One thing fun about my ten years in the Show Car circuit wasn't "Oh wow, nice car". Hell, I get that with the vehicles I drive everyday even today. Its the talking to the other guys and just like this thread, the stories of what they went through. Its all about the building it.
Wait......you actually talked to people at a car show that built their car?
I got so tired of talking to a guy (all of them) about his car and it went like this.....
Him...nice car, what engine is that?
Me....thank you, it's a stock Model A.
Him....oh, you know there is a guy that builds those up and really makes them run.
Me....yes, and I get my cores from him when he blows them up. I put them back to stock.
Him....who did your paint?
Me.... I did it myself. It was a pile of rusted sheet metal when I got it.
Him....so and so over there does great paint.
Me.....yeah, I know but he charges a lot.
Him....you know that piece right there is not supposed to be chrome.
Me ....yes, I know but it looks better.
Him.... come see my car.
Him...here it is, I built this car.
Me.....nice, did you build the engine and what did you put in it?
Him, thanks, but no I had so and so build it.
Me....the paint and body work look pretty good, how bad was the sheet metal before you started?
Him...., oh the car was in pretty good shape so I had that guy paint it for me.
Me....What rear end do you have in the car and who built the ladder bars?
Him....they were in the car when I bought it.
Me.....how long have you owned it and how far have you driven it?
Him.....I have had it four years and have about 400 miles on it.
Me.....It looks clean.
Him....Yeah I wax it once a week and spend about five hows detailing it before a show.
Me....Nice, I drive mine every day to work and wiped it off before driving it here....I really need to change the oil as I have 5k on this oil change.
Him....oh, I would never drive mine like that, It's a show car.
Me....oh, excuse me I have to go pick up my first place trophy...nice talking to you.
One out of every 200 people at or attending a car show is worth talking to in my book......I grew to hate them. Don't get me wrong, I love the cars and don't care that you own one and just wash and wax it. I'm just different...as a non builder I just don't get the attraction of owning a car that you know nothing about other than how long it takes to wax it.