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What do I expect at a car show?
Sean Mattingly, who gets edgy after 8 hours on the show field
I like car shows.
And I'm not a trophy hog or anything. My car doesn't win many. Make that any.
But I still look forward to the end of a car show when trophies are given away to the happy
winners. Its fun to see people clap and cheer for their favorite winners. At the end of a
long hot day at a car show I look forward to two things:
(1) Getting home in a timely manner. That means I'm happier
if their awards presentation starts on time.
At a recent hot summer show I heard the judges
murmuring about show classes they "forgot" to
write down. Those judges held up the awards for 45 minutes
because they went back onto the show field to re-judge cars.
Of course, many cars LEFT after the 30-minutes late point!
When the end of the show awards are very late, nearly everyone
is disappointed. They have to stand around and wait
to make a long trip home.
(2) I look forward to hearing who won. The awards announcer should
have enough information on his paper to do it properly. It is
horribly inadequate to just have the announcer say something
like "Joe Smith come and git a trophy. John Brown come and git
a trophy." Instead - the awards announcer should be able to say
something much more descriptive like: "The winner of the Best
Interior Award is Joe Smith with the green '67 convertible over in
the West corner". "John Brown wins Best Undercarriage for his
orange customized Monkeemobile clone." You see, the crowd
should be told much more than just names of people who won. The
awards are about RECOGNITION. The crowd should be able to
RECOGNIZE (remember) which car won. The info should all
be put on the announcer's sheet by the person who tabulates votes.
It all starts with a car show registration form that includes
a few specifics about the car and the owner.
(3) No more rain! OK, This one is unrealistic. How about No more
FURTHER rain after I've chamoised all the rainwater off the car?
The man with the paddle is courtesy of http://www.trowbridgecanoe.com
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