This was my first time among those attending the Japanese Classic Car Show that takes place each year in Long Beach, California. Like all first things, no matter how many people you ask or how much research you do, you are never quite prepared or know what to expect for your first time at a show. Here are five things I learned:
Being born and raised in Arizona, I feel like it’s a no brainer to put on sun screen every time you walk outside, and yet I thought being in California I would be immune to the UV rays. I was wrong. And so where a lot of others who also looked like lobsters by the time the show came to a close.
Comfortable clothes are a necessity
I definitely agree that the idea of a Japanese classic car show set next to the water and by the Queen Mary is bad ass, but let’s keep a few things in mind:
It takes place in September, but it’s still warm outside. Maybe walking around in all black isn’t the best option.
Your Panda costume is really cool, but you look a little warm in it.
I get it, the Japanese are trendy, and stylish, but I can assure you, the high heels can stay at home while you navigate over sunburnt grass and uneven surfaces.
Bring water or snacks
The show had only one food vendor. It was barbeque, the prices were kind of high, and that 16 ounces of water goes down quickly.
The Queen Mary has a functioning horn
And here I thought the Queen Mary was for decoration. I can’t tell you how many times I nearly hit the deck when the horn sounded. Be prepared.
Brush up on Japanese cars and culture
This is definitely something I wish I would have done more of and here is why: I think when you know the significance of something you appreciate it more.
No matter how knowledgeable you think you are, you still have room to learn more.
I found myself appreciating a vehicle, not knowing exactly what it was or the significance behind it, only to post a photo of it on Instagram and have dozens of people freak out about it. It was then, after people expressed why it was significant, that I understand how fortunate I was to be around the vehicle.