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Car Show Resources

So, you're thinking about hosting a car show? Here is a compilation of resources I've compiled to help you get started. This page has downloads for judging sheets, classification ideas, dash cards, unconventional award categories, a car show playlist and checklists of people you should contact before considering to host a show. 


Most folks who participate in a car show do so for the chance at an award. When structuring your show you need to consider whether to do a participant judged show or a standard judged show. Participant judging is easy. Just create a form that has several blank lines and have participants rank their top 5 favorite cars. You'll need to make sure you set a deadline for forms to be turned in so tabulation can be completed before you present awards. 

If you want to have a judged show, I've provided a sample judging sheet on a 100 point scale with a possible 7 bonus points. With a judged show, you'll need to secure enough volunteers to judge. These should be people who are not participating in the show so as not to stir controversy. Setting deadlines for registration and judging is also key.  For example, registration opens at 9am and closes at 11am with judging between 11:15am-1:45pm. You'll then need ample time to tabulate the results before you present awards. 

When ordering awards, it's best to leave plaques off until you tabulate or see your attending cars. You might have an award for "Best Bike" or "Best Cadillac" but no bikes or Caddies show up. Now you have a blank trophy to award to someone else for a gimmick award like "Youngest Drive Registered" or a second trophy for a tie score.


Click here to download our sample judging sheet.

Click here to download our sample classification sheet.

Click here to download our list of gimmick award categories.


Here are a couple of documents you could use to get people registered and help streamline your data collection for judging and awards. Included are a dash card and registration form for onsite, day-of-show registration. 

Click here to download the Car Show Life Dash Card

Click here to download the day-of-show registration form

Car Show Life Playlist

Car shows have a cliche playlist that is rooted in the same tired old songs from the '50s and '60s. But let's face it, the participants and spectators of car shows have evolved. The average age of a classic car owner is 54. That person grew up with hits of the 80s and 90s as the soundtrack of their lives. And the cars they drove were built in the 70s, 80s & 90s. So to help move car show culture forward, Car Show Life has compiled a playlist of songs about cars and driving that were released between 1980 and 2018.  It runs about 2 hours and 44 minutes and can be shuffled among songs by the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Commander Cody, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and others for a more satisfying listening experience at your next car show.

Click here to download the Car Show Life playlist on Amazon Music

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