How to Find a Vintage Car Show in Your Area

January 27, 2012

Car enthusiasts love a vintage car show. The problem is, not all of them can afford to buy advertising that guarantees everyone will know about them. However, there are always ways to find car shows of all sizes in your area or region. Below you will be introduced to a number of ways to find a classic car show in your area.

Step 1: Contact Venues

An antique car shows needs quite a bit of space, even for a small show. This means that places you can find a car show are somewhat limited to places like convention centers and fairgrounds, along with drive-in movie theaters. To find out if any of these types of venue are hosting a show in the near future, call them and ask. All of these places will be listed in your local phone book and many will also have websites with complete schedules posted. 

Step 2: Contact Car Clubs

Almost every classic car show has at least one local car club as a sponsor or the featured group for the show. Most of these car clubs are listed in the Yellow Pages. Those car clubs that are keeping up with technology will also have websites with full schedules posted. Car show promoters know that car clubs will generate the largest number of show entrants and visitors. For this reason promoters will be sure to contact known car clubs in the area when they have a show planned.

Step 3: Print Advertising

Finding a local vintage car show using print ads can be quite easy. Car show sponsors may not be able to afford high visibility tv or radio ads, but most will post print ads to get the word out. These print ads will be found in a variety of locations such as local newspapers, flyers at parts stores, ads in classic car sales magazines and especially in the classifieds section of magazines aimed at the auto enthusiast market.

Step 4: Television

Larger car shows will be able to afford to buy advertising commercials on a wide variety of channels in order to put themselves in front of the largest audience. This means you are likely to see a commercial for these larger shows in your everyday television watching. Smaller shows, however, won’t be able to afford to buy spots on big name networks like ABC, CBS and NBC. These shows may be able to afford to advertise on networks that are directed at the automotive enthusiast market segment, such as The Speed Channel.

Step 5: Radio

Radio advertising isn’t as expensive as television advertising. This means that many car shows will be able to advertise on local AM and FM radio stations. Show sponsors may attempt to maximize advertising dollars by having their spots run during times when more people will be in their cars listening to the radio, such as morning and evening rush hours.

The preceding five paragraphs contain information on a variety of ways to find local car shows of all sizes in your region.

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