I’ve noticed this year, more shows have went to charging $15 for a registration fee. WTF is up with all of that?! Are we paying for these “custom trophies” that are nothing more than junk parts being repurposed? Any shows where O’reilly Auto Parts sponsors awards they give you the option of what color bowling trophy left over from 1977 you would like!
Now, I’m not saying custom awards made out of old pistons aren’t cool, because they are. They carry a theme with the hobby. Shows like Blanchardville always do something different for awards every year, and I am biased in favor of this show because I know the proceeds go back to the community which is worth the price of admission. $15 for Automotion gets you in for two days, now that price gets you a lotta bang for your buck!
Judging is really becoming a hassle too. I was at the Springdale Church show, and the judge (who not only was a pompous ass, but not as smart as he thinks he is) told me I couldn’t be in the stock class because I have radial tires, and my car came with bias ply tires. I thought he was joking, but he wasn’t. Then he told me my air cleaner lid wasn’t clocked correctly, which it was. He argued with me about it, then had the balls to loosen up the wing nut and turn it incorrectly. Unfortunately for the church I’ll never take another vehicle to that show… I don’t like blowing my own horn, but when it comes to cool cars in Mt Horeb I’m kind of a big deal. In the end, the car that won first place was farther from being stock than my car with radial tires on it.
Maybe I’m just soured because I really haven’t enjoyed myself this summer, or the fact I went to pre register for the mineral point car show ($15 day of, $10 pre reg by 9/1/18), save myself $5, but instead it’s $10 plus a $2.61 convenience fee. Instead of saving $2.39 I’ll just give them the $15 should I choose to go.
Curious what everyone else thinks about the current state of car shows these days?
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