The All About Autism Car Show at Quaker Steak and Lube on Polaris Parkway originally scheduled for Saturday was changed to Sunday because of the weather.
It's always tough to write a negative review but Sunday's All About Autism show will not make my list of favorite shows this season. Myself and an estimated third of the 123 vehicles that registered for the show left well before the awards ceremony. I know the money went for a good cause, but I still expect better from a $20 registration fee. And here's why...
"Peoples Choice" judging. If you've read any of my prior posts, you know I dislike this method of judging. It turns judging into a popularity contest rather than based on the merits and appeal of the vehicle. I don't understand why organizers can't find four or five volunteers to walk around the show and pick their favorite cars. They don't have to be car experts, although that would certainly be a plus. Anything is better than peoples choice judging, in my opinion.
Lack of security surrounding the ballots. They were just sitting in a stack on the registration table. Anyone could come up, grab a handful and write-in their car in the first place spot on each ballot.
Timing of the awards ceremony. The show was advertised from 11 AM to 5 PM. The silent auction didn't start until after 3 PM. It was still going on at 4:30 PM with no indication of finishing anytime soon. I would guess more than a third of the cars had left by then. I had a commitment after 5 PM and couldn't stay any longer. I had been there since 10 AM which made for a long day!
This is the first time I've ever left a show before it was over. I couldn't help but feel a little ripped off as I drove away. I left feeling the cars were just a minor component of the show instead of a feature.
Car shows are supposed to be fun. Unless you hung out at the bar all afternoon drinking, the fun factor for this show was pretty low, at least it was for me. That's a shame since the show attracted some really nice vehicles.
If you attended this show, please let me know what you thought about it in the comment section. I'm curious to know if my perception is off-base.