Car Shows for Restored Cars
If you join the Classic Car Association, you will be entitled to newsletters that will give you an opportunity to find out where the auto shows in your area are.
For your first venture, you may want to join a car club in the area and exhibit your car at the neighborhood car show.
Just about every neighborhood has these type of exhibits.
You can usually enter the exhibit for free. There are no prizes and no fee for anyone to take a look.
You simply sit there with the hood of the car open as well as the doors and allow people to see your car.
You have to constantly remind kids not to touch.
If you have ever been to one of these neighborhood shows, you know how it operates.
You can spend the day chatting with other car enthusiasts who will give you constructive criticism about your car, whether you ask or not, and make a few friends.
At first you may not be as protective of your automobile as the others who have been doing this for a while.
Most of them would rather you molest their wife than touch their car.
However, as time wears on and you participate in a few shows, and observe people who seem to let their kids run wild as they attempt to jump into your car, you will also become more vigilant in watching your car.
After you have gotten a bit more confident in your car restoration abilities, you may choose to participate in an antique car club show.
There are antique car clubs located all over the United States.
You can find these easily enough on the internet.
Chances are that some of your buddies may be able to tell you other places where you can exhibit your car.
Many of the antique car clubs have monthly shows in which auto restorers compete with one another for prizes.
Most of the prizes are non monetary. Plaques and trophies are often awarded in different categories.
When you have reached the level of Concours d’Elegance, you can participate in one of the large antique car shows that occur each year in the United States.
Some of the most popular car shows are held annually at Meadow Brook Michigan.
Another exciting venue for car restoration enthusiasts is the annual antique car exhibition and auction held at Hilton Head, South Carolina.
These are some of the top shows in the country. In addition to exhibition, some car owners auction their cars to the highest bidder.
One of the oldest car show events is the Stowe Car Show in Vermont.
This has been held every year for over fifty years.
The Stowe Car Show is one of the most beloved classic car shows in the United States.
Car restoration enthusiasts travel each year to Vermont to participate in this show.
Prizes are given in several different categories, including for interior design, exterior excellence and overall restoration quality.
All types of vintage cars can enter this show.
Here you will see everything from Muscle Cars of the 1970s to Veteran Cars that were built prior to WWI.
The most prestigious classic car show in the United States is the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach.
This features the crème de le crème of all restored classic cars.
The prizes for the show range from $200,000 to $400,000 and there are also prizes for the street show as well, in which cars are judged on how well they run.
Most classic auto shows have requirements for exhibition.
Take a look around and see if you can find one that will suit the type of car that you have restored.
There are some that only feature cars from the 1950s, while others only want pre-WWII cars. There are classic car shows for just about every era of cars.
If you have restored one of the fun cars from the 1960s or 1970s, you can also find a car show in which to exhibit your car.
Many people are watching the cars that they grew up with being turned into “classics” because of the interest in “retro.”
Young people today admire the 1970s and 1980s and there is more of a calling to show restored cars from that era, particularly the tacky ones such as the AMC Gremlin and Pacer.
The nice thing about joining a car club is that you become a member of a community.
You will get to meet with other people who are also interested in restoring cars and learn different techniques and tips from them.
Once you have made the decision to restore a car, join one of the local clubs so that you can get help from others who will be glad to share their knowledge and experience with a novice car restorer.
The process of car restoration encompasses not just the parts of the car that can be seen by others, but also the mechanical components should also be restored to their original condition.
Learn more here on our comprehensive DIY guide to help you learn how to do classic car restoration.
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