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Welcome to Automotive Showcase

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as_matt in Automotive Showcase
March 21, 2021, 4:23 p.m.

Tired of seeing broken links to images on forum build threads? Want more detail than a superficial Instagram snap? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Firstly, hello and welcome. My name is Matt and I’m obsessed with cars. Having grown up around motorsports and attending shows, it was inevitable that I would end up attending track days and owning a project car. For moderately sensible people, rebuilding a car would probably be a big enough challenge whilst working full-time. However, I seem to like making life difficult for myself so, at the same time, I decided to use my experience as a professional Software Engineer to create a web app to improve how car enthusiasts share their build threads. That app is Automotive Showcase. In this first post, rather than bore you with all the details, I want to take you through some of the questions that inspired me to create Automotive Showcase. I hope you enjoy using Automotive Showcase as much as I enjoyed making it. Let’s build a community - one build at a time! Matt @ Automotive Showcase Question: Why create a site for build threads when I could create one on a forum? Answer: Forums, whilst great for sharing knowledge, are now looking a little out-dated and use technology that isn’t tailored to multimedia posts. Therefore, it can be difficult as an author to create good-looking posts and as a reader to follow the story. The aim with Automotive Showcase was to create a platform for the 21st century, that makes it easy to document the progress of your build in a well-organised way and makes posts more pleasing to read with a simple but effective layout, designed specifically for build threads. Automotive Showcase also manages all the image uploads, so you should never be left with the broken links that have sadly destroyed lots of old forum threads. Question: Why should I create a build thread rather than a video or social media post? Answer: Social media posts allow you to quickly share a snapshot of your build or aspirational photo, but what you don’t see is the amount of time and effort that goes into achieving these results. On the other hand, whist videos are an engaging format, it can be difficult to search for important information and keep updated with future build progress. The intention behind Automotive Showcase was to provide an alternative that allows the progress of your build to be documented in detail and build up the story of how your project has evolved over time. There’s also something satisfying about bringing together your text and images to tell a story to the reader (or maybe that’s just me!). Question: Why create a platform for users to share their own builds? Shouldn’t articles be written by professionals? Answer: There will always be a place for professional media due to the wide audience and quality. Whilst features will always be an aspirational goal, there are only a select few who can achieve this. There are so many interesting builds out there that deserve to be shared and appreciated, but may never get this opportunity. Why wait for a professional feature when you can share your own build? Question: Why haven’t you limited Automotive Showcase to a build threads about a particular marque or model? Answer: Why are car communities segregated when we all share a common interest? Owners groups can be excellent places to find information about a particular car and to meet like-minded enthusiasts. On Automotive Showcase, you can therefore filter by the ‘tags’ you are interested in. However, I also think it is a good thing to be exposed to other groups of people car and to appreciate, respect and learn from the efforts other people put into their cars. You never know, we might see an increase in meticulously detailed track cars or high-performance show cars. Who says you can’t have it both ways?