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Old 07-14-2007, 08:47 PM
Brian Martin,Freelance adviser
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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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