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Which are your favorite car shows?

I have been going to car shows for as long as I can remember. Not all car shows are created equal.  I like just about all types of shows and car related events, but for different reasons.

Let’s break it down into 5 categories:

  1. Your local community car show. These shows are put on by your local church, school, VFW, small town, etc. There is usually a charity or fundraiser tied to the event. They are smaller and a lot of people know each other. For me, the local show is about community, friends, people you know, and raising money for a charity or organization that is in your own backyard.

American Modern Summer Classic

  1. Local cruise-in. Not a show where you win an award, but an event where anyone and everyone can show up and show off their special car, truck, or motorcycle without worrying about being in a competition or being judged. These can be as small as a few cars and as big as several hundred. The cruise-in is just flat out fun! No stress, no cleaning if you don’t want to, just hanging out with a bunch of car guys talking cars for hours.

Apr 18, 2015: Motoring in Focus Spring Classic Driving Tour.

  1. Major custom/hotrod show. Usually last several days with several thousand cars. These events take place at state fairgrounds and very large venues. Major car shows have a huge amount of cool customs and hot rods to look at. You can have just as much fun as a spectator as you do being a participant. I always walk away with some cool ideas and admiring all levels of custom work.

Ami G Car Show

  1. Concours. These are elite car shows where the best of the best are in attendance. Usually lasts one day, but there are numerous other car related events leading up to the show. Concours events are at the top of the spectrum. You will see cars you have never seen before. You will also see the highest quality restorations you have ever seen.

1949 Mercury

  1. Road Rally. Small or large, these events involve a group of people getting together to drive their cars to specific destinations. It is about the joy of driving your classic car and being with people that like to do the same. How could you not have fun driving your old car with fellow car people that share the same passion for “driving” vintage automobiles?

Apr 18, 2015: Motoring in Focus Spring Classic Driving Tour.

You should be able to find something you like from each type of show. Regardless of which event you participate in or attend, you will have fun, be with good friends both old and new, and be part of a hobby that is one of the greatest in the world!

 

 

Share with us your favorite show and why!

 

Rick’s Collector Car Tips – Collector Car Auctions

 

I work a number of collector car auctions. I was recently at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Las Vegas. Going to a car auction is a learning opportunity for me. I always start by walking through and looking the cars over.


On stock cars, I look for three characteristics:

— Condition

— Originality

— Documentation

Chevy Corvette


On modified cars, I look for five characteristics:

—  Condition

— Quality of workmanship with the body and paint

— Customization done

— Drive train

— Curb appeal

'65 Chevy Malibu SS


If a collector car sold for lower than what you thought it should, there’s a good reason why. Sometimes you’ll encounter a bidding duel on the auction floor between two people that absolutely must have the car, which will build up the cost above average, but that is only on occasion. Every once in a while a car will sell for lower than you would have estimated because the bidder that may have wanted that particular car was not at the auction that day to make a bid.

For example, there’s a Ford collector vehicle for auction, and every person in the audience is a Chevy fan, besides you. So, hypothetically, they will not be bidding on the Ford. It takes two people to up the bid price, so if you are the only Ford fan, you’re going to be able to acquire that car for less than you anticipated because no one else will be battling you for the collector car.

Watching the auctions on television can be entertaining, but nothing compares to actually being at the auction, looking at all the beautiful cars up close and watching them cross the block. If you have never been to a collector car auction, it is time to put that on your bucket list!