March 2017
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Spring is Here...Yippy
March is my most favorite month of the year.  Why?  Because the American Goldfinches are flocking to my backyard, the flowers are starting to bud out, the oaks have fresh leaves emerging and the mid 70’s temp are perfect for driving the old cars from show to show.  And there are an abundance of shows to choose from, 289 shows and cruise-ins listed on FCS.
So how does one pick a show?  The majority of car owners travel within an hour for a daylong show or a five-mile radius of a recurring local cruise-in.  I’m always filled with trepidation when I put an extra amount of time and money into traveling someplace new, not knowing what to expect.  3 hours and 2 tanks of gas later, will I be welcomed by only 20 cars, will my 50 year old Chevy be surrounding by imports and young kids or will I rush to Facebook to post how everyone at home should have come with me?  It’s the chance we take in search of a good car time. 
Here are my observations why some travel and some don’t:
  • Physical limitations.  Old cars are finicky, temperamental, unpredictable and mostly uncomfortable.  While cool to see at a show, remember that most don’t have the creature comforts that we enjoy in our everyday vehicles.  This is one reason that you see groups of modern muscle cars such as the Challengers, Camaros and Mustangs along with the Corvettes in large numbers because they enjoy the hobby just as the old car guys do but they have a more pleasing long-distance ride.  Next time you see an old car that has traveled many miles to attend an event, think about what that trip entailed and thank them for coming.
  • Weather.  Who wants to walk around a car show holding an umbrella or sit in an alcove viewing the cars from afar?  If the weatherman calls for 50% rain chance, there will be 50% less show cars.  There is a direct correlation even if it doesn’t rain a drop; it’s the thought that scares many.  Automobiles have been around for over a century and to my knowledge raindrops don’t make them melt, however they do make the undercarriage and engine chrome a mess.  So for those perfect cars, hours of cleaning afterwards may make it not worth the trip.  However, for the rest of us with ten footers, cleaning the car makes for great exercise.  A better predictor of the whereabouts of rain is the radar on our phones; use that instead of listening to the news.  Newscasters will scare the hell out of you.
  • Trophies vs none.  Some car owners will not, and I mean NOT, attend a show without trophies. What do they do with all of those trophies?  I would prefer the recognition instead of a physical trophy, plus it would save a lot of money that would otherwise go to the charity of the event.  I enjoy winning just as much as the next guy, but that will not be a factor as to where I go. The camaraderie, the stories, the scenery, the entertainment; that is why we should be attending car show.  Plus the drive can be just as fun as the show itself.  Never overlook a potentially great show just because it doesn’t offer trophies.
  • Go with what your buddies say.  If a car nut says they went to a great show ask them why.  What made it so great?  You can’t judge by the event’s advertising or what the description says or lack thereof, but you can take your buddy’s word for it.  I just missed a great event at a technical school because it just sounded, well…small.  The Camaro guys told me that there were over 500 cars and they had a ball.  I never would have guessed.  Now if I can only remember not to let it pass me by next year. 
  • Pictures and event coverage.  If I attend a great show and the organizers did a great job, I want the rest of the car community to know about it.  Truthful event coverage, lots of random pictures and social posts all are great indicators of what the show was like.  Pictures and news articles leave a longer lasting impression; so next year when the show rolls around again, it’ll be easier to recall that the show is not to be missed.  Therefore the event coverage posts are important to me and I spend many hours relaying my experiences to you.  FCS always welcomes contributors who want to share their experiences also.
  • Change of scenery.  After a while, admit it, the local cars become sort of stale.  I enjoy viewing different cars and that my car is seen by different people, therefore traveling is required.  We’re not just talking about shows here, but the city, restaurants, foliage and smells can be very different.  That is the excitement of traveling. 
My hope is that the FCS readers enjoy the event coverage articles and that more enthusiasts will contribute.  We are not paid to participate in one show or the other; I simply look at my schedule, make the time available, and decide to go, for no other reason than to have fun.  Sometimes the old car goes, sometime the new, but no matter what I still enjoy the trip. 
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