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Yes, American Car Shows Are This Bad

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There are lots of wonderful car shows in the United States of America. Also, there are wonderful American car-themed shows outside of the country. But let this be a reminder that, yes, we do have shows that are as outstandingly, wonderfully bad as this.


You’re touring Motorama at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, and your guide is Pennsylvania’s own Regular Car Reviews. Nobody is more prepared to go through this. RCR has grown up with this. RCR has lived this. RCR is based deep in Pontiac Country, and is here with dispatches from the field.

Again, this is not representative of all car shows in America, but go to one and you will see, beside the tastefully modified old BMW, a 2010 Camaro with Lambo doors and angel eye headlights absolutely bursting with joy and enthusiasm. Lifted trucks will go on parade. Somebody will still have those dolls. The crying dolls. Why, god?

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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The crying child dolls appeared on the car show scene 25-30 years ago. The story behind them, as I understand it to be, is that the kids are crying because their inheritance has been spent on the show car. Therefore the kids are crying.

Their are clubs that discourage displaying these dolls at shows by subtracting points during judging.

On more than one occasion, I have been tempted to punt one of these things.