To the best of our knowledge, few people who pride themselves on their ability to read tarot cards, tea leaves, palms, horoscopes, crystal balls (or any extra-sensory form of good vibrations for that matter) predicted the chaotic nature of this past year.
2020 caught us off-guard because most of our favorite car events were nuked by circumstances well beyond the control of the selfless volunteers who make the shows happen on an annual basis for car guys and girls.
It is our belief here at MyStarCollectorCar that 2021 will be a year of improvisation for show organizers. We saw strong evidence of this trend over the course of late summer and early fall when organized shows took place after the people who hosted them found a way to hold an event and still adhere to the boatload of new rules implemented by self-aggrandizing bureaucrats.
We also noted an uptick in weekly shows, both in numbers of these events and attendance. Some of the larger urban centers were hindered by local ordinances created by politically driven zealots who were not in favor of such gatherings in the big cities. Consequently, these events either got strangled by the red tape–or their hosts found a way to comply with the new rules and keep the overzealous rule-makers at bay.
This trend will likely continue in ’21 as car guys attempt to host events during a time when plague rules have dealt a harsh blow to these gatherings. We believe car show organizers will continue to improvise and find a way to host these events, despite the heavy-handed legislation that infected car shows in 2020.
MyStarCollectorCar predicts their efforts will be successful in 2021, largely because car guys and girls are the world’s greatest innovators by their very nature. Most of them employ a hands-on approach to the hobby and have been on the side of a road fixing their old classics under difficult circumstances.
The onslaught of a bug that emboldens politicians and bureaucrats to take complete control of peoples’ lives under the guise of saving humanity is a tough fix at the side of this road for car guys and girls. But eventually they will indeed fix the problem because they love everything about the car hobby, including showcasing them at car shows.
What they do not like is a thick rule book that is complicated and subject to interpretation by the people who are left to enforce them. However, they are willing to read said rulebook so they can understand the new legislation and still find a way to host a show under the new guidelines.
The plague rules have a decidedly makeshift feel to them, likely because somewhere an overzealous, ruthless, and unruly gang of red-tape creators are laying down a minefield of onerous rules that make a car show more difficult to organize for the hosts.
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.