Car Show Etiquette for Owners and Oglers

Car shows can be a great opportunity for car owners to show off their pride and joy; it can also be a great opportunity for car enthusiasts to come and admire said pride and joy. Unfortunately, what should be common sense, no-brainer courtesy and etiquette is often lost somewhere along the way. Read on to find out what both owners and oglers can do to make this a good experience, all the way around.

Owner Etiquette

Congratulations! You’ve got your baby on display for all the world to see. Here are a few do’s and don’ts:

  1. Don’t complain about the entry fees. First of all, no one is forcing you to display your car. Second, organizing a car show takes time, effort and resources. For smaller, more modest shows, the event organizer probably invested their own money to make the event happen and is simply trying to offset costs. A little appreciation for the opportunity to show your car would be in order.
  2. Do make sure your car is clean. This would seem obvious. After all, if you’re showing off your car to the public, you want your car to look its best, right? However, people do overlook this step and shine only the really ostentatious bits of their car, leaving the rest covered in dirt and rust. If you’re going to go to the effort of showing your car, make sure it’s clean – not just the interior but the engine, too.
  3. Don’t go overboard with your display. While a modest display can be an interesting complement to your car, it’s your car that should take center stage. Instead of piles of stuffed animals or endless stacks of photo albums and fliers, simply stick to a clean presentation with a few key photos of the restoration process. Let your car speak for itself.
  4. Don’t stalk people who are checking out your car. It’s one thing to be available to answer questions, but it’s another to pounce on someone as soon as they show the slightest hint of interest in your car. While wanting to share your enthusiasm about your car is totally understandable, following someone around from two feet away while pelting them with information about your car is not.

Ogler Etiquette

Car shows are often a destination for a family day out. But in order for it to be enjoyable for everyone, there are do’s and don’t’s for car show attendees as well:

  1. Don’t let your kids touch the car. This comes under the heading of “treating others the way you would want to be treated.” While you might not feel children and cars are remotely on the same level, a car owner may have extremely paternal feelings toward their car. You wouldn’t want a stranger touching your kids, would you? Well, car owners don’t want your kids touching their car. You don’t have kids? In that case, you don’t touch the car, either.
  2. Do think before you speak. It’s natural to make comments on the cars while you’re looking at them. However, Mom’s rule applies here: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. These car owners put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into their cars and it’s just plain mean to say rude things about it.
  3. Do avoid scratching the cars. This is sometimes much easier said than done. You could be innocently looking at something on a car without realizing the zipper on your hoodie is busy scratching the door. Other likely culprits are rivets on jeans, snaps, belts, cameras and camera straps. Even the rhinestones on a lady’s shirt could cause damage when rubbing up against a paint job, so make sure you and your clothes are well clear of the cars.
  4. Don’t let your pets get too close to the cars. It’s great if you want to take Fido or Fluffy with you to the car show in the park. It’s not so great when Fido decides to relieve himself on someone’s car or tires. Not only that, dogs generally like to jump into cars which could be a nightmare for a car owner. Keep Fluffy out of temptation’s reach in the first place.

If both oglers and owners follow these simple rules, everyone at the car show will be a lot happier. These cars are worth a lot of money and would take just as much money to repair, from getting new Ford f150 parts to having to replace a car altogether!

About the Author:   Chase Wheeler is a contributing blogger and car show enthusiast. He is especially interested in f150 related car shows, as they are his favorite model.

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