Guest Blogger-Street Rod 101
Where can I get a high quality sign to show-off my ride at car shows?
When you take your classic car, muscle car, or street rod to a car show, it is important to give the spectators quality information about your ride. In many cases, the owner makes a sign that includes technical information, owner information, building information, supporting companies, photos, etc. But one of the best ways to enhance your overall display is to have a high quality sign that draws attention to the various aspects of your car. A high quality sign can only enhance the overall display of your vehicle. To the right is an excellent example of such a sign and the sign stand.
This particular sign (also called a Custom Show Board) was designed and printed by Strong Keepsake Images. Go to www.strongkeepsakeimages.com to see their complete list of products and prices they offer. You will be very impressed with the quality of the Custom Show Boards and sign stands.
Guest Blogger: Street Rod 101
One of the best ways to make your car look good at a car show is to provide information about the car on a sign. It helps engage the spectators as they view your car. The year, make, model, engine, differential, tires sizes, fuel system, steering, etc. all play an important role is displaying your car. Often these signs are placed on the ground, on the engine, leaning against the bumpers, on the windshields, or not used at all. Sometimes at outdoor shows, wind will blow the sign over and might even put a scrape in the vehicle paint. In addition, many car show participants don't use a sign because most sign stands are too big to fit into the smaller cars. Below is a photo a typical sign.
To help solve these problems, Street Rod 101 has developed a portable and versatile sign stand. It is called the Car Show Display Stand. It consist of four individual parts that assemble and disassemble quickly with no tools needed. It includes a carrying bag made of multi-layered canvas for protection during carrying and storing. Its storage size is 24" X 10" X 3" and when in the carrying bag, will easily fit behind the seat of a street rod, hot rod, or other classic car. When used, the "Display Stand" is held firmly in place with one of the vehicle wheels. It is made of two aluminum post, a top sign plate, and an aluminum base plate. Your individual sign can be attached to this Car Show Display Stand using two Velcro strips. The two aluminum post and sign plate are powder coated for a durable finish. The total weight of this "Display Stand" with carrying bag is 11 lbs. The two photos below show the four parts of the "Display Stand" and how they fit into the carrying bag. The parts are separated by two 1/4 foam pads to protect it from getting scratched during transportation.
The photo below shows the assembled Car Show Display Stand and the name of the four parts.
The Car Show Display Stand can be positioned so that the sign plate and your sign can face the front or side of the vehicle. The "Display Stand" can be used in hot rod, street rod, classic car, antique car, muscle car, or new car shows, dealerships, and vehicle promotions, as well as other recreational vehicle shows. The photos below show how the Display Stand is assembled on the vehicle in different directions.
If you would like to have a sign made similar to the one shown in the above photos, I would suggest contacting a company called Digital Ink. Digital Ink can make any sign, just about any size, with just about any amount of information. The entire process of ordering and making a sign can be done over the Internet by contacting them at: http://www.digitalinkdesign.net. Their phone number is 218-454-0800. Ask for Dan Lundberg. They will provide an estimate and a proof for you to approve before final printing. Note also that various material types and thicknesses can be used.
If you would like more information about purchasing a Car Show Display Stand, click here.
Title: Getting Young People Interested in the Old Car Hobby
Guest Blogger: Keith Leary, Tri-Club Show Committee Officer, River City Street
Why bother about getting young people interested in old cars?
Every worthwhile hobby needs fresh ideas, input, and enthusiasm to sustain interest over the long term. Young people are needed to replace participants who are no longer able to, or interested in pursuing the hobby.
How can we do this?
Start on a project. Help a friend on a car project, or start one of your own. Invite a young friend or relative to be involved or on the ‘team’. It should be stated here that the term ‘old cars’ includes old trucks, a very popular and quickly rising segment of the old car hobby.
Invite them along. Invite that young friend or relative to attend a car show or car related event with you. Take them along on a short drive or trip to the local ice cream stand. Maybe ask them to help you with a small maintenance task on your vehicle. Encourage them to join your local car club or group. They don’t even need to own an old car yet; interest is all that is required.
Sponsor a scholarship. Contact your local colleges to provide a scholarship for students in an auto related curriculum; e.g. auto mechanics/auto body. This can be done individually, or by your car club. Many families set up scholarships in memory of a loved one whose career was auto related.
The key to getting young people interested in the old car hobby is for each of us to take action by initiating an event to create awareness, understanding, and involvement in our hobby.