So you’ve scored a Nissan Skyline GT-R. That would have taken a lot of hard work and great connections or you might just have been lucky. Either way, you can choose to keep it all to yourself or share your find with other JDM enthusiasts by showing up at JDM car shows.
We know that the COVID-19 situation has limited us all. There aren’t just as many shows as before but there are still a few. They all come with guidelines tapered to proper hygiene and precautions to prevent possible spread of the virus.
Nevertheless, knowing how to present your vehicle is one of the first things you should know. If it is your first time to showcase your car or if you just want to up your presentation, here are our few tips for you.
Focus On Car Detailing
Regular washing and waxing just doesn’t cut it. You need to pay attention to the details. Although you can have your car detailed, you can do it on your own and spend glorious time getting to know your vehicle even more. Ever tried using Q-tips to clean the air vents? How about using a toothpick to remove crumbs? You might think that those tiny spaces don’t matter but when people are looking closely at your vehicle, they’ll see everything. So make sure you pay attention to the nitty gritty details.
Take Your Cleaning Supplies With You
You should have cleaned and detailed your vehicle before you take it to the car show. However, it can still get a bit dirty when you drive it to the show. Even if you plan to have it towed, it can still get dirty on the way.
Bring microfiber towels, some basic cleaning supplies and polish as well. With these, you’ll easily be able to remove smudges. Also, check the grill, wheels and bumper and pick out any dead bugs that you see on them. It is also a great idea to bring tire shine to further make your tires more presentable.
Pack Some Extra Coolant And Oil
It’s always best to be prepared. Although you’ve conditioned your car, it is still best to have a backup plan in case your car overheats. This is especially true if your JDM is of the older models. Although they are made to perform, they are still more prone to overheat.
Comfort Yourself With A Folding Chair
You can stand all day beside your car, sit on the pavement or grass, or you can just sit comfortably at a folding chair. Sitting next to your car gives you the chance to talk about your car not only with judges but with other JDM enthusiasts as well.
Make Your Car Accessible
Roll down your windows and make it easier for people to have a peek inside. It’s understandable that you don’t want anyone reaching inside your car but most of those who are in the show are your fellow enthusiasts. They also know how to respect other people’s cars. Additionally, many are likely to call out anyone who’s being inappropriate with your vehicle.
Apart from your interior, it’s also best to show what’s under the hood. However, before you open it up, make sure your engine is clean. It should also be detailed and you should also try to shine up the chrome you have inside.
If you want to feature the underside of your car as well, use mirrors. That makes it so much easier to see what’s down there without having to go down on your knees or bend over. Carefully place the mirrors in components such as the suspension.
Use Custom Plates
You can have a custom plate made and use it at the car show. It can say whatever you want to say because it is not meant for legal use. It is just meant for added presentation. If you are driving your car back home, make sure you replace the proper plates back so you won’t get in trouble with the law.