Stop Ruining the Reputation of Car Enthusiasts

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Accidents occurred hourly, over 500 tickets were handed out, and, sadly, a mother and son were run over at this past weekend’s car shows in Wisconsin Dells. The events originally intended to celebrate a love of cars have turned into booze-fests full of two ton weapons. This is an embarrassment to car enthusiasts.


Before I get too far into this piece, I need to clarify that this is not an individual attack on the specific shows in the Dells, though I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the last year of them after all of the incidents over the weekend. People drove recklessly trying to show off for the crowds, and they were disrespectful to the surrounding community. While the huge number of people that attended these events most likely exaggerated the issues, it still illustrated the problems that occur at other car meets.

All across the country, engines bounce off rev limiters, tires spin, and cars drift as they leave shows. These actions ruin the fun for your fellow car lovers who were respectfully enjoying themselves, and they have an even bigger effect on the surrounding people just trying to go about their lives.


To non-car people, a vehicle getting sideways leaving a meet is seen as a threat that’s sliding out of control, possibly sliding right into their car. And this sometimes turns out to be the case for them and other car enthusiasts. Even if the threat turns out to be false, every person sharing the streets sees the methods of showing off specific drivers use, and they assume that every other car enthusiast acts the same way. More often than not, these are the same people who work to ban events in the future because they want to rid their community of the trouble.

We don’t have to act like this. Lake Mills Cars and Coffee, which is pictured above, is the perfect example of respectfulness. The cars arrive in a sane way, get parked safely, and everyone appreciates the beauty of each car. No one revs their engine, and there is no drama when they leave. Even the lot hosting the event is left in pristine condition after the meet. Events like these leave the car people and the non-car people satisfied, which is what car enthusiasts should aspire to do.


Now, I’m not saying that I have a problem with car meets. I love going to events to look at beautiful cars and meet new people. I’m also not saying that you can’t enjoy your car and drive in an enthusiastic manner. There is nothing wrong with driving it hard once in awhile, but do so on an empty back road and be smart about it. Don’t bring that driving style or attitude to car meets where it quickly becomes reckless and selfish. Remember, you are representing an entire community.

A more detailed report of the crash mentioned in the intro can be found here.

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