I have been involved in 22 of the last 35 car shows hosted by
the Vintage Auto Club. It is at this time every year that I used to get
that feeling of dread. Did I forget to do something? Do we have
enough soda, ice, hot dogs? Does everyone like the trophies? Is it
going to rain? What if we don’t get enough cars?
All valid concerns; but the one thing I never had to worry
about was getting enough Club Members to help. The logistics of
putting on a car show is like putting together a jig saw puzzle while
wearing boxing gloves. Details. So many details. But on the day of
the show, we simply toss the entire jig saw puzzle in the air, and it
lands on the ground softly, with all the pieces in their proper places.
At one time I was considered the Car Show Chairman. But
now, that title is obsolete. I no longer have to assign jobs or even
ask that a job be filled. All I hear now is, “We got it. Everything is
under control.” And it is. This year’s trophies for instance. I was
getting ready to send out an e-mail asking for help in putting the
trophies together. Before I could do that, I find out that the trophies
are already done! I asked who is going to work the kitchen. “Done.
Don’t worry about it.” How about cooking on the grill? “We got it.
Don’t worry about it.”
Registration? Parking? Judging? Done. Done Done.
Goody Bags. Door Prizes. Chinese Auction. Done, done, and
done. How is all that possible? It’s called Team Spirit. And there is
no bigger, brighter, and chock-full-of-fun Team Spirit than that
exhibited by the members of the Vintage Auto Club.
(Excuse me while I dab my eyes)
My 8th Grade teacher, Sister James Elizabeth, explained it
best when she once said to me, “Many hands make for light work,
Jerkface.” I’ve always remembered those words, especially
Jerkface. But that was just a pet name she had for me. I thought it
was mild compared to other kids’ nicknames like, Fat Jack, Frances
Four-Eyes, Knucklehead, Fartisimo, Blockhead, Needle Nose,
But I digress.
This year’s show is off to a good start. I’m not worried about
anything. Not even the weather. It’s bound to be our best. How do
I know? Because we have the best car show team anywhere, and I
love you all. (Okay, now you dab your eyes)
Let’s have a show!
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