Throughout my life, I have attended a lot of “Car Shows.” And I can say with conviction that I have seen all of the best but probably a bit more of the “Worst” of people who attend “Car Shows.” From being oblivious to giant “PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH” signs to hovering within inches of a car while clutching the world’s messiest order of (insert messiest and stickiest food or drink here.) And of course the ever so famous – walking directly in front of someone with a camera focused on a car!
The reality is though, we were all guilty of one of these slip-ups at some time probably when we were younger and some of us got schooled however some us have not. Hence, we want to make sure you’re never “That Guy” when you’re attending the next Car Show.
So Grab your sticky meal and Read these Unwritten Rules for a Spectator at a Car Show:
- Don’t Ever Touch the Show Cars (Unless Asked To)
It’s literally the “first” rule. And the rule is ‘Do Not Touch!’ It doesn’t matter if a vehicle looks fresh out of the junkyard, or is the only remaining example in the entire world; the owner put in more time preparing their car for the show than they did actually being productive at work the week leading up to it!
- Keep Food and Drinks Away
Look, we know, everyone needs to eat – some of us more than others. But, as car enthusiasts, we bring our cars out for our own and other’s enjoyment. We didn’t just spend countless hours waxing and removing water spots for Greasy McBurgerson to use our car as a placemat, and ruin the experience for everyone. If you got a Burger or a Hot dog stay away from the cars!
- Cars are for Looking – Not Leaning
Now touching is one thing. Leaning your elbow or rear end on a show car is quite another. Firstly, those buttons on your Levi’s can easily scratch or dent. Secondly, the vehicle is not yours – so please, be respectful of other people’s property! Finding scratches and imperfections attending a show is one way to ensure no one ever comes back again.
- Let the Judges Judge
You are more than entitled to your own opinion – you learn that as a youngin. However, you also learn to keep your mouth shut if you have nothing nice to say! Please don’t bash one of the vehicles just because it isn’t your particular taste or style – all owners have shed plenty of blood, sweat, tears, and their own money while building their rides. Let’s all just appreciate the shared love of cars together!
- Keep an Eye Out for the Guy with the Camera
Being able to capture all these high-quality photos and video is not as easy as one might think. Please be mindful of all of those out there shooting video and taking photographs. Who knows, you and your pride and joy might be next! (It happened once!)
Above all remember to appreciate all these folks who decided to pull out their cars for you to enjoy. Thus be sure to show them respect for allowing you to enjoy looking at their cars. Showing respect to the Cars and their owners ensures that they are willing to keep showing these cars off to be apreciated by others.