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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 19, 2:29 PM Thread Starter
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The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

Whats your approach on this? Tell em you can lean on my car if I can do your wife i dont know.

Last 3 times out ive had to tell and remove my girls hand from someones paint job...loud enough for the owner to hear it.
She wont let anyone near hers fwiw

Seen fistfights break out over this...yesterday had no less than a dozen decide they had to lean on the bed trim to ask a question..one lady swung her chair right into the corner of the bed chipping it. Immediately blamed her meds, her husband said nothing he was too busy keeping his dog from peeing on my tire.

Whats your take?
To me its a matter of respect. I know its just a car but I dont put my hands on others stuff?!
Wont let it keep me from going like I did looking for a better way of conveying the message. Maybe Im too tightly wound

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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old Oct 20th, 19, 2:35 PM
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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

Since you donít seem to enjoy taking your car shows especially when people donít respect participants cars, why not just go as a spectator.

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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

I do enjoy it...its people that get on my nerves. Well I enjoy driving there and back I guess, not enough to go spectate.
Its a major undertaking most days to even walk so its not often i get to do this
Few weeks back at a fri night cruise in there were 3 or 4 kids throwing rocks at eachother for about 20 min right in front of everyones rides. Wow lol

Ah mebbe youre right, I need to find a 1/4 track. In Ca.
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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

That's why I am reluctant to go to car shows. I've been to cars and coffee informal type stuff but the last organized car show I went to was about 10 years ago. Some ******* decided he wanted pictures of his fat ass girlfriend draped over the hood of my Buick. Ended up with about $1800 damage.

I stick to race events now where entrance to the hot grid area is restricted to participants. They seem to be much more respectful of others' cars.
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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

Higher end car shows, people know to keep their hands off.

Shows like Good Guys, Super Chevy, etc. more chance of leaning into the engine compartment or cell phone dropped on a fender for a picture.

Cruise nights and public car shows are notorious for constant touching, jingling keys, and handbags, even dog leashes.

We go to a lot of cruise ins with my 55 and it is very flattering that everyone wants to take

a picture with the car, but probably 40-50% feel the need, for some reason, to put their hand on the fender.

To answer your question, you got to try to see it coming and be ready to pounce.

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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

Since I don't have a show quality paint job, I don't care if people touch it, but I would prefer if they ask first. But if someone actually damages something/chipped paint, anything, especially out of sheer ignorance like the chair incident, and didn't sincerely apologize and try to make it right, I'd be asking for identification for the insurance claim. People need to know that they are liable for their actions.

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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

Some lady wanted to take a pic of her friend on someones '32
Owner wasnt around at that moment...she tossed her bag on the running board, placed her heel on it, bag fell off. She picked it up then placed it firmly on the board, stood up on the running board, hung on to the side hanging off it kinda. Ok they got their pic..owner showed up afew min later locked the car up, changed his mind a few min later and took off pretty flustered. Thankfully it was steel not glass lol
Real pricy paint job on it.

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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

My car is a rat, black primer and rust. It doesn't really bother me about people leaning on it (which of course they do), but I had to fix the door locks because a couple of times I found people sitting in it, this wasn't at a car show either, just a store's parking lot. The wife doesn't drive it anymore because of people stopping her to take pictures with it, I don't understand it, people are just weird I guess. I once thought of hooking up a stun gun to the body controlled by a remote switch, not sure if that would work though, and I'm sure you could get in some kind of trouble for it. Best I can say is that if it bothers you that bad you should probably get rid of it cause if it pisses you off when someone chips the paint, it's going to break your heart when someone smashes into it with their honda.

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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

I donít enter my car in shows- the 25 year old paint is too full of dings chips and scratches to be presentable. This type of behavior is part of the reason why I donít repaint it. Iíd be terribly upset every time something happened to it, regardless as to whether it was at a show or not. The general population is rude and disrespectful. My kids know to keep their hands off of other peopleís cars, but itís apparent many either weíre not taught or just donít care.

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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

The human race is doomed. Aliens haven't contacted us because there is no intelligent life to speak of on this rock.

My old domed / SS hood has a pair of dents where a 350 pound spectator plopped himself on the hood so he could read the propaganda I had laying on top of the dash. He had to lift his girth off my hood with his elbows. I no longer put reading material on the dash.

My left fender has a scratch from some moron's keys. I now place a magnetic placard near the scratch. "Plese watch your keys." What kind of idiot clips their keys to their belt anyway? Oh, wait my brother-in-law the idiot does.

People simply don't realize the high cost involved in restoring these cars, or how easily the paint is damaged. "It's just an old car." I had a brief discussion with the keys moron about civil liability - accident or not, they are responible for damage they cause, and small claims court is an option. The moron immediately left the show when I hinted that I'd call the cops to get him ID'd so I could sue him (not that the cops would, but...).

In my state it is a Midemeanor to enter or sit on anothers motor vehicle without the owners' permission. That could lead to an interesting pissing contest...

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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

I used to live in So. Cal., Whittier, and went to a LOT of car shows, weekly cruise in's, and the lot, saw a lot of what happened to the OP.

I used to take stantions and rope with me when I went to these events, to keep people from doing all that stuff, and got called all sorts of names for doing it, but, the cars I have didn't get damaged. Small price to pay for not having to fix a seriuos paint job from a small paint attack. And, nobody knows what sorts of acids and/or other stuff is on people's hands.

That said, there used to be a monthly cartoon in Hot Rod Magazine, "Stroker McGurk". They were drawn cartoons, and one of them had a series of pictures of McGurk driving his roadster, with all sorts of people coming too close, getting into incidents right next to him. Then, at the car show, people coming up and leaning against, touching this car. Next drawing was of him getting an idea, light bulb on above his head. Last drawing, he is driving his car, big smile, and he has attached a chain link fence completely around the car, a post at each corner. Sometimes, it seems like that sort of thing is the only way to protect a person's vehicle from those that really don't have any real mal-intent, but just don't think to not do that sort of thing to other people's cars.
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Don't touch... that's it. My car isn't high dollar, but I don't like anyone touching it except family. I have two young boys who have been going to shows with me since birth, they're 4 and 6 now. They know not to touch anyones cars. That's at a show or in a shopping parking lot. The rule is hands off of anyone's car. They're not allowed to rub our daily drivers either.

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Re: The ol "dont lean on the car" issue

When it comes to issues like this, I'm not polite, I'm not diplomatic, I just come right out and tell them not to lean on other peoples' cars.
MOST, not all, but MOST people get it and some apologize. I've never openly worn my .44 at a car show, but maybe I should.


I do like the idea of telling them it's OK to lean on the car if I can do their wife (or GF).
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