Going to a car show when you have a free afternoon can lead to a fun time, but for those us that show up to each and every one — it’s a way of life. People showing their cars have their share of headaches even as they enjoy all the attention and payoff of their hard work.
At the same time, other show participants can be a part of that headache. So, whether you are showing off your sheet metal baby or taking a look at the gorgeous glossy garage pinups on display, everyone could stand to learn a thing or two about being considerate and helping things run smoother.
With that said, here are the ten commandments of car show etiquette, regardless of whether you are a spectator or participant:
I. THOU SHALT NOT SULLY ANOTHER PERSON’S AUTO
Yes, fingerprints buff out, but greasy chili or hairline scratches from blue jean rivets take a lot more work. The bottom line is that there is never any need to touch another man or woman’s vehicle. Spoiler alert: they all feel like metal, folks. Or, if you really want to get your fingers broke, like carbon fiber.
Another huge problem lies in increasing the risks of an accident, so stay wary. All food and beverages should linger well away from cars, and definitely not above them. Same goes for any keys, cell phones, belt buckles and any other metal bits that could easily bump up and ruin some expensive paint.
II. THOU SHALT KEEP THY OPINION TO THYSELF
We all have strong opinions about cars, and some cars happen to be downright polarizing. But, opinions are like pet pictures: usually the only ones you care about are your own.
So, if your momma didn’t communicate it sufficiently beforehand: be polite and keep strong opinions to yourself. They will be just as witty whispered into your friend or spouse’s ear on the way back from the paddock.
III. THOU SHALT RESPECT ORGANIZER RULES AND SCHEDULES
Please, folks, arrive early and let staff know if you plan to leave early. Otherwise, you could cause a hassle that inconveniences scores of other people who have to make way for the tardy guy. Remember, if you were in their shoes you would feel annoyed at someone showing up late or trying to dip out hours early.
The same goes for respecting event staff. They are usually volunteers, and the event would not go on without them. If you truly feel like they are mistaken, state your case politely or find someone supervising. Worst case scenario: email the organizer afterwards. Getting into an argument the day of won’t make you look cool, it’ll probably just make you uninvited from next year’s event.
IV. THOU SHALT NOT SHOWETH OFF WHEN LEAVING
Burnouts are tremendous fun, but there’s a time and a place. Peeling out of a crowded event, most likely onto a busy city street, is less likely to make the ladies swoon and more likely to collide you into the nearest pedestrian or cop car.
Not to mention, noise, smoke and crowds will always be an unpleasant combination.
V. THOU SHALT NOT DRAG RACE
Drag racing is not only dangerous when not on a designated strip, it’s illegal. That may seem like a trifle to some of us who live 2Fast2Furious, but arrests or accidents will only make the event look bad by proxy.
The last thing organizers need is a bored news reporter trying to draw a trend between car shows and a decline in public safety.
VI. THOU SHALT NOT BLAST MUSIC OR INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT
Like it or not, kids go to car shows. Honestly, they should since it can kindle a lifelong passion. If said kid happens to hear bad language or catch a glimpse of your obscene airbrush art, their parent just may take that joy away from them. We’re not saying all things racy and risque don’t belong at a car show, but rather to use discretion and avoid crossing the line.
Oh, and no one wants to hear your music blasting six cars down. We’ve taken a poll.
VII. THOU SHALT NOT MAKE WOMEN UNCOMFORTABLE
Be respectful to women. Chances are great that they have kids and husbands and didn’t come to a car show to get hit on, regardless of how they chose to dress. Imagine how you would feel if someone said something lewd to your wife or daughter. ‘Nuff said.
VIII. THOU SHALT LEARN TO LIVE WITH JUDGES’ DECISIONS
We have been to plenty of car shows where “best antique” goes to a fiberglass kit car, but heckling or loudly complaining won’t change anything. The decision may be downright unfair or play in favor of kitschy flash over quality, but it’s still unfortunately nothing that can be controlled.
Real winners don’t need trophies anyways!
IX. THOU SHALT WORK ON THY PATIENCE
If you bring a car to a show, you’re going to get asked the same silly questions eight million times. You’re going to have to deal with some jerk sitting on your hood. You’re going to watch some kid pull on your factory installed side view mirrors.
Our best advice is to try to remain calm and avoid escalating. Most of the time, the incident will resolve itself quickly enough. When it doesn’t, try to remain polite and articulate your point clearly so they understand. If it goes any further, try to get event staff involved rather than take everything on yourself.
These are suggestions, of course, because someone could easily cross the line, but always let them be the ones to do it first.
X. THOU SHALT PICK UP THINE LITTER
Attendees and participants are equally guilty of this, so go ahead and bring a few spare trash bags just in case.
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Whew, that was quite the sermon, so apologies if that ended up sounding a little bossy. The bottom line is that when everyone acts considerately, events are much more enjoyable and can happen more often.
So what sort of things did we miss? Is there anything you see at car shows that sets you off? Got a car show horror story to tell? Leave a comment below!
Also, if you need new auto parts for your classic show cars, contact one of our friendly team member at Meyers Auto Parts. Call (702) 431-8000 and we would more than happy to find the right car part for you. If you prefer to stop by and talk to us in person, visit one of our four locations in the Las Vegas Valley.
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