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Winning at car shows

By Flowerlady

I first met my husband in 1969 and from the first day I met him I knew he had a passion for old cars. He had a lot of old cars over the years from a 1933 Anglia to a 1955 chevy bel-air but he never got one complete before he would sell it or trade for another car he liked better Then one day in 1999 he and my son brought home a 1972 chevelle ss that they were going to restore nad eventually talked me into it
To my surprise in a little over a year they had completed the restoration they had built a show car that was set up for burnout contest's They showed the car all summer long always wanting me to come and i never did till the Christmas parade when I rode with my husband
They had placed us right in front of Santa and every so often the police would open up a spot and my husband would do a burnout. The first two times this happened all I wanted was out of the car I was so embarrassed what if one of my co workers saw me? I thought the kids were yelling for Santa until about the third time when I noticed they yelling things like smoke em, burn em, light em up and rev it up and then they go ecstatic when we did a burnout and then some of my co wokers came up to the car during the parade telling me how cool and all kind of positive adjectives Well by the end of the parade I had had a great time and was hooked.
i went out to the garage the next day to help remove the Christmas decorations and began cleaning up a bit when i found a box of trophy's and plaques and when I asked where they wanted to put them I was surprised when I was told back in the box I immediately asked why and was told they don't matter Very confused I asked yall have built this car spent all this time and money finally toke it to some shows and won some trophy's and they don't matter Well what does matter?
My son with a big smile said these as he pointed to a small place on one of the walls of the shop where a group of little plaques were stuck to the wall And of course i said well what is that he said these are dash plaques from all the charity shows we have attended and that figure underneath is the amount of money that was raised for charity and they total up to a little over $200,000.00's and next year we hope to do over $500,000.00's
Then he went to telling about each event This was a volunteer fireman's show and we helped raise over $10,000.00's for fire equipment and this one was for a sunshine shelter for under privileged kids and on and on
by the look on their faces i nicked named the wall that day and it became the wall of pride
I decided that I would go to the next show with them because I wanted to find out more of what this was all about. Well i haven't missed many shows since then and i have made friends with a lot of people we see at the shows from 5 dufferent states and most don't even get their cars judged unless they have changed something and want the judges to critic the changes
We even went to a 300 car show that was giving out 150 awards and couldn't give them all out because didn't enough cars get judged
Show cars are a big part of my family now and we love it my whole family is involved including my daughter and son-in-law all together we have 14 cars
So when you ask how many trophys has my car won and I say about $5,000,000.00's worth i hope you understand
To true car people its not about the wining its about a gift of love and giving of your time and investment towards raising money for charity
i would like to see some sort of contest on Motortopia to see how much money every one can raise for charity each month by listing the shows and how much was raised at all the shows they attended.
I think this would be closer to what we all want than what we have now
Or we could try to meet goals as a group say start out at $100,000.00's the first month till we get enough people participating to start raising our goals

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thejudge’s Profile Photo
Mar 3, 2009 at 7:20 pm
ready for a new year
challengerman72’s Profile Photo
Sep 11, 2008 at 7:46 am
I totally agree with Susie. If it is for charity all the better
jackass’s Profile Photo
Sep 5, 2008 at 2:43 pm
now that's a lot of oats
keep up the good work
Tempest’s Profile Photo
Sep 2, 2008 at 8:55 am
One of the best shows we attended this summer was in benefit of Big Bros. and Sisters.!
susie62corvette’s Profile Photo
Sep 2, 2008 at 8:05 am
I met some real poor losers. One burned out grass with a boat tail car because a beautiful Lincoln beat him out. I wanted to hand him 25.00 and tell him to buy a nice trophy so it would all be better big baby! I go never expecting to win...if I win or place I;m grateful but I'm more grateful of the new friends I meet. I'm a people person. Hugs Susie
Maddog749’s Profile Photo
Sep 1, 2008 at 4:26 pm
I totally agree. When the show season comes around
I look for the show that benefit worthy causes and I feel good about helping these organizations out. I've seen many people who won the 50/50 turn it back in to the charities. All the shows that I've run for the Lions Club went to benefit EYE RESEARCH and our first show brought out over 140 of the most beautiful cars and people who wanted to help a cause. We did give out dash plaque's but we also gave out Plaques to everyone who attended becaust they are ALL WINNERS
montemaddness’s Profile Photo
Aug 31, 2008 at 6:00 am
nobody you really are somebody i think its a great idea i have contacted motortopia and asked if we could get a my garage and be able to post an online car show and let people vote on which car they liked with a dollar i asked i could start it and a quater goes to my local fire department which helps all sorts of charity's an a quater goes to motortopia for a donation for using the site and .50 cents goes to charity's not just one let me know what you think
mechIII’s Profile Photo
Aug 30, 2008 at 10:53 am
WOW,,,well said..that is a great idea..thanks
rj_’s Profile Photo
Aug 30, 2008 at 1:30 am
Nice story.
My employer asks what we do to help support our area. I have felt like explaining to them I support the area I live in by attending car shows. I know they won't acknowledge what I do but tomorrow we're going to a benefit for a man who's wife can not afford a head stone for him. Yes I plan of donating as much money as I can. And this isn't supporting my community?
I've attended car shows and cruise-ins for over 30 years now. I was a teenager when I started going and I just turned 50 this year. Many of these events have been for charity. Again I say this is not supporting my communuty like my employer wants? Sure it is.
I love to go to car shows and meet new friends.
Many people think I'm crazy when I tell them I own 12 cars. But hey, at least I'm doing something I enjoy.
I've never been "Into" cars because I thought I could cash in on them. The money aspect of my hobby has never been something I looked at. It's for the enjoyment of doing what I do.
Great blog.
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Aug 29, 2008 at 11:21 pm
I belong to a car club, and this year for once I am proud to be the vice-president. One of the events the our club co-sponsored was for the American Cancer Society. The show we helped put on raised more money for them than any other fund raiser, and only 3 trophies were given out. At the clubs annual show, so many people are about their car getting a trophy, because of all the work and money they have put into it. More shows need to be about raising money for a good cause and having a good time with others that are into the hobby, and not about their car they paid $70,000 for someone else to build not getting a trophy.

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