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Car Show Etiquette
By Scott Strenzel, aka Scooter

Harvey and I have been sitting back at car shows and observing stuff that should be a “given.” But nonetheless, these subjects have got to be covered. We have already covered what to bring to a car show besides a car. A big given right?

Now, for a ticklish subject! How about car show etiquette?

CHILDREN! A well known fact, depending on the age, most kids have a short interest span. They will get bored just sitting in a chair listening to dad tell car stories all day. When stuff begins to happen, none of the rest of us wants to have a box seat for your family discipline issues. You all know your kids. Maybe you might start by attending an organized cruise with the kids in the back seat. Or take them along to a cruise-in. If you have a family melt down, it’s easy to split.
Peel out, man!

Also, regarding children of spectators and or owners of show cars in general. They must be kept under control! No touching cars. No riding bikes, skate boards, and roller blades in the display area. If this is a problem for you, please get a baby sitter or have grandma watch them at home. Now, to curtail some of the hate emails. I did raise two children completely thru the car show era. It can be a great family thing. One of my kids is a car lover, the other could care less but, we did survive without any major fisticuffs. As Dirty Harry would say, “A man’s gotta know his limitations”. But, in most cases your children will be just fine.

Beware: some may even become certified car crazy.

A little Scooter quickie side story here.
Let’s set the stage. Scooter, wife, and kids were at a car show at the 44th Street National Guard Armory in Wyoming, Michigan. There was this rare Chrysler Town and Country Woodie on display and an ice cream/food booth! A spectator dad was walking his little guy, who was holding a melting chocolate ice cream cone. As the boy ducked under the yellow barrier tape, which was protecting the expensive Chrysler, he stuck out his sticky hand to touch the car. The owner at first quietly stated, “Please, keep your child away from my car, sir!” The father challenged, Hey *&#@, he’s my kid, mind your own %$#@ business!” Now, the car owner jumped up and informed the guy something to the tune of, “If your son or you, or anyone messes with my car, I’ll be forced to physically remove them away from my car”. Punches were exchanged. The final score was 3 to 1 in favor of the Chrysler owner. The point here is……This can happen! Thankfully, not often. Here’s Scooter’s advice……… If you are a car owner, you could possibly diffuse situations like this by being alert. And maybe stepping forward to begin re-dusting the front end until the danger passes.
If you are the spectator with a child, remember, you are the adult.
It’s in your court. Nuff said.

Next, if you bring PETS? Have them on a leash and don’t let the dogs lift their leg on a Coker wide whitewall tire or jump up on a flip flop BC/CC paint job. I realize this stuff is a given to 90% of us. But, as a past car show organizer and promoter, I see the above things more often than you would expect.

We’ll be sliding into Scooters Garage for more supposedly given things like…….Whining over entry fees, classes, trophies, pre-departing, saving spaces, and more.

Oh, shucks! Harvey has to go outside to piddle on my Coker wide whitewalls. NOT

Car Show Etiquette Part 2


Car Show Etiquette Part 2
By Scott Strenzel, aka Scooter

The garage is open and we threw the Billie Bob’s Bacon Barn to-go boxes in the trash barrel after Harvey licked them clean, so let’s go.

Here at Scooter’s Garage, we are assuming you all will be doing some type of old car events. The goal of all of us in the old car hobby is to have fun. A good friend told me years ago, “Scooter, my wife, Maraiba, the kids and I are in this with our yellow 1950 custom Chevy to make memories that will last a lifetime”. How cool is that? Thanks, Leo.

I’m only covering stuff that really does happen. Not often, but just be aware and work at making a larger volume of memories by avoiding these feelings and acts of human nature.

It still bothers me to hear some guy whining about the $10 or $15 entry fee or donation he made to whoever is hosting the event. Old Scooter has done car shows as a car club member, alone, for profit, and for tax exempt organizations. The amount of time and attention to detail: trophy shopping, dash plaques, goody bags, signage, voting ballots, and registration forms is all lots of work. Plus, the hustle & bustle on the day of the show is unbelievable to those who have never experienced it. We all think nothing of spending thousands on our cars, but then some of us have a problem with a ten spot to enter a show….give me a break. I’ve seen many that can gripe even at a FREE car show. And they were winners of a trophy! Let’s not strive to be one of those that can dull an otherwise shiny paint job. If you have a gripe, be an adult. Take the chairman or chairwoman aside discretely and voice your constructive criticism. Or better yet, ask for their telephone number and call them a few days after the show. Then, give them a heads-up in a respectable way. Most organizers will appreciate your input.

This brings up AWARDS! Hold me back, Harvey! Sorry out there! This one gets old Scooter big time. Unless it’s a judged show with an ultra high entrance fee or a show that is upscale enough to be attended only via an invite, CHILL! You can purchase the average 12 inch or so tall engraved trophy for less than TEN DOLLARS! And you’re gonna come unglued over this? Hey, sell a body molding clip off your $100,000 car and use that money to buy yourself a $10 trophy. I’ve garnered literally 100’s of awards. And don’t we all forget the event we won them in a few months time or for sure by the next year. To say nothing of the dust that gathers on them. At an Indiana cruise-in, Scooter recently had the owner of a multi-award winning magazine feature car tell him, “I hang my trophies from the rafters of my pole barn”. Another guy from Chicago, with a ‘39 Ford street rod, told me he removes the engraving and donates the trophy to a scouting group or the local 4-H club to re-give to the kids. Point here is–don’t give yourself a heart attack, and yes, at the moment you hear your name called and step forward to receive your award….be PROUD! You’ve earned it. But remember, a car show is not a heart transplant.

Next, we’ll bravely (or stupidly) discuss CLASSES and the actual awards ceremony. Then, finish with parking space do’s & don’ts at the show. Holy, Lake pipes! The Fed-Ex truck made the driveway. Gotta go.

The garage is closed,