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#381853 - 01/12/17 01:46 PM Car Show Etiquette-Spectators
styleline51 Offline

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Registered: 11/13/04
Posts: 781
Loc: San Diego, CA
I have read lots of comments on various chat sites about the poor behavior and disrespect the general public shows toward us old car folks and our cars at various shows. It runs the gamut from unsupervised children and pets climbing on vehicles to folks leaning or propping their feet on cars. My local region folks told me of an incident where they left their vehicles parked to get something to eat, then returned to find folks sitting in their cars!!

I wonder if anyone has ever posted a general car show code of conduct for spectators (and owners?)?? This would sure be nice if show organizers posted these at the field entrances.

I like the sticker I have seen that says, " Don't touch this car unless you're naked." rolllaugh
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#381873 - 01/12/17 04:30 PM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: styleline51]
m006840 Offline



Registered: 11/30/02
Posts: 4510
Loc: merrimack nh
Some of the vendors supplied placards that read "Please don't touch" but apparently not all bother to read them. One show I attended the wife and I went to get a bite to eat and when we returned there was a 6-7 year old sitting in the front seat with an ice cream cone in his hand and dad standing right there. You really have to have someone remain with the car all the time.
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#381902 - 01/13/17 09:05 AM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: m006840]
styleline51 Offline

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Registered: 11/13/04
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Loc: San Diego, CA
Wow!! That makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck!!
You make a good point about having a fellow car person watch your car. Even locking the doors won't prevent the idiots touching the outside of the car. orangeupset

I am headed to my first show in CA this month and will be locking my doors. Fortunately, my body and paint work isn't started yet so there isn't much anyone can do to my paint.
I may even post a short etiquette sign anyway.
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#381904 - 01/13/17 09:30 AM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: styleline51]
Rustoholic Offline

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I love having a dirty, rusty, old truck that the public can touch. laugh

That being said, I always have a friend with me to watch over my stuff when I need or want to walk away for a while. If I am alone at a show, usually the person who owns the car next to me will watch my vehicle for a short while.

Cheers, Dean
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#381921 - 01/13/17 03:55 PM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: styleline51]
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Registered: 11/20/11
Posts: 2762
Loc: whitby ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: styleline51
I have read lots of comments on various chat sites about the poor behavior and disrespect the general public shows toward us old car folks and our cars at various shows. It runs the gamut from unsupervised children and pets climbing on vehicles to folks leaning or propping their feet on cars. My local region folks told me of an incident where they left their vehicles parked to get something to eat, then returned to find folks sitting in their cars!!

I wonder if anyone has ever posted a general car show code of conduct for spectators (and owners?)?? This would sure be nice if show organizers posted these at the field entrances.

I like the sticker I have seen that says, " Don't touch this car unless you're naked." rolllaugh


I HAVE HAD A PRINTED OUT SIGN 3 X 5"ON MY 35 COUPES VENT WINDOW FOR 20 YEARS. SAYS......
"THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING INSIDE THIS CAR WORTH LOSING YOUR LIFE OVER "

WORKS..........MIKE Agrin

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#382040 - 01/15/17 06:02 PM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: Rustoholic]
styleline51 Offline

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Registered: 11/13/04
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Loc: San Diego, CA
Good point, Rustoholic. My car is not restored on the outside yet, and I find people climb all over it just because it doesn't look pretty. So either way, we have to be vigilant for the inconsiderate.
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#382086 - 01/16/17 09:18 AM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: styleline51]
kevin47 Offline



Registered: 02/05/11
Posts: 3136
Loc: Valley Springs California
When out and about, I leave my dog in the car...His bark will unnerve the most curious...smiles...
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#382133 - 01/17/17 05:22 AM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: kevin47]
styleline51 Offline

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Registered: 11/13/04
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Loc: San Diego, CA
As long as it is not too hot for the pooch.
Another creative solution!! idea
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#382203 - 01/17/17 11:25 PM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: styleline51]
bobg1951chevy Offline



Registered: 02/17/08
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Loc: Hendersonville, N.C.
Rick,

I created my own sign ....

"DON'T TOUCH OR RUB MY BODY PARTS, I'VE NEVER TOUCHED OR RUBBED YOURS"
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#382205 - 01/18/17 06:06 AM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: bobg1951chevy]
Daryl Scott Offline

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Registered: 09/21/05
Posts: 579
Loc: Peoria, Illinois
Most of the people here ask about it before they do it, so I don't mind it so much since our cars aren't perfect show cars. Still have door slammers and people leaning on stuff but I can't get fired up. At least I try not to. Kids get a kick out of being able to sit in our '47 and play with the buttons, etc. But deep down I worry about the manners of people in 20 years. We're all going to be cavemen and women.

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#382235 - 01/18/17 02:08 PM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: Daryl Scott]
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Registered: 02/17/08
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Loc: Hendersonville, N.C.
Originally Posted By: Daryl Scott
Most of the people here ask about it before they do it, so I don't mind it so much since our cars aren't perfect show cars. Still have door slammers and people leaning on stuff but I can't get fired up. At least I try not to. Kids get a kick out of being able to sit in our '47 and play with the buttons, etc. But deep down I worry about the manners of people in 20 years. We're all going to be cavemen and women.


Regarding cavemen and women.

The words "respect" and "responsibility" are quickly disappearing from our vocabulary and our actions.

If anyone has doubt to my statement, simply go for a ride on a freeway.
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#382237 - 01/18/17 02:18 PM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: styleline51]
dens41 Offline

Oil Can Mechanic

Registered: 01/27/08
Posts: 525
Loc: iowa
What torques me is when a car guy, VCCA member who has restored lots of high point Chevy's, and I did not ask very nice for him to get his butt off my car and lean on his own car. You would think someone like that would know better.


Edited by dens41 (01/18/17 02:19 PM)
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#382258 - 01/18/17 08:49 PM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: dens41]
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Registered: 11/10/03
Posts: 2210
Loc: cumberland, md
reminds me of an incident in the mid-70's. the wife and i were heading to wilminton NC to join my parents and out young daughters for a week at the shore. lea and i were in our 64 corvette and i'll admit we were running pretty fast on secondary NC road, nearing wilmington. an early 70's black 4 door ford got to tailgating the 64 coupe, and naturally, i ran the 365 HP coupe up around 90 mph. about 5 miles down the road, there was a roadblock setup to greet us.a pair of NC state troopers blocked the road. the NC state troopers were decent, but the barney fife sherrif's deputy in the black ford was a rectal hole. he ran his mouth just about the time he placed his shoe on the NOS rear bumper of the coupe, and i went ballistic. the troopers instructed him to remove his boot from the vet and told him to get along as they'd take care of the situation. the deputy left and we were instructed to follow the troopers down the road. a couple miles later, they had us pull over. the troopers confirmed my analysis of the deputy, gave me a warning and told me to keep it under 55 mph. i still have the wife and the 64 coupe. mike

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#382289 - 01/19/17 11:04 AM Re: Car Show Etiquette-Spectators [Re: Mike McCagh]
styleline51 Offline

pumpjockey

Registered: 11/13/04
Posts: 781
Loc: San Diego, CA
All interesting stories. Thanks all.

Bob--neat sign idea. Anyone else have any unique ideas for signs??Sometimes a little humor gets the point across. LOL
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