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I've had my IE in 4 judged shows since I got it in February. I have won best of class in one, and 1st place in another. Both categories are '80's to present original car. Aside from keeping the car squeaky clean (not hard in AZ), I've put some Billet Tech bling in the engine bay, a Mopar T-handle shifter and stainless door sills. I've also prepared two laminated sheets describing the car's features which I put on both sides of the dash. Ralph Gilles signed my car at the Spring Festival of LX's so that's always a conversation piece. The IE in general generates a lot of conversation, and people really like the white interior with the embroidered seats.
I agree with all of the others who say that a clean engine bay is very important! BTW, I also won two trophies with my 09 R/T which I had for two years, so it's not all about the IE. I've been to a lot of car shows, and the best part is the friends you make. Winning is a bonus.
I showed cars for 20 years, mostly Corvettes.
Cleanliness usually wins in these shows. Mods can hurt you since stock is the rule today.
I spent $$$ on a Caravaggio Connelly full custom leather interior including dash, doors, seats only to lose to a stock 58 Corvette with vinyl seats.
Don't be disappointed if you lose, it's politics just like everything else.
I did win several shows, sometimes with 2 cars, a 2000 modified C5 Corvette and a 95 Corvette ZR-1. Same show next year, nothing!
Never showed my Challenger, I guess I lost interest.
I built my last 3 cars with showing in mind. ('63 Impala, '72 Challenger, '90 Maxima). The import the most. Every show won trophies. The cars become un-enjoyable because I was afraid to drive/enjoy them for fear of dirt or damage. I never respected the new cars being showed because I always viewed it as "anyone can write a check, a real show car is built not bought". That way of thinking proved to be short-sighted as I learned that it is about the love of the car and enjoyment of the hobby and not some sense of one-upmanship. I have met so many people who felt more pride in their "purchased" car than I in my "built" car.
The trophies gather dust and mean nothing. The connection to the vehicle and the enjoyment of the hobby is all that should matter. Build your car to feed your pleasure. Don't worry what others' think and don't look for approval in a piece of plastic that sits on the shelf. Look for approval in the smile you get when you enjoy your car.
Plum Crazy is more than just a color. It is a way of life.
Last edited by jonmandude; 07-10-2011 at 11:51 PM.
I have been to several cruise in shows, they're free and all about showing off the car/trucks. I like judged shows but hate it when someone buys a brand new car off the show room floor and brings it to a car show and wins a first place trophy with absolutely nothing done to it mods wise. I enter mine at all of them but couldnt care less if I win or not, all about the show and not the awards. Now I have a few minor mods and a long way to go to be more eye appealing but Im not 100% bone stock.
trying to figure out what to do with all my old trophies. have thought about putting them on ebay and seeing if someone would actually buy them lol. with the way some people are these days i could see me selling them. then going to a car show the next year and seeing someone with a bunch of my old trohies around there car pretending they won them lol.
I have entered my SE into three car shows... small ones mind you... not entering to win anything... more for the joy of showing it off to others that have not seen one up close and helping out charities (one in particular is for MS which my Mom has). Anyway.... I have added to my car:
Am. Racing Torq Thrust 20" wheels
Strobe rocker panel
Chrome gas cap
SE badging on the front and back since Chrysler doesn't badge the SE's.
Caliper covers to match the color of my car are coming next week.
MODS on the Way and No, I'm not Joking, "I never joke about my work" Q
Covert interior Camera to DVR, Smoke Screen, Flame Thrower, Twin Airsoft Tommy Guns that fold down from fog lights and fire from the shifter, Green Halos, Door shocking handles, Rear Laser http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en1C04rsUi4
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