Whether you have an old style Mini Cooper, 1961 Newport Chrysler or a 1959 Aston Martin, the idea of keeping your pride and joy locked away in a garage is beyond comprehension. For those of us who can think of nothing better to be doing than tinkering with a stunning piece of art and engineering, being able to show the fruit of your labour in a car show is the ultimate satisfaction.
You might be a serial classic car collector, or maybe have saved up for years to buy a rusty bug which you have then laboriously restored to its finer glory. Car shows are a fantastic opportunity for enthusiasts and other classic car owners to show off their pristinely kept vehicles – to an audience which is more than just the local community who see you driving around in it every day, as well as to meet other enthusiasts, chat the day away about all things classic car – and of course to admire the work of other people as well.
Exhibiting in a Car Show
As we head into the summer, car shows really come into their own and there are many shows that you can choose from. While some people like to stay local, others prefer to drive a bit of a distance. Here at Rustybug we have just exhibited at the local show, at Stokesley Teeside which gave us a great chance to mingle with other enthusiasts from near and far, against a stunning North Yorkshire backdrop.
So, if you are planning on exhibiting your newly restored classic car into a show, what do you need to do to prepare it?
- The devil is in the detail – Make sure that you give your car a good clean on the inside and out. Making your car look sparkling, brilliant and charming is about making sure that you pay attention to the details – don`t leave one inch uncleaned. It is important that you use cleaning products which are suitable for your car to ensure that no damage is done. You should also think about taking a touch-up kit to the show as you never know when it might get a smudge, smear, or even a bird relieving itself on your perfectly restored body.
- Spare tyres – There is nothing that ruins the look of an impeccably presented classic car that dirty tyres or mud splattered sidewalls. Make sure that your tyres are both spotless and looking as new – no worn tyres here please! You can give them as little scrub with a spray bottle and a stiff brush when you get to the show for some extra points.
- Don`t forget the windows – When you are planning your car, make sure that you don`t forget to clean the windows properly. Glistening windows can make all the difference in drawing the attention of judges and passers-by. Use a window cleaner to remove the dirt then remove the chemicals with water and finally dry and polish with a dry Terry cloth.
- Creating a display – You might have spent a fortune on your classic car, it`s restoration, maybe its paintwork, chassis straightening – maybe even have converted it from a left hand to right hand drive, you name it. It is worth considering creating a display which details the story of the car – why not display log books, old photos, advertising brochures, user manuals and of course photos of the restoration project if you have them. All of this adds interest and context to your exhibition, as well as being a great taking point.
- Shipping – Depending on the distance that you are going to travel to the show, it is worth considering the idea of shipping your spotless, impeccably prepared car to the show.
By cleaning and preparing your car properly for a show, you can guarantee that both judges and other enthusiasts will be stopping to admire your work giving you the chance to discuss what you have done as well as hear what they have to say.
Spending a summer day with like-minded people is one of the joys that life has to offer and by ensuring that your classic car is fully prepared for a show, you will not only have something to be proud of, but also earn the respect of other enthusiasts, and who knows, maybe win something…
Here at Rustybug we can help you in the restoration of your classic car – from chassis straightening to blast cleaning and paint work, to ensuring that the engine is purring like a pussycat. To discuss how we can help you, get in touch with us today!