Car lovers have one thing in common – they love to congregate and show off their prized vehicles. That’s why a fundraising car show event is the perfect way to get your community mingling outside.
Even if you can’t find enough folks with classic cars, there are people in your community who are proud of their lowered trucks, decked out Honda Civics, old Holdens and mud-loving Jeeps. Others will just come out to admire the cars, and some might even be willing to bring out their old jalopies if you have a fun category to recognize oldies but goodies on wheels.
Vintage fire engines and hearses always generate interest. Even consider tractors and farm machinery. Local police often like to display their latest police vehicles as part of their community relations program.
It works well in conjuction with other fund raising events such as fetes.
Cater To Your Community
A car show doesn’t necessarily need to be focused on classic cars or muscle cars. Instead, customize your event to satisfy your community. A car show should be fun for the whole family. If your neighbors aren’t into classic mustangs, then dedicate the day to luxury automobiles such as BMWs, Mercedes, and Range Rovers.
If your crowd is into hogs, then invite the bikers to bring out their Harley Davidson and Honda Goldwing bikes. If your community is eco-friendly, give your event the green stamp and invite people to bring out their scooters, Smart Cars, and bicycles.
Dress The Part
Get your crowd in the mood by asking your volunteers to dress in period clothing to add some nostalgia to the event. It can be as easy as leather jackets and white t-shirts for a ’50s theme, cowboy hats for a monster truck theme, or suits and sunglasses for a luxury car theme.
Remember, you are giving your visitors a trip down memory lane in many instances, so dressing the part can go a long way in creating an authentic feeling.
A roaring motor sure works up a healthy appetite. Selling snacks is a great way to make some extra money at your car show. If you don’t have the manpower to supply your own vendors, make room for external vendors to rent space either for a donation, or a percentage of their sales.
Online Event Leading up to Car Show
Display the vehicles online to wet the appetite of enthusiasts.
Raise funds with a people’s choice competition where they can vote for their favorite car, bike or truck online for a small fee.
The best way to make money at your car show straight out of the gate is through ticket sales:
- Sell admission tickets
- Take extra donations online and at the door
- Host a raffle for car cleaning supplies, a free car wash, or even a free car
- Charge a fee per parking space
- Offer paid space for swap meet and food vendors
Don’t forget about sponsors
Another great way to make some extra cash for your charity is through sponsors, or local companies that will pay for the opportunity to market their services at your event. For instance:
- Ask a local mechanic or garage to give a workshop on car maintenance, and charge a small fee to attend
- Ask a local sports team or school to set up and run a car wash throughout the day if you have n’t goy your own students or members of a sports team
- A local food vendor or coffee shop might be able to set up shop and give your charity a percentage of their sales;
- as well as sponsors support shown on your website.