Simplified "Soft" Judging Format
We use the simplified format for our events for many reasons. Time is a giant factor, some of our shows or shows we are judging for have 100's of cars, being limited to short time frames ,keeping consistant accurrate judging is a must . Rather than have vehicles technically competeing against each other , really the vehicle is up against a point system not another vehicle. All contestants start out with the same amount of points, those points are either kept or lost based on the vehicles condition, craftmanship and detail. Workmanship, Detail,Craftmanship,Cleanliness,Condition. Stock or Modification based on the class they are in or have opted to be in is another factor. In other words... contestant can insist to be in a stock class, but points will be deducted for modifications found while judging. We know from the point of entry when we class your car where it will perform best ... you may insist to be a stock vehicle but you clearly have 3 mods or more.. this would potentially hurt your score... However if you opt for modified class your car would likely score higher.
Remember we are still extremely thourough..... though we are not completely number matching , we are looking over the entire vehicle and 5 to 6 specifically targeted elements of the vehicle . Using the simplified format helps in being able to incorporate all makes models and years with limited judges and limited time.. we can offer more classes to incorporate everyone , both stock and mod vehicle classes and more awards can be given.. we certainly don't want to take awards home!
Though many of our judges are qualified to do Concours Judging and we are certainly NOT oppossed to it, it is NOT often that car show event holders wish to do this type of judging format for single day shows.. However there has been single vehicle make & model shows that have concours shows on occassion.
Numerous local organizations sponsor 'Concours' events; traditionally vehicle judging at a Concours d'Elegance is much more demanding than that of a neighborhood or general automobile show. Trained judges examine the vehicle thoroughly and in its entirety. They rate each and every component. Only those vehicles that are judged perfect (or very nearly so) in every way, are considered eligible for trophy class.
Often the competitiveness of a Concours d'Elegance forces restoration of a vehicle to surpass 'mint' condition. Mint condition would be the state of the vehicle when it originally left the factory. Concours-quality cars often are given upholstery, paint, plating, and mechanical restoration to a standard far exceeding that of the car when it was new.
Concours d'Elegance competitions also are run for classic cars. Here, the emphasis is as much on originality as the condition, although this also is very important. The general aim is to present a vehicle that is in the same, or better, condition than it was in when it left the production line. Unless original, modifications are not allowed, and components must be suitable for the year and model of the automobile. Even components or features fitted to automobiles of the same type, but in a different production year or trim level, are not allowed. Original-equipment-accessories from the manufacturers own range are allowed and some competitions allow after-market equipment and accessories, provided they are of the correct period. On top of this, automobiles must be presented in flawless visual condition, as with other Concours-grade cars.
Often Concours d'Elegance quality automobiles are not driven, except for short distances from their trailers to the show fields. They are not intended to be used as daily drivers and often, are not seen outside of museums or private collections. Even after driving only the short distance to the show field, the car is 'staged'—errant bits of dirt or pebbles removed from the tire treads, bits of grass or mud wiped from the under-carriage. The vehicle is maintained constantly and dusted frequently to keep an absolutely flawless appearance while on display.