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06-07-2008 05:45 AM
Originally Posted by MARTINSR
You guys realize this is almost a year old! Thanks so much for the comments though and we can keep this going.

OOOPS! Jerry
06-06-2008 10:37 PM
MARTINSR You guys realize this is almost a year old! Thanks so much for the comments though and we can keep this going.

06-06-2008 08:27 PM
classicautoresto Glad you had a great time Brian. It sounds like you were able to make a good judge. IMO a good judge can take his most hated car that was ever built in his eyes and give it a good score if it is deserving. I always had that view and unfortunately small town politics and the "who you know" is the reason I no longer judge around here. My father and I were both judges (always on different teams) for a few years until the above mentioned problems took over. It sad too, because I really enjoyed it. Jerry
06-06-2008 02:47 PM
judging a car show

I went with my girls father to a show last year with his 46 lincoln continental convertable and his 60 lincoln convertable- a car he has owned since 1963. She wanted to enter the 60 to be judged so he entered the 46 also-won
2nd prize with the 46 - said it was the first time he ever won anything in 73
years- it made his day- week- month. Just a note to say how much your
efforts mean to someone. thanks for being there- whereever the show was
your efforts were sure to have made someone as happy!!
07-15-2007 11:06 PM
MARTINSR It was a lot harder than I thought, yet most of the time it was easy. You know, it was like you could look at one square foot of the car and know what the rest looks like, does that make sense? As you walk up, in a few seconds you know what you are going to give the car. But then you look deeper and deeper to only confirm that. It was pretty neat. The only thing I didn't like was that there were some super special cars that weren't well detailed or "show cars" or anything but deserved a higher mark than I could give it. An example was an unrestored 36 Ford fire truck, awsome piece. And a 50ish Powerwagon "Forestry" truck. That darn thing was super cool, it looked like you could go fight a fire right now with it. It was well painted and detailed, for a "fire truck". But it sure as heck couldn't go nose to nose toes to toes with some of the street rods there. What we did was give out special awards for it and a few others.

07-15-2007 10:22 PM
schnitz Last year at the LDF show (up in cboy's neck of the woods) I got to "participant judge". Couldn't judge your own entries' class, and like you said, it was very hard to choose between what you liked and what you typically walk right past. Seen some nice ones in Iola (but most of the really catchy ones for me were in the car corral), and I hope to make it to a couple more shows. It's gotta be cool, though, to be one of the 5 judges. Too bad on the "no pics". I got plenty, and will post up after I get up tomorrow.

In a while, Chet.
07-15-2007 06:43 AM
Chevrolet4x4s I think ther used the charger 500 back glass cause it set flush and didnt greate the pocket of bad air.
07-14-2007 08:47 PM
Today for the first time I judged a car show.

A week or so ago my boss was called to see if she knew anyone who wanted to judge a local car show that the chamber of commerce and a local club had been putting on for a number of years.

I had never done this and really didn't have a clue exactly how they go about it. This is just a local down home show with about 60, no big boy national event so I guess I was qualified.

It was awsome, I really had a good time. It was a LOT more work than I thought though. It took about 5 hours of walking and getting down on the ground and stuff. We had five judges, we were simply asked to rate each car 1-5 with one being the worse and five being the best.

The catagories where kinda strange with the 20's the 30's that sort of thing. Then some broken up a little more like 60-64 and 65-70. What was strange where things like judging a 64 Vette then a 65 and they were in two classes! Being they are basically the same car, I thought that was kinda funky. But, I was just there to judge cars, not the system.

All five of us were pretty close on most every car, that was nice. I usually don't look very close at cars at shows, just walk along with a soda or hot dog in my hand gazing if you get the drift. But today, it really was about "judging" them. Don't get me wrong, when a car catches my eye, I like to climb all over it trying to see if it will live up to my first impression (it usually does). But today, every car, even late model (almost new) cars got the once over. It really was a blast.

There were a number of REALLY nice cars. I reserve the very best for the VERY best and being that, only two got a 5 from me. One was a 32 Ford coupe street rod that was a "big boy" kinda show car, but a few miles on it. The other was an absolutely stunning 56 Vette. I fought and fought to make it the best of show (it won it's class but tied with two other cars in other classes as the high points car). This guy did it him self in the garage, frame off, and rubbing on every single square mm of that car. He had PASSION to make this car as good or better (it was better) than new. I am miles from a Vette specialist so a concourse Vette guy may have picked it apart, I don't know. But it was absolutely stunning in the detail department.

I was amazed at just how clean these cars were. There were a number of fours. One favorite was a husband and wife, both with cars! His was a SUPER correct Daytona Superbird like this one..

I learned a lot from the people, this SuperBird for instance had the original STEEL nose. I had always assumed they were fiberglass or something. And the back window, it was from some other car and required the back of the roof to be modified. Anyone know what window the thing used?

His wifes car was a friggin 63ish Valiant like this one!

They both were VERY nice cars, both earning a four from me. The Superbird came in first in it's class with the Valiant making third (no trophy ) Though her Valiant was a VERY high 4 in my mind, it was REAL close to a 5, SUPERB car!

Can you imagine what it must look like with these two cars in the garage!

I forgot my camera, my wife brought it to me and then it all ended so soon after I was done judging and the cars were driving out, I didn't take a single photo!

Anyway, a bunch of super nice people and super nice cars. It was kinda sad seeing all the people leave with VERY nice cars without a trophy, some were VERY close, but just a little off wining. For the most part, I thought it was very fair.

If you show your car, don't be discouraged if you don't win something, and for goodness sakes don't be mad at the judges. It is pretty hard to pick the best out of a bunch of REAL nice cars.


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