Hooniverse Asks: What's the Most Fun Car Show Activity?

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Cars shows are usually a lot of fun. These more open collar events are, it should be noted, distinctly different from the stuffiness of your average Concours d’Elegance show. The latter often feature fancier cars, but I’ve always had more fun at the former.
Maybe the reason for that is because there’s usually a lot more to see and do at a car show. Whether it’s slow drag race contests—I love those—or maybe the ugliest car competitions, the organizers almost always know how to have a good time.
I’ll bet you like car shows as much as I do. And seeing as you probably like fun as much as me too, what I’d like to know today is what is your favorite Car Show activity?
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  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    Looking at the cars for sale and trying to figure out your odds of winning the lottery that weekend.

    1. mzszsm Avatar

      Meeting friends 😉

  2. Muthalovin Avatar

    The Hot Rod Power Tour is going on. It’s like a car show, only turned up well past 11. One stop was at COTA, right down the street, so I had to go.
    There was an AutoX course set up. I queued up the Fiesta in line, and watched classic muscle cars rip around the course. It was, by far, the most fun I have had at a car show.
    5/7 would recommend.

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      A perfect 5/7!

  3. ninjabortion Avatar

    Sitting in the shade and trying not to get burnt.

  4. ConstantReader Avatar

    Flame outs after the sun goes down!

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    As I rarely dedicate the time to meet up at car shows, my preferred activity would be them doing a drive around town/to the mountains together. Increases the chances for me to actually see them, fleetingly though.

  6. JayP Avatar

    My son and I aren’t car show people but we attend… sometimes we come across some fella who’s building a Ford LTD Fox with Mustang parts or that grizzly looking guy with a Model T ratrod with a SBC. Usually end up chatting for a few minutes.
    The other side is to find a “track prepped” car and talk with the racer/owner. These conversations degrade pretty quickly once asked about the fake brembo calipers. One guy said he is an HPDE instructor with so-and-so and proceeded to tell me he was so good on the track at his first event that he was moved to instructor. So-and-so?? Noted.
    But my favorite activity is embarrassing my son in front of the ladies.

    1. Tiberiuswise Avatar

      Embarrassing one’s children should be an Olympic event.

  7. outback_ute Avatar

    At any type of car show, pick which car you would most like to take home. Also talk to people, especially about cars that have something different about them or you don’t know much about, there is usually interesting things to learn or characters to meet.
    I think the most fun car shows are historic race meetings, you see the cars driven hard (more so than in the US), see them up close in the pits plus there are display areas and interesting cars in the car park. Usually can’t cover it all in a day.

  8. Alff Avatar

    Going as a spectator instead of a participant.

  9. needthatcar Avatar

    Easy – the tour of the whorehouse.
    Wells, Nevada host the Wells Fun Run every year. It’s actually really fun, with drag racing, slow drags, burnout contest, street dance, and a parade. Anyway, since there are two legal, operating brothels there, and they offer free tours, a group of us took a tour of both. It’s fascinating. They actually ring the bell and the prostitutes come out and line up as if you were a John, then you pick one and she takes you for a tour.
    Protip: Don’t be the only single guy among 4 couples when taking the brothel tour.

    1. JayP Avatar

      I’ve been going to the wrong shows evidently.

  10. longrooffan Avatar

    Counting Tri 5 Chevys or, alternatively, counting SBCs in vehicles not GM.

  11. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    I used to get dragged to a lot of car shows as a kid. The highlight was always the potato race.
    You ride on the running board, usually of a Model A, and spear potatoes with a stick with a nail in the end. Go as slow as you want but come to a complete stop and you’re disqualified. Winner is the most spuds collected. Time becomes the tie-breaker.

    1. Inliner Avatar

      That’s something I’d like to try (that, and a pig-n-Ford race).

  12. MattC Avatar

    I go between two local Cars and Coffee events (Annapolis and Great Falls Va.) with some regularity. I love talking to the owners who are genuinely proud of their vehicles. A side note, one visit at the Great Falls Cars and Coffee(re; Katie’s Cars and Coffee), there were literally millions of dollars worth of various Lamborghinis parked together and yet a well restored early ’80s Scirocco with a 2.0L late model engine nearby was garnering more attention. Several Lambo owners couldn’t help but laugh of the circumstance and would telling prior VW ownership stories of their youth. It is nice when owners do not take themselves seriosly and can enjoy the diversity

  13. Simon BiTurbo Avatar
    Simon BiTurbo

    Some kind of open autocross/hillclimb championship is always a great watch 🙂
    I love the idea of slow races as well 🙂 that’d be great to watch 🙂