Car Show Survey

Now that I have closed the survey, here are the results and a few of the comments that were made.  Keep in mind, unless you have me your name and/or email address, I have no idea how make the comments or how you answered the questions.  And that’s the way I wanted it!

 

Type of Car Show Judging Preferred

This one kind of surprised me a bit.  I guess the main reason is that I have talked to a lot of people over the years and most of them weren’t sure about 100 points judging.  I really expected Participant Judging to be at the top, but over 60% of the respondents voted for 100 points system.

One of the main comments about judging was:

I like all types of shows, people choice (popularity contest – thats ok have no problem with it) a show and shine (maybe a few “fun” awards given out or not) always the most fun. But the biggest problem I have is with “judged” shows, where they ask someone, a friend or someone that is a body guy, or upholsterer, or a mechanic be a judge, (and they do not give the person direction or instructions on how CORRECTLY judge cars in a car show) they end up judging on what they like or for cars they may have worked on. These shows end up with actual builders of cars being discouraged from coming back to the show because most of the awards go to newer cars that are not modified other than exhaust, wheels and tires, they may even be daily driven and just kind of cleaned up/show up and a new Mustang beats out a nicely built 67 Mustang (recently saw this) Was at a judge show recently and the judges acted like they were not to talk to the entrants and were at most cars less than 1 minute. Most of the shows we attend we are not there to win anything, if we do fine if not that’s fine also, just there to have a good time and hang out with friends and look at some great cars no matter class they are in, but I do frequently see people upset and understand why.

I have personally judged many car shows over the years, and it is a job that I don’t care to do anymore and haven’t done in quite some time.  It gets harder all the time to judge the cars to the car owners satisfaction.  You either start too early or don’t spend a lot of time judging the car.

 

Type of Car Show

This question is probably the one that surprised me the most.  I expected some sort of classes to be at the top of the list, but there were two answers that were pretty close, Open Car Show (No Classes) and Classed by Year.

As you can tell by all the colors in this graph, there are many opinions on the type of car show.  I have personally come to like the Classed by Year option and splitting it by decades.  But as you can tell, not everyone likes that way of doing things.

Some of the comments received for this questions:

Corvette gets there own class and there are just as many if not more mustangs that need there own class also

Lowered, lifted, decades, foreign, domestic

Type of vehicle, level of modifications

Class by year and make and style street rod muscle car etc

Again we go to all kinds, as we have a sports car, pre 48 and a truck

 

Awards Type

You didn’t disappoint on this one, the majority answered just as I thought they would.  Although, I am not sure why most like trophies over plaques.  Plaques are easier to display if you want, it can take a lot of shelf space to display a few trophies.

Some of the comments on this one are:

give aways

Not a trophy collector so maybe something like gift cards, cool signage gor garage, or useable things like cleaners or tools.

Mix of trophies and plaques

Something unique /cash

Save money on trophies.. just give participation shirts,plaque, etc at time of registration. Better than any plastic trophy

Plaques or trophies

No awards or plaques are best, trophies take up too much space

I do like some of the comments here, like using gift cards or cools signs to hang in your shop/garage or maybe a really nice usable product.

 

What should be charged for registration

I didn’t know what would happen here, but most of you voted for $25 and there were a lot of comments about the registration fee being based on where the money is going and feeling like you got something out of what you paid and I completely agree with that!

Here are some of the comments about the registration fee:

This is a touchy subject because it depends on how many prizes/perks there are in general. I love to show my truck but dont expect to win on a point system. Because of that, i dont wanna pay $20+ for entry and feel like i get nothing for my $. Id rather donate to a good cause and then just show up to hang out.

25-35. 10 for additional vehicles or categories

$20 pre-reg, $30 day of show

According to what the money goes for. Charity or club

No more than $25 regardless of where the money is going.

if nothing is given.. free.. if participation gifts, awards, or there is a cost of location factor cost rounded to nearest 5 — should not exceed 25 for a local show.. 30 to 50 for larger local event or multi day events ( but I think for that price point you should get at least a nice T shirt )

Dependant on size and location. Indoor or out. What kind of awards are being given away

Depends on the event and if it is for a cause. but most can afford $25.00. or by donation with a minimum of $15-20

 

Other Comments

Here are some of the other comments you made:

Organization

Shade trees…

Vendors with products and services. Food and soft drinks also.

Club participation, different classes for original and moded.

vendors and good food

Good food

I like to see a variety of cars import, domestic, exotic.

Nice & unique cars

Beautiful cars – that includes Rat Rods. I like to see young people attending shows & interested in all makes & years of vehicles.

Club show cars not entered in competition

Car shows in an area tend to draw the same folks. Don’t care about new cars taking up space. If I want to see your Mustang, Camaro, etc I’ll go to a dealership. Always looking for something different I know will draw other cars I’ve not seen.

 

Conclusion

I am very happy with the results of the survey and the comments made.  I want to thank each person that took the time to fill it out.  I have already shared some of this with the car club that I belong to and I plan to share it with others.

If you know me, you know that I am really passionate about cars, mainly old cars, but I love to go hang out with others that are just as passionate about the hobby.  As you have heard me say many times, it is more about the people than it is about the awards, and even the cars.  I love getting to catch up with friends I have made from other parts of the country.

I hope you enjoy reading the comments and seeing the results as much as I have.  Thanks again!

Vilonia Car Club — May 13, 2017

 

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The weather couldn’t have been better for a car show!  Headed out this morning and met a couple of friends for breakfast and the made the drive over to Vilonia High School parking lot for the car show.  It wasn’t a huge car show, but they had about 40-45 cars registered.

It’s always good to go hangout at the local car shows and fellowship with your friends, and today was one of those days.  Not to mention that most of our local car shows help out local charities.

Thanks to the members of the Vilonia Car Club for hosting us today… they did a great job!

Click here to see the pictures from today!

 

NSRA Southwest Nationals – April 6-7, 2017

Spent last weekend in Oklahoma City with some great friends at the Southwest Nationals.  It’s always nice to attend these events cause we also get to see people that we have met from other parts of the country.  And the cars are from all over… not the same 50-70 cars that we see all the time at the local events.

This year there were over 1400 cars in attendance for the weekend, most of them being on Saturday.  Some think that you have to have a street rod (pre-48) to attend an NSRA event, but that’s not entirely true.  NSRA has what I call a rolling 30 year rule.  What that means is that as long as your car is 30 years old or older, it is eligible for the events (In 2017, the car has to be a 1987 or older).

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Click here to check out some more cars from the 2017 Southwest Nationals.

NSRA Appreciation Day – April 1, 2017

Today was the real first event that we got out to.  As some of you may know, I am also the State NSRA Inspector, a job that I really like doing.  It gets me out, gives me the chance to talk to the car owners and look over some of these awesome cars.

This years Appreciation/Safety Day was held at A&J Collision in Conway.  When we asked the owner if he would want to help with this, he jumped at the chance and we really appreciate everything he did for us.

We ended up with just over 60 cars registered and the Arkansas Safety Team inspected about half of them.  Have the majority of the team at the first Appreciation/Safety day of the year was really great.  I don’t think we have had that many of team in the same place like that in a really long time.  I really appreciate all their work today also!

We have one more Appreciation/Safety Day scheduled for April 29 in Jonesboro and I am looking forward at hanging out there too.  In the meantime, gotta make a trip to the Southwest Nationals in OK City this next week.

To view the pictures from the day, click here.  Photo credit goes to Josh Johnson.

A Few Things That I Have Noticed — And They Frustrate Me A Little!

So I have been doing this for a while… and when I say ‘this’, I mean helping promote car shows, running this website that includes the event calendar that has other organizations or peoples events on it, and hosting events.

Here recently, there have been some things happening that just frustrate me when it comes to what I do… So here is my list!

  1. Car show flyers with no contact information – When hosting an event, you want people to get in touch with if they have questions.  I have a disclaimer on my calendar page, that tells people to contact the event organizers if they have questions.  I am not in the business of answering questions for them.  At the very least, have a phone number that people can call for information.  Remember, not all people have email, Facebook, internet access, and other technologies.  Some people like to call and talk to an actual person!
  2. Website with outdated information – If you are running a website, please keep your information up to date.  For instance, I am helping with an event in April and we have gotten phone calls, because of another website that still has last years event listed on it, and people that want to attend think it’s this years event.  If you aren’t going to update the information, then take the site down, or at the very least remove old information (but then again, it’s not being updated).
  3. Facebook Events – Please don’t create duplicate events, especially if you are not the organizer.  I have seen multiple events recently that are being created by others, when their is already an event that was created by the organizer.  You are just confusing the attendees and they won’t get the updates from the organizer.  If you run a group or page, you can share the original event and it shows up on your list of events on your FB group or page.

I could probably think of other things if i took some time, but this has been on my mind for a while and was trying to figure out how to put it.  If you are wanting to put on a car show, it is hard enough to get the word out so that people will want to attend without making it hard for people to get the information.  it also makes it tough, when there are so many car shows on the same day – see the dates on the calendar page!

Well, there it is… I feel much better after being able to say all that.   I am not saying it to offend anyone or put anyone down.  I am saying it to help us all out, because we all love this hobby, and I love what I get to do, even this technical website, interweb stuff.  It’s here to hopefully make everyone’s life easier and a way to help people promote their events.

Now, get out there and get those cars and trucks cleaned up and get ready for another Car Show and Kruzn season!

Giving Back….

I mentioned in a Facebook post a couple of weeks ago, that for Stillkruzn, this year was going to be giving back and that I was working on a couple of things and looking forward to announcing these things.  Well, I can finally put the word out about what we are doing this year.

The first part of this has to do with Friday Night Kruzn….

I had a meeting on Wednesday with two of the sponsors of Friday Night Kruzn, The Purple Cow and ZAZA.  Both of these restaurants are located in Hendrix Village where we host the cruise night.  As part of our Giving Back campaign, both restaurants have decided to donate a percentage of the receipts between 5 – 9 pm on each of the 3rd Friday Nights.

As you know the Arkansas Food Bank serves the state by providing food to partner agencies to help the people of Arkansas.  For more information about the food bank, visit their website.

We will also be planning a non-perishable food night for participants to bring items to be donated to the food bank.  More on this at a later date.

This is just one of the reasons that I am looking forward to Friday Night Kruzn 2017.  The 2nd part of Giving Back will be announced as soon as I have worked out all the details.  I am just excited about part 2 as I am with this one!

 

 

Friday Night Kruzn – May 2016

Unfortunately we had to hold Friday Night Kruzn a week early in May, but that didn’t keep you from coming out.  We ended up with almost 60 cars in the Village.  That made for a great night, with some awesome cars, and some great friends.

I just want to say thanks for all those that have supported us this past year at Friday Night Kruzn…

Here are some pictures from May’s Friday Night Kruzn!

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StrayKat 500 – Dewey, OK

It has been 6 years since I have been to the StrayKat 500 and the return trip did not disappoint!

We headed out on Friday morning for the trip over and arrived in Dewey early afternoon to get registered and checked into our hotel. Once that was done, it was about time to head to downtown Dewey for the Kat Feed!  This is always a good time to just hang out, get some food, and look at some cool cars.  And in my case, get some pinstripes on the car!  More on that later.

On Saturday morning it was an early start for some breakfast and back into Dewey.  By the time Saturday, ended, they had registered just over 600 cars.  Come to find out, this was a record number of cars for the SK500.

Sunday morning, was back into Dewey for the blessing of the cars and then on the road for home.  I am so glad I got to go back to the SK500 this year, and I got to take a good friend with me that had never been before and he really enjoyed it too.  If you’ve never been to the Stray Kat, you need to start making plans to go… I am working on mine!

Mick and his crew do an awesome job putting on this show!  A big thank to them for hosting all of us for the weekend!

Here are a few pictures from the weekend and there are some more here

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NSRA Southwest Nationals – OK City – April 2016

We got to spend last weekend hanging out in OK City a the Southwest Nationals.  This was my first time to attend this event and we had a great time… A little wind blown, but a great time! I love it when I get to hang out with some really great friends at an event like this.  There were 1,616 cars registered, cars of all kinds!

Spent a good portion of each day, just walking around looking at the cars and talking to people about their cars.  I have to admit, the past few years, I have gotten spoiled going to these larger shows.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love going to the local shows, but it is really nice change of pace seeing cars that I’ve never seen before and getting to visit with the friends I have made from others state for a few days.

I would encourage you, if you’ve never been to an NSRA event to at least try it once… at least take a day and walk around looking at the cars…

Click here for a few pics from OK City…

Friday Night Kruzn – 2016

2016 is here and I hope each of you have a wonderful time through the holidays and was able to spend some quality time with your family and friends.  Now it’s time to gear up for the 2016 car show and cruise night season.  At StillKruzn, we have already started talking about Friday Night Kruzn and looking forward to kicking it off on March 18, 2016 at the Village at Hendrix.  This year, Friday Night Kruzn is being presented by StillKruzn, Pro Auto Collision and Preston Palmer Studios, and sponsored by the Purple Cow – Conway and ZaZa’s.

 

Just a little history on this little event.  It started in October of 2014, I hosted the first event just to test the waters to see if this was even going to fly.  It seemed to have a positive response, so in 2015 we started it as a monthly cruise night with sponsorships from Pro Auto Collision and the Purple Cow.  Later in the year ZaZa’s and Preston Palmer Studios also came on board.  The first night in March of 2015, we have about 20 cars show up.  In October 2015, we had almost 80 cars in attendance and many spectators.  We are the only cruise night that I know of in Arkansas that has live music.

 

We try to offer things that make us a unique cruise night to stand apart from the others.  The atmosphere of Friday Night Kruzn feels like an old town square, and that is what makes it so cool for me.  Just a gathering of friends, a time of fellowship, and that is what it is all about.  I keep saying, that it’s not about the awards, or even the cars (although it is about the cars a little bit), it is about the people, the friends you make over time.

 

That’s about it…. so we are hoping you will come out and join us for Friday Night Kruzn this year.  I am not sure how we will top last years events, but we will do everything that can to do it!  Hope to see you out there!

 

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