Few things offer more simple fun and enjoyment than an antique or classic car show. Dedicated owners bring their cars long distances and display them for the enjoyment of all. Just by attending a car show, one has the opportunity to see and experience first hand some rare cars and some very cool classics as well. Car shows typically offer a lot of events that are fun for even those who don’t know the first thing about cars, and it is an excellent opportunity to get some helpful advice for your own projects. Some car shows even have auctions or sales where you may be able to find that one particular part you’ve been searching for for so long.
However, as much fun as a car show can be, it’s very important to remember that there are some general guidelines and points of respect that should be shown whenever attending one. Although these are not formal rules, respecting them is an excellent way to make those who have brought out their vehicles feel appreciated, and ensure that everyone has a good time.
Perhaps the first, and one of the most important rules of a car show is keeping your children or pets under control. While kids may love to see all of the fun, old cars, it is very important to make sure that they do not touch or attempt to play in or on any of the cars present. Antique car owners go through an incredible amount of trouble to keep their vehicles in top condition, and the money they may spend on even a simple portion of their cars can be in the thousands. Therefore, both for the sake of respecting the car show owners and your own wallet, you want to make sure that kids not touch or damage any car. Remember that even a handprint has the potential to damage certain types of paint. Also, make sure that your children do not say anything rude to the car owners. While children may feel that a certain car is ugly, saying such would be very rude to a person who has gone out of their way to display his or her treasure. Always make sure that your children show respect to both the cars and their owners whenever at a show.
Another important rule is simply to be respectful to other’s cars. You should never assume that you have the right or privilege to sit inside a vehicle or put your hands on it. Of course, some drivers will invite you to have a seat in their cars, but this is generally pretty rare, and should not be considered the right of the attendee to do so. Always double-check the clothes you are wearing as well. If you have clothing with zippers, buttons, or are wearing any jewelry or rings, make sure that such does not slip your mind when you go near a car, no one wants their car damaged by a necklace or ring, and the cost to fix such damages can often be incredibly high.
Also, always remember to ask questions or make comments if you want to. Owners love hearing about people who have had similar cars or taking questions about their mechanical expertise from others. Remember that most people have an attachment to an antique car for a certain reason, and the relationship they have with their cars is strong for a reason. Maybe their display car is a car that they really wanted as a kid, it could have been passed down in the family, it may have been the same car a best friend drove when growing up. Regardless of the reason, most car owners love discussing the stories behind their particular vehicle, and most are more than happy to hear some of your own stories. Just always remember to talk and act with respect.
One of the most important things to do when at a car show it to be careful with your food, drinks or cigarettes. You never want to eat or drink anything right next to a car, as this is always the potential for spills, and that can cause some very costly damage, not to mention frustration to the car owners. Thus, make sure to keep your food or drinks far away from any cars. The same thing is true with cigarettes, as loose ash can permanently discolor an interior, and the actual smoke from the cigarette can cause a smell to linger in some vehicles. Always remember to act with the same respect that you would want someone to show to your classic car. Also, always take the utmost care that you do not damage or hurt a car in any way.
Of course, car shows are supposed to be fun, and there is absolutely no reason why a person should not have a good time when going to one. After all, isn’t the reason you go to a show to have a good time and a memorable experience? Just remember to act with respect and always show courtesy to those who have brought their vehicles to be displayed. Car shows can be a great experience for everyone involved, but it must be a joint effort between those participate by donating their time, money and cars to the event, and those who show up to admire their cars. If everyone works together and does their best, an antique or classic car show can be one of the best experiences for any car lover or enthusiast.