I went to a clean culture car show yesterday in East Rutherford, NJ at the Metlife Stadium. It was such a mess. Some cool people and a handful of nice rides, but very dangerous for spectators and extremely disorganized. I was shocked by how poorly the event was put together, especially for the magnitude of people that showed up.
The spectator entry fee was $25.00 and in my opinion, that was a bit steep for the type of event it was. If they had a stage, event DJ with a speaker set up and scheduled performers, I could see how that price would be an even value and exchange (And if they did have a stage, I sure as hell didn’t see it unless it was way in the distance near the corral of speaker induced vehicles.). Amidst the pockets of mary jane and hookah smoke in the air, were vehicles in sound wars. You’d have stereo systems next to each other playing different music loudly and causing audio chaos with no synchronicity in sight. This issue could have partially been solved with a stage and event DJ, but the length of the car show would not carry that sound all the way across, so an additional solution would have to be devised. Vehicles were also running up and down the walkways during show hours doing burnouts and fast accelerations. Luckily, there were no injuries from children or people getting hit by any of the reckless drivers (at least while I was present). The walkway to the first row of vehicles and vendors was blocked off by a vendor in the second row. This was a mistake that shouldn’t have been allowed either, as it reduced the % of all the spectators going down that row. If I was a vendor, I wouldn’t have allowed that.
Some cars could not even be looked at because the vehicle owners set up camp directly in front of the rides. Some of which had a large nest of crew member obstructions. This is another area where rules should have been made clear to keep the owners and crews either behind or to the side of the rides while giving enough space for the paying spectators to view what was on display. And as I continue down the list of mess-ups, you’d think that this was perhaps a 1st-time group of people throwing a show, but that is not the case, they have done many and should have never failed this hard.
While the show was going on they were still allowing vehicles to enter into the show area, which is a big no-no. If you have ever entered into a professional show before, there is a cut off time where vehicles can come in and it is always before the show is open to the public. This is done for safety and also liability purposes via event insurance. In this specific issue, 2 parties are to blame for not being aware, both Clean Culture’s staff and the Metlife Stadium employees. I arrived 3 hours after the event started, for those wondering if perhaps it was just mere minutes after the show opened to the public that vehicles were still coming into the show area. That was not the case here.
Overall, there is so much that should have been the standard but was not, and it has made me think differently of the brand named Clean Culture.
Fortunately, there were some really nice vehicle owners at the event and some rides that grabbed my attention. Some car clubs parked in style and in line too. The video in this post is the footage I captured. I decided not to record next to the sound baths for the sake of not annoying any of the Dimension144 viewers.
I only captured a few photos, the event really didn’t get me in the mood to do any more than I did. Here they are,
Background Image From Karen Vardazaryan