. Got trophies and enjoyed car people and stories. In 2010 When I visited a local practice for our local Corvette club, they invited me to autocross in my Camaro, I was hooked, then I went to a Good Guys show and was able to autocross, I go for the autocross mostly and don't even park in the specialty areas, cause I don't want to miss out on a run around the course. To each his own, I say. I still go to cruise ins and car shows but really like being able to drive mine. Have fun everyone.
  • 57
    KDD Pacific Northwest January 21, 2017 at 17:33
    Boring, Boring, Boring! How the heck many shoebox Chevy's, '32 ZZ Top Fords and late fifties Ford Skyliners with the top half open must we endure?! Don't forget the ones of a million Camaros, and Mustangs. Take these shows to some third world place where they've only heard about the '57 Chevy. Cuba perhaps.
  • 58
    Rob Ken-Ten line January 23, 2017 at 12:29
    Car shows are not boring, but then I purposely don't go to many, to keep myself from getting bored with them. Each year, I usually go to a local show and a big national show (Goodguys or NHRA) . At the big shows, its too much to completely take in so I find myself avoiding most of the common cars I see at every show (Chevelles, Mustangs, 57 Chevys) and avoid the obviously trailered museum pieces. I love to see something I don't see at every show - (56 Olds, Superbird, DeLorean, Golden Hawk) and I like the autocross for 30 min. or so. I like to see the cars from the malaise era I grew up in, which is why I chose to buy a '75 Trans Am 4-speed in good condition - mechanically excellent, body needs fresh paint/new stickers. Don't really care to show it, I just love to drive it and love to see others driving theirs. Cruise-ins, driving it to work and cruising with my wife on a beautiful day are the only places I take it. Just maintain and enjoy. To each their own though...
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    Barry Thiessen phoenix AZ January 24, 2017 at 15:44
    I agree with Charlie's comment about watching/hearing the cars run, and also finding ways to be more interactive with the owners.
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    Jim Anderson St. Paul, MN January 25, 2017 at 15:39
    I like the cars the cars that are not commonly seen, the Ramblers, DeSotos, Olds, Mercurys, etc. After seeing row after row of tri-five Chevys and shoe-box Fords, all of them restored to better-than-new it becomes boring. But owner's car stories - how they found their car, worst breakdown, etc. are always good. "Back to the Fifties" in St.Paul is a good venue. Three days, 12000 cars - streetrods, restorods, ratrods, and stock originals, all pre-1964.
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    Tom Wa. state February 23, 2017 at 13:04
    Both are good and have their fun/uses. Too bad some people have to cry about what others like, and do.
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    Fred Adler San Diego March 22, 2017 at 18:17
    Well when you were young, you took the kids to beach. Now the kids are grown and taking the car to the beach is a great excuse to continue to go to the beach. To a complaint above, I always engage the spectators to discuss the cars and any topics they chose to talk about. That is a lot better than melting on the couch watching something no one will remember a year from now. Of course, I am in San Diego and venues near beaches are plentiful.
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    Will Irby Madison, MS March 22, 2017 at 19:23
    I like a good combination of "car" and "show". That's why I'm partial to Cruisin' the Coast on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This is a lot more than a car show; it is designed, as the name implies, to be an event where cars are actually driven and enjoyed, rather than sitting around all day. It stretches from Bay St. Louis to Ocean Springs, with other venues at Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, and Biloxi, all connected by 35 miles of Highway 90 along the beach. The first year, in 1996, they had fewer than 400 cars; last year there were 7,957 registered cars, and there are usually at least that many who show up but don’t register. This year’s event runs from Monday, October 2 through Monday, October 9. My favorite day is Thursday, featuring “Mopars at the Marina” at the Long Beach Yacht Club.

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