All shows are what you make of them. We are members of an all make, all model, non-MCA club. Obviously, I don't know all the ins and outs of MCA rules and politics; and I know the hosting club had nightmare after nightmare with the weather and a less than courteous show location, but I feel many details were overlooked.
We drove 6.5 of our 8 hour trip on Wednesday and stayed over near Hickory. Arrived at the CP Thursday at about 12:30. There were many people milling around the lobby area but I couldn't find anyone from the hosting club. There was a schedule of sorts near the buffet but nothing about the MCA (it was worded National Mustang Club - to which I ignored as I just figured there was a participating group using a meeting room). Went to the lobby 15 minutes early for the cruise to the Doubletree, no hosting club rep to be found. Went outside, no one there. Loaded up and headed over there ourselves. There wasn't a police escort to the Biltmore, so everyone was split up again. Lined up in lot C and someone came by and asked if we had our dinner tickets. Tickets??? Where were we supposed to get those? We didn't, but they did so all was good. Dinner was good & the fireworks went off so that was a bonus. Both cars parked in the “very” back on the side so you can’t see either one in the picture; oh well.
Friday - a little background... the last Biltmore show we arrived about noon on Friday and were placed in lot B. It was awful. No food (other than frou-frou stuff hubby wouldn't eat) and we were stuck there until we were judged which wasn't until 5:00 pm. Needless to say, it wasn't pleasant. Similar scenario in Waldorf as well. Hubby wasn't judged until 5:30 pm (lost judging sheet). This time we were bound and determined it would be better. Lined up with our friends at 6:30 and were #'s 5 & 6. My only gripe was the guy that by-passed the picture area and ended up parked in-between us and our friends (we arrived together for a reason). Had a great afternoon at a RRC event and then back to the hotel to start cleaning the dirty cars.
Saturday - to the cars at 5:30 am. Cleaned, cleaned and cleaned some more. Thinking we were golden in lot A in spots 5 & 6, we would be judged early. Ugh, no! Once again, 4:00 pm. All day, cleaning, cleaning and cleaning. We even cleaned the under carriages as no one informed us that it wasn't being judged. No breakfast, no lunch (since we're specialty and judged as OD, we don't leave the cars for fear the judges will come and someone will have smudged the windows or a bird will fly by!). Everyone else in our group was done by 1:30. No time to walk around and enjoy the show, look at other cars, talk to people, get pics of other 64 1/2 details to help aide in the restoration of our car. By the time both cars were judged, most were covered, back on their trailers or the owners had left and they were all closed up. Heard numbers being called all day but had no idea what they were for. Eventually found out they were the raffle tix that were attached to our envelopes. Yeah, didn't get one of those. Why not hand them out at registration? Nothing posted about it, someone couldn't have followed up to see if we registered and maybe, just maybe brought them to us? Finally received them after we were judged.
Sunday - We did not attend the brunch. Arrived at the Expo Center at 12:45 for the 1:00 awards. They started late, the pre-chatter was painfully long and to top it off, hubby placed 3rd and I came home empty handed. I know, maybe I'll figure it out before the Mickyard. 9 points into all this (3 nationals & 1 grand national); we're not new and inexperienced in preparing and showing our cars.
1. The hosting club needs to be visible. Wear something bright and alike so we know who to ask questions.
2. Signage should be a priority. Let your guests know where to go, where to pick things up, where to check in. Don't let errors such as "National Mustang Club" slip by.
3. Have someone directing folks where to go, line up, etc. There should be someone available even after a cruise leaves to let those that are running late for whatever reason know details.
4. The MCA needs to re-consider their classing. The specialty group is being severely overlooked. We're judged last, we're awarded last and we only have single classes. Its okay for a 2004 driven Roush to compete against a 2011 trailered Roush but it's not okay in OD? We are judged under the same rules so they need to be broken down the same way. Same for the Shelbys and yes, the numbers are there. At the very minimum they need a trailered class. How is it justified that other classes have trailered, driven and trailer/driven but specialty is a single class that runs 8 years? That is not including them; it's placating them and it's insulting.
bizarro70 - I'd love to "meet others who share the same passion and learn from each other...rain or shine." but that's a little hard to do when you're not judged until 4 or 5 at every show and everyone leaves.