If the event sponsor doesn't specify a 'host hotel', or if attendees do not stay there, then the event sponsor has no responsibility (which was my understanding of the Hot Rod Power Tour)... Just because they charge an arm and a leg to participate doesn't mean they carry any *responsibility*?? Isn't that what their registration papers state?
This is just my opinion of *most* event sponsors these days... NOT what I think the situation should be! They want you to sign waivers for any/every thing disclaiming any responsibility for *anything* (other than collecting the larger and larger fees!)...
'55, '56, '57 Nomads North Alabama area Gary
This unfortunate event raises the potential for some juicy fake news headlines, such as:"GM Cars Easiest to Steal?""Only GM Cars Worth Stealing""Want Your Hot Rod To Be Theft Proof? Get a Ford or Mopar".
As has been previously stated, if they want it bad enough they will get it. All we can do is limit the exposure and carry good insurance. The insurance thing I have covered, but there is no way I am going to keep my car at home for fear of theft. When I'm at an overnight event, I park where I can see my car from my 1st floor room. I have a fuel shut-off valve hidden under the hood. I crank the wheel all the way in one direction then install one of those cheesy steering wheel clubs. Can it still be stolen? Absolutely. Will it break my heart? Sure. But I have so many fond memories made traveling with my 1962 Corvette that I wouldn't have if I left it sit at home.
I built my 56 to drive. It's been on the road since September and has about 8,000 miles on it. My wife and I have been taking trips in it, not just to car shows. When we check in to a hotel/motel, I try to park it where I can see it, and as close to our room as I can get it. I have a club I put on it, and set other security stuff.........and pray. I agree with Mike.....I'm not going to sacrifice enjoying my car because of the possibility of theft, but I'd sure be pissed if it was stolen. Rust free tri-fives are getting harder and harder to find.
Sometimes the simplest things work to make stealing a car harder, or even impossible.
A thief wants to get in and out and breaking a window takes time and makes noise they don't want. They just want to hook up and go right now. If you can, park head in as close as possible to a curb or a tree and then turn the wheel hard to the side opposite to the curb/tree with a The Club attached. Makes it almost impossible to drag it out backwards. If they take time trying to get it started then removing the coil wire when you park it will slow them down considerably and use up time they don't want to waste.
Then there's THIS, a way to use an old Android phone placed in your car as a detector that will send an alert to your current phone when an attempt to move your car is made.
Of course, there are GPS trackers that allow you to track where your car is, or is going. But you want to stop the theft, not track it after it happens and the car's a hundred miles away.
When in danger, when in doubt.
Run in circles, scream and shout.
The Charlotte hotel power tour car theft has been going on for years. A friend of mine has a friend that had his truck and car trailer with his 55 stolen about 8 years ago. Another friend of mine that parked his 57 Ford in a hotel lot (high end hotel chain) had it stolen. I went to a Marriott years ago and parked overnight for the NSRA show in York Pa and although it was parked under the overhang out front...it was a nerve racking night with no sleep as my Python alarm kept going off with people coming by and looking in.
And you thought jewelry was bling!
I had a near theft one year at the 4x4 nationals in Indianapolis. Went to bed on Saturday night around mid night, with my 1990 GMC show truck out front and locked up. Come out at 5 am and find the door of my show truck wide open and a hell of a mess inside the truck. They evidently slim jimmed the door open and since it was a stick they may not have known how to drive it. So instead the rummaged through every piece of paper in the glove box and items in the center console and left them all over the inside of the truck. probably looking for guns, money or drugs, none of which I keep in the vehicles. Truck bed was also locked with a hard tonneau cover so they couldn't get anything in the bed either.
I was quite PO'ed, but thankfully it was still there and just a mess to clean up.