Fish in a pond
Our annual Parking Lot Parades have become a bit of a tradition here at Totalcar Magazine. We have had some fair success with the previous installments but this year it was flat out amazing with an overwhelming attendance. We were like fish in a pond having a great day. Now, you can put a lot of fish in a small pond without getting any trouble but when some fish start to splash around you may end up with some water and even some fish out on dry land. It didn't happen this time but that was more down to sheer luck rather than anything else. But I'll get back to that later.
First of all we would like to extend our sincere, heartfelt gratitude and admiration to all the motorists who, instead of heading home at the end of a working day, had the energy and initiative to attend and show their prized vehicles – some show-stoppers, some banged-up beaters – to the visiting public. We don't have the exact numbers but the parking lot we used has a capacity of well over five hundred cars and there wasn't much space left by the end of the program – and that was just the cars. People just kept coming, their long line blocking the road even at 6 p.m., one hour after all gates were opened.
So, many thanks to both visitors and the Gods of Weather who provided an excellent atmosphere and a great sunshine, respectively – both were fundamental in turning a potentially great event into an extraordinary one.
We have plenty of photographs from the 3rd Annual Parking Lot Parade. Browse them at your leisure, it is becoming an impossible task to list all the exciting and unique vehicles. I could safely say, with a pinch of healthy bias, that we had a representative cross section of the entire auto industry – whatever wasn't in attendance is probably not worthy of mentioning in the first place. Various car clubs did a great job turning out; we would like to especially thank the vintage Opel bunch for making our day a brighter one.
Visitors certainly spent their time worthly walking along the rows of cars. Certainly not their money's worth, though, since entrance was free and we fully indend to keep it that way.
We also hope to be able to repeat the Parade in the coming years. To make sure we do, though, it would be beneficiary for some people to heed the following, and start behaving like responsible adults.
We have organised a few meetings in our time so we know the rule of thumb: the more participants you have, the more (how should I say without being offensive) irresponsible people (there, I have avoided calling them jerks) you have to put up with.
The following thoughts are therefore directed to these folks. If you are not one of them, feel free not to read them.
Remember that ‘fish in the pond' thing in the intro? Splashing about, getting everything wet and getting yourself caught out of water – we really don't want that happening and we'll do everything in our power to keep the pond nice and calm, with no splashing. There is nothing wrong with revving your engine in your parked car; a car meeting would not be the real deal without some exhaust notes or wastegate sneezes. Nothing wrong ever comes out of doing that, although revving your engine with a baby sleeping right next to your car makes you quite a jackass.
Moving your car around at walking pace should also be fine, as long as you are aware that this is primarily a pedestrian area where both elderly visitors and toddlers can be expected.
This is something everyone should understand and refrain from putting the pedal to the metal as soon as they clear the gates.
Once you are here and your buddies are here and you want to take them for a joyride, driving down the public road at 200 kph is no way to go. 120 kph is no better either. Or even 80 kph for that matter, in the middle of the city. Because anyone in their right mind can put two and two together and realise that a single phone call to the police from an upset resident will have both the police and the National Transport Authority visiting our meeting in large numbers. This has happened recently at another meeting and it's not only the irresponsible that get fined: you are causing trouble for everyone.
So, we hereby ask everyone to refrain from being a jackass in the future. Not only because you are drawing unwanted attention but also because it is dangerous, both to yourself and others. We have never felt embarrased refusing entry to anyone, regardless of the kind car they drive, and this is not going to change. We have only had some sporadic trouble-making so far but we are determined not to let this type of behaviour become a tradition and mar the reputation of the Parking Lot Parade. For those who are hell bent on driving at full speed we recommend one of our track days, the next one coming up 7th June. That's the place to drive flat out.
I apologise to the rule-abiding majority for talking about this issue so long. I hope they understand that this must be set clear if we want the Parade to continue. And we intend to keep this event alive because it's a lot of fun for the whole family.
Fun – that's what the Parking Lot Parade should be about. Start making trouble and you‘ll get in trouble.