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Old 09-17-2015, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default How do you avoid people swarming your car when you stop?

When I got into Model Aís I had no idea how attracted people were to these little cars/trucks. Iím a people person so I donít mind folks swarming the car when I stop and get outÖ but sometimes it does get old. Mine is a daily driver when the weather allows. I may put close to 10k miles on it by years end. There are times when Iím climbing out of the car and I see people moving in with the regular questions when I duck to the side and make an escape. I did this the other day and left my wife to take the questions and stories. She was rather overwhelmed by it all as I sat back 50 feet undercover and watched in amusement.
Do you ever get tired of the same stories and questions? How do you avoid it without being rude?
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:26 PM   #2
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I'll see people looking at the car when I approach it, and sometimes just hang back and watch to wait for them to walk away.
I enjoy educating people about the vehicle, but sometimes I just want to get in and go.
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:27 PM   #3
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Fit Polonium spark plugs to your car then put a sign saying:

"CAUTION ! This automobile is equipped with RADIOACTIVE spark-plugs. Please stand clear and DO NOT TOUCH for your own safety."


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Old 09-17-2015, 12:38 PM   #4
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Just sell it and buy yourself an old Vega, no one will bother you!

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Old 09-17-2015, 01:16 PM   #5
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People love these old cars, and many of them dream of having one of their own. I am always glad to talk to them about the car, and I am proud they want to look at it. But, when I don't have time to spend with them, I just politely tell them so, and I have never had an issue with that.

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Old 09-17-2015, 01:20 PM   #6
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Same as what Dave just said
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:21 PM   #7
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Curly,

You do need to be really careful (especially with your wife around), these little pickups are extremely powerful chick magnets anywhere you stop: gas station, grocery store, etc.

When you get tired of the crowd, you can park it at my place and I'll take care of them for you.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:28 PM   #8
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Very true Carl.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:32 PM   #9
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Get used to the fact that there is never a guarantee of a "quick trip" anywhere.
Be glad people are interested enough to speak to you about your old car, even though most of them dont realize that you've heard most of it before...they all think that they just came up with that all on their own.
As the song goes " Now you know how Richard Petty feels"
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:42 PM   #10
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Smile. Answer the same questions the same way you did 30 minutes ago. Be proud. If you don't like it, buy a Camry. I get it with all my fun cars. The below commandments for Ferrari owners apply to us as well (except for driving on race tracks).

http://mondialt.com/2014/10/16/10-co...car-ownership/
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:50 PM   #11
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I can understand the question very well. Found out the answer last Sunday before the parade. Although I was close by, I was at a distance. Had many lookers, old, young but only one question was asked, the horsepower? I didn't mind at all the lookers at all but no one climbed inside or sat on the fenders or rub the hands over the finish. It went well and I had fun. More times too come, I'm sure.

As for being a 'chick' magnate, another reason why she's named Sarah and not Sam, there is only room for one............'chick' magnate!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:56 PM   #12
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I actually enjoy people asking me about my car. It's fun to share my enthusiasm. But if you don't have the time to chat, just tell the guy, "It's for sale, wanna buy it?" that'll end the conversation.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:59 PM   #13
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I notice anymore, that the teenagers and people in their 20's are the most interested!

THAT'S a good thing
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Old 09-17-2015, 02:25 PM   #14
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Get used to the fact that there is never a guarantee of a "quick trip" anywhere.
Be glad people are interested enough to speak to you about your old car, even though most of them dont realize that you've heard most of it before...
I enjoy it 90 percent of the time. It's fun to see others care enough about these cars to come and talk. My friend Jim says he figures most gas stops last atleast 20 minutes to a half hour. I came out from a store once and found the drivers door open and people taking pictures. This bothers me. I had another gentleman tell me my car was "fake" because the originals only had one tail light not two.

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who gets tired of it at times.
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...I had another gentleman tell me my car was "fake" because the originals only had one tail light not two...
Of course he failed to mention the cowl lights, rear bumpers, trailer hitch, or 16" wires . . .
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I've driven a lot of Shelby Cobra's around and people rarely looked twice at them. Whenever somebody did, it was to tell me about their '67 Mustang in the garage. With the Model A, it's totally different. Everywhere I go I'm asked questions about it. I get questions from all ages, men, women and children. I happened to be driving near an elementary school yesterday as they were letting out. The wife and i answered a ton of questions from the children. I'm happy to answer them, but I'm normally the type of person who likes to sit in the background and blend in with the wall.

These cars really seem to make people smile, and that's not a bad thing to me.
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[SIZE=3][COLOR=#000000][FONT=Calibri]. . . I see people moving in with the regular questions when I duck to the side and make an escape. I did this the other day and left my wife to take the questions and stories. She was rather overwhelmed by it all as I sat back 50 feet undercover and watched in amusement. . . .
Question now is did you sleep in the dog house that night while your wife sat back 50 feet undercover and watched in amusement????
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:45 PM   #18
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Question now is did you sleep in the dog house that night while your wife sat back 50 feet undercover and watched in amusement????
She laughs about it. She says the next time we stop in a populated area shes going to jump out and run before I get to a full stop.

I told her there are only about four questions she has to have the answer too:

What year is it?

How fast does it go?

Does it have the original engine?

Did you restore it?

Many folks also want to ask how much they cost but most wont ask that.
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I get more attention with my 29 Model A huckster than I do with my 29 std coupe. It seems people that are woodworkers admire the wood in the body. Young kids have to take pictures with their cell phones. And many other questions about this Model A body that is not a Model A body but is different enough that people have to find out more info about it.

I don't mind the questions because it gives me the opportunity to explain why I kept the old pile of junk for over 50 years and then rebuilt it into the huckster.

When they ask how old it is, and I get that question often, I tell them it is older than I am and that is OLD!
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