Human beings are incredibly unintuitive compared to other animals when it comes to behavior. Common sense is not as common as we would like for it to be, and common courtesy is rarer still. Every situation, event and context has its behavioral protocol – your office, public transport, the gym, etc. Car shows are no different – they represent a small subsection of human culture where certain rules apply that ensure a pleasant time for all. But this culture is so niche that those rules end up being left unwritten. Lets rectify that.
Don’t Be A Hater
Come to the car show for the right reasons, or don’t come at all. For example, if you prefer the rugged utilitarian type of vehicle and then come to a car show full of drift-tuned cars lowered to within an inch off the ground – don’t go around talking crap about them. We get it, you don’t get the appeal of that specific niche of the tuning scene, that’s no reason to be a horrible person. Even if it is your niche, but you disagree with the owners choices for their car, that doesn’t give you a good reason to suspend human courtesy. Everyone will have their own opinion, that’s ok. But the whole point of the car show is to explore a spectrum of cars, regardless of where your preferences land on that spectrum.
Don’t Touch It
Unfortunately, this has to be said. The cars you’ll encounter at a car show are perfectly polished, detailed and displayed as eye candy. The word “eye” is key here. You don’t like people touching your stuff and you usually don’t let them touch your stuff unless you’re trying to sell it to them. A car show is not a garage sale. You should treat the displayed vehicles the same way you treat exhibits in a museum. I understand that most of the touching that goes on at a car show isn’t malicious. People touch or lean on cars to get a good picture, but that still isn’t appropriate. If you want to interact with the car in more than the visual way, speak to the owner first. If you’re perfectly pleasant and respectful, they might even let you sit in it. Also, make sure that your kids understand this rule as well. Children are the least socialised and rule-bound people, and it’s your responsibility to keep them in check at a car show. Not saying don’t bring them, just saying don’t unleash them onto the venue like it’s their playground.
Don’t Smoke Around the Cars
The reason why this has to be mentioned is because car shows are often hosted outside, where smoking and vaping isn’t technically prohibited. But it is in your best interests to act as if it is. Car owners don’t want the smell of whatever it is your smoking or vaping to linger around their car, especially if the windows are down or it is a convertible. The smell does tend to stick around and be absorbed by the textile upholstery of the cars, and can mean another expensive interior detailing job for the owner. So just don’t do it.