You’ve probably heard of car meets. Large crowds of people gather to show off their vehicles, talk about all things car, eat some tasty food and then drive back home. Most people don’t really understand what it’s like to attend a car meet until they’ve been to one themselves, but the answer lies within your own passion for your vehicles.
For instance, if you love classic cars, then you can meet with other classic car enthusiasts that gather from all around the world to show off their vehicles, talk about their passions and share trade secrets. It’s a wonderful and inviting scene assuming that you are interested in learning about classic vehicles or making new friends that share your interests. There are also unique street racing meetups where people bring their heavily modified sports cars to show off their large rims, spoilers, neon lights and more. Although these are generally more local to your area, they’re still fantastic car meets for anyone who is interested in heavily modified vehicles.
If you’re interested in attending these car meets, then here’s a quick survival guide to make sure you get the most out of your experience.
Know what you’re talking about
The last thing you want to do is embarrass yourself in front of serious enthusiasts. You probably don’t want to bring your car the first time you attend a meet. Just visit by yourself or with some friends, get involved, mingle and make some friends. Most communities are very welcoming to newcomers, but you also need to make sure you aren’t overstepping your boundaries.
For instance, you don’t want to get involved in a conversation about engine tuning if you have absolutely no experience with it. It’s best you tell people you’re a newbie that’s interested in vehicles instead of trying to show off your limited knowledge. You can be sure that experts and experienced people attend car meets, not random people off the street.
Preparing your vehicle
You want to make sure you’ve contacted an interstate transport service if you plan to move your vehicle a long distance, and you also want to make sure you’ve given your vehicle a good clean and that it fits within the criteria of the meet. You don’t want to take a Nissan GT-R to a classic car meet with classics such as the Aston Martin DB5 and Corvette Sting Ray.
Some car meets are also hosted near a race track. This is usually mentioned in the car meet’s description and you may get to race your vehicle in a controlled environment, but this usually isn’t something given to first timers and your vehicle may need to be inspected first. There are also some basic rules when attending car meets which is why it’s important to first attend without your vehicle to determine these rules. It’s not like someone hands your a rulebook to study, so make sure you’re observing and chatting with people. It also helps to have a friend who is a regular at the car meets, so get involved in the online community as well if you want to fit in more easily.