Ok everybody here is the question. What is a Show car? We have all seen new cars at cars shows filled with the normal show cars. 32 Ford Coupe, 57 Chevy, 63 Vette, and on and on.I grew up with Street Rods, 50’s- 60’s cars as the normal show car. Well that was back in the 70’s and 80’s. It s now 2016, so a late 90’s or early 2000 car is about the same to today’s youth right?
With this being said what about a Gen 5 Camaro, or a 2016 Mustang GT 350, or a very powerful Dodge Challenger Hellcat? These car are wicked cool and very hi tech to boot. Recently I have heard car guys talking about how they think the new stuff should be left in the parking lot, instead of in the show area. I can understand their thinking, but on the other hand where is the future of Hot Rodding? I can tell you where it is, it is with our youth. Do you think a 16 year old young man likes a 1953 Chevy more than a 2016 ZO6 Corevette? Heck no. They like the cars that are being made now, and are crusing the streets in their neiborhood. They might enjoy looking at a car from the 40’s or fifty’s, but they want something current.
Like this Nissan GTR NISMO above, this is what our youth drool over, not a 32 roadster. Have you ever driven a GTR? I am lucky enough to say I have, WOW what a car. Are you kidding me? Twin turbo with wicked acceleration, and brakes that stop you right now. This is a machine for sure, and so are a lot of the new so called muscle cars being built today. Now a young man or women can not afford a full blown street rod, or a Nissan GTR, but they can affor a late 90’s or early 2000 car. They save their hard earned money just like we all did, to get the car of their dreams. Who cares if it is not a 1980 or older car, it’s still cool car that somebody really loves. Who are we to say what should be allowed in a car show?
I understand if it’s a classic car show then that’s all that should be allowed in the show. Or if it’s a all Ford show no Chevy’s are allowed to enter. As a whole we need to be careful not to give the wrong impression to the young car lovers out there. I am not saying I have the answers, but when you go to a car show and 85-90% of the cars are being driven by gray haired men. That’s telling me the young guns are not in the game. The Rat Rod Group has tapped into the younger builders with their form of Hot Rodding. These young kids can get a old heap and weld some cool parts onto it, and dump a Diesel engine into it, making it their creation. They do not need $50 – $80 grand to build a car to take to the shows. If a young man has a nice 1988 Monte Carlo SS, and has done to it what he can, then good for him. Let’s welcome him in to show off his hard work. What is the difference between somebody that goes out an buys, or pays someone to build him a show car, or a guy that visits his local dealership for a new car?
What is wrong with a brand new muscle car that the owner as worked hard for to purchase? His love will shine through when he gets to the show ,and people watch him as he drives in. He spent hours cleaning and preparing his Pride & Joy so maybe someone will stop and look at it for a minute. Isn’t this what we all really want? Is t have somebody stop and tell you nice car. Or better yet ask you a few questions about it, then you are really happy Right? That’s why we bring our cars out on a Sunday afternoon for a few hours with a bunch of other car lovers.
If I’m walking around at a car show and I see a car that I do not care about I just walk on by. But this does not mean I do not want it there, it just means it’s not my style. The bottom line is we are car lovers period, why can’t we just enjoy our cars, while hanging out with other car lovers no matter what year it may be. Check out Street Scene 2016, this is a huge show held at Long Branch park in Liverpool,NY. It is mostly foreign cars and trucks, but high end stuff that will make you say, that is a what? Wow that is tough looking. This show is huge and growing every year. The younger generation is promoting it as well as supporting it. These guys got it going on.
I guess that’s all I have to say. What about you guys? What do you think about this topic? I love cars and just would like to see a bright future for car shows, car clubs, and the whole Hot Rod scene.
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I will see you at the show,