Welcome to the darkside! Car shows do get addictive. I'm with you in that famly comes first. It's really great when you can bring your family to the show. I was able to do that a couple of weeks ago. The show was held in conjunction with a county fair, so the wife got to see the crafts and be with the family, the kids got rides, and I got the car show. I took home a third place trophy. I was in a group of cars from 2000 and newer. I got beat by a 3-day old Charger R/T Hemi. I still had fun with the family. My 5-year old daughter loves to go to shows with me.
Most shows do things slightly different. Some go by age, others by manufacturer. I held my own in a show to benefit the MDA. I was grouped with cars from 1974 and newer, and still managed to take home a Top-25 out of almost 100 cars. At Mustang shows, they're usually divided up into body styles, etc. In the S197 group, Roush, Saleen, Cobra, GT, V6, all get a different category. Some even break out coupe or convertible.
Even if you don't win, the people are the best. Rarely do you find snobbery, and most people are willing to share ideas. I also like the fact that most shows benefit some good organization like MDA, food kitchens, or children's hospitals. Hot rodders, I have found, are a very generous group of people and I pride myself at being counted among them.
'05 Sonic Blue GT w/ '07 V8 engine, 5-sp, IUP, Beige leather interior, nothing else -
just the way I wanted it.
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OK, so I've added a few things to it. Check my Profile - too many to list here.