Does anybody have any resources regarding showing your car? I know that there are thousands of shows every year and I'm sure there are tons of sites out there, but does anybody have any information regarding the judging and/or what they look at exactly when being judged. I'd like to show my car soon and would love to learn more about it...
This could get extremely lengthy but basically they are looking for a car that is correct. If you have a stang coded for a six cylinder and have a 302 sitting in a 65, that of course is not the correct engine- major deduct. Detail to the decals on the engine, correct floor mat in trunk, correct wheels for that year model, etc. I have seen 6 cyl. stangs show down a k code clean stang because of detail. I think you have the pics of my k code stang and I have shown it only twice- won both. But, winning is not everything. You will meet some great folks that are more than willing to help you. Enter your car and learn- it's fun.
Go ahead and get hold of an MCA Gold Judge handbook for your year and type, they're available on the MCA website. That will tell you the standard that they are judging against...if you're going concourse
Thanks, but I think my car is too far gone to be concourse... Okay, I know that there is no such thing as "too far gone" but this is a daily driven car. It was just painted and has really nice pony interior; it was also just re-carpeted. We already looked up the colors, and I have the wrong pain, carpet and interior. I'd have to get rid of my holley carb, put the right dash, take off the glass packs, and remove everything else in the car...
I really think I'm going to go into the mod class. One day when I'm older (I'm only 18), I'll get another car and put it up in the garage and make it a perfefct concourse car. I think I'm going to keep this as my daily driven car for now... :)
Thanks though, I may still get the handbook to get ideas on things to keep my car "looking" all-original (as it kinda does now... :) )
Originally posted by tang350 Go ahead and get hold of an MCA Gold Judge handbook for your year and type, they're available on the MCA website. That will tell you the standard that they are judging against...if you're going concourse
Car Shows with daily drivers mixed with garage and show queens may seem depressing to compete but it really is not. The purpose of shows is to have fun, be with other Ford Owners, and maybe learn a few things to make your car a little better. I show my daily driver 1986 Mustang SVO at alot of shows in CA as not only a competitor but as a State and Chapter Director of SVO Owners Association and a group called FOMOCO Performance. You should enter the car in an all Ford Show that includes a basic outline of the point system in judging which nobody follows. The judges should be the participants with certain officers of the car club sponsoring the event selecting best of show, engine, or paint.
In my Chapter we have the day before the show set aside for detailing cars for the show where all club members pitch in on each others cars.
I don't do shows much, I always get depressed when I think of the dirt and rust and bugs my car has, but those trailer queens don't ever see 100 mph at the track either. I'm not cutting on the show guys, they are striving for what I consider the impossible. It gets really fun when people start getting points taken off because their paint is too good! I personally would not be able to resist the urge to run my car around town, so I do a street setup. I don't worry if I have a painted bolt where its suppost to be cadnium (I cant even spell it) or that my hood stripes and engine compartment are gloss black instead of the flat/low gloss they are suppost to be. The important thing is to have fun with it and don't worry about bringing home the trophies!:D
PS is it just me or are we getting smiled out of control!
There's more than one class of judged cars. There's trailered concours, coucours driven, trailered modified, modified driven, occasionally driven, driven daily, etc. Each show has classes advertized and there is a class for almost any car state. Within limits, you choose the class you enter.
Let's jump right on to daily driven. This class can be any car that is driven frequently...undercarriages of daily drivers are not judged areas, open hood and open trunk are discouraged in this class (although one can open the hood and trunk and it does influence judges...you don't have to, and you won't get a deduct for not opening them), minor dings and scratches are not judged, etc. What judges look for in this class is general condition, character of maintenance, attention to safety, appeal, etc. Yes, you get a lot of deducts in this class but so do others competing in it. The fact is, if you enter enough shows, attend show and shines, and just be a good neighbor, club member, or whatever, you will win a trophy. My '98 V6 absolutely stock car has won two firsts for just being clean (and having a nice set of wheels and tires on it). I entered it only because my classic was not ready to be shown. You just never know what will happen until you try.
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