There’s a certain amount of non-verbal communication that goes on when gearheads get together for a local show. And sometimes the non-verbal part is all you get. Lots of guys just don’t talk much.
If the owner is sprawled in a lawn chair, there maybe might be an exchange of nods, or even a conversation that goes something like this:
And it’s on to the next car.
It’s this level of conversation that makes it so easy to attend a similar show in another country, one where people speak a language you don’t. The language of grunts and nods is universal.
On a recent trip to Spain, we stumbled across the Auto Retro show in Barcelona. It’s a giant of an event, encompassing everything from new models to dealer displays of their entire inventory. But what really caught our eye was a closed off street in front of the main exhibition hall, where local club members were showing off their classic rides. We nodded and smiled our way through, speaking the universal language.