MyStarCollectorCar has touched on the topic of car show etiquette many times over the past nine years because the topic is completely unlike the vintage vehicles at a car show.
The topic never gets old.
We have already attended a few shows during the early phase of the car show season and have been blown away by the variety of vehicles and level of talent exhibited by their owners. The owners are people who have dedicated time and money toward a build (or acquisition of a vintage ride in some cases).
Either way, they are justifiably proud of their vehicles and MyStarCollectorCar salutes their efforts to own something completely different after a long process in some cases. Maybe it was the car of their dreams-maybe it was their grandad’s truck on the farm-there are so many ways that an older vehicle has truly become “My Star” for their owners.
We at MyStarCollectorCar believe in their automotive affection enough for us to have devoted over nine years (and counting) to our website- a place where we have an opportunity to tell the story of car and owner to our readers.
We look for the best available story at every show because we want to find the emotional connection between the beloved vintage ride and its owner. Sometimes the vehicles are not show winners; but the story about the vehicle/owner relationship makes them show winners to us.
Therefore, MyStarCollectorCar has never looked for the prettiest vehicle at a car show unless we can find that great story behind it. Our search for a great story at each show means we cover a lot of ground at a show and see plenty of etiquette breaches along the way.
The one that gets our attention in a big way is any time a spectator takes pot shots at a show entry. These tactless clowns should either keep their opinions to themselves or treat a car show like it’s ground zero in a nuclear strike zone and stay a considerable distance away from the event.
Most of them don’t even own a car and have paid nothing to attend the event. The entry cost was paid by the person whose car they have chosen as a target for ridicule. These morons become self-proclaimed experts on vehicle restoration and are not afraid to share their unwarranted opinion with every person within hearing range.
They suck the fun out of a car show for everybody who is forced to listen to their drivel when they insult the owner by pot-shotting his vehicle-and then some of these rodents let their kids play in the vehicle. We are alarmed at their obnoxious behavior and appalled at the thought their DNA has entered a new generation.
Our advice is pretty simple: keep your mouth shut and your kids out of the vehicle at a car show. Some owners are happy to let onlookers sit in their vehicle and will invite spectators and their kids to enjoy the experience. Some-but not all-owners will offer this very generous invitation to strangers.
Our final advice for car show etiquette? Remember that “please” and “thank you” are not yet extinct words and will go a long way with owners at a show.
BY: Jim Sutherland
Jim Sutherland is a veteran automotive writer whose work has been published by many major print and online publications. The list includes Calgary Herald, The Truth About Cars, Red Deer Advocate, RPM Magazine, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Windsor Star, Vancouver Province, and Post Media Wheels Section.