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my parents used to do this with an '87 monte SS they used to own. i remember them always losing points for not having the wheels/rims in sequence with each other . ( eg all the white lettering mounted in the same position on the rim, and the tires all postioned the same, letters on top/bottom ect and centercaps the same direction.) i remember it as my dad would curse and curse about it mumbling next year and always forgetting it. you also get bonus points or sponsor money if your car had the sponsors products on it ( BFG tires ect)
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I know this is probably the wrong place to pose the question, but why the need for an award....can't you just enjoy the car and showing it? I just don't get the whole car show scene.
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I know this is probably the wrong place to pose the question, but why the need for an award....can't you just enjoy the car and showing it? I just don't get the whole car show scene.
me either. i have a group of friends that do care about trophies. Not me. i dont care.

hey harps, post the picture of your FIRST hood scoop mod. the original.... not the birdcatcher
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I know this is probably the wrong place to pose the question, but why the need for an award....can't you just enjoy the car and showing it? I just don't get the whole car show scene.
Some people that is there thing. I take mine to a few select shows to show off the car so others can see it up close AND to support charities too. Especially the MS one for my Mom. It is amazing how many 10ish year old boys just love the Challenger.
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I know this is probably the wrong place to pose the question, but why the need for an award....can't you just enjoy the car and showing it? I just don't get the whole car show scene.
1) It's a crazy cheap date! My wife and I go, we bring a small cooler our chairs and the canopy and enjoy the day together!

2)Most (yes not all) but most of the car shows we see around here are for good causes. Local charities, churches, special needs/olympics. Why not donate to a good cause and have a little fun at the same time!

3)I like talking about cars, looking at cars, and then some more talking about cars. What better place to do that then at car shows!

4)Great excuse for mods!

5)Also gets you in the habit of really detailing your car. Which if you don't do yourself and pay someone else to do can be expensive. This one in particular might be exclusive to me but I'm very tight with money. At the same time I like to be lazy from time to time and not clean the car perfectly, so having a show to get it ready for gives me the extra little kick to go get her ready!

Bottom line IMO is car shows are meant to be good times. Usually good crews of people with some 50-60-70's tunes jamming. It's a great atmosphere to be around. Have fun and enjoy!
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I have to say I have met some very nice and interesting people at car shows as well. Nice to people watch looking at your car and getting to see a lot of other cool cars all for a good cause too. Heck... my WIFE tells me to do this and that mod wise for car shows.... I am the one holding back. She wants me to Billet Tech out the under the hood big time.
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Display your documentation with the car. That seems to mean a lot to most judges. We have our window stickers, all the tags that came in the car are still in the car and the manuals. If you can reach an area, clean it even if you can't see it. That may be the tie breaker if one is needed. Mods are good, but sqeaky clean is the best way to stand out. After that a supercharger underhood always helps too. Don't get carried away with the visual mods too much. Keep it tasteful. Did I mention sqeaky clean everywhere. That makes the biggest difference.
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I know this is probably the wrong place to pose the question, but why the need for an award....can't you just enjoy the car and showing it? I just don't get the whole car show scene.

its a competition. wanting to take first place in a car show is no diffrent then lining up next to the guy on the drag strip and wanting to win. if you just want to show it off there are meets and cruise-ins and any number of things you can do. but when you entering a car show your entering a competition with the other cars to see who is the best.
is it biased? sure to some degree it is. esp if you have bad judges. but when you walk home from every show with an award you know you have a car that allot of people like.

I have been competing in shows for the last several years. i have probably 60-70 trophies from shows. and for me its just the thrill of being the best there. you start out trying to win your class. then you start trying to win the best of awards, and then you work at winning the best of the show. its pretty cool going to a show with a few hundred cars and being called up on stage because the judges felt that you had the best car there out of everyone else. not to mention at bigger shows you can start winning money. having fun is great, but having fun and taking home a check for $350 is funner.

another thing is sponsors. going to shows and winning gets sponsors attention and its nice coming home from work and finding a brand new set of tires sitting on your porch. or a huge box of cleaning supplies because the companies like what they have seen and want to work with you. you never make back in parts what youve put in. but if you really enjoy it. free parts can be nice.
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