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article imagePhoto Essay: Welcome to car show season Special

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By Elizabeth Parker
May 26, 2013 in Driving
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Is it time to finally get to that car project you've been hiding in your garage since you were 20? Don't know where to begin? This is the perfect season to check out the many weekend car shows to get some ideas.
Every weekend at this time of year you can usually find a find a car show happening somewhere nearby. Big or small they're a great place to go see some great old cars, classics from pop culture like this Back to the Future Delorean I found this weekend at the Carolina Classics Big Show, newer cars modified and painted, kit cars, old trucks and everything in between.
A Delorean came back to the future  to grace the Big Show  Spartanburg  South Carolina
A Delorean came back to the future, to grace the Big Show, Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Whatever an owner's dream, they can't wait to show off their car or truck, talk to others about it, and see all the cool fun mods other owner's have done to their vehicles.
A vega hatchback modded and painted from the Charlotte Auto Fair  2013.
A vega hatchback modded and painted from the Charlotte Auto Fair, 2013.
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The prizes at the show are secondary to the chance to show and talk about their vehicle with like minded people. There's nothing so exciting to a car enthusiast than hearing about the great performance tune you had dyno'ed and gained an extra 20 horse power from. If you see something you like, be sure to look around for the owner and ask about it. The owners are usually more than happy to tell you all about it.
A Mclaren at the Cars and Coffee in May  2013  Charlotte  North Carolina.
A Mclaren at the Cars and Coffee in May, 2013, Charlotte, North Carolina.
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The Charlotte Cars and Coffee first Saturday of every month in Charlotte, North Carolina draws some real exotic cars. Where else can you get up close to a McLaren. McLaren has shown up all the way from Philadelphia, along with owners bringing out their Lamborghini's and Porches.
A Lamborghini from the May  Charlotte  NC  Cars and Coffee.
A Lamborghini from the May, Charlotte, NC, Cars and Coffee.
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Looks for other Cars and Coffee shows in your area.
Whether you love cars and want to see your dream cars, see the first car your dad owned, or maybe you have a project you don't quite know where to get started with, a walk around a car show can make for a great and inexpensive afternoon.
One of many old classics found at the 2013 Charlotte Autofair  Charlotte  NC spring car show.
One of many old classics found at the 2013 Charlotte Autofair, Charlotte, NC spring car show.
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Many of the shows have no cost to spectators and even the largest shows, like the Charlotte Auto Fair in early spring in Charlotte, North Carolina, held at the popular Nascar tourist destination, Lowes Motor Speedway, is a very reasonable $10.00 per person.
A look at part of the Lowes Motor Speedway during the spring 2013 Charlotte Auto Fair.
A look at part of the Lowes Motor Speedway during the spring 2013 Charlotte Auto Fair.
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Don't forget to see if there is a people's choice award and grab ballots for it so you can vote on your favorite. A walk around will have you looking at specialty car after car, some for sale, and some to give you great ideas on what you might want to do with your own car project. At the bigger paid venues you'll find vendors that just might have some of the elusive parts you'll be needing for your own project or information on just what you need to do to start. Grab business cards and know where to call when you need it.
A 1966 Mustang shown at the Carolina Classic s 13th annual Big Show in Spartanburg  SC.
A 1966 Mustang shown at the Carolina Classic's 13th annual Big Show in Spartanburg, SC.
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If you haven't thought about it yet, are you going to restore that old car in your garage to its original glory? This '66 Mustang I found at the Big Show this weekend was proudly restored to its original state, including the silver blue paint color. The owner was only too happy to tell me all about the completely original restore, with no bondo in the body. Are you someone that wants to add mods, change the engine, put on a blower, give it a fancy flamed paint job and a specialty exhaust?
A 1939 Chevy at the 2013 Big Show  Spartanburg  South Carolina.
A 1939 Chevy at the 2013 Big Show, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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You're sure to get some good ideas when you walk around the car shows. Don't be shy either, if you have a work in progress bring it on out and enter.
One owners work in progress  coming along nicely at the 13th Annual Big Show  Spartanburg  SC
One owners work in progress, coming along nicely at the 13th Annual Big Show, Spartanburg, SC
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You'll meet tons of new friends with the same interests. Who knows, maybe some will even want to come help you out with your project.
The Corvette corner at the 13th annual Big Show  Spartanburg  SC.
The Corvette corner at the 13th annual Big Show, Spartanburg, SC.
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Here's a few more photos from the car shows I've hit this year, hopefully they wet your appetite to go out and have your own fun next weekend.
A heavily modified 1940 s coupe at the Charlotte Auto Fair  2013.
A heavily modified 1940's coupe at the Charlotte Auto Fair, 2013.
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A C6 Corvette all the way from Canada at the 2013 Charleston  South Carolina  Corvette show.
A C6 Corvette all the way from Canada at the 2013 Charleston, South Carolina, Corvette show.
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A 1950 s Ford 429 red truck  fully restored and heavily modified to suit owner.
A 1950's Ford 429 red truck, fully restored and heavily modified to suit owner.
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