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Hooniverse Asks- Vintage Car Show or Vintage Car Race?

LongRoofian November 13, 2012 Hooniverse Asks 34 Comments

This past weekend was a pretty intense one for this olelongrooffan as on Saturday I attended the Historic Sports Car races out at the Daytona International Speedway. It was a pretty dang good time and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

On Sunday, my nephew, the Kid, and I spotted this vintage MG at the Winter Park Concours D’Elegance down in toney downtown Winter Park near MickeyMouseLand.

As we were driving home, the Kid and I were discussing which was a better experience. This olelongrooffan had no answer for him as I equally enjoyed attending both events. the Kid liked the Concours better as he just shrugged his shoulders and mentioned, “It’s just the track.”

He also mentioned I should do a Hooniverse Asks with that as the question. So at the Kid’s instigation, here it is.

Would my fellow Hoons prefer attending a Car Show or a Car Race, all things being equal?

Image Copyright Hooniverse 2012/longrooffan

  • DemonXanth

    I've always loved the show+race combos. Lets you see the cars up close then go and hear them as well as seeing the overrestored trailer queens and the ragged survivors in the same place.

    • scroggzilla

      The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix gets this combination right. The race circuit, which uses the roads within Schenley Park, winds past the golf course, where they hold the vintage car show. Here's the terrible, terrible pictures that I took at this year's PVGP.

      • I saw that Nash Healey a few years ago at the WP Concours also. Sweet.

  • facelvega

    Totally different experience: one lets you soak in the answers to great design problems, the other one reminds you why we asked those questions in the first place.

  • Vavon

    Vintage Car Racing!!! It's so cool!!
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  • I love both, but I would probably have to go with Vintage Car Race. But I know there are very few guys that would take a Duesenberg out to the track. Most vintage races at least have a great informal car show to go along with them. I still remember my first vintage race in about 1990. I was 17 and it was AMAZING to see cars in person that I had only read about in books and realize that there were even more different types of cars that I had seen in the fairly extensive library of car books that I had at home. If you ever get a chance to go to a CCCA show I would highly recommend it. I went to one a couple of years ago and most of the cars there were museum worthy. I have learned that it might not be a good thing to go the same shows and races EVERY time they come around. It seems 95% of the cars are the same ones as last time.

  • $kaycog

    I like them both, but to choose just one, I pick Vintage Car Race because racecar.

  • Vintage Car Race (Rally)
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  • rwd guy

    I will always choose go over show and at the vintage car races you get both!!

  • Irishzombieman

    I love 'em both, but if I had to pick one, the choice is pretty easy.

    This video wont embed, but you should really watch this. These cars are worth a fortune, but they're out on a track in heavy traffic.

    The way they ought to be.

  • Devin

    Both is ideal, but if forced to choose I'll go to a show first, because I like to get right up close and see all the details. I'll admit, I'm a sucker for aesthetics.

  • The only vintage car race I frequently go to (Coronado Speed Festival) allows spectators to look at all of the race cars up close and talk to the drivers/owners. I stood and discussed old Datsuns with Adam Carolla last time. In addition, they have a "car corral" area where local car clubs and owners of interesting cars can park and put on a show. So it's the best of both worlds.

    • Irishzombieman

      I think it might've been more appropriate to discuss Toyotas with Adam.

      /groans at own horrible joke

    • Vairship

      I even noticed an LTD with a 5.0 engine there a few years back…

  • I've been to plenty of vintage car shows, and enjoyed them all. Sadly, I've never been to a vintage car race. However, I went to the vintage bike races that were held in Park City Utah in 1999. They closed off the road that went around the golf course and held the road race there, and it was just a sensory overload. Bikes I'd seen only in magazines and the like being spanked around that course by knee dragging maniacs. Just amazing. There was a bike show there, too, with jewel like classics on display, but I waited until after the races to take that in.

  • JayP2112

    There is just so much that goes on at vintage races.
    A sensory overload.

  • jtk2

    I think I'd pick race over show. It seems likely that a show could happen at a race, but not the other way around…

  • Number_Six

    Two-wheel Tuesday answer: I recently attended vintage bike races at Daytona Speedway, and even though it's not a big event, it was fantastic. Watching a Manx Norton duel wheel-to-wheel with a BSA for five or six laps was a gazillion times better than seeing similar bikes parked and polished. Race.

  • MVEilenstein

    John – Did you make it down for the Grand AM/ALMS test today? Conquest Racing was running their LMP2 on Continental Tires at the track.

    • sadly no, work got in the way of my fun dammit.

      • MVEilenstein

        I hate when that happens.

  • wisc47

    Road America's vintage races manage to combine both a car show and a race quite well. Not only can you walk through the paddock and see the wide variety of awesome cars, but they also have a concourse event each summer as well, one night showing the race cars and one night showing road cars.

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    • jtk2

      I'm definitely going to make it up there in 2013.

      • wisc47

        See that you do. I used to work in a bar in Elkheart Lake, it's a ton of fun for the bigger races during the summer.

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          • wisc47

            Haha close, Osthoff.

    • JayP2112

      It has been a while since I've been but LimeRock's historic races are Fri, Sat and Mon over the Labor Day weekend. Sunday is a no-race day so the concours event is held around the track. The first time we made it out was on Sunday and had a blast looking at the cars. Met Vic Jr and John Fitch that day!!!1!!

      The next few years we came on Saturday. You can hear the cars hearing to the track. I couldn't get out of the car fast enough to take it all in. The bouquet of gear oil and raw fuel is glorious. The racers and crews are all willing to chat about the race cars.

      The car show, wine and cheese crowd were nice but I'm a beer and hamburger guy.

    • I went to this about 10 years ago. A buddy was racing a Mustang Shelby GT350.

  • Devin

    True, but I was thinking of the question from an either/or perspective rather than what usually happens.

  • Lisa@TheDecorGirl

    I've been to both, the show. Monterey Historics are awesome & love the open paddock but hard to beat The Quail or Pebble Beach Concours.

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  • Tom Lee

    I'd pick the show, been to the track and lost more of my precious little left hearing (even with earplugs). Also got whiplash watching them go by = zoom, zoom, zoom,

    of course if they only went 50 to 60 mph, I could enjoy that better.
    Guess I would needtohave the OleLongRoof around so I could get up close.

    • horsefarmer..you're always welcome..bring that bigassedtruck to the Turkey Rod Run and you are hooked up.