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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old Feb 12th, 17, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Car Show Umbrellas

It is somewhat hard to imagine in February, especially in PA that the summer months with car shows and screaming hot sunny days are ahead. Show us what you have for such a situation. I have seen items as small as something that is for one person and attaches to their chair to modified patio table umbrellas that fit several. Of course there are the mini tents, but I am not wanting to go that far. Looking for something that will fit in my Chevelle trunk that already has a spare and jack combo.
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Whatever you do, make sure you have it secured, My Dads Mustang was damaged at a show when one of those umbrellas flew up in the air during a wind gust damaging the body and paint.
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Whatever you do, make sure you have it secured, My Dads Mustang was damaged at a show when one of those umbrellas flew up in the air during a wind gust damaging the body and paint.
I was going to say the same thing, even a hand held umbrella can do damage in the wind or in the hand of a careless person.

That being said, I can see the need for some sort of cover. I think the portable tents are the best option. If waited down it would take some serious wind to move it. If there was serious wind everyone should have put their flying object away.

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Also some car shows don't even allow any kind of shade things just cause of the damage they can create.

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We purchased a pair of these last year and they are great. The top doubles as the carrier.
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Looks like everyone is on the same page about damage occurring from a gust of wind taking your umbrella or tent for a ride and coming down on someones car. Last year I saw one of those tents starting to take off. Thank God there was enough people around to grab hold of it before it did any damage.

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A few years ago at the Street Machine Nationals, we had a gust of wind lift a buddies brand new tent and flip it into the lake behind us.
Yep, those things can get away from you if not taken down in time or securely anchored.


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When I go to SOME shows, I tow a small trailer for whatever "stuff" I want to have at the event, such as a popup awning. I have a small folding table to place under the awning along with some folding chairs. I use bridge nails (for those who know what bridge nails are), which I drive into the ground (or asphalt parking lot) with a 5lb hammer, to anchor down the legs of the awning. Instead of driving the nails straight into the ground, I drive them at an angle which secures them better in the ground.


The front of the little trailer has a rack for either a cushion to sit on, or to carry a big ice chest.
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We have a 10 x 10 pop-up canopy that we use for SOME car shows, but will not set it up unless we can tie it to a tree or light pole, plus using a screw-in stake at each corner, at an angle as DZAUTO mentioned.

And when we leave our "area", we collapse the lawn chairs and lay them flat on the ground.
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My buddies 32 3 window got a nasty scratch from some jackass with a portable canopy, he was not very happy with the guy. It doesn't take much wind to upset them if you have a 10 x 10 kite in the air.
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Not a big car show guy, but will use my 10x10 whenever space permits, and whenever staking or strapping it down can work.

I keep it in my trunk at all times.

I use it at the track too, but since 99% of the time, I'm there by myself, I use 2 small ratchet straps to secure it down to the rear of my trailer. That way I can sit there, if need be, or work under the hood in the shade...if need be.

No worries about it blowing away, and/or doing any damage, when I'm in the staging lanes.

Now if it's windy enough for the trailer to blow away...well, then I'm pretty sure all bets are off...lol

Those canopy chairs above are pretty cool. I may pick one up for myself. I'm sure, by myself, it's a bit easier to use than a 10x10 canopy is.
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Re: Car Show Umbrellas

The canopy chairs do look nice. Id be a little concerned someone may walk off with them when the owner is away looking at other cars.
Wondering about the possibilities of making something out of pvc pipe and a tarp. Could be made inexpensively and made to break down to fit in the trunk. A couple sand bags should keep it from blowing away? Guess it depends on how easy it would be to set up.
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FWIW Brad, I can open and close my 10x10 canopy by myself. It's kind of a PITA, but is plenty do-able.

As long as the ground is semi smooth. I bought 2 of them at Dick's Sporting Goods, for about $60 a pop...I've only used the one, and it's holding up great.

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The canopy chairs do look nice. Id be a little concerned someone may walk off with them when the owner is away looking at other cars.
Wondering about the possibilities of making something out of pvc pipe and a tarp. Could be made inexpensively and made to break down to fit in the trunk. A couple sand bags should keep it from blowing away? Guess it depends on how easy it would be to set up.
Brad, they are so easy to operate that if we're leaving to look around, they fold up into themselves and go into the trunk in less than a minute for both.
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