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Car show peanut gallery

Man, it's really wild hearing what people have to say about your car. I had my '68 fastback at the Fabulous Fords Forever show this year and while I met some super awesome people (VMF guys of course), I also encountered a few odd balls and jack asses. A few notes:

- Several people didn't believe I owned the car (might be why I overheard so many comments).

- Apparently there's an invisible for sale sign on my car.

- People lecturing me about my own car. Really? I didn't know that about MY car?

- "So you're just going to leave it like this? Aren't you going to beautify it?"

- "It doesn't have the original motor, that's not good for the value"

- "Why didn't you paint it?"

- I had several odd conversations with the owners of cars near me, it almost felt like they were trying to flex or one up me? When did this become a contest? (Insecure much?)

And the most annoying:

A LOT of people persistently asking how much I paid for it. I'm not sure why that's relevant or why it needs to be asked. It's annoying and no ones business. One person was particularly stubborn, I had a few choice words in response (GET LOST).

I think car show etiquette has a lot of unspoken rules, but some of this stuff is just common sense. None of this really bothers me because at the end of the day I'm the one driving my dream car home from the show . I think it would be interesting to make a thread on car show etiquette .

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Whoops, wrong section. Mods?

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One of the many reasons I'm not a huge 'car show' fan. Give me a cruise, a cruise in(theres a local unplanned friday night thing at the A&W in another town I LOVE) or actual event. Seem to be a lot friendlier/smarter/better folk at those.

I seem to hear the same three or four things too:

1- 'You have the wrong colour centre caps' - I know.. I like the blue caps on my blue car

2- 'I don't think thats a factory colour' - Yes, it is, even the respray is in the proper PPG silver Blue.

3- *random lowball offer* after I tell them its not for sale.

I also get told endlessly that their cousin/sister/aunt/brother had the EXACT same car except it was a GT etc.

So I totally feel ya on that one Armon. Come join me on power tour
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I spoke to a guy at a car show last summer, he said..."One thing about bringing your ride to a car show...you can count on a free inspection."
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Yea I also encounter passive or even direct hostility towards my '66 much more often in recent years. I used to meet many people at the gas station, hardware store, etc. and have a friendly chat where they'd be interested in how I built my car, but that's mostly ceased nowadays. Obviously my '66 is a GT350 tribute which induces plenty of hate anyways but most of the time the criticism I receive is from those who don't even know what year Mustang they're looking at.

I guess it's because less and less people are seeing classics or owning them, since much of the hobby seems focused on modern vehicles, and the understanding of what it costs and the amount of labor involved to work on an older car just isn't there.

I try to remain pleasant with those inclined to force-feed me their feedback and explain why I went a particular route or how difficult/unnecessary a particular change is, but most of the time they don't care. Too many people just see cars on TV and think that everyone should be building their cars into $100k street machines.

The classic cars hobby has definitely lost some relevance in recent times.
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Comments I have gotten/that were made:
Is a clone, not a real Shelby (he could tell by looking in the trunk).
Its not the right color red.
Its not a Hertz:
  • All Hertz cars were Black with Gold stripes.
  • They did not make Hertz cars in 1969.
  • It doe not have the "H" on it.
I had (cousin/sister/aunt/brother/father had) one just like it, only it was/had (insert something different).
I had a GT350, only it came with a Big Block from the factory.
That roll bar is not original / They did not come with roll bars.
Why did you put an automatic in it (thinking all Shelby's had 4 speeds).

The best one from a modern Mustang owner:
I didn't know they made Shelby's back then.

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Not a car show fan...when someone has a snide response, I typically ask "Do you race yours?" Race cars have dings and dents.... just sayin.. enjoy your car, it's yours, heck with everyone else.
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I havenít been to too many car shows but I did catch some crap on FB from someone for this picture. They really got pissed at me for allowing this woman to stand on my car to take some pictures


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I blew this up, laminated it and usually leave it sitting on the passenger seat in plain view.

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Etiquette in general has been left out of a lot of peoples life lessons, including my own. I had a nice older gentlemen give me a (thankfully gentle) lesson in proper etiquette once at a show. It stuck with me and I keep my trap shut as often as possible.

Also I quit telling anyone about my mustang build for some of the similar reasons. I should get rid of the coupe and build a fastback, I should put a boss motor in it, I should put it all back original, etc.... I have to really get to know someone before I say anything about cars. lol.
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If I see a car I dont like, I keep going. Not my job to bust some guys nads over his car.

I saw a 65 at a cruise this past weekend. Really nice car. Lots of changes/upgrades not 65 correct but period and Mustang correct. Im looking under the hood and taking a couple pics when the owner says "I know its not original." I say "I know its not original as well, but Im interested in how you did a few things." That got us talking, nice guy, he bought the car from a friend and he is just maintaining it and enjoying it.

Im sure I will see it again.
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I havenít been to too many car shows but I did catch some crap on FB from someone for this picture. They really got pissed at me for allowing this woman to stand on my car to take some pictures

Can we assume that is an original tooling fender and not a cheap repop?


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I guess I used to care what people think.

I don't really now. I mean it's nice to hear compliments and enthusiasts, but like a lot of you, I built the car for myself.
Some decisions were made because of budget. Some because I lacked the skill at the time to do it differently. Some because something broke and I had to fix it.

I'm certain that it's the same for many people.

I think if you build your car trying to please people or be judged and win an award, that's a totally different ball game. I'm a non-conformist, so unlikely to be me.
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I have had a few of these things happen to me. I also like when I am by my car and folks ask people if its there car but never ask me. I guess it doesn't look like I would own my car, would get that more often 15yrs ago as I was pretty young.

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Can we assume that is an original tooling fender and not a cheap repop?

And a rust free original too.
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