(Editors observe: Throughout the month of June, the ClassicCars.com Journal is publishing a sequence of tales about displaying your automobile at automobile reveals and concours. At present, Larry Edsall presents his recommendations for displaying your car at an area present. When you have a narrative about exhibiting your basic, please ship it to us at [email protected])

Solely as soon as have I displayed a car at a automobile present, and it was just about accidentally. It was again within the Nineteen Nineties after I was an editor at AutoWeek journal and my take a look at automobile for the weekend was a Nissan Figaro, a cute little convertible with right-hand drive.

There was a weekly cruise-in on the A&W restaurant not removed from my house and as I drove by the parking zone, somebody pointed to an open place and advised I pull the Japanese-spec car into that spot and participate within the present.

For sure, the automobile – one of many few of its form in your entire nation — drew quite a lot of consideration. 

Hey, it’s an area present, so that you don’t have to Q-tip each particulars and take away each blade of grass from the tire treads as you do to please the judges at Pebble Seaside

Whereas I’ve pushed quite a lot of basic and collector automobiles, the closest I’ve ever come to truly proudly owning one was again as I graduated from school and purchased a spanking new 1969 Ford Mustang fastback. Cool automobile on the time, collector automobile now, however in my second 12 months of possession it was hit broadside by somebody who ran a stoplight. 

Thankfully, there have been no critical accidents, besides to my Mustang. 

My expertise displaying a automobile at an area present, not to mention at a prestigious concours d’magnificence, could be restricted, however as an auto author I’ve attended most likely a whole bunch of such occasions and, from my journalistic perspective, I’ve some concepts to share about displaying your car.

An data sheet might help others recognize your automobile and what you’ve put into it

For instance, until you’re going to be with the car from present begin to end — which isn’t going to occur since you would wish to see the opposite autos on the present, chat with associates, seize some meals and use the remainder room — be sure you put a card within the windshield figuring out the 12 months, make and mannequin. It’s as much as you if you wish to add extra data, akin to your title and call data, and notes concerning the engine, modifications you’ve made, and many others. 

Some reveals require such ID playing cards. I encourage it just because after I’m at a present, I received’t {photograph} or write a couple of automobile until the data is offered. Moreover, there could be somebody on the present who loves your automobile much more than you do however you missed out on a sale as a result of they couldn’t discover you on the spot to make a ridiculous buy supply.

Whereas I wish to see autos with interval objects akin to a picnic basket or moveable document participant within the trunk or truck mattress or cargo ground of a station wagon, don’t overdo it. And by no means, ever show your car with a type of foolish child-sized stuffed dolls leaning up towards a bumper, at the least not if you need anybody to take your automobile critically.

Yet one more observe relating to individuals photographing your car at a present: If you park, be sure you correctly middle your steering wheel. This enhances not solely the look of the dashboard, however the look of your entire inside, and reveals that you simply actually care how the automobile is introduced.

An early version of ‘Travels with Charley’ on the entrance seat of a automobile makes for a pleasant period-correct contact

Now this subsequent suggestion could also be extra of a observe for car-show hosts than for individuals, however infrequently throughout the day, shut the hoods on all autos for perhaps half an hour. I do know, there are these amongst us who like to see the engines, however there are these, together with the individuals who designed the automobiles within the first place, who cringe on the method an open hood violates the styling they labored so exhausting to attain.  

Rely these of us who do automobile pictures together with the designers. At the least a few instances throughout the day, please shut the hoods and let the traces of your car’s lovely design be displayed and appreciated.

Yet one more factor: Take away any “look however don’t contact” indicators or stickers out of your car. What they are saying is “Maintain away, I’m the one one who’s entitled to understand my car.” 

As a substitute, you must encourage individuals to expertise the automobile up shut, particularly youngsters for whom a quick seat behind the steering wheel may encourage a lifelong curiosity in vehicles.


Tales all about exhibiting your automobile at automobile reveals and concours.


Larry Edsall

A former day by day newspaper sports activities editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek journal earlier than making the transition to writing for the net and changing into the writer of greater than 15 automotive books. Along with being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Occasions and The Detroit Information and was an adjunct honors professor on the Walter Cronkite Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State College.