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post #226 of 237 (permalink) Old 09-22-2018, 07:25 PM
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I went to two long distance shows, or rather locations in the past couple weeks. One on the weekend of Sept 6th I traveled East and stayed in Astoria OR then it was 15 miles south to Wheels and Waves car show in Seaside where I finallly got to meet SanDawgDewey in person and his beautiful Red '64 Galaxie convertible and a friend i hadn't seen in 25 yrs from TN came by also. Haven't heard a number for how many cars but people who have been going for years says the attendance keeps dropping. There were a lot of cars to me though and several i knew from my area also.

Then I went 15 miles North to Long Beach WA for the cruising i heard of etc. I heard there was 900 cars in that show! There I saw a lot of cars from my area. That show is called The End of the World Rod Run. What a crazy place but I had a great time. A lot of the locals watching along the streets. I don't know the distance but at least 5 miles. There were guys dressed as cheerleaders that were pretty funny, i kick myself for not going back to get a pic. I mean there was my pinup guys! LOL There was a bunch of people at a table and as you passed they held up paper plates with a score on it like the game shows and just cars of all kinds everywhere. I was told this starts in the morning and goes til really late at night. Next year i'm only going to this one!

The weekend of the 15th I traveled East 215 miles to Sun Lakes Resort for a show called Decades of Distinction which is relatively new, about 30 others. You could tent, RV, cabins and mobile homes to stay in. Paddle boats and mini golf, small pool and the show weekend had live music and a beer garden. Great part about that is you could walk "home". Of course 20 miles of that i was caught in a rain storm with top down. I met a man with another '64 convertible today at a show and he was right there with me on how you don't get wet unless you stop! No awards but good friends and new friends to meet there.

Today with a couple showers I was off to a local show and the biggest surprise of it was i won the favorite unfinished and favorite engine awards. That was totally unexpected as chances of getting anything with a car like mine or even a really nice one aren't very good. My friend said a bunch of people went straight to my car afterwards to see this winning engine. They weren't too impressed and one i guess was saying I spent $15k on my engine and this wins? What can i say, I didn't do the judging nor know the judges. Maybe they liked the Seahawks colors and the hand painted frogs. There's a ton of chrome engines out there.

After all those travels I am in need of a break now, good thing the season is bout over other than the holiday shows!

One more item, after the show today i saw a came in a Arbys parking lot so then i had to rush over there and get a pic of a camel with my car. lol In this town you never know what you might see on the streets!
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post #227 of 237 (permalink) Old 09-30-2018, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Went to a local show, which just may be the last 2018 show for me.

The good news, I got a very nice 24.5" high trophy.

The bad news, there were only about 100 cars. I think they were expecting more, but 1) there was another show within five miles of this show, and 2) the Giants were playing at home (you could walk from the show to the Giants game).

Both kept attendance down, so it was easier to get a trophy just for having a decent car and showing up.

Another downside. My wife has had it with the number of car trophies I've accumulated since the mid-80's. I "won" three more this season. We've run out of cabinet space.

Music was also low volume, which was a plus, and the show ended by 3PM.
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Weather started out dismal yesterday, but then cleared up a bit. So, I went to a local car show. Weather held the number of cars down when compared to last year's show. and, I was able to win a "Top 25" trophy.

Struck up a conversation with the owner of a 68 Chrysler convert, 75,000 mile survivor. His Chrysler won nothing. All the MoPar class trophies went to five fairly new Challengers. I disagreed with that decision. His car should have been recognized for being a survivor.

We both agreed that the classic car era could be dying. We could see it in the ages of the attendees, and the music played by the DJ. Mostly late 50's to mid 70's music. The age demographic is changing. You don't hear any Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin tunes over the speakers. At some point in the future, you might not hear the Platters or Buddy Holley either.

When folks like me get too old to attend car shows, or we pass on, then what?

I'll just have to enjoy it while I still can.
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I quit doing most of the shows around my area because they are largely disorganized. They lump these older cars with new stuff, and then you see stuff like a Dad, Mom and two kids ranging from 8-10 yrs old (note to parents-kids don't have to be involved in everything) with judging sheets and you just know.
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Been to three shows so far this year. Left one early due to pending thunderstorms. Doesn't really matter as my trophy days have come to a quick end.

If you search for the right spot, you can accept the music level. (I overheard one guy parked next to me talking to his friend about getting his earplugs ready just in case.)

Yesterday, I sat towards the back of my car, and I heard a car backing in behind me. Suddenly, all heck breaks loose as this guy has to prove to the world that his new multi-hundred HP, modified exhaust Mustang has a loud motor. Unbelievably loud, and I'm only about 8' from his exhaust.

By chance, I bumped into an old friend, Bobby, who happened to be in my wedding party 52 years ago. Discussed a lot of old memories.

As with any show, flyers for future shows are left inside the car. All the flyers I got were already for Sept and Oct shows. Seems like they leaped over July and August.

Sadly, my Saturday night car hop spot no longer exists. Been going there for many, many years.
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The times, they are a-changin'! (and so are people's tastes)

Three of the biggest long-running local shows have been cancelled this year, with no plans to resume in the future.

Apparently, the local car clubs who organized them have pulled out.

I've noticed that at most of the show-n-shines, I'm one of the younger participants at age 61, and my 1977 Granada is one of the newer cars.

Like many other things, it's mainly the boomer generation that is interested, and we are all aging out of it, it seems.



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The three shows had a decent number of cars. But, the last show had about ten new Challengers and a bunch of new Mustangs.

Yeah, times are changing. 25 years from now, not that I care, the car shows will have some Mustangs, Challengers, Camaros, Corvettes, and a whole bunch of SUVs.

How many of today's Mustangs/Challengers/Camaroa/Corvettes will still exist? Enough to fill a show? There aren't enough now to fill a show. (Imagine the excitement seeing a 2019 Toyota Avalon in a car show in 2044!!!)

That's assuming there are car shows.

The one thing that has increased in today's shows. The number of people with bad knees.
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I've done more cruise-ins than shows so far. The local shows here are well attended (for a local show) but you get there at ten-ish and you're there till maybe 4:00. That's a long day away from things I should be doing and if it's hot...well it's just awful! I did win best in show Ford with my 68 a few weeks ago so that was a fun show for me. Like others have said most are all mixed nowadays...old, newer, imports etc. Most shows around here are for charity so they're not turning anybody away!
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I really only go to shows with activities other than sitting on a lawn chair in front of your car. I like swap meets and I’m prepping one of my non fords for the occasional drag strip pass.

So I go to the big shows that have swap meets. My biggest complaint is people on motorized scooters. For every 1 person who has to have one there are 9 fat lazy people with them. Gives the ones who can’t do without one a bad name.

When I was at the Summer Nationals last year there was a guy who was a double amputee below the knee walking around on his prosthetics like a champ. I wanted to ask him for his autograph.
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I really only go to shows with activities other than sitting on a lawn chair in front of your car. I like swap meets and Iím prepping one of my non fords for the occasional drag strip pass.

So I go to the big shows that have swap meets. My biggest complaint is people on motorized scooters. For every 1 person who has to have one there are 9 fat lazy people with them. Gives the ones who canít do without one a bad name.

When I was at the Summer Nationals last year there was a guy who was a double amputee below the knee walking around on his prosthetics like a champ. I wanted to ask him for his autograph.
I go to the shows mostly to talk about my car with the lookers. There's a bit of "wow" after I fill them in on the car's 50 year history. Then, if we're in the same age bracket, we talk about other cars we owned, where did we street race, and how the times and cars have changed.

Scooters aren't an issue in my area, but, a few years ago, one guy was flying his drone overhead.
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Found some info on a July 14th show. But, it's on a blacktop parking lot. (Show used to be on a tree lined street,)

Mid July on blacktop? This will be a last minute decision.
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There is one here in Indiana on the 13-14th too. An all Pontiac race/swap/show event. I’m trying to get my Firebird ready to pass tech. The problem is that’s the same weekend as Iola. I worry we won’t get a lot of nearby state action when competing with one of the biggest shows of the year.
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