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!

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.

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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Mid-America Street Rod Nats – Part 2

Here is part 2 of my trip to the Mid-America Street Rod Nats.  Saturday was a good day at the fairgrounds, which is when most of the cars are there.  As earlier posted, there was just shy of 2000 cars registered this year, which is down just a bit from last year.

On this day, we did decided to un-cork the headers on the Model A and cruise through the fairgrounds.  You may have already seen part 1 of that video and there is more to come.

This was also the day to hit the vendor booths in the building and pick up a few things for the shop and upcoming projects for the hot rod.  Details on that later….

Also some shots of the cruising on Glenstone from Saturday night.

Here are a few pics from the day, and you can click here for the rest.

Mid-America Street Rod Nats – Part 1

The weekend started out great with a road trip to Springfield, MO.  And to answer one of the most asked questions, Yes, I drove the hot rod, it did not go on a trailer!

We only live a few hours from Springfield but it is a great trip and pretty scenic.  I was able to capture some of the landscape and the cars in our group with the GoPro cameras.  One of them in my car and one in a friends ’39 Dodge.  Click the link below to checkout the video of the road trip.

Hot Roads on the Road to NSRA Springfield

After we arrived in Springfield and getting registered for the car show and our hotels, we went to the kick-off part that is hosted by American National Insurance.  They host this in their parking lot of their offices in Springfield.  They take care of all the entertainment and feed everyone a pretty good BBQ dinner.  Sorry, no pics of the food!

Friday morning was an early start.  We got out to the fairgrounds and found our place to park and watch the cars come in… It’s fun to watch the different cars come in.  As always, there are some that you’ll love, some that you’ll like, and then there is always a few that you won’t like.  When there is 1200-1500 cars, there is something that will interest everyone.

Friday afternoon, I got to spend in the NSRA Inspection tent helping inspect some of the cars.  Most of the cars that we looked at passed with flying colors and received their ’23 Safety’ sticker.  Put of few of the 16 point stickers on, and failed a couple of vehicles for one reason or another.  But it’s always good to get these guys to look at your car every year.  Just having an extra set of eyes that isn’t familiar with your car, might just see something that needs to be fixed.

All in all, it was a good day and also ran in to some friends and saw some people that I have met in the past and haven’t seen for a couple of years.  Gonna be able to see a few more people that I know tomorrow and I always say, that is what this all about.  It’s as much about the people and friends as it is the cars.

Here are a few shots from the day, and you can click here for the rest!  Stay tuned for more…

 

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