Some of you know me from other spots around the web, but I've been mostly active in the midwest section, but I'm starting to branch out on here a little bit more.
I'm in the process of organizing a new car show in the St. Louis area. Currently there are about 3 major shows in the area, one on Easter which mostly encompasses older "classic" cars, such as Model A's and T's, hot rods, some "off" cars, etc. There's one in May that deals with the "concourse" cars around town, put on by the Kemp Auto Museum, which tailors to the "nicer" cars around town. And, there's one that's in June, which is probably one of the main shows in the area, the "European Auto Show" which encompasses Ferrari's, Lamborghini's, Porsches, etc.
I got to talking to a few of the guys at the European Auto Show, and we realized that there's room for another show around town, which it's my goal to have operational by next year. I want to make this a mix of those three shows, with a charity aspect. I don't want to exclude cars, but I would nix some of the more "common" cars from participating. Also, I would like to have a concourse class where the cars are by invite only.
Some of the ideas that have been floated are to try to team up with one of the local sports teams, which I like, but I want to get things more set in stone before I move forward with that idea. Furthermore, sponsorships would definitely be welcome, and teaming with some of the dealers around town would be a solid way to go about this, IMO. I would also have booths available for both food vendors and detailers, car shops, etc.
I'm trying to get a committee together to start having planning meetings about how to best bring this idea into fruition. I would form this as a 501C3 in order to make it "official."
Currently, the charities I'm considering are the Boy Scouts and the United Way, but I'm open to suggestions as well. Problem with teaming with a sports team is that they would probably want the proceeds to go to their charity, which I'd be willing to explore if it got to that point.
For some more information, see this thread: http://www.ferrarilife.com/forums/us...bull-horn.html
Any and all input would be greatly appreciated, especially from those that have organized car shows in the past. My goal is to have at least 100 cars participate the first year, which means I want this to be run and planned well.