A great car show is one where you can have a look at some truly gorgeous models in your preferred niche, talk about them with like minded people, and maybe even buy or sell a vehicle or accessory. Bad ones, on the other hand, are characterised by jealousy, rivalry, and a drunken lack of manners. Here, I’ve listed some of the worst things people have been known to do at car shows. Don’t be that guy!
Let the Kids Run Wild
Okay, I completely get the want to bring your kids along to car shows. If it’s not because you couldn’t organise childcare, then you may just want to share your passion with your son or daughter. What isn’t so understandable is letting them run wild – climbing into strangers’ cars, spilling juice and soft drinks on fresh detailing, and often scratching the paint. If you’re a car enthusiast, and like your vehicles to be treated with respect, then letting your kids run wild at a car show is the definition of bad parenting! This is especially true with serious dealers around, who have invested a lot in work on the car, classic car transport and so on. The worst of the worst are those that let their kids loose, and then respond with the angry “don’t tell me how to raise my kid!” rant when someone points it out.
Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight
This is either the honest mistake of an inexperienced newbie, or just another day for someone with no respect for their fellow car nuts. Car shows are all about showing a mutual appreciation and respect for everyone’s vehicles. If you turn up with something drastically more expensive, or much more rare than the other cars there, then you’re being “that guy”. The smaller the show or event, the worse this is! Let’s take an Alfa owner’s club, for instance. The attendees at one of these gatherings are probably very familiar with each other, and don’t want to do anything more than drink some coffee, eat some pastries, and exchange notes on where to source parts and the best places to get tuning done. If you turn up in a Corvette or a Jaguar, then you’re just going to be seen as rude and obnoxious.
Okay, if you know the person and the both of you agree that it’s all in good fun, there’s no problem with a little one-upmanship when you’re talking about your cars. However, at every car show you go to, there’s sure to be at least one person who takes it too far. Any time someone goes to a show with a rare or interesting car, you can be sure there’s someone else who can’t wait to tell them all about the rarer, cooler, more interesting car that they’ve owned in the past. There’s a fair chance that they know more about the brand, too, and can’t wait to show off that knowledge. It’s all rooted in jealousy and pettiness. Don’t stoop to their level!