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Showtime! What you need to know to take your car to a local show or a major concours

In June, we’ll present a series of stories about showing off your ride

For the past few months, we’ve been writing and publishing a series of articles around a common theme. 

It began in February with stories about car clubs and what they offer to their members. In March, we looked at driving schools and why everyone should attend them. In April, the topic was vintage rallies and racing and the enjoyment they offer both from the standpoints of driving and of making new friends.

That all led up to the theme for May, buying your first (or in some cases your next) collector car. One of the things we mentioned was the importance of calling on your car-club friends to help you find the right car for you, whether you want to cruise or race or rally.

So now it’s June and our series will cover car shows and concours. We’ll explore what you need to do to enter a local weekend car show and we’ll take showing off your car to the extreme with a look at preparing to put your cherished vehicle on the show field and under the scrutiny of the judges at a major concours d’elegance.

By the way, we’ll be asking you to share your own stories and tips about showing a car, be it at a local show or at the Pebble Beach Concours. You can share your stories by emailing them to [email protected], and be sure to include a few photos as well.

Car Shows & Concours Series

Stories all about showing your car at car shows and concours.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Hey great story. I am supposed to chair our first(to my knowledge) classic car show here in Monroe, La. June 15-16 of
    2022, & need all the tips & procedures I can get. I especially want suggestions on: 1. classes of cars; 2.how to judge them;
    and what sort of ribbons or prized to award.

    Armand Breard

  2. I have two Studebaker’s A 1921 and 1930 grew up with them. We need to keep younger crowd interested. Every Wednesday we get together to enjoy them. Our age bracket is from 22 to 88.

  3. Armand: Thanks for your comments and good luck with your show. My suggestion on classes for cars is to have fun and to be creative. Consider classes such as Longest family ownership, Highest mileage and still running under its own power, etc. As far as judging goes, again, have fun. Have spectators vote for their favorite cars and have those showing their own cars vote for the car they’d most like to drive home other than the one in which they arrived. — Larry


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