After sleeping in on a Sunday morning and waking up to a bright sunny day I thought a car show was in order. I just searched for Maryland classic car shows and came up with the Maryland BBQ and Car Show http://www.marylandbbqcarshow.com. It was easy enough to find at Blobs Park in Jessup, Md.
We got there just in time to catch the bikini judging. The show only ran from 10 til 3PM and I didn’t get there til around 1:30PM so if I wanted to get some pics, I needed to overlook the skinny girls. This show would have been good for the car enthusiast young and old alike. There was a wide variety of cars, everything from the 30’s to 80’s including Japanese sports cars to mid 70’s big butt Cadillacs, to 50’s and 60’s Chevy’s, Fords, and other American cars.
I can’t tell you much about the BBQ, I didn’t go there to eat. I didn’t see or smell any so go figure.
The quality of the cars was really varied. I didn’t see any rust buckets mind you, but there were cars there that you could tell were restored by the owner and others that were professionally done and immaculate. I kinda have a thing for the classic cars that were done by the owners. Let’s face it, guys that can afford to spend $90-100k on a classic car or muscle car of any type are few and far between and most of these classic beauties are restored by guys just like myself using our own tools and garage space.
Spotting the owner restored cars is pretty easy, Just look for body panel alignment issues, less than perfect molding or trim on the car, roughly refinished pot metal parts that were replated over not so perfect refinishing work, and electrical connectors that obviously came from the electrical repair rack at the local chain parts store. You know the ones,… with the blue and pink plastic protectors around the them where you use a crimper to queeze them onto the wire end.
Don’t think I’m taking away from the restoration work that they’re doing. I have a great appreciation for working on my own classic car and I’ll be the first to tell you there’s a lot of compromises along the way if you’re restoring your classic car or muscle car on a budget. For some people, there is no getting around it. Still,…everyone loves restoring these classic cars no matter how much we have to spend on our project.
Spending doesn’t stop once the restoration is done either. You’ll need classic car insurance after the restoration is done and in some cases that can make or break keeping the classic car you’ve poured some much time and money into.
Some of the cars at this car show were obviously high dollar restorations so you now they’re setup for some expensive insurance costs. Most classic car insurance however provides for driving it on weekends only and only to car related events. Since the car isn’t going to be driven everyday the risks are quite low so it offsets what one would expect to be very pricey. All you can do is shop around.