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Aside from the roaring engines and glittering paint, American auto shows are as much about stories as anything else. Enthusiasts come to car shows to hear, tell and relive those stories because of the passion and respect they hold for that great human endeavor: the Automobile. On any auto show thoroughfare you’ll see and hear a colorful retelling of vehicle design and manufacturing; walk beside gleaming artifacts built with pride by the hardworking hands of people who came before us, and sometimes the people standing right next to us.
In the beginning function followed form; when the first horse-drawn carriage was outfitted with an engine, the whole idea was just getting it to “go.” And when it went, so did the days of human reliance on cumbersome and mass-transit methods of travel. Vehicle power was now self-contained, and in the years that followed we saw automobile forms that were built around function. Now that we could “go,” we wanted to “go faster.”
Manufacturing processes were pushed to new levels of innovation as automotive aesthetics favored sleek, aerodynamic lines that told the story of speed. Producion methods improved and with it affordabiity; paint colors and options flourished to fit the needs of every consumer because in the mid-20th century, part of the American dream meant “getting there in style.” Compare nearly a decade of early 20th century, black-only Model T “Tin Lizzies” to the “Tropican Green” Ford Deluxe of 1939. Or the “Bahama Blue of a 1949 Buick Century. Or a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado in “Dusk Pink.”
As more roads and highways were built to connect a country hungry to travel, the whole of America saw a rapid increase of long-distance vacationers in kid-filled family cars.
Improvements in automotive design got them there safely, while the addition of interior creature comforts got them there comfortably. Dinah Shore sang “See the USA in Your Chevrolet” and we did. But we also saw it in our Packards and Edsels, Roadmasters, Thunderbirds, GTO’s and Toronados. And America welcomed them all.
SO, WHAT’S THE STORY?
Maybe your show car came off the assembly line to your grandfather, and enjoyed a well-maintained life as a four-wheeled family member making countless driving vacations, going on first dates, bringing soldiers home from wars and babies home from hospitals. Now that’s a story.
Or maybe less lovingly cared for, your car was unearthed in your grandfather’s old barn, reduced to nothing more than a rusted body inhabited by chickens.
But you heard her glory days still humming in that quiet frame, so with a lot of blood, sweat and dollars she’s here today, glistening in the sunshine and drawing smiles from strangers. Now that’s a story, too.
If you haven’t picked up on it by now, we’ll just say it in three words: we love cars. Sedans and sport coupes, classics and customs, roadsters and rat rods. And we’re not the only ones. When you bring your vehicle to an auto show, people want to know the story. Even if it’s just what’s under the hood, or maybe how much it cost when it was first built. Maybe the restoration details. It’s just important to tell ‘em what you’ve got, because yes, people really do want to know.
And it’s because we know this, along with loving cars, Show Cars Illustrated was founded on the principle that show boards should be crafted to present your photos and talking points in a way that’s not just beautiful (and they are), but practical in every auto show environment. Our patent-pending show boards are printed directly onto a PVC substrate with outdoor-rated, UV-cured inks. They’re water-resistant and backed by an extremely sturdy plastic corrugate easel meant to be weighted so it stays put. Designed to be lightweight and portable, our show boards fold flat quickly and easily for space-saving storage in back seats and trunks.
So that’s it- a history of beauty and function that has inspired the same in Show Cars Illustrated show boards.. Because you love cars we think it’s is just the kind of thing you’d appreciate, and as for that little gem out in your garage... we think it’s time you told her story.