There is a huge difference between going to a local cruise-in at some random burger joint’s parking lot, or attending a full-fledged car show that plays host to various fundraisers with entrants of the most elite degree. It sounds horribly stuffy, we know, but not all classic car owners are snobs, and we have met quite a few wealthy individuals who own amazing car collections and are down to earth in every way imaginable. But when attending an event where there are going to be hundreds of these cars, as well as the individuals who own them, it is probably best to have a few rules in place in order to ensure that you don’t get kicked out.
I recently had the privilege of attending this year’s Ault Park Concours d’Elegance in Cincinnati, which was festooned with curvaceous classic cars, retro race cars, pristine prototypes, and all manner of enthusiast. From local Ferrari fanatics, to public officials and celebrities like Magnus Walker, the park grounds were crawling with petrolheads all day long.
Prior to the weekend’s festivities we reached out to Ann Keeling, who handles media relations for all of the weekend’s festivities, and she was able to get Rich Frantz (president of the Cincinnati Concours Foundation) to send us a few choice tips in order to help keep us pointed in the right direction. Over the years I have attended my fair share of auto shows, but never one like this, and in retrospect I am really glad that we got this list in advance!
One must realize that no matter how “prestigious” an event may be, we must never lose sight of the fact that everyone rallies over a singular passion: Cars. Regardless of one’s financial background, occupation, vehicular affinity or driving habits, we all share a unabashed love for the automobile, and sharing this enthusiasm with one another is more than enough reason for congregation. Having said that, Mr. Frantz’s choice pointers should still be heeded prior to heading out to an event of this caliber, and you might be surprised to find that this cheat sheet has just as much to do with preparedness and being outgoing, as it does with appropriate behavior and formalities.