Car Show Display Ideas to Help Your Ride Stand Out

February 16, 2012

A good car show display can really help your vehicle stand out from the pack at a show. After all, when there are some very good looking machines all around you, you need to have a few good ideas to make sure your ride is noticed. It takes a little imagination to create a good car show display for your car but not a lot of money. These ideas might help.

You've spent a lot of time fixing up, painting and cleaning your car inside and out, and even underneath. You've been in all the nooks and crannies that people won't normally see. You might even have some chrome under the car. A good way to show off your work in those normally inaccessible places is by using mirrors.

Carefully placed, a mirror or two can show people just how much work you've done, and how good the underside of your car looks. You have to make sure the lighting is right. You can use mirrors to show other facets of your car, too, like that chrome tailpipe or some detailing in the driver's compartment.

Rather than just showing your car, you can tell people about it with a car show display sign. With some photos illustrating how you restored the vehicle, along with some attractive lettering, you have an item guaranteed to make people stop and take notice of your ride.

If you have a real project car, then use two signs, one on each side of the vehicle, to tell the full story. Make sure you leave enough room for people to walk comfortably around the vehicle. After all, having told them about the work you've done, you want them to be able to see it.

Car Stand
Most vehicle owners simply have their cars sitting there, with the doors and the hood open. If you really want to make a splash, put the front end of your vehicle up on a stand. That makes it much easier for people to look underneath and see the work you've done on the engine and the suspension.

A stand achieves something else, too. You vehicle will be standing a little taller than all those around it, and that will help you draw a crowd to it. The more you make your car stand out, the more people will look at it.

Display Board
A tall display board behind the car will certainly catch the eye. Use a car display board instead of signs to help tell the story of your vehicle restoration. Make it in 3 parts on a frame and about 6 feet tall, very similar to what you'd see at a trade show.

With that you'll have plenty of room to show photographs of the work you've done and give details about how the project progressed. A board like that makes for a real standout car show display, although you'll need to have it in sections in order to transport it.

How to Get Your Classic Car into Show Vehicle Form

Making something into a show vehicle is not always an easy task, but it is far from impossible. You have to love what you are doing and be willing to spend some time, but then it's just a matter of putting the labor in to make a concept car a reality. Below are some suggestions to help you get started.

Make Room for Work and Storage
You need plenty of room to restore your classic to show standards. You will more than likely need to dismantle parts of the car to work on it, and this will take a lot of space to accomplish. The ideal amount of room would actually be the size of two garages. One area could be for the different parts you will be working on and the rest of the room could be for putting the car back together.

Prepare for the Unexpected
When you start your restoration, make sure to be prepared to run into the unexpected. Generally, a restoration project will turn out to be a lot more work than you expected. If you run into something that you are afraid you do not know how to do, it would be wise to call in a professional for these things. Have one picked out before you begin work. In the long run, this will save you money and frustration.

Use What You Have
The best thing you can do for your car is to use as much of the car's original equipment as possible, like the hood ornaments, the mirrors and even the original radio. It will do wonders for the value of your vehicle at the car show if you have old, great looking parts. Only replace something that is irreparable, but make sure that your car is fully functioning when you're done. Check the engine, transmission, brakes and everything else in the car and replace what needs fixing. You may just need to clean some things off.

Fix the Body
If there are any dings and dents in the body, have a professional take those out. You also need to sand the areas where there were dents so the primer and paint will have a clean smooth surface to adhere to. More than likely, you will need to have a complete paint job if there are enough dents in the car. Should this be the case, you might want to look at some classic car magazines or websites to get an idea of what color you want. After you have done this, it is advisable to have a professional do the paint job for you.

Clean the Car
Once you have done the restoration, you will need to make sure that the entire care is completely detailed from top to bottom. Your engine should be steam cleaned and all fluids should be full. The interior of the car should be immaculate. When finished the car should be looking as "mint" as you can possibly get it.