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Old 05-25-2014, 10:38 AM
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I'm going to be checking this kind of stuff out in the future, lots of good info to be had here! I don't plan on modding my car at all and don't expect to win anything because of that, but it'll be nice to meet up with some people and look at cars and hang out!
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:40 AM
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stock or not stock go and show it off man ! part of having a nice car's culture. You are going to be around car guys and they are generally nice people. enjoy !
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Old 05-25-2014, 11:03 AM
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If it's a big show just remember to keep your doors locked. You get the occasional bonehead who thinks he should try to open the door and get in.
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:35 PM
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Omg, give her a beauty treatment,stick a foldable chair or two in the boot, put on the sunscreen and Go. You'll meet the greatest group of gals and guys.
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:22 PM
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Originally Posted by gilbybarr View Post
My first suggestion would be to join your local Corvette club....will open up all kinds of new things for you to enjoy.

Meet great people and can learn everything you want and more.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:01 AM
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I will tell you that I have been to one car show and one car cruise-in with nothing but overwhelming positive comments and met some great people.

You should do what YOU want to do and above all, not worry about what anyone else thinks - especially some of the negative people on this forum. If you don't want to compete with someone else because you have a new car - stay at home. If you want to compete, go ahead. Life isn't about worrying about what other people thinks of you. Life is about doing whatever you want and NOT worrying about other peoples opinions. But, you asked so you will get both sides.

Participate in a car show or a cruise. You will meet great people and have a great time.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:22 AM
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Sorry, new cars entered into competition is just lame.
I belonged to a KC Corvette club and they had one every year. Everyone got a trophy and every car was judged....So how do you judge a factory-fresh C7 vs. another factory-fresh C7 ???

Older cars are another story. They take time, patience, skill, and money to get back to original and that is something worthy of a "Show" and judgment.

Of course, the standard disclaimer of "Do what makes you happy" applies to my post...but I don't get it.

I would rather hang out with car guys talking about our cars instead of trying to determine who get the trophy for best "Armor All Tire Application"

I have been to MANY car shows, from getting NCRS Top Flights, to the local Cruise Nights. I have entered new cars, restored classics, and modified beasts. I have won and earned my fair share from Concurs levels to NCRS Judging, but could NEVER understand why the two bit trophy (dust collector) is SO Imported to some people. To me it the competition of myself to prep and get the car ready, its about meeting and being with people having the same interests, and its about the little kid that turns to his Dad saying, "This is my favorite car."
Been showing cars for over 40 years, and it always amazes me why people worry so much about a trophy. I do it because of the love of the hobby and the people I meet and greet. New factory stock car or customized hot rod, they all are an extension of the owner. Go for it and enjoy yourself...
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I think based on your post, you dont want to be in the "modified" class. These guys spend $3k to $4k on just the chrome under their hoods...nothing wrong with that, but you dont sound like that is the level you want to get to... To remain in the "stock" class, normally the rules are 5 or less modifications (such as an interior change, aftermarket exhaust, aftermarket wheels, etc). Im a judge for car shows so Ill provide as much advice as I can.

First - cleanliness is key...period. You will never win a (honest) judged show if your car isn't clean...and by clean, I mean CLEAN. Your car needs to literally be spotless. And not just the paint washed and waxed or the interior vacuumed...you have to clean everywhere; all the engine parts, behind the wheels, your door hinges, the crevasses under your hood or truck, your exhaust tips, your tires, all glass/windows, your carpets, your dashboard, the seats...everything cause that's what (good) judges look for.

Now to make your car pop, without breaking the bank - here are a few items you can add to your Vette to help make it look even nicer:
You'll know your car is clean when your done, and people (like this guy) walk by your car and start taking pictures of it...they won't do that for a dirty car - I promise. Best of Luck!

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Another “show” venue to check out is Cars and Coffee. No judging just car enthusiasts. They have a national website to check for local events. The local one near me is held at the Circuit of the Americas and draws 100s of cars onto the show field parked by manufacturer.
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Old 02-20-2019, 08:56 AM
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As others stated clean it up, park it and that is about it.
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My wife and I have started going to many of the smaller shows in Indiana that are typically tied in to some type of local fair or festival. Not many C4's at most shows and we get to see small towns we would have never visited. Occasionally we win a dust collector, but always enjoy the folks we meet. I also try to get kids interested in the car to take a look and will always offer to let mom or dad take a pic of them behind the wheel. The parents are most appreciative and I hope we may be planting that seed for a future car guy or gal. Kids today don't have the car culture and in many cases I think if they are just exposed to cars it might stick with them. The best "trophy" I have received is to hear that kid walking away saying "I want a car like that when I grow up !" So go show.

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Old 02-20-2019, 09:53 AM
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Necessary mods should include a loaded cooler, lawn chairs, sun protection, and an affinity for like minded people.
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Old 02-20-2019, 09:58 AM
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I like the Corvette and classic and hot rod car shows. When there is a hot rod / classic show, I usually bring my 72, but I do not bring the C7. A couple of years back, I was going to a local car show (hot rod /classics) and my wife asked me which car I would show. I said that of course I would be entering my 72. She then told me she would like to bring the C7, so I just said "whatever.". We ended up winning 2 categories; 1st place for 70s cars and 1st place for post 2000 car. It was a fun day but I really never go to a show with the intention of winning, it is about being around car people and looking at other cars.

When we do the all corvette shows, we always bring both cars. The Corvette Club shows are almost always for charity, so that makes it worthwhile.
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Old 02-20-2019, 10:01 AM
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Necessary mods should include a loaded cooler, lawn chairs, sun protection, and an affinity for like minded people.
Know it's an old thread but see I did not post and I go to many Shows BUT not with the Corvette, with my 19 year old street rod that always comes back with a Trophy!

Brought my Grand Sport once when it was new and agree Mods are not needed but a few simple things are fun for the folks who come. These are some pics of what I brought:

Yep it won a trophy BUT my Street Rod was very upset when I pulled into the garage that she didn't go so it was the last for the Vette! I go to see my other car friends and watch kids smile!






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Old 02-20-2019, 10:31 AM
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I would have to say events like cars and coffee are the more enjoyable ones for me. I have been to very large Corvette shows in the past that are judged by the participants. I’ll bet you can guess that the largest groups (clubs) that arrive take home the most hardware because they’re all voting for each other.
Call me a sore loser if you’d like. The cruise-ins and meets that are simply car enthusiasts out to see some cool cars and meet new folks are super fun. I could be wrong, but the majority of the trophies are usually taken home by the guy that pours the most money into mods. Maybe it’s just me...

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Old 02-20-2019, 10:49 AM
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Most ad hoc car shows are easy in not easy out. You park and park for the day. If you aren't car show savvy, you won't have packed a cooler, snacks, chairs, shade umbrella, and a double dose of patience. The war stories from quasi know it alls, the inane questions, folks bending over and peering in, they will drive you nuts. And you can't just pack up and go. There is the crowd to contend with and likely you'll find you can't get your car and you out until the show is 'officially' over. 8-10 hours is a long haul for those not ga-ga for this type of event.

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Old 02-20-2019, 10:59 AM
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When you go to car shows do you let children sit in your car? I DO It is so exciting to watch the looks on their face when they get in. Some kids may never ever in life have an opportunity to sit in a Vett more less buy one. Its only a car and they will not hurt it. You never know what influence you will have on one of these bright upcoming leaders of our future. Who does the same ?
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:15 AM
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I stop by a few car shows here and there. Very rarely enter my car in them tho, bc all too often you're stuck there until its over. I don't care to walk around all day in that setting.
Also, I wouldn't enter a stock new car into a show. I would feel like an idiot if for some odd reason I won something with a stock car thats like every other one in the world.
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:28 AM
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My wife loves to do this. The kids get a huge kick out of it, so what is the harm?

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When you go to car shows do you let children sit in your car? I DO It is so exciting to watch the looks on their face when they get in. Some kids may never ever in life have an opportunity to sit in a Vett more less buy one. Its only a car and they will not hurt it. You never know what influence you will have on one of these bright upcoming leaders of our future. Who does the same ?

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