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Here it is The Saturday nite poll.

This week:

When judging at a participant Judging Car show, what is it that makes you vote for a particular car? Or, what appeals to you most.

Mine.

I look for quality of restoration or preservation. I also look for originality. If all things equal, I then go on personal preference.

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The quality of restoration and cleanliness are the two things I notice. Right away you can tell when time and precision have gone into a car. After that, I judge a car based on its originality and/or its tastefullness.
 

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For me the first thing is cleanliness. If the car isn't clean, even if is the best car in the class, I may not vote for it. I have voted for cars in some participant vote shows solely on the number of bugs in the radiator. If you don't take the time to clean out the radiator, the car isn't clean.

Tied for first is presentation. If I see a car in a participant vote daily driver class that obviously isn't daily driven, I won't vote for it either. It has to be obvious though, detailed undercarriage, no rock chips. It isn't hard to figure out if the car is daily driven or not.

My second criteria is a combo of cleanliness and presentation. If there are multiple cars in the class, and one does not have the hood up, I won't vote for it. Even if it has the most beautiful paint job in the world. If there are two cars in the class and one has the hood and trunk open and a so-so engine compartment and the other doesn't, I'll vote for the car with the hood up becuase I assume that if the hood is down, it is filthy, or the owner would have it up.

Worksmanship is third. It must be tasteful and well done. If it is gaudy, I probably won't like it.

Fourth is a competition thing. If a car is obviously the best car in the class, and the next two cars are no where near the first place car, but are somewhat even, I will sometimes vote for the 2nd place car to even out the spread a little. If everyone voted for the best car, how would you figure out 2nd and 3rd besides the owners vote?

Just my opinions.
 
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I look for details. Is the engine compartment clean? Is the glass spotless? If someone has paid attention to details he/she has spent a lot of time trying to get things just right, using all the right parts, the correct colors... I too feel if everything is equal, personal preferance. I do have a peeve though... Recently my car was judged(I prefer to keep it under wraps as I don't like too much attention) & everyone had told my" Those outside mirrors are incorrect/aftermarket". My car is an un-restored '65. Much to my satisfaction an MCA judge went through his books & said not only are they original, they were the only ones he's seen! I now try not to judge people on originality unless I know for a fact their parts aren't, except for modified classes.
 

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I look for a number of things..but tops on my list is cleanliness..cleaning is the cheapest thing an owner can do, it just requires lots of effort..you would be surprised at the number of terrific cars I see that have filty engine compartments..I never vote for dirt
 

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I think for me, it depends on . . . .


How much I'm wanting to drive it!!!/forums/images/icons/laugh.gif


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For me it is a combination of craftsmanship/quality, combined with overall care and effort. It also has to be tasteful.
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I expect it to be clean, but I really like to see tasteful resto-mods. Fuel injection, 5 speeds, 4 wheel disc's...all properly done...in my book, there is nothing better!
 

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The first things I look for is cleanliness and quality of the work done on the car. I always give preference to cars that show off the engine and the trunk over others that are closed up. Even if the engine isn't perfectly clean but it shows a real attempt on the owner's part to clean it I will vote for it over a very nice car that has a closed hood. I try not to vote for originality over modified when they're in the same class, but that usually doesn't work as it's the originals that draw my eye.

I also never, never, never vote for a car with one of those stupid dolls leaning on the bumper!
 

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Attention to detail - the few extra little things that the owner went to the extra trouble to make right (but didn't have to) - including cleaning.
 

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originality with quality of work a close second cleanliness 3rd because some people like myself have to drive 50 to 150 miles to a show. If the person has aftermarket parts on there car in a non modified class then he hasn't worked as hard in my book. If a person is missing any of the three they will lose anyway. To rate them from 100%, originality 42%,workmanship 38%, cleanliness 20%, That's if the car has no glaring defects.
 

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The first thing I look at is the wing and quarter window frames (on cars that have them). I just have seen so many beautiful cars with pitted frames. I realize that it's not the easiest task to remove, rechrome and replace them, but it just destroys the looks and after all that time and expense, I can't imagine not restoring them.

Of course, I usually only go to local area shows. If it was a bigger show, I probably wouldn't see that. It just disappoints me.

Like others have said, cleanliness, workmanship and sometimes originality are prime considerations.
 

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1. a model of the car in the same color sceme as the real car sitting on the air cleaner. extra points for a mirror under the hood.
2. a large and not particularly cute stuffed animal in the drivers seat.
3. a 4 by 8 sheet of white painted plywood covered with pictures of the car taken over the last 20 years. extra points for a large percentage of pictures being of other cars and non ford cars.
This is usually the president of the club or his wifes car.
Me cynical???
 
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I go for the quality of the restoration. I also look to see if the car has been "bastardized" (body kits, lowered too far, toooo many mods, etc.). I also like to see cars that are restored by the owner. I don't like to talk to a person if they don't know a thing about it (since they had all of the work done for them).
 

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I like a clean, original example, with extra note on the original. If it's modified, even a little, thats fine. but don't show in an original class. Mark
 
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