Usually, this column is about one topic. This month, I’ve got a few things on my mind, so I figured I’d get them all out there at once.
Social Media: We love interacting with our readers. Over the years, we’ve pretty much figured out you guys are as twisted as we are—sometimes more—which makes you our kind of guys and gals. Super Chevy is not just a magazine anymore. It’s a brand: We’ve got a magazine, a website, a show series and (who can forget?) a network of social media outlets. Number one on the hit parade, of course, is the Super Chevy Facebook page. We’ve been posting stuff there on a daily basis since 2009—contests, video, daily questions about the hobby, links to stories on our website, memes—you name it. We’d love to have you “Like” us.
We’re also on Twitter, @superchevy. As we do with Facebook, Team Super Chevy is posting there every day. Follow us. You never know what you’ll learn. Instagram? We’re there, too. Google+, as well. We’re taking over and there’s no stopping us!
The New Deal: The first two C7 sightings at a Super Chevy Show occurred in Rockingham at the 2013 season finale. Both drew crowds all day and all the comments we heard were overwhelmingly positive. One was registered to Angela Naff and her husband, Stuart Thomas. This pair owns a gaggle of GM-produced gems, including a Hot Wheels Camaro, a twin-turbo fifth-gen COPO clone, and (most recently) a yellow ’14 1LE.
About those fifth-gens: Their popularity continues to grow at our events, and we’re happy to have them. Their owners are as passionate about their Chevrolets as any folks in the hobby—perhaps even more than most because these are often their first beloved Bow Ties.
Speaking of the Rockingham Super Chevy Show: I had a gentleman come up to me after the awards ceremony. He was a long-time SCS attendee and, in fact, had driven his pride and joy all the way from Connecticut for the event. He felt that we’d definitely grow the series if we expanded the awards. He was not suggesting adding more classes mind you, but instead of two awards in each class (Winner and Outstanding), we add one or two Outstanding plaques so there were additional winners in every category. He told me many of his friends no longer attend a certain show because they were disappointed they did not win anything. My initial thought was, “More awards? He should see the trophy bill we have for each event now!” We do split classes now if the turnout is too large. But as I relayed our conversation to a car guy friend, he said, “What is this, little league? Does everyone have to get a trophy or they go away mad?”
I’m not just the editor of Super Chevy. I’m a long-time car nut. I started going to custom car shows at the old New York Coliseum before I had a driver’s license. I’ve entered hundreds of shows and the number at which I have won anything is a tiny percentage. Doesn’t mean I don’t keep going. I go for a number of reasons: To enjoy my car, to share it with other hobbyists, and to hopefully expose the collector car hobby to the “civilian” who is not an enthusiast. Isn’t that how you create new enthusiasts?
There’s the “meet new and interesting people” angle. Short of joining a car club, where are you going to be exposed to so many like-minded, car-crazed people in the flesh? Online websites and forums only go so far, socially speaking. I may be old school, but I still enjoy stepping out from behind the keyboard once in a while.
I also do it to make others feel good. In a world populated by minivans and SUVs, the comments I get about my Nova and Corvette are a source of pride. Most people don’t see cars like this very often. When they do, they always have a story about one they (or a friend or someone in their family) had that my ride reminds them of.
Our ISCA show judges can be tough. But I tell people if you win any award at a Super Chevy Show, you’ve accomplished something. Be proud.
Of course, I could be wrong. Is it all about the trophies? Maybe I’m underestimating how important this is. There was one Camaro in Rockingham that had three—count ’em, three—covers on it because it was being left outside overnight. Another guy would not take his cover off until Sunday even though (while overcast) there was no rain in the forecast. An hour or so before the awards ceremony on Saturday, he added a second cover over that. Is this a new trend?
We’d definitely like your feedback on the awards thing. Email me at the address listed below. And don’t forget to Like us, follow us, do what you want to us, on our social media pages.