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Grand National seems HUGE!
« on: November 01, 2015, 02:34:43 PM »
I got my Mustang Times the other day, and I saw they judged 441 cars at this show!  That is a far bigger event than I ever want to be involved in, is this a trend?
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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2015, 02:39:21 PM »
sort of, a lot depends on the venue/location. i don't think that out west would draw that many entries due to the sparse number of mca members.
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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2015, 02:40:00 PM »
Most of the shows probably average around 150-250 cars, but it's not unusual to see a 500 car event, if the time and location are right.
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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2015, 05:37:58 PM »
True, sometimes I forget how many people live on the east coast vs. west.  But then I visit and it comes back to me…….. ;D
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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2015, 06:35:38 PM »
True, sometimes I forget how many people live on the east coast vs. west.  But then I visit and it comes back to me…….. ;D

Allot of things come into play when looking at attendance to big national shows. Over the years the west coast has had some of the largest shows but in general (IMHO) they are spoiled with all the choices that have on a regular basis and don't see a need to travel.  Add to this more of an independent nature - less likely to belong to large organizations or participate just because ;)

Eastern owners will drag their cars across a dozen states some through any weather to say that they were there.
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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2015, 10:15:05 PM »


Eastern owners will drag their cars across a dozen states some through any weather to say that they were there.

Yeh Jeff, but a dozen states in the east is like, what 300 miles????? :)  Try going across Texas, NM, Arizona and Cali. :D
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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2015, 01:25:32 AM »
Yeah, 300 miles from Tucson won't get me to Los Angeles or Albuquerque.  Just to get to Phoenix is 130 miles.


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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2015, 10:10:22 AM »
Yeah, 300 miles from Tucson won't get me to Los Angeles or Albuquerque.  Just to get to Phoenix is 130 miles.

Right Laurie, lots of empty country out here.  But that is why I like it, you can take your car out and not worry about rain and just enjoy driving without many other cars (sometimes none) on the road with you.  That is car heaven…. ;D
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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2015, 11:01:16 AM »
Yeh Jeff, but a dozen states in the east is like, what 300 miles????? :)  Try going across Texas, NM, Arizona and Cali. :D

a dozen states? 300 miles? I'm trying to see where on the atlas this might be true ;)

Probably the reason is more along the lines of available funds AFTER making a mortgage payment...A "postage stamp" with a carport in say the LA area (or Scottsdale, Tucson, San Francisco and so on) will cost well over $300K and while in the east,$300K, (like many areas outside the suburbs) will buy you a spread of 5 acres or more with your own restoration shop! We Easterners are more likely to have "fuel money" and time on out hands if by chance we have a good paying job with benefits!

By the way, I speak for those who CAN afford to travel across a dozen states to attend...I had to wait till it (a Grand National) came to my home state...I live very close to the state of poverty ;) (yet I have a 30' by 60' "resto-shop" at home in my garage and no neighbor closer than 1/4 mile to complain about me)
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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2015, 11:12:28 AM »
I just remember, when I was in grad school in Boston, taking a trip and going through 4 states before lunch.  And that was with the terrible traffic in that overpopulated area…….. ;D
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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2015, 01:24:03 PM »
I remember being at the Grand National in Raleigh years ago and another MCA member saw the Arizona license plate on my coupe and said he never traveled more than 75 miles to get to a National.  I'm glad we're finally changing that!


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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2015, 07:09:29 PM »
Yeh Jeff, but a dozen states in the east is like, what 300 miles????? :)  Try going across Texas, NM, Arizona and Cali. :D
For me, Miami to the Georgia State Line via I95 is 394 miles, 439 via Turnpike to I75. I've made the trip to Charlotte 2 times w/o my car, looking forward to doing it again with car in tow.  :-)   

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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2015, 08:50:52 PM »
It was a lot of fun!  There are really some fine people in our hobby!
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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2015, 09:19:26 AM »
If I recall correctly one of the show officials at the awards ceremony stated that their were cars on the show field from thirty seven (37) states. I'd say that someone had to travel more than 300. miles. IMHO the Ohio club did a great job.

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Re: Grand National seems HUGE!
« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2015, 07:32:28 PM »
I see almost 20 states within 300 miles or so of Columbus.  That is probably why they wanted it there.
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