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  • #16
    Originally posted by 50pete View Post
    I was at a local drive in its a place where all the car guys hang out. I was parked next to a guy with a new challenger, when i opened the hood of my power hawk he said wow that must have been a lot of work. i said yeah but its good therapy
    His response. I just bought mine like it is
    I Dont have to work on it.
    I wanted to tell him where he could park the new pos but kept my composure
    I just dont think new cars should be lined up
    With classics.
    Maybe ill go back next week in my new 2019 tundra. Hey its a 381 hp V8

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    • #17
      Hopefully in the next year I can show up in this. That ought to shake things up as different.

      51 Studebaker Starlight State Commander Coupe
      53 Studebaker Starlight Regal Commander Coupe
      62 Volvo PV544 Sport
      59 Renault 4CV



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      • #18
        Love the 4CV ! A kid in my hometown had one for a few months and we had a ball with him while we were pushing it around , ha ! I think they are very good looking little cars and it seems like a big bike engine (like they do in the Minis) would be a hoot ! Marvin's car was even the same color as yours lelshaddai... I always thought the 3 lug nuts were a bit strange, but having ridden in Marvin's the one time he had it running long enough to take us for rides, it is certainly not going to break anything with torque, ha ! Honest, in spite of my true comments, I do love 'em, and have tried a couple of times to buy one !

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        • #19
          I wanted to tell him where he could park the new pos but kept my composure
          Thanks for keeping your cool. Frankly, if I had the money - I would have a new Challenger because they are good looking cars that resemble what I remember from my youth. And since they are bigger, I'd still fit. Of course - I'd get a buttload of nice Studebakers first, then get the Challenger.

          When is some brave Studebaker guy going to take a couple South Bend Challengers and Daytonas to a Mopar show to mess with them. After all - we used the names before they did.
          The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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          • #20
            It wasnt what he said but how he said it
            Of course he had his trophy wife with him. Honestly i checked her out more then his car. Glad my wife doesn"t read this stuff.

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            • #21
              I don't have a problem with the late model stuff that shows up at local type car shows. The show I referenced is still billed as an antique show and once had very early cars and some full classics among the more common 30s and 40s cars. This year they even had a few street rods and rat rods. I couldn't believe it.
              "In the heart of Arkansas."
              Searcy, Arkansas
              1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
              1952 2R pickup

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              • #22
                I can walk right on by the stuff that doesn't interest me at shows. The more the merrier. One thing I don't like is drones flying around overhead, taking pictures or not. Somebody is going to get hurt or killed or a car will be damaged. I don't trust strangers flying those thing above my head or over my car.
                thom

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                • #23
                  Most of the shows and cruise-ins around here allow any car. It is getting so that the majority of the cars are newer than my newest car. The last two shows put on by the local AACA chapter allowed cars up to 2001. I could have entered my everyday car that I went to the show in and won a trophy.

                  On Sat., June 15, I went to a show at the boathouse on the Hudson River at Marist College. It was a nice location and a nice show. Their cut-off year was 1994 (25 years old). There was quite a variey of cars including five Volvos. There were VERY few Chevrolets. I believe that there were more Plymouths + Dodges than Chevrolets.

                  The thing that I noticed in the posted video is the nice wide parking spaces. Around here, they have been shrinking the spaces in order to get more cars in. Just last week, I was thinking that the spaces where I go grocery shopping at least once per week are small. I looked carefully and discovered that they had painted over the old parking lot lines and painted new lines closer together to squeeze more cars in.
                  This has led to more parking lot dings. I try to be careful where I park and who I park next to, but often there is a different car next to mine when I return. A couple of weeks ago, when I got the most damage at the Galleria parking lot, there was no car on that side of my car when I came out after about one hour.
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                  • #24
                    I get more enjoyment driving the Lark around town; lot's of comment, questions and smiles! I avoid most of the local shows because I'm bored within the first hour....

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by studegary View Post
                      The thing that I noticed in the posted video is the nice wide parking spaces. Around here, they have been shrinking the spaces in order to get more cars in. Just last week, I was thinking that the spaces where I go grocery shopping at least once per week are small. I looked carefully and discovered that they had painted over the old parking lot lines and painted new lines closer together to squeeze more cars in.
                      This has led to more parking lot dings. I try to be careful where I park and who I park next to, but often there is a different car next to mine when I return. A couple of weeks ago, when I got the most damage at the Galleria parking lot, there was no car on that side of my car when I came out after about one hour.
                      That's one thing I really like about Costco. They have generous parking spaces to accommodate even the biggest SUV's with tons of room to load large purchases.

                      Craig

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                      • #26
                        For about 25 years I was the Potomac Chapter's rep to the committee that ran a rather large (~450 cars) local show sponsored by the city of Rockville, MD. Since the city ran it and it took place on city property, they got to make the rules, which were (at the time) a 25-year cutoff, and no hot rods or street rods. They always had a couple of city cops on-scene for security. The cops, while friendly, intelligent and imposing, usually knew nothing about old cars. So I was often called upon (along with a cop for enforcement) to either deny entrance to a unqualified vehicle that had gotten by the initial screening at the front gate, or throw one out that had already gotten on the field. These interactions were not always pleasant.

                        Most of the complaints about non-original cars came from someone else with a high-end, authentic restoration. Some judgement was required. Authenticity was supposed to be the guide, but I usually allowed someone with something like period-correct Cragar SS wheels or some modest custom touches to stay. It's easy to make things too hard.
                        Skip Lackie

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                        • #27
                          This was the second year in a row that I have attended the Hot Rod Power Tour. My brother and I did the Long Haul, meaning we did all seven days / seven venues. I drove my '65 Cruiser. This year's event began in Concord, North Carolina and went as far west as Indianapolis and then back to Norwalk, Ohio. Not many Studebakers, but I did see a few. It was interesting in that the group I went with belonged to a Corvette Club in eastern North Carolina. It was interesting how much attention the Cruiser got throughout the seven day event. The range in cars and trucks was incredible. From new Challengers, Corvettes, etc., to trucks, cars and anything you can think from long ago. Would I choose a "new" vehicle to do this event. No, that wouldn't be something I would want to do. But each to his or her own choice. In seven days and several thousand participants there wasn't much you couldn't see. Again each to his own. No need to disparage personal preferences.
                          Joe Roberts
                          '61 R1 Champ
                          '65 Cruiser
                          Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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                          • #28
                            Some real interesting comments here..
                            Pretty much the full spectrum.
                            Car spacing at a show is a generic, but very real concern. That's why a successful event staff usually parks you.
                            If the show planners care more about car count/revenue, then spacing gets stepped on.
                            The year cutoff or import restriction is just snobbery. If there are only X parking spaces, then anybody we don't like gets locked out. Saying that a specific style of car/crowd causes trouble speaks more about the event promoters than anything else.
                            To me that is not a successful recipe for participation.
                            The comment about not going to a show because of a drone flying overhead is interesting.
                            I just saw that happen last Sunday.
                            The most dangerous part of the drone was seeing the (ahem,'older') crowd looking up at the drone and walking into the side of the car they were near.
                            A car show is supposed to be about fun. Have fun in your life. If you can't find fun at a show. Please stay away.
                            Don't make it your quest to take the fun away for others. Stay home and write pithy things on a forum.
                            HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                            Jeff


                            Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



                            Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by StudeNewby View Post
                              There is a place for them at car shows, but comparing a new Challenger or Camaro straight off the showroom floor to a restored Studebaker, even an Avanti, or to any pre-1980's car, is apples to oranges.
                              I remember at the International Meet in South Bend in 1983, Gary Johnson drove a brand new Avanti straight from the factory a few blocks away and entered it for judging at the concours.

                              Craig

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by thom View Post
                                One thing I don't like is drones flying around overhead, taking pictures or not. Somebody is going to get hurt or killed or a car will be damaged. I don't trust strangers flying those thing above my head or over my car.
                                In 2014, there was a close call with one of those drones flying overhead at a car show where it did clip a tree and fell, narrowly missing a modified '40 Ford coupe. It smashed to pieces when it hit the asphalt, and out of nowhere, its owner appeared, scooped up what was left of it and just as quickly, disappeared. The owner of the '40 Ford was NOT amused in the slightest, and asked if I had managed to get a photo of the guy retrieving the remains. (I tried, but he was too fast.) Needless to say, the next year's show added a 'No Drones' to their list of rules because of that incident.

                                Craig

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