With so many cars on the road these days, we see the familiar shapes and colors drifting into each other and become just one more mundane car. But for groups of auto enthusiasts, a car means so much more than something to get from A to B, it is a way of showing your personality, or of bringing something back to life, or even a piece of art.
These small groups of people around the country spend hours, days and even years creating their own private masterpieces and gain immense pride from the slightest complement to all their hard work, not to mention the thousands of dollars they spend in the process. So where are the best places to go to see these custom cars?
Many owners are members of clubs which organize runs or tours to a specific point where they will stop for breakfast, lunch or even just the scenic outlook, and most are happy for the public to take a look around their vehicles.
Another common type of event which is increasing in frequency is the Car 'Show N Shine' an organized even usually held in a public park or sports ground where a large number of different types cars will convene to compete for a 'Best of Show' title . The public are usually granted admission to such event for a small fee, and are able to browse the vehicles for a few hours.
An increasingly popular event is the regular Friday or Saturday Night Cruise where a large number of different vehicles will meet at a set point, these type of meets are not exclusively conducted by any one group and tend to grow with popularity through word of mouth, and the standard of vehicles attending varies broadly.
One of the newer concepts is the 'MySpace' type webspace, whereby users devote their own webpage to their vehicle, and are also able to interact with their friends via galleries, forums and chatrooms. These webpages are becoming increasingly popular as Gen Y has become increasingly interested in the scene and are boosting their usage.
Of course, all these different types of events and clubs may attract different sets of people, so if you are interested in the custom car scene, it is well advised to look at each of these avenues and explore which best suits you.
And please remember, these people have put a lot of work into their vehicles, so please admire them and remember to respect them at all times.