I'll break this up a bit, too many topics.
Yeah, There are VMF Decals out there...One of the Admins can help you out with those. Just leave an email in the Admin forum..or even in the General VMF Forum...Someone will answer and help you out....By the way, When you find out, Let me know too...lol... I wouldn't mind a few VMF decals for myself...
There has been talk and product many times in the past. The most recent was in 2016, but it seems to have ended with 1 person making his own shirts and the group not going anywhere.
"5 pages of conversation and though there are many that do go to car shows, the majority prefer the quick in, quick out access of a Cars & Coffee type event. Many stated they would not do a car show due to an $$ entry fee and then be told what is wrong with their car. And finally, there is the complaint that the older Mustangs do not get the attention due to all the newer Mustangs, Camaros, and Mopars at the show."
Man, Did you hit the "Nail on the Head" with those statement(s).
There has to be something, many belong to MCA and SAAC and have their cars judged by correctness. There are also other classes that are only cleanliness. But both and in between are the car owners either by score or trophy being told how good, or bad their car is compared to the others in attendance. Seems many of this type of car owner is either not here on VMF, or they are not participating in these conversations.
Also, I've been living here in Melbourne since 2004... and I've been to it all around Central Florida the state as far as Car shows are concerned... The Silver Springs Show did not stop due to low turnout... It stopped due to having horrible weather in January for the last 5-7 Years of the show. Also, The park itself (Silver Springs Venue) was changing hands and the state of Florida took it over. But those are still not all the reasons, Another one was that the last few years had horrible weather and that it was a big production for NPD (Rick Schmidt) to host it ever year. Behind the scenes, It was more work than most people knew. I don't think that it's the last that you will see of the Silver Springs shows... I think sometime down the line, The show will probably be done on sporadic years or something....Don't lose all hope just yet.. Those were great shows with a great venue though when the weather was nice. I loved them..
I'll let Rick explain the yearly Silver Springs Show. I can understand that it takes a lot to put something like that on, and that they were doing 3 each year at that!
Also. If you've never gone to an AACA show, Go to one. I love the way that AACA runs car shows. They know their stuff as far as the way shows are run. Some of the best car shows that I've ever been to were AACA shows.. right here in Florida. No lie. They are great
Again, different areas have different quality of shows. They have participated in several of the local shows and as I look at their calendar I see activity, but can honestly say they are not really advertised in the local area.
Here in Melbourne a few years ago, They built the American Musclecar Museum. Check them out on the web. Cool website. It's owned by Mark Pielock (Pet Food Designer and Pet Pharmaceutical mogul). The Museum is great, I've been in there 4 times.. but it's totally private and only opens for Charity events only. However, Mark does do a lot of hosting of local Melbourne Car Shows at his Museum...and Lots of classic stangs and classic cars show up. Check their calendar on their website for good shows. They are definitely worth driving up from Miami to attend.
I had not even heard of the Museum down here in Miami until it was mentioned that it was going to be the location of a 2020 MCA Regional show. Looks like an interesting place. I have traveled to attend shows for many many years. I went to the Weeks Air Museum before he made it private, I went to the Cypress Gardens Mustang shows back in the day, and even something in the Orlando area called the Florida Festival.
MCA runs a great show too... and they are getting better. MCA has had National shows in Jacksonville, and in Orlando....They were two of the best shows that I've ever gone too... I took literally 1000's of pics at both...and boy what cars! The only problem is that when both of those shows were held...It was hotter outside than Hell itself...and people really had to brave the heat....but they did and it was worth it...but many (from other areas of the country) said that they'd never return to Florida because it was so hot on those days. Unfortunately, Those two shows were real Heatstroke days... I live in Florida...and I could not believe how hot it got those days... I could not wait to get back to breezy Melbourne.... Orlando is freakin' Land Locked...(You're going to roast no matter what)....and the Jacksonville show really surprised me of how hot it got that day. I'm in my late 40's and thought I was going to pass out...lol...no lie.
MCA uses the local clubs for a lot of the legwork, but I am sure MCA also supplies a lot of their own as they do have an image they need to keep up with.
A National show can be a big event, I am sure it is something that can overwhelm a small local club.
Anyway, I just put the 23rd on my Calendar....so I'll see you there...though both of my classics are up on lifts at the moment...They won't be for much longer...
As for Space Coast Mustang Club.....It's a good bunch of people...and there are about 12 Vintage Stangs in the club..as well as a few other vintage Fords...The rest are new mustangs....but they do have a lot of new members with new cars... I do have to say... They have a local events calendar on their website as well..but you have to dig thru the website for it..
You can look a the calendars of many of the local clubs and see they have a set event every 3rd Friday of every month, and then another event every 2nd Tuesday of every month. That's nice, but you don't always get the club turnout at these types of events as you do when you have a yearly or quarterly event. These monthly events are usually short in duration, and during the week when people work, so usually are scheduled later in the day or evening which makes it hard for people who live a distance from the location to attend. This is the reason for my choice to attend this event on the 23rd, it's on a weekend and I do want to put my car in the show, not just stop by.
I grew up with car shows happening all over the place, and as I am in South Florida, our car season is very long, if not all year long. When I was in my car clubs when I was in my teens and into my early 20's, I went to a lot of shows, events. Members of the clubs went to events, drag racing, dinner at a drive-in, etc. We traveled as a group to MCA and SAAC events in other states. After Andrew, I was always a passenger as the clubs did events as my car build had been put on an indefinite hold. Then I noticed that there were fewer shows, both near and far, as there used to be. I get my car finished and many of the major events, shows are no more. I am envious of those in Texas that get together and have a moving event every year, or head off to Hot August Nights, American Graffiti together every year. We have events like that here on the east coast. PITS had close to 700 Mustangs this year, but I was the only VMF member in attendance, the only person from Florida that I am aware of. Next is Mustang Week, and again, I do not know of anyone from VMF, or from Florida that is going. We still have time for MW though, so things may happen.
Guess what it boils down to is, I now have my car ready for the shows and events that I missed in my past, and I am missing that.