There are car show people and then there are car show people.

Car show people attend and enjoy car shows.

Car show people attend and basically live at car shows. You’re the ones watching the rest of the herd watch your car.

With car show and cruise-in season ramping up and fall tailgating season on the horizon, here’s our Car Show Survival Guide full of some great Summit Racing products that will help make this season your best yet.

The Car Show Survival Guide 

When you set up shop at a car show or cruise-in, all of that car and people watching requires a comfortable folding chair. These hot rod logo chairs fit the bill perfectly.

If you already have your perfect chairs and all you need is a table, check out Summit Gifts, Clothing & Memorabilia’s hot rod-themed folding tables. They’re sturdy and they hold drinks. Bam—the two most-important things.

The perfect remedy for overpriced car show or race track food, Genuine Hotrod’s collection of propane grills come in many shapes and sizes. Some look like engines or toolboxes.  Whatever yours looks like, you’ll be churning out food that will have mouths watering all over the place.

Grill Tool Sets
Every grill master needs the perfect weapons. Find the hot rod-themed tools that will help you deliver the perfect meal to you and your car show or tailgate crew.

Can Coolers
Is anything more important than cold drinks? You can make an argument for silly things like oxygen or electricity if you want to. While we’re arguing, let’s keep our drinks cold with what some people call can coolers. We call them little pockets of happiness.

In fact, cold drinks are so important we’re going to talk about them twice. Shop soft-sided coolers or vintage metal coolers here. Important drink note: In a true survival situation, nothing is more critical than locating a safe drinking water supply. What kind of survival drinks did you think we were talking about?

It’s an easy thing to overlook if you’re not a regular hat wearer. But if you’re sitting outside all day under the blazing sun, you probably need one. Summit Racing has a great hat selection full of the headwear that will make you look fast even while you’re sitting still. We’re not exaggerating. Much.

Power Inverter
Sometimes, it’s really nice to unplug. Make human connections. Talk to your friends and family. But let’s face it: You have scores to check, Facebook updates to make, and OnAllCylinders blog posts to read. Keep your smart phone charged, your tunes playing, and deliver power to all your gadgets at your next car show with a power inverter.

Remember—this is supposed to be fun. We don’t want you to just survive.

We want you to have the time of your life. <- Heh.

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Author: Matt Griswold

After a 10-year newspaper journalism career, Matt Griswold spent another decade writing about the automotive aftermarket and motorsports. He was part of the original OnAllCylinders editorial team when it launched in 2012.