Show Us Your Shop and Win Prizes

Do you have the coolest shop out there? Five photos and 300 words could win you up to $1600 in prizes.

The rules for our Show Us Your Shop contest are simple: Send us five high-resolution digital photos of your shop plus a 300-word description. (Obviously your cause will be helped by better photos and better words.) Contestants will be divided into three classes: small, large and commercial.

The winner of each class will receive prize packs worth a total retail value of $1600 from our contest partners: Eastwood, CRC Industries and Race Ramps.

Prizes include:
• An Eastwood welding package valued at approximately $600. It includes an Eastwood 175-amp MIG welder, professional welding cart and welding helmet.
• A prize pack from CRC Industries full of various products valued at $500 total.
•A $500 gift certificate to be used toward any Race Ramps equipment.

For more information on prizes and how to enter, go to our Show Us Your Shop contest page.

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Toebra
Toebra HalfDork
9/19/17 11:49 a.m.

Is it sad that I know whose garage that is?

RevRico
RevRico UltraDork
9/19/17 12:00 p.m.

Any tips for sending 5 high resolution picture via gmail? I can never fit more than 2 or 3 pictures into a single email. 

Otherwise, I'm going to enter, once I decide the best way to shoot it. A big box of CRC stuff is intriguing. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
9/19/17 12:06 p.m.
Toebra said:

Is it sad that I know whose garage that is?

Not at all. I've been envying his shop for years.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
9/19/17 12:07 p.m.
RevRico said:

Any tips for sending 5 high resolution picture via gmail? I can never fit more than 2 or 3 pictures into a single email. 

Otherwise, I'm going to enter, once I decide the best way to shoot it. A big box of CRC stuff is intriguing. 

Multiple emails will work. Just note in your first one that you'll be sending another email with a couple more photos.

GTXVette
GTXVette Dork
9/19/17 12:30 p.m.

That is a Beauty, And I will enter, heck another $ 40,000 And I could look  that good. don't know if It would make me Happier though...............................well OK yea it would.

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
9/19/17 1:22 p.m.

Can we ban Jack Olsen from entering, to give the rest of us a chance? lol...

pinchvalve
pinchvalve MegaDork
9/19/17 1:48 p.m.

It's so messy in there right now, I'm embarrassed.  Too many projects going on, let me sweep up an move a few things and I'll send a better photo.  I am standing at the table in the center, probably don't want me in the shot either! 

mazdeuce
mazdeuce MegaDork
9/19/17 2:00 p.m.

The annual "make us feel guilty that our garages are too messy to photograph" contest. I love this. 

grover
grover Reader
9/19/17 2:34 p.m.
RevRico said:

Any tips for sending 5 high resolution picture via gmail? I can never fit more than 2 or 3 pictures into a single email. 

Otherwise, I'm going to enter, once I decide the best way to shoot it. A big box of CRC stuff is intriguing. 

send a dropbox link? Gmail has a 5mb attachment limit. 

fasted58
fasted58 MegaDork
9/19/17 2:53 p.m.
mazdeuce said:

The annual "make us feel guilty that our garages are too messy to photograph" contest. I love this. 

That would be me as well.

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UltraDork
9/19/17 2:55 p.m.

Im thinking about submitting pictures of my horribly messy garage hoping they will take pity on me and give me stuff that will help organize my garage!

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
9/19/17 3:12 p.m.
grover wrote:
RevRico said:

Any tips for sending 5 high resolution picture via gmail? I can never fit more than 2 or 3 pictures into a single email. 

Otherwise, I'm going to enter, once I decide the best way to shoot it. A big box of CRC stuff is intriguing. 

send a dropbox link? Gmail has a 5mb attachment limit. 

That totally works, too. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
9/19/17 3:15 p.m.
irish44j said:

Can we ban Jack Olsen from entering, to give the rest of us a chance? lol...

Yeah, just give him a lifetime achievement award and retire him from competition.

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
9/19/17 3:20 p.m.

In reply to pinchvalve :

I'm available to help clean things up.  I can start with the large items....devil

In other news, I'm suddenly turning very, very green....cheeky

Stefan
Stefan MegaDork
9/19/17 3:23 p.m.
fasted58 said:
mazdeuce said:

The annual "make us feel guilty that our garages are too messy to photograph" contest. I love this. 

That would be me as well.

I see it as the annual "OMG I need to clean this pigsty up so I can even think about taking a picture" contest.

Followed by the "Well, E36 M3, there's all the crap I've been looking for...."

JackOlsen
JackOlsen New Reader
9/19/17 3:35 p.m.
GTXVette wrote:

That is a Beauty, And I will enter, heck another $ 40,000 And I could look  that good. don't know if It would make me Happier though...............................well OK yea it would.

If you look my place up, you'll see that I put this place together with very little money ($3,500) -- but a lot of sweat. 

JackOlsen
JackOlsen New Reader
9/19/17 3:36 p.m.
irish44j wrote:

Can we ban Jack Olsen from entering, to give the rest of us a chance? lol...I'm 

I'll volunteer.  I was very grateful to win my category last time around, but I won't be entering this time.  Good luck to everybody.

fasted58
fasted58 MegaDork
9/19/17 3:41 p.m.

If there's a 'most cluttered' prize, I'm in. wink

TheRX7Project
TheRX7Project New Reader
9/19/17 8:13 p.m.

What's a garage? crying

ProDarwin
ProDarwin PowerDork
9/19/17 8:21 p.m.

Ooo.  Time to clean again.  Motivation!

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
9/19/17 8:33 p.m.
mazdeuce said:

The annual "make us feel guilty that our garages are too messy to photograph" contest. I love this. 

I've been moving stuff around and cleaning up mine all night just because I saw that picture of Jack's.....dammit.

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
9/19/17 8:37 p.m.
JackOlsen said:
irish44j wrote:

Can we ban Jack Olsen from entering, to give the rest of us a chance? lol...I'm 

I'll volunteer.  I was very grateful to win my category last time around, but I won't be entering this time.  Good luck to everybody.

A female friend of mine was asking why I was cleaning my garage tonight (again). I told her "because of Jack Olsen." She was like "who is that?" So I linked your thread on GJ, and she said "why doens't your garage look like that?"

I replied "well, mine has an old Porsche in it too [1988 924S, with faded paint], does that count?"

She said "I suppose so, but Jack's Porsche is way nicer, and he's a silver fox to boot..."

At that point, I went back to cleaning my garage and stopped talking to her.

 

minivan_racer
minivan_racer UberDork
9/19/17 8:58 p.m.

Not much to see in mine.  Someone broke in 2 weeks ago and took everything but the cars and had started to pull parts off of those.  I guess I could send pics of the aftermath lol.

 

Edit:  after reading this it seems to be way darker than intended.

The0retical
The0retical SuperDork
9/19/17 10:09 p.m.

Guess I better go pick up some pallet racking to organize everything.

That generally amounts to me going to the scrap yard and oohing and ahhing over machine tools I don't have space for though. I'm told he just got a couple Cincinnati milling machines in from a defunct shop...

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
9/19/17 10:31 p.m.

ok, just did a quick cleanup and sent pics and 299 words. Sure would be nice if I was a pro photographer with great lighting :)

daeman
daeman Dork
9/20/17 3:41 a.m.

Well this may be appropriately timed, I was just out in the garage contemplating a tidy, rearrange and making a new work bench amongst other things...

The fact that the deadline is a couple of months away might even spur me into actually doing more than just contemplating. 

BoostedBrandon
BoostedBrandon Dork
9/20/17 6:48 a.m.

I just bought a house, and a wicked awesome two car garage that needs TONS of work.

Now to get to work cleaning up the previous owner's mess :-/

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltraDork
9/20/17 6:57 a.m.

Can I get like a 2 month extension?  I'm not done putting it together yet cheeky

Andy Neuman
Andy Neuman Dork
9/20/17 8:29 a.m.

I'll have to clean mine up and get some better lighting. Not sure which category mine will qualify 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
9/20/17 8:32 a.m.

In reply to irish44j :

Nice! 

noddaz
noddaz SuperDork
9/20/17 10:06 a.m.

I would have to find my shop to send a picture.

How about a picture with the door closed?  That way I won't give away any racing secrets.   Yeah..  That's the ticket.  Can't give away secrets.

java230
java230 SuperDork
9/20/17 10:15 a.m.

Is it sad my garage has exactly zero cars in it?

Devilsolsi
Devilsolsi Reader
9/20/17 11:08 a.m.

Can I submit a picture of the parking spot in front of my townhouse?

tomtomgt356
tomtomgt356 Reader
9/20/17 11:21 a.m.

When will the decision be made? If its near Halloween then my cluttered, spider infested basement might have a chance.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
9/20/17 11:27 a.m.

In reply to tomtomgt356 :

The deadline to enter is December 15, 2017.

DjGreggieP
DjGreggieP Reader
9/27/17 9:40 a.m.

Perfectly timed. I just spent last week putting a tarp on the roof and cleaning garbage out of my garage. Still needs a lot of work and organizing to be done, but this is the motivation I need.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
9/27/17 10:30 a.m.

In reply to DjGreggieP :

Glad we could help! laugh

Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett MegaDork
9/27/17 11:37 a.m.

In reply to Ed Higginbotham :

Can we have a contest for the worst/messiest shop sometime, and maybe the grand prize could be an intervention?

 

Zoldier
Zoldier New Reader
10/15/17 6:43 p.m.

Work in progress. Lets see how much I can get done before the deadline. :) 

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Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
10/16/17 9:59 a.m.

In reply to Zoldier :

Nice!

RossD
RossD MegaDork
10/16/17 10:02 a.m.

I don't think I'll have my oak cabinets or my gas fireplace installed by the deadline. I'll just have to wait until the next shop show and tell. wink

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
10/16/17 10:06 a.m.

In reply to RossD :

Wow. I can't wait to see that.

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson MegaDork
10/16/17 12:05 p.m.

To save others the bother I'm submitting the loosing entry.  I have the normal two car suburban garage.  It's not normally this bad.  The 'off season' car is normally in there for whatever work is needed, but the Volvo is outside right now as the Porsche had to go to the body shop after someone backed into me in a parking lot.  Then we parked the camper and the sail boat in front of it and junk started accumulating faster then I tidied it up.  Then (I'm great at this excuse E36 M3 ain't I?)  I had to repair the fence in the rear yard and started down the rabbit hole of other yard work.  Then then then then......

 

I've been formulating some low budget plans and will be starting a Garage build thread over the winter.  I just happened to snap these pics yesterday while doing other things as I looked and realized it's never been this bad.

 

So here we have a panoramic in the raw, as it is, total mess that I'm embarrassed about, but not so embarrassed that I wont share with you all.  At least it will act as a shameful starting point to get me motivated.

 

And this is what's blocking me from getting a car back in.

Apexcarver
Apexcarver PowerDork
10/16/17 12:44 p.m.
Pete Gossett said:

In reply to Ed Higginbotham :

Can we have a contest for the worst/messiest shop sometime, and maybe the grand prize could be an intervention?

 

Yeah, I have a decent sized shop and could be in for an intervention...

 

I need to finalize design, get lumber, and build some shelving.

mazdeuce
mazdeuce MegaDork
10/16/17 2:13 p.m.
Ed Higginbotham said:

In reply to tomtomgt356 :

The deadline to enter is December 15, 2017.

Thanks for reminding us of the later date. If I can get the floor painted I migh be able to enter this year. I still kind of want to wait for next year when I have more done. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
10/16/17 3:26 p.m.

In reply to mazdeuce :

Hey, no rules against entering two years in a row.

yupididit
yupididit Dork
10/16/17 8:09 p.m.

I went from a huge 3 car garage to a tiny 2 car garage  (really a 1.5 car garage). 

coexist
coexist Reader
10/19/17 9:53 a.m.
Skervey
Skervey HalfDork
10/27/17 10:41 a.m.

Any word on when this wil be decided? Really hopeful I hit on some empathy with my current setup!

 

Plus I always love looking at how people have there shops set up, trying to get an idea for the one day when I get a garage/shop space.

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