Been coming for 15 years as a spectator. Usually a day trip from Lou. for me. Drive up, make my rounds, drive home. Finally went to Tipp a couple of years ago, and was hooked. Felt like I was more of a part of the show parking my 94 along side the other cars. I will be there in 2014. Actually plan on staying the weekend and showing (maybe the GT) for the first time. Reading the other thread about this years Nats and what the show needs or why it is down is tough. It was obvious when I pulled in sunday morning the numbers were off. I was unaware of the school issues, but as I left the HPP booth and was walking by the camaro/trans am conversions, I heard a guy getting a little upset, say something along the lines of "If you call the police you will be just hurting the show....." Somebody wasnt happy.
I think it is simple. More people, more cars, more vendors, more fun....Just like anything. When you have a bad experience at a restaurant, you dont tell friends "it was great, you have to go." Word of mouth. I tell everybody about it.
The fine fella that started this thread is part of one of my first positive experiences at the show. Years ago I talked to Paul for the first time while I was admiring his SE. I asked about the gold bird fuel door for mine and he said "I have one, I'll send it to ya". I thought sure you will. A week or so later it showed up on my doorstep. Its still on the 81.
I remember the California dude "Crawford" and "King" in that same scene with Chris in Platoon
King: March, man, in Tennessee. Sniff the pines, sniff that cross-mounted down by the river. Whoo, hot darn! Hey, Taylor, how long you got left? Three hundred and what?
Chris Taylor: Thirty-two. Three hundred and thirty-two days.
King: Xin loi, my boy!
Crawford: I can't even remember when I was 332, man. You gotta, like, count backwards or something. You know, like, you got 40 days in. I mean, think positive, dude.
Thats me- counting backwards till next years show. Three - fifty- what.........