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If I have one pet peeve at the dozens of auto shows I frequent each year, it is the lack of information shared about each vehicle. My blood pressure rises just a bit when I see a unique car that I don't know the year or make, and the car show sign that was given to the owner when entering the show IS COMPLETELY BLANK other than their car show ID #. I see hundreds of autos like this at the "Back to the 50's" show each summer in St Paul, and the owners are roaming the show so you cannot ask for more details. I understand not wanting to share your name or city, but I would think you'd want to share the year/make/model and any trim info, etc. I don't think that is asking too much.
On the other side of sharing no information, you have proud owners that have very stylish show boards for their cars. For years I thought these owners either had artistic creativity and made these, or paid some extreme cash to have some of these show boards made. The coloring is perfect, there are sometimes detailed photos of their vehicle on the board, and best of all there is room for a lot of information including year, manufacturer, model, engine info, transmission info, unique tidbits, etc. On a larger show board you can get a few paragraphs on there if spaced right.
After I started talking to a few owners of these show boards ( I do not have a nice enough classic car to deserve a show board), I found that they were mostly made by professionals, BUT the price was never quite high as I expected. All owners I talked to stated they were all under $200, and after researching online I found most in this price range, with the "all out" optioned boards up to $400, which includes a professional photoshoot of your car if you are in the area of the artist.
In my opinion, if you have a fully restored piece of art worth tens of thousands of dollars, and you frequent auto shows each year, a custom showboard is the perfect way to display your "motorized art piece". Even a simple lower priced show board will add so much to the interest in your vehicle. Show goers gravitate towards these show boards ( I know, because I always try to take photos of these, but they are always crowded), so if you want to draw attention to your car, a show board is for you.
Below are some links to show board manufacturers. I have selected these sites myself to list, none are paid advertisements. You can view examples of their work in the above gallery.
Custom Show Boards by Troy Kruger - I have seen dozens of Troy's show boards at the local auto shows in the Mpls/St. Paul area over the years, and they always amaze me!
Don's Show Boards - I haven't seen any of Don's show boards in person that I know of, but he has a large gallery of examples to view, and they are simply amazing.
Car Show Depot - Another website with a very large example gallery to view.
About the Author
Daniel Fehn is a web designer, a huge classic car and truck fan, and a wannabe mechanic currently living in Minneapolis, MN. I designed and built timelessrides.com so I could share my enthusiasm for classic vehicles, and created the classified ads section for all to buy and sell their rides for FREE.
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