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Classic Cars Driving to Shows vs Trailering

How many times have you been to a car show and seen a classic car in immaculate condition, only to learn that it was pulled in an enclosed trailer?  Indeed, there are many reasons some auto enthusiasts prefer to tow their prized possessions.

Many have spent untold hours, weeks, months, and sometimes even years painstakingly restoring their classic cars of choice. Obsolete parts alone can take months, if ever, to locate. If they can’t be found, then perfect duplicates must be made from scratch to function using yesteryear’s technology.

Paint codes are often long discontinued as well. The last thing a meticulous car owner wants to deal with is a rock chip or door ding on something that took so long to rebuild.

Oftentimes, in the case of original, unrestored cars such as Corvettes, the lower the mileage, the more valuable the car becomes.

Finally, old cars with outdated technology have a much greater likelihood of experiencing mechanical breakdowns, particularly on long trips. In fact, many people on the show circuit will trailer their cars for this sole reason.

However, most classic car enthusiasts would never dream of trailering their pride and joy to shows. They will tell you that 99% of the fun in owning a classic car involves driving it. Moreover, It doesn’t matter whether a car show is located a hop and a skip across town or hundreds of miles away. In short, they hold to a firm belief that they should be driven! After all, that’s why they were built in the first place, right?

Most classic car buffs also have good mechanical skills. This is virtually a must for anyone planning to keep vintage cars on the road in good running condition.  Thus, If you have the necessary skills and tools to perform roadside repairs when needed, why would you choose not to add to the excitement by driving the car as well?

Conversely, owning a vintage classic is not recommended for those who lack mechanical aptitude. Having all of the money in the world won’t help if your car breaks down in some remote location hours away from anyone qualified to fix it.

Does this mean you should not join a car club and enjoy the lifestyle of an enthusiast? Absolutely not. There is another way: Stick to more modern versions of whatever brand of cars you happen to be into. For example, if Volkswagen Bugs are your passion, buy a modern-day version built after 1998. If you like Ford Mustangs, stick with a late-model example and let the skilled mechanics of the club tinker with the classic versions from the 1960s. When it comes right down to it, trophies awarded to late-model owners hold  much more meaning simply because winning them becomes that much more difficult.

It’s a bit unfair for a “trailer queen” ( a classic car that never sees pavement) to receive a trophy for something like Best of Show when somebody else has a nice car and was furthermore adventurous enough to drive it to the event. Anyone that can restore or customize a classic car is deserving of admiration and respect, but that respect will be far greater if such cars are likewise driven like they were intended to be.