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Old April 16th, 2018, 08:36 AM   #1  
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Leaving during the show

This weekend was our make up date for the 31st Southern Maryland "Coming Out" car show. The weather wasn't great, but the first half was fine.

One thing that amused me was at around 11am a weather front went through and the temp dropped and we got some rain. As soon as it started raining, about half of the roughly 400 cars that were there...left.

I understand that you might not want your car out in the weather, but you are already there and it's a bit late by that point. Now, these people got in their cars and have to drive home in the rain. It's not like their cars are going to magically dry on the way.

The rest of us just closed up our cars and waited it out, and had a pretty good 4 more hours until storms came into the area and shut us down for good.

My question is this. You are already there. Your car is already wet. Why leave?
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Old April 16th, 2018, 08:46 AM   #2  
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The only thing I would guess is they figured the rain had set in for good and the show was over.
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Old April 16th, 2018, 08:55 AM   #3  
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For me it would depend if the weather forecast was for it to get worse or a small storm to blow through. If the latter, its easier to dry a clean car that sat than one that has been driven on road grime and needing a full wash once you get it home.
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Old April 16th, 2018, 09:01 AM   #4  
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It's best not to show off while leaving

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Old April 16th, 2018, 09:31 AM   #5  
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It's best not to show off while leaving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4OaQhyXJMA
That would be so embarrassing that if it were me, I'd almost hope to be injured so that I would not have to get out of the car and face the spectators until the ambulance arrived.

Another way of looking at it is that there are already too many of those idiots in their new mustangs out there. One less to worry about. I don't know about Georgia, but up in the DC area it seems that every other car is a Mustang.
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Old April 16th, 2018, 10:43 AM   #6  
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While that is indeed stupid, and indeed illegal, I need to ask, just where can you legally learn to handle a car that is skidding? I don't know of many skid pads that will rent you time. Used to be, come ice or snow, you'd find an empty parking lot and do spins till you learned that car, those tires, those conditions. He got on it (which is dumb), but then didn't know how to get out of it, which is dumber.
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I'd rather let my car sit in the rain than drive it in the rain. At least that way the rain doesn't get into every nook and cranny.
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Old April 16th, 2018, 12:11 PM   #8  
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Anytime I read about rain and "show" cars I think of an incident at the Dick Miller Norwalk race. A well known vendor that specializes in Oldsmobile parts had his W30 there. It started to sprinkle. He pushed a young boy out of the way as he ran to jump in his car and put it in his enclosed trailer. I commented at the time, "what, is that car made of sugar?"
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While that is indeed stupid, and indeed illegal, I need to ask, just where can you legally learn to handle a car that is skidding? I don't know of many skid pads that will rent you time. Used to be, come ice or snow, you'd find an empty parking lot and do spins till you learned that car, those tires, those conditions. He got on it (which is dumb), but then didn't know how to get out of it, which is dumber.
Well apparently he was conscientious and activated his left turn signal before he went into the turn lane...
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It's best not to show off while leaving

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Especially if you can't drive.......... lol
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Old April 16th, 2018, 02:20 PM   #11  
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Looks like a classic over correction to me.

I have to admit, When I was young and stupid, I did it on a wet road with my mother's Deuce and a Quarter [Electra 225]

Went backwards through a guys lawn that had it manicured with finger nail clippers. The bumper took out his manicured sod like a D -9
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Old April 16th, 2018, 03:11 PM   #12  
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Every time I hit the TCS off button I try to recall the hundreds of videos showing this same thing, then I try to not be the next one
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Every time I hit the TCS off button I try to recall the hundreds of videos showing this same thing, then I try to not be the next one
I have all wheel drive so I can't get sideways if I try.
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I carry a water proof cover always, but I'll admit I don't like to mix my Old cars and rain...ever. With the biggest issue being idiot drivers on the road who don't understand that old cars don't stop like new ones and pull out in front of you etc etc.

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I would leave if for some reason I forgot to put my pop up in the trunk which I don't.I don't much like setting in the rain or my car with the top down.

And no one expects me to light them while leaving because I can't if I wanted to. Kinda handy having a car that is on the to cool side rather than one that is way to hot...... Tedd
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I'd be more concerned if you forgot to let your pop out of the trunk...
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I have all wheel drive so I can't get sideways if I try.
Where did you find an AWD '71 Olds?
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Old April 17th, 2018, 02:59 AM   #18  
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I carry a water proof cover always, but I'll admit I don't like to mix my Old cars and rain...ever. With the biggest issue being idiot drivers on the road who don't understand that old cars don't stop like new ones and pull out in front of you etc etc.
All the more reason to stay at the show and NOT to try and drive home.
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Reminds me of earlier this year when we had a big wet snow storm forecast for mid day. Everyone got to work just fine, accomplished nothing but fretting over the weather and talk of closing early.
Ended up closing at the height of the storm so all employees were on the road at the worst time.
Three hours later at 5pm the roads were clear just wet.
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It is a pain to put the top up or down when the car/top is wet, makes for a lot more clean up when you get home. That being said I can't remember ever leaving in the middle of a show because of weather....Tedd
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Where did you find an AWD '71 Olds?
I didn't. I was responding to RetroRanger's post, which obviously was about a modern daily driver as Traction Control wasn't available on early 70s Oldsmobiles.

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Old April 19th, 2018, 08:44 AM   #22  
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I didn't. I was responding to RetroRanger's post, which obviously was about a modern daily driver as Traction Control wasn't available on early 70s Oldsmobiles.
Sorry. I was just funnin' ya.
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Gotcha. Sometimes it's hard to tell over the Internet.

So since we're on the subject, here's a pic of an AWD Olds.

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