|This seems to be the root of the problem. People are always asking the judges to consider the excuses the car no longer looks that way. Its an old car, Its got a lot of miles, Its my daily driver, Its a much better car with a 5 speed or a 2 liter, and I dont have the money to restore it, all are legitimate reasons a car looks different than it did on day one. But if a judge considered these reasons it would make the process even more subjective than it already is. One of the goals of this type of event is to get people to preserve a car in its original condition so that we have examples to look at years down the road.
It helps going into the event realizing that you probably wont get 100 points. Now you do the best with what youve got. Wash and wax is the easy part. Whats depressing is losing by one or two points because of some little item that would have taken five minutes to fix. Steam clean the undercarriage, then take a can of flat black paint and spray areas that are rusty, chipped, or faded. Get rid of water spots in areas you dont think about like door jams, wheel wells, engine bay, or the underside of the hood. Make sure all the wax is removed from the car especially around emblems. Almost everyone I know has lost out on a trophy because a taillight or turn signal did not function. Remember that the devil is in the detail. When the car is ready, have someone else look it over. Its easy to get so focused that you miss an obvious item.
When you get to the show and the judges are ready for your car, dont welcome them with excuses why the car is not ready! Judges are human and sometimes miss things you see as obvious, so dont point it out. If you are asked a question about authenticity, be truthful. I would never take off points unless I know for sure something is out of place, but dont tell me your 1967 GTV came stock with a CD player. Like everything else in life, honesty is the best policy.
In the end, go into this competition knowing that it is very subjective and that all judges are different. Also remember that no matter what shape your car is in, there will be a lot of spectators wishing they had a car like yours.
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