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Collector Car Terminology You Need to Know

Browse through this list of terminology about collector cars to see some terms commonly found here on Classic Cars Online US as well as other places on the internet.

A row of collector cars at a car show in a field of small yellow wildflowers. Image courtesy of Pixabay and hhorakova.

Collector Car Terminology

Antique Car

While many classic car clubs offer a unique description of antique cars, one fairly universal antique car classification is that all cars produced before World War I are considered to be antiques.

The Antique Automobile Club of America uses the distinction of any car over 25 years old as an antique.

Additionally, antique car registration regulations – for the purpose of licensing an antique vehicle – vary by locality.

Barn Find

Barn finds are classic cars that are rediscovered after sitting in storage for a long time – often in barns as the name implies.

The term barn find often refers to a vehicle that’s highly collectible – even if it’s in poor condition – due to its rarity and value as a collector car.

The term barn find can also be applied to vintage airplanes and collectible motorcycles that have been stored.

Brass Era

Brass Era cars were made in the late 1800s through about 1915 and are named for the brass accoutrements – like radiators and light housings.

Brass Era cars also fit under the heading of antique cars as well as collectible cars and classic cars.

The Brass Era also overlaps the Veteran Era of car manufacturing and the Edwardian Era.

Classic Car

Classic Cars are broadly defined as cars that have been around more than 25 years .

Classic cars can also be referred to as antique cars, collector cars, as well as vintage cars and pretty much any term used to describe an antique vehicle – or one that’s at least 25 years old.

Classics have also been referred to as ‘fine automobiles’ and ‘distinctive automobiles’ by some automotive collectors.

Edwardian Era

Edwardian Era cars were made between January 1, 1905 and December 31, 1918.

Edwardian Era vehicles can also be classified as antique vehicles, pre-war vehicles, vintage vehicles, classics, and collectibles.

Some Brass Era Vehicles also are included in the category of Edwardian Era vehicles.

Horseless Carriage

The first cars to roll down the roads were called horseless carriages because at that time, horse-drawn carriages were the norm.

The term is an example of the name for a new technology being described by what’s missing.

The first motorized vehicles didn’t have horses and looked like carriages… so they naturally picked up the moniker ‘horseless carriages’.

Modern Classic Cars

Modern classic cars are collectible classics and sports cars that are newer than 25 years.

Because they’re newer classics, they aren’t accepted into some car collector clubs and some may also be too new to get antique vehicle licenses.

The modern classic car classification can also impact the option to get specific types of collector car insurance for people who live in the UK.

Muscle Car

The dictionary definition of muscle cars is, “a group of American-made two-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving.”

The term muscle car was first used around 1966 to describe the 1966 Pontiac GTO.

Some collectors refer to the 1949 Oldsmobile 88 and the 98 as the original muscle cars, while others apply the term muscle cars to the high-powered cars from the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Number Matching

Number matching cars are classics that have all the original major components intact.

This can also be called code matching, due to the inclusion of the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) code being stamped into the metal when the vehicle was manufactured.

In the collector car industry, number matching refers to the authenticity of a vehicle and lets collectors know a bit about a collectible car’s investment value.

Veteran Era

Veteran Era cars were the earliest models to hit the roadways.

The Veteran Era of automobiles ran from the time the first inventor built a horseless carriage and ran until 1896.

Three examples of Veteran Era cars are George B. Selden’s 1879 Road Engine and Karl Benz’s 1885 Benz Motorwagen, and the 1893 Duryea Motor Wagon.

Vintage Era

Vintage Era cars were the models produced post-WWI, from 1920 until 1930.

During the height of the Vintage Era, over 500 companies were building automobiles.

Only 60 companies survived the Great Depression and were still in business at the end of the Vintage Era.

Collector Car Terminology to Add?

If you’ve browsed through this list of terminology about classic cars and haven’t found what you’re hunting, leave a comment here or in our Classic Cars Online US Facebook group and we’ll do our best to follow up with more info.

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A Tribute to the Fossmobile – 1897

Fossmobile Trial Run
Fossmobile Trial Run: rmfoss, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
A Tribute to the Fossmobile – 1897

A Tribute to the Fossmobile – 1897
By Ron Foss

As a young boy, growing up in Fort Chambly, Quebec, from time to time, I would hear stories of George Foote Foss’ (my grandfather’s) invention. At times, I would overhear these stories as my father shared the details with friends and neighbours who were visiting our home. However, the stories that I most often heard came directly from my grandfather, as we visited him frequently. I recall fondly, sitting on a footstool near his feet as he sat in his large, comfortable chair, recounting the steps he took in tinkering, planning and ultimately, building a gasoline engine automobile, which was to be the first in Canada – later dubbed: “The Fossmobile.”

In the early 1960s (I was only about age 7), I recall that everyone around me was talking about a flurry of renewed interest in his accomplishment. It was then that he was presented with two honorary memberships: one from the Vintage Automobile Club of Montreal (VACM) and the other from the prestigious Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA). Only two Canadians have ever received this latter honour. The other Canadian to receive this was Colonel Robert Samuel McLaughlin, who started the McLaughlin Motor Car Company in 1907, which was one of the first major automobile manufacturers in Canada.

With these two initiatives, there came a swarm of media attention and I can recall being shown newspaper clippings, many of which I still have in my possession today. Not only were there photographs and articles written about his honorary memberships, but many of the local papers also reprinted his earlier writing of: “The True Story of a Small Town Boy,” originally published in 1954, by The Sherbrooke Daily Record.

Having a relative with historical significance meant that most of his descendants have ended up using his invention story and the various publications about it, as a topic for school projects. I remember using his story as a topic for one of my school projects, both of my two children did, and just a year ago my 6-year-old granddaughter did a “show and tell” at her school about her great-great grandfather’s invention.

George Foote Foss (September 30, 1876 – November 23, 1968) was a mechanic, blacksmith, bicycle repairman and inventor from Sherbrooke, Quebec. During the winter of 1896, he developed a four-horsepower single-cylinder gasoline powered automobile. In the spring of 1897, he completed his invention: the first gasoline-powered automobile to be built in Canada, which was, later referred to as the “Fossmobile”.

It was in early 1896, during a trip to Boston, Massachusetts to buy a turret lathe for his expanding machine shop, that my grandfather saw his first automobiles. These cars, electrically driven broughams, were rented out for $4.00 an hour. He paid the fee to have a ride, but unfortunately, after a ride of only half an hour, the batteries died.

Returning to Sherbrooke, he decided to build an automobile that would address this problem. My grandfather drove his car in and around Sherbrooke, Quebec for four years. He later moved to Montreal, Quebec, where the car sat idle for a year before he sold it for $75 in 1902. He had previously turned down an offer to partner with Henry Ford who went on to form the Ford Motor Company. He turned down the offer, as he believed Ford’s Quadricycle vehicle to be inferior to the Fossmobile. He also turned down financial backing to mass-produce the Fossmobile, citing his inexperience to do so, as he was only 21 years old at the time.

I am often asked if I know if my grandfather had any regrets about not partnering with Ford or not mass-producing his invention. From everything I recall hearing him say, he had no regrets. He enjoyed a simple life and I heard him say on more than one occasion, that: “you don’t live a long life with the stresses of running a big business.” He passed away at age 92, so perhaps his theory was right, at least for him.

Recently, I re-opened the Foss family archives, to better understand and accurately document my grandfather’s remarkable accomplishment. My objective has been to find ways to share this historic Canadian event with automotive enthusiasts, historians and future generations of Canadians. To this end, I have established a business, as a means to build networks, foster collaboration and share important historical memorabilia.

As George Foss’ grandson, I have talked with some visionaries and I am seeking the help of other potential experts in “Vintage Automobile Restoration,” for a very special project. The goal is to use reverse engineering (the reproduction of an inventor or manufacturer’s product), to create a “Tribute Automobile,” emulating as closely as possible, the specifications of George Foss’ invention of the first gasoline powered automobile built in Canada: the Fossmobile. There are no original drawings, so the Tribute Automobile will have to be based solely on detailed scrutiny of original Fossmobile photos.

I have begun the process of acquiring vintage parts from the era, with the hope of building this automobile, replicating parts only when it is absolutely necessary. I will provide oversight for this process and collaborate with automobile historians and experts. Along the way, the journey will be documented, while ensuring attention to detail.
The hope is to honour my grandfather’s legacy and bring to greater light, this significant chapter of Canadian history. With its completion, this Tribute Automobile will be a tangible embodiment of the first gasoline car built in Canada. There is a growing interest in showcasing the completed Tribute Fossmobile in classic automobile shows. However, it will eventually be donated to a Canadian museum to enhance historic education for current and future generations.

Further information can be found on the website: Fundraising has been initiated, hoping to attract personal donations and corporate sponsorships to help with the cost of building the Tribute Fossmobile. Anyone wishing to participate can access a “Go Fund Me” link from the Fossmobile website or use the search word “Fossmobile” on the website.

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Fossmobile With No Motor
Fossmobile With No Motor: rmfoss, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Solving Engine Blow-By Problems

Solving Engine Blow-By Problems

Solving Engine Blow-By Problems
By George Christ

Solving the engine blow-by problem.

Tips for Solving Engine Blow-By Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay

This article reviews the causes and remedies of engine blow-by. Some of the service tips individuals and mechanics are using to limit blow-by are taken from web page links at the bottom of the article.

Solving the engine blow-by problem. What is blow-by?

Blow-by refers to excessive combustion and fuel vapors that have slipped pass the engines pistons. Its nasty, cooking hot vapors then mix with the engine oils in a negative way.

In years pass auto makers vented blow-by via a vent tube into the air. Vented to the air, blow-by harms and pollutes the air, causes breathing problems in the young, harms vegetation, and poisons water in lakes and rivers.

In many cases, blow-by and exhaust fumes both mixed with upper layers of atmosphere. There, a more harmful chemical reaction called smog, occurs. This happens when sunlight passes through it. Smog, a stronger poison conversion of blow-by further deepens the harmful aggravation to life and living things. Blow-by is not good!

With worldwide pressures and laws, car makers were forced to do something to stop or control blow-by, and limit harmful exhaust. It does so with anti-smog making systems for motors. We call these “emission controls” – and all engines now have them.

Normally, in a good engine, with clean internal conditions in the cylinder and combustion area of the motor, clean conditions limit combustions blow-by escape pass the pistons. What does escape is recycled back into the combustion for reuse. 25,000 fuel and combustion services keep the system clean.

Most engines require a “smog service” every 25,000 miles for a normal long life. Some brands of smog service additives also end the blow-by problem. We use those brands. At links given below.

Since the blow-by term refers to excessive amounts of blow-by pressure in the crankcase – it means, resources to properly remove blow-by are over taxed.

When it’s your engine problem – here’s how to handle its solution.

Blow-by can originate from 3 causes:

  1. Worn or sticky piston rings, or valve guides. Their wear gaps.
  2. A plugged up crankcase recirculating system. Can be stopped up.
  3. Leaking O-rings or gaskets in the pressure side of a supercharger.


  1. For problem one, it’s time for a new engine. [$4000 up]. However, additive treatments are available to return blow-by to normal, and gain years more good life from the engine. All at a fraction of new engine expense.
  2. For problem two. The engine crankcase ventilation system is not sucking out combustion blow-by. Not sending it to be re-burnt in the combustion cycle again. This can be from a dirty PCV Valve [under $25 replacement cost], or plugged up system orifice. Its usually a mechanic who will stick a wire into the orifice, and or spray carb cleaner into the orifice to open and restore its suction of crankcase blow-by fumes.
  3. For problem three. A mechanic skilled in the supercharger system will find the troublesome gasket or o-ring, replace them, and verify leakage of pressurized air into the motor has stopped. Ending that cause of blow-by.

In my shop, and in my training classes for mechanics, I demo usage of several additives to clean the blow-by PCV system. These include the Mega Power Brand Emission System Service Treatment Additives. Their product contain the ingredient power needed to clean sticky piston rings – ending that blow-by cause.

Such a service can now be performed by anyone wanting to end the problem themselves. See links below. Doing so, select product with dual, engine tune up, injector, and combustion, piston ring cleaning values. Look also for cleaners and polymers to free piston rings, and fill engine worn spaces – all aids correcting the blow-by problem.

Those cleaning procedures also lower exhaust smog pollutants. So, the service can help older engines run cleaner, with less blow-by. Such product aids passing their smog test. These 2 services [about $200 to $400 each] will end the engines blow-by piston and wear problem. It often avoids engine replacement for many years.

While these additives offer protection and reduce combustion blow-by – they cannot correct o-ring and seal, supercharger pressure system failures.

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For more blow-by reduction information, tips, and product info, visit links below.

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Decorating Your Classic Car for Halloween

By Dawesome21


Let’s talk about what you think about Halloween. Well, I think about ghosts, ghouls, zombies, witches, black cats, monsters, scary movies, and candy. Also, think about decorating things like the house, classic car, school, or room.


Image of witch and black cat in a classic car with pumpkins courtesy of Pixabay


Spooky Classic Cars?


So, what car do you have? A classic car? A street rod? An antique vehicle? A muscle car? Any other classic car?


Well, decorate it however you want. How about a cat in your mirror, a witch on a broom out of your back window, or a monster on your front window?


Spooky classic car image courtesy of Pixabay


However you want to design your car for Halloween, do it.


Let’s talk about some of the basic Halloween decorations you could use for your classic car.


Spiders Dangling From the Rear-View Mirror


.You can have a dangling spider hang from your rear-view mirror. Dangling decorations are fun because you never know who you can scare with them.


Imagine someone petrified of spiders gets into your car, sees the spider on your rear-view mirror. They scream and run, and that’s what Halloween is all about.


Scary Interior Decorations for Halloween


So, what can you do to have your vintage car stand out at Halloween?


Skeleton in Classic Car at Halloween image courtesy of Pixabay


Well, you could add cotton-like clouds to your seats, dashboard, and/or rear window and could put spiders, a dead hand, or maybe some fake blood on it.


They have all sorts of decals for windows. Stay away from adding anything to the paint job, because while they may say they’re safe, do you really want to take that chance?


However, whatever you decide, I hope you have a great holiday, and scare someone this year.


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The 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside

When looking for a unique classic to cover for today’s post, I ran across this 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside that’s listed for sale on eBay. (That’s an affiliate link, by the way.)

1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside
1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside for Sale on eBay

Information About This 1964 Chevy Corvair Rampside

The eBay listing for this Rampside doesn’t offer a lot of details, but there are quite a few photos and the seller shares contact info in the listing. So, I’ll give you a quick summary of this truck’s details and then fill you in on some of the history of the Chevrolet Corvair Rampside.

This Rampside is located in San Jose, California. It has a gasoline engine and manual transmission. It has a blue interior and a two-tone blue exterior, as shown in the image.

General Information About the 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside

Another example of the 1964 Corvair Rampside
Another example of the 1964 Corvair Rampside
Joe Ross from Lansing, Michigan
CC BY-SA 2.0

The Rampside is also known as Model 1254, according to Concept Carz. It was able to manage loads weighing up to half a ton, and like other Corvairs, it had a rear-mounted engine powering it. It came standard with an 80-horsepower, 6-cylinder air-cooled engine.

This Corvair is fairly rare, with only 851 produced in 1964, according to Old Cars Weekly. The Rampside was only produced from 1961 through 1964, with 1961 and 1962 being the years with the biggest production runs – right around 11,000 Rampside Corvairs were made for each of those years.

More information about the model, in general, is available by visiting Corvanatics – in case you would like to read more about the GVWR or the type of windshield wipers that came in the ’64 Rampside.

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Blog post prepared by Laure Justice

Info on the 1965 Cadillac DeVille

1965 Cadillac Coupe Deville
1965 Cadillac Deville image by That Hartford Guy (Flickr: 1965 Cadillac Coupe Deville) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
In 1965, the miniskirt made its first appearance in London. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama, Operation Rolling Thunder launched in Vietnam, race riots broke out Watts California and the 1965 Cadillac DeVille brought new style lines, without the line’s signature fins.

1965 Cadillac DeVille Body Line Changes

The Body lines on the DeVille became long and flat with a sleek look that said goodbye to the curves and fins from earlier generations of the car. The shape of the headlights was changed to let the Cadillac company widen the grill of the DeVille, and Cadillac added its first set of curved frameless side windows.

‘65 DeVille Body Styles and Production Run

There were four body styles of the ‘65 Deville and the line-up in the production run included: 43,535 Coupe DeVilles, 43,535 four-door hardtops, 15,000 four-door sedans, and 19,200 two-door convertibles, for a total production run of 123,270.

Exterior Color Options on the 1965 Deville

The available exterior colors were: Aspen white, Ascot grey, sable black, Hampton blue, Starlite silver, Alpine turquoise, Tahoe blue, Cascade green, Capy ivory, Ensign blue, Matador red, Sandalwood, Sheffield fire-mist, Sierra gold, Samoan bronze, Claret maroon, Crimson firemist, Jade Firemist, and Saddle firemist.

‘65 Caddy Deville Interior Color Options

The available colors to choose for the interior of the 1965 Cadillac DeVille were, according to My Classic Garage, light blue, black, tan, red, turquoise, green, white, blue, sandalwood, and gray.

‘65 DeVille Specs

The overhead V8 engine in the 65 DeVille delivered 429 cubic dispersion and 340 horsepowers. the turbo hydra-matic automatic transmission when paired with the 429 CID engine, was able to pull from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the quarter mile.

It also:

  • Measured 224-inches long
  • Measured 79.7-inches wide
  • Measured 54.5-inches tall
  • Had a 5.5-inch ground clearance
  • Weighed in at 4,751 pounds

A 1965 Deville I found for sale on eBay:

'65 Cadillac Deville for Sale on eBay
’65 Cadillac Deville for Sale #ad on eBay as of this posting

My planned post was a general overview of the 1965 Cadillac DeVille, the fact that I found a STUNNING one listed for sale on eBay was just a bonus. The seller in the eBay ad seems willing to answer any questions about this beauty, which has obviously been a treasured machine.

According to the owner, this Caddy runs excellent, has the original 429 engine in it. The oil has been changed regularly. A Holley sniper EFI was professionally installed. It has an electric fuel pump which was installed in the back by the tank. A Pertronix electronic ignition replaces the points.

It has Caddy Daddy front disc brakes installed as well as a new master cylinder and booster.  The suspension has been entirely rebuilt. The car is garage kept.

The owner also shared some negatives about this Cadillac, and I’ll let you visit the listing if you want to know about those details.


What You Need to Know About Classic Cars and Safety Issues


There’s a video of a classic car from the 50’s hitting a modern car head-on (first – what a waste!) If you’ve seen it, you were possibly surprised (I was) about the way the massive 50’s car crumpled and the modern car took lighter damage thanks to upgrades in how cars are made today.

Classic Car Safety
Classic Car Safety (Classic Pontiac) image courtesy of Pixabay

Classic Cars and Safety Issues

Most vintage automobiles (and trucks) were created before we knew a lot about automotive safety. Sure, each model is a safe as it possibly can be, but these beauties were built long before airbags and modern braking systems came into existence.

Seat Belts in Classic Cars

Some of them, depending on exactly how old they are, don’t even have seat belts. Lap-style seat belts were invented in 1885 by Edward J. Claghorn, and the shoulder harness was invented by Nis Bohlin and was installed in the 1959 Volvo.

In the 1900’s, some models were fitted with seat belts, but it wasn’t so much for safety if the car’s crashed. It was so people wouldn’t bounce out of the cars.

It wasn’t until 1968 that seat belts (lap belts) were required to be installed in new American-made cars and trucks. (It wasn’t mandatory to actually WEAR them until 1985, and even then, two states held out – Nevada and Idaho.

Keeping Yourself Safe in a Classic Car

  • First, use the safety gear that came in the car.
    • If lap belts are all that’s there, sure there are  a lot of disadvantages with them, but they can keep your head from hitting the windshield or dashboard.
  • Second, if you’re making changes to a vintage vehicle, ask a professional installer if it would makes sense (increase your safety) if you have a three point harness installed.
  • Third, keep the brakes properly maintained.
    • Remember, they’re stopping a machine that outweighs a lot of other things on the road with old technology that’s been vastly improved in newer cars.
    • You might even consider asking a professional mechanic if it would make sense to upgrade to a modern braking system.
    • You obviously wouldn’t want to this to an all-original car due to its value in original condition, but if something can potentially save your life and your family’s life, it’s worth at least checking into.
  • Slow down. (I know – nobody in a muscle car has one because they want to go SLOW) but, for safety’s sake, reducing your speed can save your life is you happen to get in an accident.
    • Reducing your speed puts less kinetic energy behind you, it increases your control over your vehicle, and it gives more time to react if someone in front of you veers out of control.
    • You unfortunately have to remember that in an older vehicle, there is generally no integrated crumple zone to protect you, and the crumple zone was often the coach where the people sit.

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Eye-Catching Lime Gold 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe

As of the time of this posting, this eye-catching Lime Gold 1967 Ford Mustang coupe from Tacoma, Washington is listed for sale on eBay. The auction listing on this beautiful car ends Wednesday, June 13, 2018, so if you’re in the market for a sleek ride, be sure to check it out before then.

1967 Ford Mustang Coupe Lime Gold
1967 Ford Mustang Coupe in Lime Gold

Imagine Yourself Driving This 1967 Lime Gold Ford Mustang

This ’67 Mustang has been repainted to its original color, and it comes with several extras that add to its story and uniqueness. This pony car has been owned by the same person for the past ten years, and it’s been garaged for its entire existence, and it’s a rust-free, show-worthy beauty.

The green theme is inside and out on this ride, with a green interior featuring carpets, seat belts, and even green-tinted windows. It comes with its original paperwork, and the owner is even providing the original Ford advertising for it.

’67 Mustang Coupe Specs

Video of the Mustang’s engine

This car is powered by the Ford 289 engine and it has a mere 67,000 miles on it. It’s rolling on new tires, and you can pop a tape of your favorite oldies music in the cassette player for a fun ride down memory lane. The transmission is automatic, so if you’re not into shifting, you’re covered.

The Cruise-O-Matic automatic tranny was available on all of the ’67 Mustangs as an option.

1967 Ford Mustang Safety Features

Some of the safety features that were either new or upgraded, according to Ford Media, when the ’67 Mustangs were released included:

  • A dual-hydraulic brake system with a warning light
  • 4-Way emergency flashers
  • Energy-absorbing armrests
  • An impact-absorbing steering wheel with a deep-padded hub
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Positive door lock buttons
  • Turn indicators with lane-changing signal features
  • Padded instrument panel
  • 2-Speed windshield wipers and windshield washers
  • Seat belts with retractors on the front ones
  • Padded sun visors and windshield pillars
  • Laminated safety plate glass windshield
  • Reduced glare instrument panel
  • Corrosion-resistant brake lines

If you would like to check out this beautiful muscle car, you can visit the eBay ad by clicking here.

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Healthy Meals to Keep Employee’s Energy High in a Car Shop

Running a shop that builds or repairs classic cars requires creativity, precision, and skill, and when you are running this type of shop, it’s a good idea to provide workers with easy access to healthy meals and snacks. This is because it’s hard to be creative and precise when you get hungry. Keeping some healthy foods handy for workers to enjoy at break time makes it easy for them to get the nourishment needed to feel their best and turn out pristine work.

Healthy Meals for CLassic Car Shop Employees
Healthy Meals for Classic Car Shop Employees image courtesy of Pixabay

Healthy Meal Options for Different Appetites

Not every employee in your shop is going to want a full meal each day, some people like to eat light and are happiest with a light snack during the day, while others may prefer to have access to larger healthy snacks. This is an easy thing to solve by making a mix of food types available in the break area for your workers to enjoy.

Simple Workday Snack Ideas

Grab-and-go foods are a great option for those who just want a quick snack to take the edge off their hunger or to stabilize blood sugar so their hands are steady when working on your clients’ classic cars. These simple items include things like apples and bananas for fresh fruit offerings. Need a little crunch to relieve stress? Celery sticks or chips made from baked apple slices or sweet potato shavings deliver a satisfying and stress-busting crunch.

Workday Healthy Meal Ideas

Take the celery sticks from the grab-and-go snack list and enjoy them a high-protein dip. This keeps the calories low so the meal won’t weigh your employees down and make everyone sleepy, while still delivering a satisfying crunch and comfortably filling effect. Some other excellent light, high-fiber meals include avocados stuffed with tuna salad and spicy buffalo chicken jerky served with a hard-boiled egg or light salad.

Keep the ambiance in your classic car repair shop light and friendly while helping your best asset, your skilled workers, maintain their health by making sure there’s always something healthy to eat available in the break area.

Checklist for Setting Up a Classic Car Show

Each classic car show is as unique as the group that’s hosting it, and different attendees at each event make them stand out even more. There are some common themes that make cruise-ins go more smoothly, though.

Tips for Setting Up a Classic Car Show
Tips for Setting Up a Classic Car Show image courtesy of Pixabay

5 Things to Consider When Setting Up a Cruise-In for Classic Cars

Certain things are kind of expected at car shows whether they’re large or small. Things like entertainment, prizes, activities to do, and easy access to things to eat and drink make any event go more smoothly.

Entertainment for a Car Show

Musical entertainment is a standard at car shows, and options include DJ’s and bands that play period music like the Oldies. Each has advantages, but if space allows, it’s a lot of fun for car show participants and people checking out the rides when you book a musician who can adapt the performance to fit the mood.

Best-In Class Prizes for Car Show Entrants

Entrants typically expect prizes to be offered to crowd and judge favorites at a classic car show. Some common awards are for the crowd favorite, oldest car, best muscle car, best custom car, and best any type of car you expect to show up at your run. If you’re offering a goodie bag to car show entrants, consider including dash plaques with details about your event printed on them for collectors who frequent cruise-ins.

Things to Do at a Rod Run

In addition to background music, consider adding some fun activities to keep people entertained. Things like a poker run, an evening sock-hop-style dance contest, or taking laps if the city you’re in allows it are all things entrants look forward to, and they make the whole atmosphere more energetic and lively.

The Importance of Inviting Food Vendors to Set Up at Your Car Show

Even if your event only lasts a few hours, people come to this type of thing expecting to grab a bite to eat and get something to drink. When you invite food vendors to set up, it’s a win for the vendors because you have a ready-made food and beverage customer base for the event. It’s a win for your event because people are less likely to leave early if there’s food handy.

Advertise Your Cruise-In

Most smaller cruise-ins are advertised by posting brochures at local businesses, putting an ad in the paper, or sharing the information on the internet. These are great low-budget ways to get the word out about your show. It’s also useful to pass out flyers at car shows you attend in the weeks before your event.

Parking space and types of cars you want to include are two other important considerations. You need to know how much parking space you have available for entrants and people coming to walk through and check out the rides. If you have specific types of cars you want to focus on for the cruise-in, make sure to note that on your event advertising. For example, if the group hosting the car show is a muscle cars group and you plan to focus on muscle cars, it’s okay to mention that, but it may reduce your turnout. If you want to leave the show open to all types of cars, that may expand the number of entrants.