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Hey there, fellow car enthusiasts! Summer is in full swing here in south Florida, and that means car shows! I really can’t wait for the Miami International Auto Show in August, but in the meantime there are plenty of events everywhere to keep Lindsay and I busy every weekend. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newbie eager to explore, car shows offer an incredible opportunity to see some of the coolest vehicles, meet like-minded enthusiasts, and immerse yourself in car culture. Let’s gear up and explore everything you need to know about attending car shows!


Research and Planning

First things first, it’s all about research and planning. Car shows come in various shapes and sizes, from local gatherings to massive national events, and each has its unique charm. You’ll find shows dedicated to classic cars, hot rods, exotic supercars, and custom builds. There are some fantastic Mustang shows around Florida — I love taking Sally out to show off!

To find car shows, tap into resources like specialized websites, social media groups, and local car clubs. These platforms are gold mines for discovering upcoming events. My favorite is — it lists every show in the state with links to all of the information you need to know to attend. Once you’ve got a few shows in mind, note their dates and locations. Planning ahead ensures you can arrange travel and accommodations if needed, making your trip smooth and enjoyable.


What to Bring

Preparation is key to a great car show experience. Comfortable clothing and shoes are a must, as you’ll be on your feet a lot. Don’t forget sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. Bring along water and snacks to stay hydrated and energized throughout the day. Those food trucks tend to have super long lines and be mucho expensive!

Equip yourself with a good camera or smartphone to capture the beauty of the cars. A notebook or a note-taking app can also come in handy for jotting down details and contacts. Finally, make sure you have your tickets or registration information ready to avoid any last-minute problems ruining your day.


Etiquette at Car Shows

Respect is super important at car shows. Remember, many of these vehicles are the pride and joy of their owners. Always avoid touching cars without explicit permission. It’s a good rule of thumb to ask before taking close-up pictures, too, especially if you want to photograph the interior.

When interacting with owners and other attendees, be friendly and respectful. Show genuine interest and ask questions – most owners love to share stories about their vehicles. Also, be aware of where you walk. Stick to designated pathways and maintain a safe distance from the cars to avoid any accidental damage.


Maximizing Your Experience

To make the most out of your visit, consider arriving early. Early birds often snag the best parking spots and enjoy the show before the crowds build up. Once you’re there, take a moment to map out the show. Identify must-see vehicles or exhibits and plan your route accordingly.

Take part in the various activities offered. Many shows feature workshops, Q&A sessions, and live demonstrations. Participating in these can enrich your experience and provide valuable insights into car maintenance and modifications. Don’t shy away from joining contests or raffles – they add an extra layer of fun to the event.


Capturing the Moment

A car show is a visual feast, and capturing these moments is essential. When taking photos, aim for unique angles and details that showcase the car’s features. Avoid harsh shadows and get creative with your shots. This way, you’ll have a collection of high-quality images to remember the event.

Once you’ve got your photos, why not share them? Post your best shots on social media and tag the event to connect with other enthusiasts. You could even write a blog post or create a video recap to share your experience in detail.


Post Show 

After the show, take some time to follow up on new connections. Networking is a big part of the car show experience. Keep in touch with the people you met – whether they’re car owners, fellow enthusiasts, or industry professionals. Joining car clubs or online communities can also extend the fun and keep you engaged in the hobby.


Car shows are a fantastic way to celebrate our love for automobiles. With a bit of planning and the right mindset, you can have an unforgettable experience. Remember to respect the vehicles, engage with the community, and savor every moment. So, get out there, explore the car shows, and share your adventures with the world!


Got any tips or favorite car show experiences, or shows that we shouldn’t miss? Drop them in the comments below. Until next time, keep on cruising!


Patrick James

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