Nope. The spirit of the event is such that owners should be able make last minute decisions when and/or whether or not and/or with what car they might want to attend -- a decision that often depends on weather.
8:30 AM is on the early side. Official show time is 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Most cars arrive between 9:00 and 10:30 AM and leave between 2:30 and 3:30 PM.
Although the City recommends that (a) cars entering or leaving the Park are escorted by flag-bearing people in front and behind of the cars, and (b) that the time is limited during which cars can enter and leave the Park, the history and spirit of the event has always been that cars can enter and leave whenever they feel the time is right.
For example, the Lamborghini club often showed up around 1:00 PM, stayed for an hour or so and left again. Two or three years ago, Club Tropheo showed up for a short visit with about a dozen million dollar cars. I believe part of the attraction and success of this event is that people (attendees and visitors) can get a close-up experience of how cars look and sound when they move -- as opposed to having a static display or sales show.
In that spirit, it's more about letting things happen than organizing the event -- which couldn't happen without the much appreciated effort of volunteers showing up early and helping with traffic management and placing cars in the Park (again, see here for a rough layout).
Despite crappy weather (drizzles for most of the day, except from about 10:00 AM to noon), I consider the show a success with, I'm guessing, about 120-130 cars attending. Much credit goes to the French car guys, who showed up in great numbers, and, more importantly, brought some truly unique and exceptional cars (including a Peugeot 403 station wagon from Australia, a Citroen HY van, and a locally owned Bugatti Type 44). There was also a very interesting cross-section of classic and modern Italian cars and marques.
On the Alfa front, turnout of local cars was OK but not great in terms of quantity -- but the quality of the classic cars seemed to be pretty good. Regarding modern Alfas, there were two privately owned 4Cs, but I found it regretful that none of the local dealers bothered to show up with any of the new Giulias. Kudos certainly go to the two red Duettos and visitors attending from Oregon and California (one of them posted pictures in this thread). While I was able to greet them briefly on arrival, I was too busy dealing with CN Rail at the railroad crossing when they left -- else I would have taken more time to talk to them and thank them for visiting.
Visitor turnout was lower than usual, which I didn't mind all that much (except for the Hotdog and Ice Cream vendors who help support the event having lower sales numbers than usual), but the interest and knowledge of the visitors who attended seemed to be fairly high, supporting the spirit of this car show truly being a fairly hardcore "by car people for car people" get-together event without gimmicks or sales agendas being pushed.
My thanks go to all who attended, and especially to the volunteers who helped placing cars on the field and relieved me at the entrance gate.
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