There were definitely a few decent cars out at the Ha-LOW-ween Bash in Chico. Literally...a few, out of hundreds. I think it's time for the people running and attending these meets to hold themselves accountable for the scene they've created.
More actual enthusiasts and clean builds would show up to these meets if a few things were different. The meets need to be more organized, and the show cars ought to be separate from the commuter cars.
I know I'll get a lot of hate for this post, but almost everyone in this community has completely lost me. I'm really not trying to single anyone out here — I decided to just speak my mind, and post a few edits of some nice builds that showed up.
Also, I'm not trying to be negative; some muscle car guys came through after their own meet, and they're always a nice crowd. The car costume contest was pretty funny, there were some prizes, and most everyone had a good time — that's really what this is about. But at the same time, why not strive to be better?
The reputation of the street scene in town is bad enough without guys doing burnouts and revving their stock 4-bangers with open exhaust in a public parking lot. I didn't grow up in the area and the overall attitude at these meets is simply beyond me. At the same time, there were plenty of nice people there just hanging out.
The sad thing its, there really are a lot of great builds in Chico and the surrounding areas, but many of them stay away from these meets. I know there is a weekend-morning crowd and a night-time crowd, but think about that for a second; what does that say about this community? I've never lived in a town where the people with the nice cars always avoid certain meets, but I don't really blame them for doing so.
Unless things change, I don't know if I'll even bother bringing my beat up '66 Mustang out when I get it road-worthy again. Every time I decide to go out with my camera I'm disappointed, and if I had a high-dollar car I wouldn't even consider it.
And I wouldn't bother opening my mouth about it except for a few things. Firstly, I get hit up all the time on Facebook to come out to these meets. And it's not just an event invite here and there; at the peak it was more like 8 a week, which I just don't understand. Three guys in a parking lot on Tuesday does not constitute a meet.
And sure, I can ignore these event invites, but there are also an excessive amount of random flyers hijacking other groups, posts, and events. Not only does it make your club or meet look bad, it's disrespectful to the other people trying to promote their events. So, I ignore those too, right? But then come the PM's.
"Hey bro ... are you down to take pics of our cars with a model ... we'll promote you." Sure, I'm always down to book a paid shoot. "Well we can't pay you but it'll turn into a paid thing if you shoot our meets too." I say Oh, sorry, I don't work for free, but instead of a 'thanks anyway' I get "It's not too bad bro, it'll be quick too." And then "Come on...I know lots of guys who will want pictures if you work with us."
If you don't understand what's wrong with this mentality, I invite you to come to my house, wash my toilet and my car, mow my lawn, change my oil, and clear out the gutters. If you're not down, would you be more down if I made an Instagram post telling people what a great job you did?
And when I'm at the meets shooting, it's almost never "Hi, my name is..." or "Where can I find your work?" Instead it's "Hold up you should shoot my boy's car too I'll have him pull in here," "Make sure you get a shot of this (offensive) sticker," "Hey come shoot my car too," "You need to send me those," "You should shoot my car this week man," and so on. It's not a huge deal, but it gets old fast.
If I have more invested in the one body, lens, speedlight, and monopod I carry to one event than you do in your entire build, I'm not sure what to tell you. I usually love to go out and get some photos, but between everyone's attitude and how badly my girlfriend gets harassed, it simply isn't worth the shutter clicks on my camera.
I hope the Chico scene can put more work and organization into these events. Stop changing dates and changing locations, get permits when necessary, make actual fliers and talk to shops, secure donations and set up fundraisers at your events. Stop harassing and hitting on the girls who do show up and show interest in your culture.
Make yourselves look good. It will only help the scene to grow in a positive way and be accepted in the community. And besides, it would be rad to see more of the good builds that are hiding up here before I graduate.