Much most yourself, I've been to a lot of car shows and cruises over the years, from the first shows I attended as a child, to the shows I enter my own cars in today. I remember my father taking me aside before we went to each show and explaining the "rules" of attending. I've noticed recently that there seem to be a lot of attendees who aren't familiar with these rules, so here we have a refresher:
1. DO NOT TOUCH THE CARS!! This is the cardinal rule of attending car shows! When you go to a museum, you don't walk over and touch the displays, do you? Then why would you touch the cars on display? The problem is, you could inadvertently damage the car or scratch the paint. Jewelry, purses, even metal on clothes could damage a car getting to close. Repairs could cost thousands of dollars or more, and you wouldn't want to foot that bill! Also, don't bring food or drinks near the car. I once had someone lean over to look at my engine and he dumped a whole cup of hot coffee onto the car. Good thing I had a water bottle with me!
2. HOLD ON TO YOUR KIDS! It's great to bring kids to car shows, and you should. It's a wonderful experience you should share with your children. Make sure you go over the rules with them - look but don't touch. Keep food and drink away from the cars, and no rubbing up against or climbing on the vehicles. Hold their hands walking around the show field and you should have no problems.
3. NO TRASH TALKING! Everyo