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3 Tips to Protect Your Classic at Car Shows

We’ve been reading lots of stories lately about classics getting damaged at car shows. One kid spilled a soda all over the interior and another guy thought it OK to lean against every car in sight.

Although things usually aren’t that bad, there are some things you can do to protect your classic while at car shows. Here are three tips:

Stay with your car. If someone gets too close or does something you are uncomfortable with, say something to them. Your voice can be your car’s best line of protection at a car show. Be firm, yet friendly. People often overstep boundaries innocently.

Hang “look but don’t touch” signs on your car. Keep in mind those that these may not be that effective. From what I’ve seen over the years, people rarely stop to read before they touch.

Rope your car off from the crowd. When outdoors, use rope and metal stakes to create a barrier around your car. You can even add orange safety ribbon (tape) to the rope to draw more attention. If the car is shown on asphalt, metal stakes can’t be used. In this case I recommend plastic stanchions and chains to serve the same purpose.

You worked hard to restore your classic and you are obviously proud enough of it to take it to a show. Protect it properly while you’re there so you don’t have any issues.

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