Attending Car Shows
We can make the argument that attending car shows is healthy on both a socialization and being outside aspect, but we wont go there (we heard enough of that from our parents when we were kids). Instead we'll make the argument on two fronts. The people & the cars.
Since there is a dedicated 'PBC: People Behind the Cars' section on this site, I wont get into specifics and I will spare you the details. In short, supercharging the amount of people you meet in a short time frame and the condensed conversation serves as the mother of all lessons when getting to know the supercar world. You start noticing that everyone knows everyone else. Through the conversations you learn what it takes to buy these cars and the myths (specifically associated with the highest end cars) are put to rest or confirmed. If you've ever Googled a phrase starting with 'How to..' and ending with 'Buy Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren....' or 'Get a dream job..' or 'fix a ____ on my car' then Car Shows are the place for you. All the owners are a library rich with knowledge and experience and EVERYONE, literally everyone, is more than happy to have a good conversation and impart some wisdom (if you were born post 1990 and are reading this...people be dropping knowledge son, so take notes; school's in session!). Additionally, while talking to the owners you start to learn more about other events such as "Cars & Coffee" where you can see the cars on a less formal but more regular basis. You may also be told about / start getting invited to track days where you can see the cars in their element and maybe even go for ride alongs or quick drives.
Now, as Salomondrin (personally the YouTube car enthusiast I can most relate with and enjoy watching) would always put it..LETS TALK ABOUT CARS YO (I hope I'm not infringing on any copyrights here):
The cars are insane! You see cars featured in films, models with less than 100 units made, or some restored cars that leave you breathless. Every car has a story too! How the person came to own it, previous owners, restoration process, difficulties bringing it to the country...etc etc. The biggest reason for me is seeing the particular cars that decorated my bedroom walls as a child. A picture of an orange Lamborghini Miura with a gray backdrop greeted me every morning when I woke up as it was on my bedroom ceiling. The one photographed at the bottom was the first Miura I had ever seen. Let me tell you, that 3rd dimension between a picture and real life makes ALL the difference. Better yet though, aside from just seeing your childhood dream cars, you get to hear them, you get to experience what almost all car enthusiasts say makes a car feel alive, its sound! After having a great conversation with the owner he started it up, gave it a good rev and punctuated the event with a hilarious honk at the end! He knew how much that car meant to us and wanted to give us a good first time experience of the car.
There are countless and more important reasons to attend car shows (I must mention that a lot of them are for good causes benefiting medical research or human aid) but in the light hearted context of this site, I will restrain it to meeting the cool people and seeing the cool cars. Being able to say I've seen X Y or Z to me is always a smiling point and I hope after reading this, you attend a car show!