Cars, Cars, Cars!:
Car Shows and Car Cruises
A Car Cruise is usually short, informal events, with most occurring over several hours on a weeknight or single weekend day. Generally, cruise-ins are free to attend, either for spectators or for participants. Cruise-ins are gatherings of people who drive their classic or muscle cars on a regular basis or people who just like to look at cars. The cars displayed at a cruise-in are often parked by arrival time, and friends who drive to the event together can park near each other, making the event more of a social gathering of friends. Sometimes, awards are given in different classes or categories, but the more informal the event, the less likely it is to have awards; each cruise-in is organized differently, depending on the sponsor or organizer. Judging at cruise-ins can be limited to people’s choice or can be performed by established judges, often members of the sponsoring club. A cruise-in can be a great place to learn about the pitfalls and advantages of owning a particular year, make and model of car. Owners look forward to sharing details about their car and how difficult, easy or expensive the restoration was.
- May 8th & 22rd
- June 12th & 26th
- July 10th & 24th
- August 14th & 28nd
- Sept 11th & 25th
Just drive to the side parking lot of the Village Greene and near the red covered bridge, you will see orange cones set up . Move a cone and park your baby (car) between the hours of 5:00pm and 8:00pm.
Smithville’s Car Shows are a little different and cars must preregister. There are any where from 75 to 150 cars showing off their stuff for the GM and Corvette show. It’s a fun day that starts around 10 and ends at the awards cermony at 4pm. A car show is one of the best places enthusiasts can network with other aficionados: trading restoration secrets, parts sources and opinions about what is happening in the hobby. Generally more organized than a cruise-in, a car show is sure to offer some type of award. Car show judging can be a little more involved than cruise-in judging, and the judges usually look more closely at the little details. Correctness, quality of interior, exterior and engine bay: These are all important when differentiating a class winner from a nice classic car at a large car show. You will find that the more cars available to judge, the more discerning the judging will be, so consider this possibility when attending a car show. National car clubs, such as the AACA and others, sponsor many car shows, and class judging rules can be stringent. Many car shows are themed by make, model or nationality (Fords, Corvettes or British cars, for example), so a little homework before the event is recommended. Most car shows will also have a car corral with restored or project cars for sale and some parts vendors who have inventories of good used parts and new items. Need a fender for a 1949 Ford? A car show is a good place to find one, and you will save on shipping, too. At the very least, you can talk with vendors face to face and see their parts and services firsthand.
Here are the Dates for Smithvilles car shows 2015:
Stay tuned for next year’s dates (2016)!