Sponsored by Classic Cover, the heart of the show is the three judged competitions to find the best classic cars in the country
Top Scoring Car Overall 2021
Clubs can enter a team or more of two cars and they are judged for the coveted Intermarque Concours d'Elegance shield and the prestige of hosting the next event
Judged to the same rules as the Teams Event, this competition is for clubs who wish to enter single cars
This event is to find the best over 35 year old unrestored car. More originality and age points are available than the other competitions
There are two entry stages for Clubs to participate in the Ellerslie Classic Car Show
Stage 1 is to secure a site by entering your club in the Club Display (judged or non judged), Teams Event, Masters Class, Survivors Class and Rust Alley display of the Ellerslie Classic Car Show on Sunday 13 February 2022. This should be completed as soon as possible to secure a good site and before 10 December 2021. Space is limited and sites will be allocated by the Organising Committee with early entries being given preference
Stage 2 is for details of your club's entries in the Teams Event, Masters Class or Survivors Class of the Ellerslie Classic Car Show on Sunday 13 February 2022 (Stage 2 Entry is not required for Club Display, judged or non judged, or Rust Alley). This can be completed now if you have full details of your entries but must be back to the Organising Committee by 10 December 2021
Judging for the Teams Event, Masters Class and Survivors Class to the highest standard is carried out by a team of independent judges from the Thoroughbred And Classic Car Owners Club (TACCOC).
PRELIMINARY JUDGING - TEAMS EVENT
Preliminary judging may be required if the number of team entries exceeds six.
FINAL JUDGING - TEAMS, MASTERS CLASS AND SURVIVORS CLASS EVENTS
For Teams and Masters Class events, Cars must be at least 5 years old. Cars for the Survivors Class must be at least 35 years old.
Judging is carried out in eleven categories, each with their own judge or judges. Cars are evaluated as follows to a maximum points award in each category.
YOUR CLUB CAN WIN!
It is apparent to the organisers of the event that many of the clubs that regularly display cars on the day are not entering a team in Concours because they don't feel that their cars are up to the standard required, are not sure about preparing cars for the event or don't think their club would have the resources to host the next years event. It can be seen from the standard of cars on club displays that many are good enough to take out prizes in the Teams, Masters or Survivors competitions and clubs don't need to be large to host the event because other clubs and service organisations are always willing to help. And the payout for winning is a substantial boost for club funds - in the last few years it has been around $8,000
A GUIDE TO PREPARING CARS
Plan ahead. Appoint someone to manage your team well in advance of the event.
Cars don't need to be fresh restorations, or new, just very clean and original.
Don't expect the car's owner to do all the work alone. What owners would decline having their club clean their car? A very ordinary car can be transformed by 'many hands' in a short time leading up to the event.
Pool the resources of all the useful trades-people on your membership. Seek advice on cleaners, solvents, paints, etc. Get the car up on jack stands or better still a hoist; wheels off and remove all the easy bits.
Make a list of willing club members and roster them to work in groups in evenings and weekends, e.g. give four a wheel arch each. When you think it's clean, swap them around and they'll do what the first person missed. If you can get both cars together under one roof it can become a good social event.
Many people think its crazy, but concourses are won with cotton buds and toothbrushes. That pay-out your club gets from the Intermarque Concours will more than cover the cost of some cleaning supplies. Attention to detail is essential. You must clean everything, everywhere, right down to inside the tail pipe!
Worn or unoriginal parts, tool kits, documentation and handbooks can be swapped, stolen or borrowed from other cars. Have the clubs 'old hands' check originality.
Start with a water blaster, steam cleaner or a trip to "Washworld" (take your own ramps) and save a lot of labour on degreasing the engine and underside.
If you can't clean it then paint it or plate it. Touch up bombs and paint pencils are essential. Use plenty of newspaper and masking tape.
If you can't hide a defect at least make it spotlessly clean. You'll lose fewer points. Wax, dress and detail everything, but not the pedal rubbers or anything else that could compromise safety!