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Where to Find Car Shows

Finding the car show of your dream may seem impossible but in reality, it is
not. There are plenty of great places where you can search for your dream car
show and with some creativity, you can find the show based on the type of car
you are most interested in, or you could just search for any show that is close
to where you are located. The options are up to you, and the fun of enjoying the
entire even is possible with just a bit of planning ahead of time.

One of the best places to look for car shows are in your local event calendars.
Most cities and regions offer these calendars and they can usually be found
online as well. They will give you information about the location of the show,
admission charges, what is offered at the show and any other detailed
information you need to know. This will usually be a great way to locate those
shows that are in your area that do not do much advertising as well.

Another option that you have is to do a search in your favorite car magazine.
Most magazines have a place where groups can advertise the car shows that they
are organizing. This will allow you to see shows from all around the country
typically and possibly even some shows that are located in different countries.
Each place has their own requirements and admission information that may not be
readily available in the magazine but you should be able to find the dates and
some general contact information to use to get more information if you need it.

If you belong to a car club, your monthly newsletter should also have some
information on various car shows that you may be interested in. This is not
always going to be an all inclusive list so be sure to look around in other
locations for information as well to ensure that you are getting a good picture
of all shows that are going to be available.

The newspaper is another good source. Newspapers almost always report on events
that are coming up, and this can be a great way to get a good scoop on the
upcoming shows in the area. Anyone who is organizing a car show in your area is
going to ensure that their event is listed in the newspaper and this makes the
perfect opportunity to find everything in a single place.

Some of your other options include doing a search on your favorite search
engine for recent car shows. This option is most effective if you are not
concerned with sticking within a specific region. It is often much harder to
narrow down specific areas but it is still possible. This can often be a great
way to plan out any trips that you have in mind to take for a good while into
the future. This can also allow you to book hotels ahead of time for discounted
rates if you are going to be traveling to the car shows.

If you are interested in attending tons of car shows, you are going to find
plenty that will interest you. There are almost always at least one show a
weekend and some weeks are busier with more than just a single show. If you are
interested, you could fill up all of your weekends for a year or even longer
without any problems. This would also be a great way to travel all around the
country and check out some other attractions as well.

Never think that car shows are boring, if you find the good ones you are sure
to have a great time and the time spent locating the show is a great
investment. You are going to have a ton of fun planning your trip and searching
for the car shows of your dreams as you can see is really a simple project.

When is the Best Time to Go to Car Shows

If you are trying to decide on the best time of year to attend car shows then
you are in luck, there are several times of year when car shows are highly
popular however, they do start to subside during the winter months when it is
very cold. Unless you plan on only searching for car shows that are indoors
your best goal is to avoid shows in the winter unless you enjoy bundling up and
venturing into the areas that are very warm.

Most car shows tend to be held in the spring and summer when it is very warm.
The number of shows in the winter months tends to subside heavily mostly due to
the cold weather and the holidays combined together that make it very difficult
for organizers to have a large enough attendance to be worth the effort. If you
are looking for the best car shows possible, you need to search heavily during
the spring and summer.

If you are looking for the best car shows in terms of weather, looking in the
late spring and early summer is best. This is the time of year when the weather
is warm enough you can skip the heavy jackets, but still cool enough that you
will not roast as you walk around the show grounds. It is very important
regardless of when you plan on attending the car show that you dress

For example, in the summer you need to wear short sleeves and shorts most
likely, especially if the car show is outside so that you do not overheat while
you are there. In the early part of the spring, you should wear a lightweight
jacket in case it is chilly outside. If you are going to a show in the winter
check to see if it is held indoors since many during the winter are. Choosing
appropriate clothing will ensure that you are not uncomfortable during the show.

If you are taking children with you, you may want to look for shows that are in
the afternoons. Late evenings tend to find children rather cranky and early
mornings tend to also find children cranky because of having to wake up early.
Looking to the afternoon time frame after lunch usually finds kids in the best
moods possible and less likely to get into trouble and misbehave.

If you are going to the car show by yourself or only with other adults, you may
find it is best to go during the early part of the day so that you can avoid a
good majority of the crowd that appears in the afternoon. If you are looking
for the biggest crowds of people then afternoon is generally going to be your
prime time to attend. Choosing the best time to attend the car show is often
going to depend upon your schedule with other activities in the same weekend as

Once you have a good indication of the weather and your schedule, it is usually
quite easy to fit a trip to the car show in so that everyone is able to do
something that they thoroughly enjoy without a lot of problems and hassles. If
you have any questions about what to wear to the show or the weather always
feel free to consult the local weather, or call the organization that is
sponsoring the car show to ask. They are generally able to help you ensure that
you are dressed appropriately and have a great time.

If you are quite uncertain over the weather, taking a change of clothes may be
your best option to ensure that you are comfortable during the car show. After
all, you certainly do not want to be uncomfortable or you may want to leave
early which could have you missing out on a large portion of the show. Keeping
yourself cool, warm and comfortable is a key need to ensuring that you enjoy
the car show as much as possible.

What Judges Look For at Car Shows

Have you ever wondered exactly what the judge's at car shows are looking at?
Many people wonder and yet not everyone is always fully aware of what they are
looking for. Of course there are different categories have different criteria
about what is expected for each car. You are never going to please all of the
judges, but if you know what they may be looking for, you can certainly help
increase your chances of coming out well in the car show.

Clean cars, this is something that most people do not care about category for.
The only time you should ever have a dirty car is if you just participated in a
race as part of the car show. Otherwise, your car should be completely clean.
This means inside and outside and no signs of dirt or debris anywhere. If you
need to spend a few minutes after you arrive ensuring that it is clean and
doing a bit of touch up work.

Scratches are something to avoid as well. Judges are not impressed by scratches
and there is rarely ever a category or prize for most scratched car. Ensure that
the scratches are dealt with appropriately before the car show. This will help
improve your winning chances and the judges are much more likely to pay
attention to how your car really looks, rather than their eyes wondering over
to the scratches that you left in place.

Your tires are important as well. You may not realize it, but this says a lot
about the way you maintain your car. They are looking for simply the best;
judges are not going to appreciate seeing a year's supply of mud caked up
underneath the wheel well. They are impressed by immaculately clean cars, not
those that need a through detail cleaning.

Some other areas to look at include paint, this may seem strange but the judges
usually like to see something that is unique and creative. Just because your car
was originally the same red color as the other 1 million cars that rolled off
the assembly line, looking just like it does not mean it needs to stay red.
Sometimes a new shade or even a completely different color can make a normal
and boring car quite unique. If you have the personality for it a creative
paint job can make your car especially memorable. After all, how many black,
blue and red cars do you think the judges will see? How many do you think they
will see that are lime green or even hot pink? Choose paint color carefully but
look for something that is going to be memorable in a good way.

A final area to look at is the overall feeling of the car. You generally would
not take a 1930's Chevrolet and trick it out with rims, televisions and tons of
other high tech goodies. However, at the same time, you should look for a few
modern touches to make the car unique and enjoyable. Unless you are just trying
to obtain the most unique award, try to keep your car styled around the same as
it was originally just better if possible.

Ensuring that your car creates a memorable and positive impression on the
judges is not always easy. After you participate in a few car shows, you should
start to gain a good bit of ideas on what exactly the judges are looking for and
ensure that you are fitting into their needs and wants. With some practice, you
are sure to enjoy the sweet success of winning a few trophies or even a ribbon
or two.

What Can You Do at Car Shows?

Have you ever wondered exactly what you can do with your car while you are at a
car show? Aside from the obvious of staging your car perfectly there are some
things that you can do to help pass the time, or even help share your love of
cars with the different people who are there. From simple things to those that
are more elaborate if you talk to the coordinators of the show you can usually
have a lot of fun and do more than stand beside your car talking to the
occasional visitor.

There are many car shows that would love to have someone doing detail cleaning,
or a bit of light bodywork, or even some minor engine work to show visitors what
goes into the car. If you are skilled in any of these areas, you could volunteer
to demonstrate these skills and help teach the visitors a few things. This is
something that you can that is very inexpensive, allows you to continue working
on your car that weekend and still enables you to share your love of the

Other things that you think about doing is bring along a television and VCR and
perhaps show a video of you doing some work to the vehicle that you brought.
This would enable people to see how far the vehicle has come and what type of
work was put into it in order to get it ready to go to the car show. Realize
that most people have no clue what it really involves to get a car ready for
the show. They generally think that all you do is roll out of bed the day of
the show and decide to go.

You could also consider having plenty of pictures and a small table that you
set up to depict the work process. This would be a great way to also allow
people to see the process and without the hassles of needing an inverter or
electricity for the television. You would be surprised how much small details
like this can really encourage people to spend time by your car.

Additionally, if you are willing to talk about the history of your car and how
you have worked on it this is another great way to share experiences. Not all
people at car shows are willing to talk about the work they have done on their
car, if you choose to share you are in the minority. What their reasons are
tends to vary, but for the most part there are few who will openly discuss
their work. Feel free to talk about it and share your experiences. You may help
inspire someone to start getting involved with their own vehicle.

You should be very careful though and always discuss your plans with the car
show coordinators to ensure that there will be no safety concerns.
Additionally, some car shows do not allow demonstrations because they feel that
they are distracting or pose large liability risks. As long as you have received
the okay from the event coordinators feel free to have some fun sharing your
love of cars and showing off your skills as well as your gorgeous car. Just
always ensure that you are making sure everyone is safe first, so leave the
welder and other dangerous equipment at home.

Using a GPS to Find the Car Show

How are you supposed to ensure that you do not possibly get lost on the way to
the car show? Aside from asking plenty of questions about location before the
show, you can always use the newest gadgets on the market the GPS to help you
locate the exact location. Some GPS devices are updated continuously, which
will allow you to search for areas of interest, and under this category you may
discover that the car show you are looking for is located.

Otherwise, you may need to type in the address you are looking for. While the
GPS device seems expensive they are really quite convenient, and for those who
are attending tons of car shows they can be a great investment. After all, how
many times have you driven around aimlessly while you search for the elusive
event? Most people experience this quite often, especially when they are trying
to determine a location in an area that they are not familiar with.

You are certainly not alone in getting lost, and you probably will be lost
numerous times trying to search for different shows. It is especially important
that you be on time for the car shows if you are one of the exhibitors. Most car
shows do not take kindly to people showing up late, this can be a dangerous and
especially stressful situation. Using the GPS system to your advantage can help
you ensure that you are always at the correct place, at the correct time.

Not all shows are able or willing to give detailed directions on how to get to
the car show; this often leaves you stranded at the last minute trying to find
where you are supposed to be, especially when you are expected to attend early
and set things up for your car. If you do not use a GPS, it would be advisable
to print out directions using an online service such as Yahoo! Maps, or even
MapQuest to help you ensure that you are going to the correct destination.

In addition, try to drive by the location for the car show in advance if it is
in an area that you are not familiar with, this will help you to ensure that
you are well on your way to being there on time, and fully prepared for
everything. Failing to be to the show in advance can result in your vehicle
being disqualified from the competition, or worse yet you not being able to
participate at all. These are never good results and if you are well aware of
where you are going in advance, you can help avoid these problems.

In the event that you are not able to drive by the location in advance it is
also wise to check for a phone number of someone in charge of the event, this
will allow you to easily call someone in the event of an emergency and ensure
that your place is still being held.

After all, accidents and emergencies do occur and you do not want to lose your
position for any reason. Using the tools that are available to you can help
ensure that you are on time and fully prepared for any car show no matter where
it is located. So kick back, enjoy the trip and have a lot of fun at the show
knowing you will not be late.

Tips for International Car Shows

Attending international car shows can be a thrilling experience. Regardless of
whether you are planning to take your family or even your own car to the show
there are some things that you should think about ahead of time. Always
planning ahead can ensure that you are well on your way to being fully prepared
and ensure that your visit to the car show is the best possible. Never leave
things to the last minute to plan a trip if you are going to an international
car show.

Your first step is to always ensure you know exactly the dates of the car show.
You never want to arrange the trip on the wrong weekend or at the wrong period
of time. This can be a huge and costly mistake that is not always easily
fixable. Double and triple check those dates to ensure you know exactly when
they are, and also determine exactly which of those days you plan on attending.

Once you have confirmed all of the dates for the car show start looking at
accommodations. Pick out your hotel rooms early and ensure that they are booked
well in advance for the best rates. Waiting until the last minute can force you
to pay as much as double for the rooms that you would normally pay which is a
huge increase and not something that is unavoidable. Additionally, determine if
you are going to need transportation for the car show. After all, if you are
taking a car to show, you may not want to drive it around the area where the
show is. If you are not taking a car, you probably will not be taking a car.

Once you have your accommodations arranged and the dates picked out it is time
to start handling transportation. If you are merely going to view the cars this
is much simpler. Either purchase a boat ticket and take a cruise at the same
time, or purchase a plane ticket. If however, you are planning to take your car
you need to spend some serious time planning this. You are going to need to find
out about shipping your car, ensure that you have all inspections for the
vehicle done on time, ensure you have adequate insurance coverage for the
vehicle in case it is lost, stolen or damaged while in transit and even ensure
that there will be efficient transportation for the vehicle. This is not a
simple task at all and can be quite a nightmare trying to arrange at times.
Start in advance to ensure that this goes as smoothly as possible.

Some of the other considerations is you need to find out about admission.
Regardless of whether you are taking a vehicle or not it is important to ensure
that you know you will be able to get in. For example, if the show is by
invitation only, you may be upset to discover you made all of the arrangements
and are not able to get into the show. This can be a huge disaster, so always
ensure that you know exactly what is expected in order to get admission to the
show once you arrive. Call to check with the planning organization well ahead
of the car show to ensure that you have the best results possible with this.

As you can see, a bit of preplanning is all it takes in order to ensure that
your trip to an international car show is as smooth a process as possible.
Never worry about the show being a disaster, with a good bit of planning you
are certain to really enjoy the entire international car show experience. Never
have any worries, with good planning skills you are more than certain to
thoroughly enjoy the show and be quite excited about all of the prospects that
the show can hold for you.

There are so many exciting things at the international car shows and it is a
spectacular feeling to attend.

Taking Your Pet to the Car Show

The day and age where pets are considered members of the family are upon us,
and as such the number of people taking their pets everywhere with them is
steadily rising. If you are one of these people, you probably know that not
everywhere is welcoming to your pet, but there are others that are more than
graciously welcoming to your pet as long as you take the time to plan ahead and
ensure that your pet is taken care of. You may be surprised with some planning
how well your pet fits into your plans and how well you are able to ensure the
process goes.

If you are wanting to take a pet of course, your first step should always be
calling ahead to the organization that is planning the car show and finding out
if they are willing to allow pets. If the event is held indoors then you are
likely to find that they are unable to allow pets to come in. However, most car
shows that are outdoors, especially in recent years are more than willing to
accommodate your favorite pet as long as you are willing to be responsible for

Once you know that the car show will allow your pet you need to ensure that
they are healthy before you go. This is especially important if you have a very
young or very old dog. It is also important to ensure that they have had their
vaccinations; this will prevent them from catching anything that may be
floating around from other dogs. Even while your pet may be disease free, the
vaccinations are important to ensure that they do not catch anything from other
pets attending the show.

Additional measures include ensuring that your dog has a well fitting leash as
well as a harness or collar. If you are taking a very small dog, it is a wise
idea to look for a harness that would allow you to quickly pick them up if the
crowds get too heavy and there is a danger of someone stepping on your dog. A
good harness will allow you to swoop the dog up in a matter of moments without
causing any harm.

You should also bring a small water bottle for your dog. There may not be a
suitable place that will allow your pet to get some water, so the water bottle
is essential. Most pet supply stores sell water bottles that have small trays
that attach to them; this makes it very easy to quickly and easily give your
dog some water without having to find a container or a dish to put it in. You
can usually find water that will allow you to easily refill the water bottle,
but finding a container for the water is not always simple.

Another consideration that you need to take into account is ensuring that your
dog will have access to shade and shelter during the car show. Most dogs are
not capable of staying out in the hot sun all day, and will need to have shade
at least for short periods of time to ensure that they do not become overheated
and dehydrated. You are also going to have to make some arrangements for the dog
to eat. Most car shows are not going to have dog food readily available to
visitors; this is going to require you to find some food that you can easily
transport with you. There are several small collapsible food bowls that you can
buy at the pet store that are perfect for these occasions as well.

Making some arrangements ahead of time, there are plenty of ways that your pet
can enjoy going to the car show with you. There is no reason at all why your
pet cannot accompany you if you are willing to take the time to plan ahead for
your pet. Going with your pet to a car show is lots of fun, but not planning
and having a disaster on your hands is never fun.

Staying Safe at Car Shows

There are tons of car shows, and at all of these car shows there are usually
tons of people. Ensuring that you stay safe is a necessary task to ensure that
you are able to always enjoy the car shows, rather than being forced to wait
around for the police or take a trip to the hospital. From crime to health
problems, you need to be aware of some simple safety measures to make sure you
leave without problems, and have a great positive experience.

Your first step should be avoid taking purses unless necessary. There are so
many people in a small area that taking a purse is rather foolish. This can
encourage the purse snatchers who are able to blend into the crowd easily.
Instead, take just a small wallet that fits into your front pocket and limit
the amount of cash you carry on you. Additionally, make sure you leave most of
your credit cards at home, or in the hotel. Limit the amount of personal
information you are bringing with you as well to reduce the risks.

Always carefully check out the weather during the car show as well. In addition
to this information find out if the show is inside or outside and make
appropriate clothing choices. If the weather is scheduled to be in the 80's do
not wear thick pants, heavy shirts and a huge winter parka. This is just asking
for trouble and can leave you having a heat stroke. You need clothing that is
appropriate based upon the weather, rather than based upon what you think the
weather will be. This may mean wearing layers of clothing to ensure that you do
not get cold, or overheat.

You should also ensure that you find out if there will be drinks and food
available at the car show. Not all car shows have food and drinks and it is
very important to ensure that you stay hydrated and do not lose all of your
energy. Allowing yourself to become dehydrated is a huge problem and can leave
you with no energy, or worse you could pass out. Neither situation is a good
idea and with plenty of drinks is avoidable. If the car show does not have
drinks there, make sure you bring plenty with you.

You should bring a cellular phone with you as well. At a bare minimum, bring
some change for the telephone. Without these items, you could be stranded in
the event of an emergency with no way to call for help. Having a working phone
ensures that when a problem occurs you can quickly call for help and ensure
that you will be able to reach someone. It is also useful in the event that you
need to contact someone and ask for a ride, or just try to get in touch with
anyone else.

Your final consideration should be shoes. It is not a wise decision to swear
huge high heels to a car show. The terrain is usually a bit uneven and the
ground is usually grassy or rocky. This can spell disaster in the wrong shoes.
Wear something that is comfortable and secure that you will not easily lose.
You should also ensure that you have something that is weather appropriate, for
example no sandals in the winter. Planning ahead will keep you safe during all
of the car shows you attend.

Should You Take an Unfinished Car to a Show?

Have you ever wondered exactly why someone would take a car that is unfinished
to a car show? Often the goal is not so much to win a prize, but rather to show
off a car that is in progress. This is especially common for the exotic and rare
cars that are not always easily seen at car shows. Many people pull out their
cars at least once they have completed the bodywork but before the interior and
the painting have been done. You may wonder why this occurs, and you may be
wondering if you should pull out your uncompleted car as well.

Generally, most people pull out their works in progress when they are not
interested in an award. They are simply interested in showing off their car and
letting people see what it looks like during the restoration process. There are
times when people who are attending car shows have no clue at all what it takes
for a car to be restored and presentable during the car shows. Seeing a car that
is in progress is often a great experience for people and can allow them to see
that creating the masterpieces that are generally on display is not really a
simple task as they may believe.

Most people do not realize just how much time, effort, money or labor goes into
restoring an old car. Some cars obviously take more work than others do but all
cars will need at least a small amount of work done to restore them to original
condition or better. There are some people who pull out their unfinished car for
the car shows and then work on them a bit at the show. This is a great way to
see first hand what part of the process involves. Granted it is only a very
small portion of the overall process but it is a wonderful learning experience.

If you are considering pulling out your partially completed car, you need to
ensure that you talk to the organizers and ensure that they will have no
problems with it. Some organizations are not allowed to have partially
completed cars on the lot depending on the event insurance that they have in
place. Checking with the organizers first will ensure that you avoid all
potential problems before the show itself.

If you do bring your uncompleted car, it is a wise decision to avoid doing any
work on the engine during the show. It would be very easy to lose engine
components that you need and with large crowds of people missing parts can
become a huge problem quickly if something is accidently kicked away from the
car or otherwise lost. Always ensure that you are working on something that is
quite simple, additionally, if you are working on your car during the show you
should be ready to answer plenty of questions that people have.

Most people who attend a car show are going to be thoroughly interested in
asking you a ton of questions about what you are doing and why. This is normal
and often having a bit of information already in mind can help you to answer
the questions you get without having to stop and think of each answer. If you
take some time and carefully plan some activities, it can be a great way to
help educate people stopping by your car.

One consideration is if you offer a specific car service, you should work on
that while at the show. For example, if you offer car detailing then you should
consider working on detailing the car during the show. This would allow
perspective customers to see what you are capable of doing and the quality of
your work all at once. Making sure you have some business cards to hand out is
another good move that can help make you memorable. Just ensure if you are
advertising a business or service that you are offering that you present
yourself as a professional during the show.

Should You Buy a Car at a Car Show?

So you woke up and decided to attend the car show that was scheduled for the
weekend. You walk in and start looking at all of the gorgeous cars that are
present. You suddenly are hit by the urge to own one yourself. You happen to
spot a particularly gorgeous car that looks simply stunning and just joke with
the owner and ask if they would sell. They actually answer with a price they
would like. What are you ever supposed to do?

Part of you hoped they would say no to selling, and part of you is jumping up
and down inside thrilled at the idea of buying the magnificent car. But is this
truly a wise decision to make? Is buying a car from a car show really a wise
investment? Should you walk away and calm down, or should you pull out your
checkbook immediately? Your inner child is probably screaming to buy the car,
but do you even know what the car is worth?

You should avoid buying a car at a car show unless you have had some time to
carefully shop around and see how much the vehicle that you are interested in
would be worth. If you already have extensive knowledge about cars this may not
be as large of a task, but for those who have no experience with these
magnificent cars it can be a large amount of homework.

Additionally, during a car show the owner is not going to have much time to
discuss specifics of the car with you. This is simply the result of having so
many people around their car that they are watching. They most certainly do not
want someone to cause damage to the car, and they definitely do not want someone
to mess with the engine. While they may be talking to you about the car, they
are probably only half-paying attention.

Additionally, during a car show you are unable to take the vehicle on a test
drive simply because most car shows are not designed to allow the cars to move
once they have been parked in their assigned place. In addition, there are
typically large groups of people at car shows that make it dangerous trying to
drive through the crowds and can really create some harsh problems if you are
not careful.

If you truly find a car that you are madly in love with and determined to buy,
and find an owner who is serious about selling you should ask for the sale
price of the car, and also the owners contact information. Tell them that you
will be in touch after the show. This will allow you to calm down and think
rationally, as well as the opportunity to do a bit of research on the price the
car is worth compared to what the owner is asking. Typically, you should wait at
least a day or two after the car show before contacting the buyer so you have
ample time to do research.

Once you meet up with the buyer you should take the car for a test drive and
look over it very closely. Also ask about the engine and transmission. Many
cars that are in shows are not original parts; they are often custom created
cars that pull parts from various other cars to create what is before your
eyes. If you are fine with this then it is perfectly acceptable, but you should
be well aware of it before you buy the car. Other considerations are the overall
condition of the vehicle, and the age.

You should possibly take another day or two to consider the purchase once you
have taken a test drive. Remember, this is a car; it is not a CD or even a
television that is fairly cheap. These vehicles are very expensive and the
maintenance and repair costs can also be quite large. If you take the time to
do some careful research and make a good decision about purchasing the car
after the show it can be a great experience. Just avoid buying the car during
the show unless you are absolutely certain that the car is spectacular and the
deal is incredible.

Reasons to Attend Car Shows

There are numerous reasons to attend car shows and even more car shows than
there are reasons each year. If you are interested in attending a car show it
is a very good idea to determine what you have in mind before you start looking
for a show to attend so that you can ensure find the right show for your needs,
but with a bit of research you can find the right show.

Think about what type of car you enjoy. At a car show you can easily get your
fill of that style of car. There are from dozens to hundreds of cars at each
show and you have ample opportunities to see these gorgeous beauties. If you
love antiques then there are shows geared specifically to antiques and all of
the other car types as well. There is no reason at all why you should go to any
car shows that you do not enjoy; there are plenty that will offer the types of
cars you are interested in.

Hot rods, street rods, antiques, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and so much more await
you. It does not matter what type of car you are interested in, there is at
least one car show a year that specializes in your interest. This is a great
place to find car clubs that are in your area of interest as well. In addition,
you get the benefit of seeing all of the incredible work that has been done on
the cars as well.

If you are interested in learning about cars, you can find a lot of great
educational opportunities at car shows. Most of the vehicle owners are more
than happy to talk about their vehicle and what they have done to it with
visitors. This can allow you to gather plenty of ideas and learn as much as
possible. Additionally, it can be a good source of tips and suggestions on how
to do some of the work that your car needs to have done if you are working on a

Some people find that visiting a good car show is very inspiring to them in
working on a car of their own. Even if they did not own a car before the show,
a lot of people are busy buying a car after the show. This can be a great
hobby, and since most cars that are maintained and restored properly resell for
good prices, it can be a great investment as well.

Car shows are also a great place to make some connections. There are some
companies and vendors that set up and offer incredible discounts and deals off
their products when you buy at the car shows. This combined with the people you
meet can make it possible to save a lot of money when you are working on a car
the next time. While their services may not suit your needs for a while, you
may come across a time when that contact can be very helpful.

If you are trying to join a car club that requires a sponsor to join, then
finding a good car show will help you to locate some members to talk to.
Obviously, they are going to want to meet you and see your own vehicle before
they are willing to sponsor you but it makes the perfect opportunity to
introduce yourself and your car. Ensure if this is your goal that your car
always looks the best possible before you arrive though.

Many families enjoy going to car shows because it is a great activity that is
typically held outdoors and allows most people some great quality bonding time.
Instead of being held to our normal routines, we are forced to break free and
look at all of the beautiful cars. This can be a great activity for a family,
especially on the weekends when families tend to go separate ways because of
other busy life activities.

Quick and Easy Detailing Tips for Car Shows

Ensuring that your car is in tip top shape before the judge's come around is
sometimes a stressful task but with some quick and easy tips, you can ensure
that your car is looking forever gorgeous for the judges no matter how many
people have had their hands on it. Remember, you need to ensure that your car
was thoroughly detail cleaned before the show to make it the easiest possible.

Check those windows; they are so quick to get dirty if there are many people
around. Just breathing in the wrong weather can leave your windows with streaks
or other bad marks that can pull down the overall appearance of your car. Always
ensure you keep some soft cloths and good window cleaner in the car. This will
ensure that those windows are sparkling when the judges roll around. Remember,
clean windows set a good overall impression for the vehicle.

Spot shine the chrome on the car. This is a place where you usually start
seeing smudges pretty quickly. A cloth and some good chrome cleaner will ensure
that your chrome stays as shiny as possible. You should easily be able to see
your reflection in it, and ensure that there is no rust on the chrome either.
This is a small detail that can make a huge impression. If you ignore the
smaller details, they will likely think you ignore the large ones as well.

Tires are another critical area, you may not realize it but tons of mud caked
up in the wheel well and on your tires themselves can give your car a bad look.
Clean those tires as soon as you park at the show to ensure that they are
perfect looking. This will generally only need to be done once, which if done
immediately upon arriving frees your time for other tasks.

Avoid eating in the car before the show, and especially during the show. Eating
in general tends to leave some tiny crumbs all around the house and is a huge
pain in the butt and hassle. Keep the food out of the car and you will not have
to worry about crumbs or food stains giving your car a bad impression. Once
again, it is the small details that can make a huge impression on the judges.

You may also want to take a few brief moments upon arriving and quickly touch
up any dull spots in the wax. This will help to ensure that the entire car is
well waxed and shiny. You may also want to pull out a small portable vacuum and
spot clean the upholstery just to ensure that there is no dirt or debris
anywhere. A good car will make a marvelous impression and just following these
tiny steps will put your car at the top of the list.

Additionally, avoid the temptation to load up the trunk with lots of stuff.
Regardless of whether it is trinkets or tools you should never load up your
trunk at the car show when you are showing. The judges may want to see how your
trunk looks, and if it is full of stuff, they will not be able to get a good
look at the condition. Keep it clean and items in the trunk to a bare minimum
to ensure the best results possible once the judges get to you.

Prizes, Awards and Ribbons

Most car shows offer prizes to the owners of cars that they feel are truly
exceptional but the range of prizes tends to vary heavily depending on the
particular car show that you attend. Some are generous and offer huge prizes to
those that win top placement in the different categories, while others are only
able to afford a single ribbon to give to the winners. Where the car show you
are considering attending falls in the spectrum often depends on the size of
the organization that is in charge of the car show.

The really great clubs are well known for giving prizes that are quite large to
those who win major at the car shows. The packages can include things such as
ribbons, trophies, and even plaques. Many places also give prizes that include
gifts and sometimes even cash. The prizes that are given tend to vary greatly,
however most of the time at local and regional shows the prizes are small while
at the national and international level the prizes are much greater.

Most car shows will announce if they are going to be giving away prizes to the
winners of the show. This can allow you to pick out, which shows you are
interested in attending if you have a choice of multiple shows. There are also
some car shows that just make the prizes a surprise and will not release ahead
of time what they are. If you are mostly interested in the opinions of your
car, and are not concerned with winning at the present time then the exact
prizes that are offered are not usually important.

The majority of the time you should be able to follow the rule of thumb that
large car shows are going to have much better prizes. Small car shows are
generally unable to afford the large prizes and typically have much more than a
ribbon or small trophy for the winner. If this is acceptable for you, then you
can gain a lot of experience by participating in the smaller car shows before
working your way up to the larger and more advanced shows.

Participating in numerous car shows is a great way to gain some useful showing
experience and also a good way to meet some of the people that can be very
helpful to you if you decide to embark on a showing career for your car. Most
people decide to only show their car on occasion as a hobby, but there are
times when people have a very successful car and can win enough money and
prizes from car shows to make it a very fulfilling career.

Deciding exactly which car shows to attend is often about the prizes but not
always. If you do not care about prizes then not worrying about the prizes is a
great way to remove the stress from car shows and instead thoroughly enjoy all
of the fun and experiencing that you are able to gain. Enjoying a great car
show is lots of fun, and if you are lucky enough to win a prize then it is even
better. Never participate in any show that you disagree with if you are unhappy
with the prizes that are given. You have enough shows to choose from that you
are sure to find something that will make you very happy and help you see what
you can do to really enjoy the car shows the most.

Planning the Ultimate Car Show

Car shows are always fun events and often they are also considered fabulous
family events as well. Ensuring that you plan the ultimate car show is not
always easy, but with a basic strategy in effect first you can usually make the
process much easier and have the best car show around. Always take the time to
start planning in advance because without plenty of advance planning you are
going to be rushed and stressed trying to organize the entire event.

Some of the first things you need to do is find a good location for holding the
car show. You are going to need to consider how many cars you think will be
attending. In addition, you need to try to determine exactly how many people
you think will visit the car show. These figures are essential to helping you
determine the exact size that you need the car show grounds to be. It is
important to remember that if you do not find a large enough location you are
going to have people overcrowded, and also have the problem of possible
injuries because people cannot move about freely.

Finding a good location is not always easy, but typically if you look towards
large parks they can be some of the best options that you have as well as very
affordable to rent for the day or the weekend of your car show. At the same
time that you are looking for a location that is large enough you need to
ensure that there is ample parking available. If you do not have plenty of
parking, you are going to have issues with people having nowhere to park and it
can ultimate hurt your attendance numbers. However, you do not need a parking
lot for all of the cars; a large grassy field can also serve for parking if

In addition to the parking and the overall large enough location, you also need
to ensure that there are plenty of bathrooms located all around the car show.
Without enough bathrooms, your event will suffer. Ensuring that you have plenty
may mean that you need to have bathrooms brought in but this is generally a very
affordable expense if it is necessary.

Your other important consideration should be food for the car show. If you know
that you are unable to coordinate all of your food needs for the car show as
well, it may be a wise decision to contact some local restaurants to arrange
for them to provide the food for the car show. If you are able to do this you
can generally provide a greater range of food for visitors and also help to
keep costs down since there is plenty of competition.

With a bit of planning ahead and some careful attention to the small details
you can be amazed at just how well the entire planning process can go. Careful
attention to even the smallest details will show people that you are looking
forward to a fabulous event and are quite excited to share it with them. Never
discount the importance of planning ahead as it gives plenty of time for
problems and other emergencies to appear that need to be handled. A great car
show is like a fine art, the more practice you have at organizing them the
better they will be with some time and a source of great contacts.

People love door prizes as well. Look and try to arrange for some door prizes
that you can arrange to give away at the fair. People always love prizes so the
more you have to give away, the more excited people are going to be from the
moment they walk into the doors of the car show. Look to some businesses to
donate some prizes so that you are not having to pay for them out of the funds
to plan the car show.

Making Connections at Car Shows

What is the point of attending a car show? Is it merely to look at the
beautiful cars or can you make some business contacts there? If you own a
business that specializes in various aspects of vehicles and especially
specialty cars you could very well be looking at a gold mine in terms of
potential business. So how do you really go out and make some connections at
the car shows?

Many people who are looking at car shows as ways to make connections always
ensure that they arrive looking good. This does not mean you need to break out
the suit and tie but you at least need to look nice and presentable. This could
be something as simple as a polo shirt or button up and a pair of slacks or nice
jeans. You should not show up wearing cut off jeans and a tank top.

You should always make sure you bring along some business cards with you to
hand out to prospects. Car shows are full of people there with actual cars so
this is where you should typically focus your time if possible. These are the
people you know you could help in some form or another. People just walking
around the car show may or may not have a car that you could help them with.
Save your time to make the most impact possible by working with the people with

One idea that you should explore is consider having some coupons printed. This
could be something as simplistic as printing them on the back of a business
card. If you already have a large supply of business cards consider having a
stamp made that has coupon information on it, this would allow you to put a
stamp on a few business cards and still get your message across. This can be a
much more affordable rate and still help you to ensure that you are able to
catch people's attention with a good deal.

Additionally, you should always ensure that you are in a good mood. There is
nobody at the car show interested in talking to someone that is in a bad mood.
You should ensure that you are cheerful and optimistic when you approach people
to help encourage them to talk to you. If you are cranky or in a bad mood they
are not going to want to talk to you, and will likely tune you out.

It is very important to understand that as a rule you are not going to get
business from everyone that you approach. You are usually looking at a 10%
return; this means if you are giving away 100 coupons, you can expect to get
back 10 of them from customers. The other 90 will generally be thrown away.
Keep your expectations realistic when you are trying to determine how effective
your efforts have been.

Your last consideration is do you really have something that car show people
are going to be interested in? If you are selling vinyl siding for example they
are not likely to care what you have to offer. However, if you have a detail
shop, upholstery shop, glass shop or something similar you are likely to get
some business if you take the time to plan ahead. A bit of preplanning could
result in some nice sales and very loyal customers.

Kids and Car Shows

Have you considered taking your children with you to a car show but not sure
how they will act? Many parents are concerned about the behavior of children
but with some careful instructions and careful guidance there is no reason at
all why children cannot be a part of car shows. In fact, taking children to car
shows can be a great way to encourage children to enjoy working on cars and also
help teach them lots about the inner workings of cars as well.

Parents who carefully explain proper behavior to their children are much more
likely to enjoy a positive experience at the car shows. Parents who do not
teach their children proper behavior skills are not likely to have an enjoyable
or even positive experience. Children in general are very curious, if they take
the time to carefully consider their behavior and work to teach their children
how to behave in crowds and importantly towards the vehicles at the show you
may be surprised at how well it goes.

You need to understand that if you are taking small children the best place for
them is in a stroller. This will help prevent them from getting hurt or damaging
a vehicle and also helps to ensure that they are not badly worn out trying to
walk around the entire show. Additionally, a good stroller will also give them
a place to take a quick nap when they get really tired. Trying to take a small
child without a stroller could turn into a nightmare quickly especially since
children tend to get very heavy, quite quickly.

You should also think ahead to snacks and drinks for your child. If you know
the car show will have plenty of drinks and snacks you may not need to take
many, but you should still take a couple of things. Without anything, you could
have a complete meltdown on your hands if your child is overly hungry while
waiting on food from a vendor. Having a small pack of crackers in your pocket
can give your child something to snack on while you wait on the food that you
order and ensure that they are kept occupied rather than pitching a tantrum if
they are hungry.

You should carefully teach your children that it is unacceptable to touch
things that are not theirs. This is especially important when it comes to the
cars. Without this lesson, you may find your child running around and touching
all of the vehicles, which can potentially cause damage to them. While not all
touching can cause damage, your child may not realize that hitting a prize car
with a rock is unacceptable. The owner of the car will not find it cute, nor
adorable and you are likely to be forced to pay for the damages. Teaching your
child not to touch what belongs to others is much cheaper.

You should also ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for the car
show. While dressing appropriately as an adult is important, it is even more
important for children. Adults have a much easier time regulating body
temperature than children do, so dressing your child appropriately is a wise
decision. Most often, you may discover that it is necessary to dress your child
in layers to ensure that you can keep them at the appropriate temperature.

Taking the time to take your child with you to a car show is a great way to
bond and with the appropriate planning in place it can be a lot of fun. Just
always be sure you supervise your child closely to ensure that they stay safe
and that the vehicles around them are safe as well and you are sure to enjoy
your experience.

How to Plan a Car Show

There are numerous ways to plan a car show, but creating a car show that is
memorable and encourages a lot of people to attend can sometimes be tricky.
There are some tips and suggestions that can help you ensure that you are
planning the best car show possible to encourage the most people to attend and
check out the cars.

Start with the cars. If you are looking at pulling cars from numerous car
clubs, start sending out flyers announcing your show at least 2 months in
advance. Many car clubs organize activities and you want to ensure that they
know about your show far enough in advance that they can tell members.
Additionally, you want to ensure that you are telling numerous car shows, most
members will not bring their cars so telling 5-10 car clubs is not a bad idea
if you have room for a huge turnout of cars.

Bathrooms, bathrooms and do not forget the bathrooms. Many people do not plan
properly and organize a great car show, but forget the bathrooms! Most people
are not comfortable walking far away from their car so you need plenty of
bathrooms spread out across the entire show to ensure that there are not huge
lines and that those bringing their beloved car are not forced to walk 10 miles
to the nearest bathroom. You may have to have bathrooms brought in if the
location is not designed well for bathrooms initially.

Food and drinks are also essential components. You can choose to do this
several ways. You can rent out space to local restaurants and charge them a
space rental fee and allow them to supply food and beverages to visitors and
guests or you could provide the food and beverages yourself. However, be aware
that if you attempt to provide the food and beverages yourself you are adding a
huge list of things to do. Your best option may be letting the professionals
rent some space and provide the food. Most restaurants that would be interested
already have the equipment they would need to use at the car show as well, which
once again makes your job much easier.

Bring some form of entertainment, even if you are just bringing a stereo system
and tons of speakers try to ensure that there is an area for people to have some
music, chairs, tables and so forth. This in addition to maybe some games and
face painting for the kids will allow everyone to have a great time.
Additionally, if you can afford it you might want to spring for a live band.
You can usually find a great band at a cheap price especially if they think
they are going to get lots of exposure and you allow them to sell their own
CD's and shirts at the car show.

If you are organizing your car show during the heat, ensure that you have some
shade. You may need to pull out some tents or canopies for this, but it is
essential to help avoid heat strokes and other medical problems. Additionally,
try to avoid having car shows in the dead of winter unless you are having the
show in an inside area. You do not want visitors to freeze anymore than you
want a heatstroke.

Your final considerations should be with those who are bringing cars. How are
you going to ensure that they can easily get in and out of the show? You need
security for the cars as well so ensuring you have staff that are knowledgeable
about where each car goes and can help ensure that they are safe is a very wise
idea. Realize if the people bringing the cars are upset, they are going to give
your event a bad name and talk. This can severely hurt your attendance in the
future if you try to make the event an annual occurrence. However, with some
careful planning you can ensure that everyone is happy and the car show is a
raving success.

Helping Your Car Stand Out at the Next Show

If you are interested in really helping your car stand out well at the next car
show that you enter, there are some things that you can do to help really ensure
that your car is presenting the best image possible. There are likely to be
dozens if not hundreds of others cars present, so you need to ensure that your
car puts forth the best wheel possible in order to really make a good
impression on the judges. Taking a car that is not properly prepared will
usually leave you walking away empty handed, no matter how good your car
normally looks or how unique it is.

Your first step should always be cleaning the outside of the car. This includes
all crevices on all places around the car. Do not forget about cleaning the
wheel wells, tires, door handles, window seals, license plate and all other
places that can get dirty. Even if it looks clean, clean it again just to
ensure that it looks good.

Once you have finished the exterior of the car you can start moving inside. It
is a good idea to do a good detail cleaning on the car before you go to the
show. This includes cleaning out all of the air vents, seat belts, window seals
on the inside, dash gauges, switches and anything else that is visible and
viewable. You should also pay extra close attention to the pedals, door
handles, window handles, and upholstery. If the upholstery can be cleaned
sufficiently using a vacuum cleaner then it is a faster process but also be
sure to shampoo any stubborn stains. You should also take the time to use
protectant wipes on all of the vinyl or leather inside the vehicle to ensure
that it is protected and shiny so it looks good. If you have any wooden
accents, ensure that they are also protected and shiny as well.

Wash the windows several times thoroughly both inside and outside. You need to
ensure that there are no spots, streaks or smudges. Anything that looks dirty
should be cleaned again, and even after the first time you clean them it is
wise to clean it again just to ensure that there is no dirt or debris left on
the windshield. You should also carefully pay attention to all mirrors and any
chrome that is on the vehicle and ensure that everything is shiny and looks
like new.

The tired should also be cleaned as well, but you may need do to a brief
touchup on the tires once you arrive at the car show. You should always ensure
you bring the supplies to clean the tires while you are there, rather than just
cleaning the tires before the show. If the tires are not dirty on the way, then
you can possibly omit cleaning at the show, but always ensure that at least the
sides of the tires are perfectly clean and there is no dirt or debris.

Your final steps should be ensuring that the car is waxed and polished before
the show. This can then be touched up if necessary at the show itself but makes
the paint job on the car really pop and look quite impressive. Having a clean
car that is not waxed can be a bit of a disappointment for the judges so taking
the extra time to wax the car is a great extra step that can score major points
with the judges when they make their rounds.

Overall, your car should always give off a car powerful, clean and stately
impression at the car shows. Unless you are taking a car that you are working
on as a work in progress for demonstration purposes you should never take a car
that is dirty or in pieces. Only taking beautiful, clean, shiny and completed
cars is one of the best ways to ensure that the judge's notice all of your hard
work, rather than the dirt on your vehicle.

Fun Activities for Car Shows

If you are planning a car show or if you are planning on going to a car show
you are probably wondering about some of the fun activities that are available
there for entertainment. Of course, not everyone who goes to a car show enjoys
the cars, so there are always plenty of other activities just in case so that
it can be a fun event for the entire family.

Your first main activity that usually draws people is of course the cars
themselves. It is usually a good idea to have at least a few categories that
you can award prizes on, such as best overall car, and any other categories
that you can think of. This is usually a great way to really have some fun for
the people who own the cars at least. Plus many of the visitors to the car show
tend to enjoy watching the award process.

There are often some other activities such as dancing and singing as well. Most
car shows will offer some entertainment that can allow you something fun to do.
While the music may not always be live there will usually be something that you
can listen to and dance to. If you are more of a closet danger you can usually
just sit and enjoy watching others dance as well.

Other fun activities can include face painting for the kids, and even contests
for door prizes and raffles. The types of prizes that are offered tend to vary
from each car show, but there are generally tons of prizes that are available.
While most people thoroughly enjoy attending the car show, there are also some
aspects that can allow you to really branch out their love of cars.

One of the best aspects is of course being able to look at all of the
incredible cars. There are so many cars from different eras and of course there
are plenty of cars that are great sources of inspiration for those who are
interested in restoring their own car. There are some car clubs who organize
car shows and car races at the same time. Deciding what your favorite part of
the car show is can depend heavily upon your own personality.

If you are looking for a great weekend then going to a car show is a great
idea. Finding something for everyone to enjoy is usually possible and you are
almost guaranteed that you will have a fabulous weekend. Taking the entire
family out to a car show is a lot of fun, and can be a great way to allow your
family and children to learn to enjoy your love of cars. There are always
plenty of car shows around that you can enjoy and see and with a bit of
planning you may be able to squeeze in more than a single show in a week as

Look to car shows as a great family activity and you are sure to thoroughly
enjoy the time you are able to spend with your family. Let the kids have their
faces painted, sign up for the door prizes and even take the time to admire all
of the gorgeous cars that are on display. You may even discover that aside from
all of the incredible cars that are at the car shows, you may decide that you
want to start working on a car of your very own. Going to a car show can be a
great source of inspiration at times, and if you family enjoys the car shows
with you, then it makes the perfect activity for an entire family to work on.

So enjoy your time at the car show and have plenty of fun sharing your
experience with your family. You can even look around at the car show as a
great way to become inspired if you are already working on a particular car
since there is no reason at all that you cannot use some of the ideas that you
gather at the car show for inspiration.

Finding Your Perfect Car Show Deciding which type of car show thrills you the
most is not always easy, after all there are so many and your options are so
large that it is sometimes quite easy to be confused and lose track of which
are which, and what you like, as well as which you dislike. The easiest thing
to do generally is to determine which type of car you are most interested in,
this then helps you to narrow down the field.

Some of the most popular car shows are the antique car shows, and also the
street rod and hot rods. These are all different and feature different types of
cars. Everyone who enjoys one type is not always thrilled and fond of the
others. If you enjoy and appreciate the finer things in cars and really enjoy
looking at the gorgeous cars of yesterday then the antique shows may be perfect
for you. If however, you really enjoy the idea of looking at cars that are
created with the idea of racing you may find that this is not your style to
look at antique cars.

For those who love speed and racing the street rods and even the hot rod shows
tend to be a much better solution and offer a much more fun experience. There
are generally plenty of shows in both categories and seeing the different cars
can be quite thrilling and exciting. In addition, there are also car shows that
are geared towards specific models. This is typically most common in higher end
cars, but is sometimes done for lower models as well. If you are interested in
a particular model such as Ferraris there is nothing better than going to a
Ferrari show and being surrounded.

Once you have determined the type of car show that you are interested in you
can start looking around. If you find a car show that you are unsure about,
call and ask the event coordinators what types of cars will be present.
Generally, you should be able to gather enough information before the show that
you can avoid those that are not of interest to you, and instead focus on those
shows that you do find interesting. Feel free to ask questions, and you are
going to have a better time.

You may discover that if you subscribe to a magazine that specializes in the
type of car that you are interested in you have a much easier time locating the
shows that interest you. Most street rod magazines for example are not going to
list car shows for trucks or even antique cars. The process of elimination is
usually heavily used and typically, only car shows applicable to the magazine
are published and advertised to help make it easy for people to find exactly
what they are looking for.

There are some newsletters that you can sign up for as well. These newsletters
typically publish the dates and locations for various types of car shows all
around the country and even tend to list a few international shows in case
people are interested. While the number of shows that are listed tends to vary
depending on the style of the car, it can be a great source of information and
make it much easier than having to search all around to find the car that you
are most interested in.

Finding the Antique Car Show of Your Dreams

If you are looking for a great antique car show you are certainly not alone and
there are dozens of shows each year that are ready and waiting to satisfy your
craving for gorgeous old cars. There are car shows in almost all locations
around the world that focus on older cars and this is the perfect opportunity
to get your fill of these beautiful cars. But how do you really locate the show
that you are interested in? There are plenty of great car shows that are
available and with some tips and suggestions, you are sure to find the show of
your dreams.

Start looking on the internet. There are thousands of shows listed on the
internet and with some decent research skills, you can move past the hot rod
and street shows and are merely left with the antique car shows. If you are
determined to really put forth a good effort, you can typically find a show for
each weekend for a year or more. Finding the car show online can allow you to
easily narrow the search down to just your particular area, and it can also
allow you to search for shows that are only in a particular area you choose or
during a particular time of year that you specify.

Another option that you have is looking in the antique car magazines. There are
always shows going on, and the antique car magazines are typically only going to
list the antique car shows that are going on. Additionally, many of the
magazines are able to usually offer these lists broken down by both month and
region in which they are held. This can help you to easily organize several
trips at the same time, rather than cross referencing information to even
schedule a single trip.

One of your other options is to check with the antique car clubs that are in
your area. Many of the members are likely to participate in these shows so they
generally know exactly when the shows are, where they are located and plenty of
other useful information. Always look for the clubs that are particularly
specializing in antiques in order to get the best results. If you call just a
general car club, they may not be able to help you with antique car shows since
most of their information will be lumped together by date, rather than type of
car featured.

Look at your local newspapers as well as city calendar to help you as well.
Often these resources will list car shows that are coming up and are great
sources of new car shows. The good news about these is they are usually in your
local region as well, but the options that are listed tend to be very limited
this way because there is almost nothing that will be listed in different
regions or even states. The options will be much smaller, and additionally they
are not generally announced as far in advance using these methods. This can make
planning in advance a bit of a hassle particularly if you are trying to organize
numerous car shows for the same weekend, or fill up an entire summer with tons
of antique car shows.

If you have a membership in a car club yourself look to your monthly newsletter
to give you a bit of information. These newsletters typically list all car shows
that are coming up in the near future and will only list basic information but
generally give you the information several months in advance. This can allow
plenty of time to plan out the trip if you need to travel and can be a huge

Your last option is to ask around at each car show that you attend. Most car
shows are going to know about other shows that are around the same time. Asking
some questions of the organizers or even looking for a program of the car show
will generally be a great way to help locate the next great antique car show
that you are interested in attending without having to do hours of research.

Celebrating Fabulous Cars in Style

Have you ever wondered exactly why many people organize and participate in car
shows? After all, it seems that the only purpose is to walk around and look at
car after car that is restored or in the process of being restored. How much
fun can it possibly be? If you have ever attended a car show you know that they
can be an incredible opportunity to view some incredible pieces of machinery
that have been restored.

Many people also enjoy attending car shows to see some of the different cars
that are entered and highly enjoy walking around and seeing how the different
cars vary. It can be a great source of inspiration for many people who are
either working on a car, or dream about working on a car. Of course, there are
also those who merely enjoy admiring the gorgeous cars and never have any plans
on building their own.

Regardless of whether you own a car or not, going to see a good car show can be
a great experience. The people who own cars that are submitted have spent often
hundreds of hours working on creating the perfect masterpiece that is designed
to be a proud representative of the style that the car once had in its original
life. Of course, some people also take the car and turn it into a custom piece
of art with numerous modifications that make it hard to recognize the original

Most car shows also have competitions where someone will be responsible for
judging all of the cars that are entered to determine which are the best
looking, most unique, and best restored for example. To many whom own a
restored car there is nothing better than winning a prize saying that others
agree that their car is the best. Some of the prizes involve money or ribbons
and others are just a certificate. For most owners of the winning car they
simply want the recognition.

There are different types of car shows that are organized as well. There are
some that are designed for the upscale car lover. These tend to be semi-formal
events with people dressing up and pulling out only their best clothes to
attend. Many of these types of events do not involve children, or at least very
few children. The other style tends to be very laid back with most people
wearing comfortable clothes such as jeans and t-shirts and bringing their
entire family along.

The choice of which type of car show is best suited to your tastes depends on
your own personality but there are plenty of options available no matter which
style you prefer. Many people enjoy car shows so much that they travel all
around the country and even the world to find a car show that they are
interested in seeing. This is a great way to spend some quality time with your
family and enjoy looking at the gorgeous cars at the same time.

If you have a car to enter, it is an amazing experience that can be a lot of
fun. Many people who attend car shows are able to gather numerous opinions
about different things they can do with their car. Additionally most owners
walk away with at least one offer from someone to buy their car as well. This
can be a great time to show off your pride and joy and see just how much others
appreciate your hard work as well. After all, everyone is looking for acceptance
and finding out that people love your car when they are surrounded by dozens and
hundreds of gorgeous cars is an incredible feeling.

As you can imagine a car show is about so much more than simply looking at the
cars. Making contacts, viewing the gorgeous cars and meeting new people are all
just some of the great aspects that await you at a car show and besides being
able to see all of the gorgeous cars well maintained and in their perfect
condition is such a true thrill.

Car Shows for Newest Models

If the idea of car shows to you brings to mine a huge field with dozens or even
hundreds of old and antique cars spread around you may decide that this simply
is not something that you are interested in. But did you know that there are
also car shows that the car manufacturers hold to show off the newest makes and
models they are releasing to the general public?

Theses shows are spectacular with a few cars of each design that is being
featured located strategically around the showroom. Most people are not able to
actually drive the new car, but they can certainly get a good up close look at
the car and see exactly how it will look when it is released on the market for
everyone to purchase.

These events are sometimes open to the general public and other times they are
limited to only those who are invited to the event. Typically, if the event is
by invitation only the company sponsoring the event will invite a few news
stations, as well as some of the car critics to come see what their newest car
looks like. This can sometimes be a very exciting adventure, and there are
times when they will give away tickets for admission so that others can attend
as well.

These car shows tend to differ a bit from most car shows that you are used to,
most car shows have vehicles of multiple models and makes all around the fair
grounds, however at these car shows there is not as much diversity that you can
see. Of course if you have any questions about the newest cars this makes the
greatest place to be to ask about the new models. There are always plenty of
staff people on hand that can answer your questions about the newest model for
you without any problems.

If you are looking for these car shows, you generally have to work hard to find
out exactly when they are located. Most car manufacturers do not readily
announce the show to everyone. They do however still tell some of the major car
lots that sell their vehicles and also let some of the new stations know when
and where the show is. This allows everyone the opportunity to find out when
they can attend if they are interested. It is important to realize that these
car shows are vastly different from other car shows, there are not multiple old
cars around, and there is also strict security at these events.

Many of these events also have dress codes of what is considered appropriate to
wear. Ensure that you ask about all requirements before you travel to the event
to ensure that you are fully prepared when you arrive. Depending on the
location of the car show you may need to arrange for a hotel room, it is very
important if you need to book a hotel room that you do this in advance rather
than waiting until the day of the show to attempt at booking your room.

While there may not be tons of cars to see at these special car shows, they are
often a great experience and it is an amazing treat being able to see all of the
newest cars before they officially roll into the car lots for the public to see
themselves. Being able to see these special cars in advance is a rare treat
that many people enjoy. It is something that you can arrange if you know where
to check ahead of time, but just showing up at the car show the day of the show
will generally not help you get inside.

If you plan your trip ahead carefully, you can have a lot of fun. Of course
taking some pictures of the car show can be a great way to remember the special
car show that you have attended and makes a great souvenir that you can always
treasure. Once you have successfully gotten into one car show you will likely
find it is much easier to get into future car shows.

Car Shows and Insurance

Most people have no idea just how dangerous the idea of taking a car to a car
show without insurance can be. Have you ever imagined what would happen if
there was something that went wrong and there were was no insurance protection
in the event that the paint was scratched, the doors dented, or even the glass
broken in a window?

It is best to ensure that you have plenty of insurance that will cover your
needs. This may mean having additional coverage over the standard insurance
that most people have on their vehicles. You should always ensure that you
purchase enough coverage to cover the vehicle regardless of what occurs. This
means that you need to carefully look over your policy that you currently have.

Many policies have limitations and restrictions on what they will pay, and have
lifetime limits on the policy. You need to be well aware of this before you go
to the car show. Take the opportunity to really carefully study all of the
information in the policy to determine where your coverage is lacking. You may
be able to modify your existing policy or you may need to purchase a
supplemental policy to fill in the gaps. Regardless of which method you choose
to take, you need to ensure that the entire amount of the vehicle is covered.

Many people make the mistake of only insuring a portion of their vehicle. You
must realize that when you are dealing with car show worthy cars they are
almost always valued at much greater than standard resell rates would cover.
You may discover after a problem occurs that your insurance will only cover a
percentage of the vehicle. This is a nightmare to discover. Always talk to your
insurance agent and ensure that you have enough coverage that will pay the
appropriate amount in the event of damage.

You certainly do not want to be caught off guard if your car sustains
substantial scratches at the car show to discover that your car can only
receive a maximum of $1,000 in insurance money. You also need to discuss with
your insurance agent if your vehicle needs to have an inspection to document
the physical condition. This is often important on very expensive policies or
full coverage insurance. You want to ensure that all damage is paid for, rather
than the insurance company possibly claiming that damage was pre-existing.

If you shop around you should be able to cover your car for only a few hundred
dollars a month, which compared to the cars that can cost as much as several
hundreds of thousands of dollars is only a fraction of the cost. Choosing good
insurance coverage will ensure that you are able to enjoy your vehicle all of
the time, rather than being forced to pay for repairs out of pocket after a car
show. Remember, it is important to have adequate protection for your car before
the car show, rather than waiting until after your car has already
been damaged some how.

Most people have much more coverage than they ever need on their prized cars,
but it is worth the additional money for the piece of mind that you have
knowing that your treasured car will be repaired if a problem occurs. Another
option that you have is discuss with the event sponsors whether they will be
providing insurance to the people showing their cars. Some do offer insurance;
however most do not provide coverage.

Car Show Basics

Have you ever wondered what the point of a car show is? After all, what could
possibly be so much fun about accumulating so many cars in a single area? Most
people do not realize, but car shows are about so much more than simply lining
up a bunch of beautiful cars for people to admire. There are typically contests
that are involved in the shows as well with awards handed out in several
categories including Best Overall, and often Best Restoration and other similar

For those who are bringing cars to the show, it is a chance to show off the
handiwork that they have put into the car, and also a chance to see how others
feel about their work. Of course, some people are lucky and walk away from
almost every show they enter with a prize, but generally this does not happen.
Most people put months and even years of work into a car before they leave a
show with a prize.

This can translate into thousands of dollars worth of work often. Dog shows are
for dog lovers, and car shows are the equivalent but based around cars. Because
of this the competition can sometimes be quite stiff, but in general terms they
are still a ton of fun to watch. There is hardly ever a time when someone is
unable to find something to do at a car show that does not interest them.

From the dozens to hundreds of cars that are entered there are only a small
handful that will leave with a prize or a place as one of the top cars. The fun
of looking around and seeing who wins, combined with seeing the beautiful cars,
and also participating in some of the other activities that are going on make
it a great way to spend the weekend. There are many people who spend all of
their weekends looking around for a car show to attend.

Not everyone who is dedicated to attending car shows actually have cars. Some
of the people who enjoy car shows the most do not have a car, and may not even
have an interested in getting a car that would be able to enter the car show.
Deciding if you are interested in attending the car show is often dependent on
your personality but realizing that there is much more to the car show than
simply walking the rows and rows of cars is often enough to catch many people's

While car shows are not always considered a sport, they often help to foster
great sportsmanship amongst competitors and can be a great way to share
experiences and learn plenty about cars. If you are interested in getting
involved in the car shows then sometimes attending a few shows before you enter
can be a great way to learn as much as possible about what the judges are
typically looking for so that you can improve your vehicle to improve your
overall chances of walking away as a winner.

Just think in a single location there are so many gorgeous cars that are all
beautifully restored and you can spend all of the time you want looking and
dreaming about each one. There are so many people to meet as well that you can
have a lot of fun and you may discover that car shows are your favorite weekend
activity that you never knew about.

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