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Do Not Judge Lest You Be Judged
Aug 2, 2010 | Views: 518
- Spending the weekend at car shows
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I've been to three "judged" events this year, two with the Studebaker and one with the T-Bird. The one with the T-Bird I didn't even stay to see who won because the show ran for 7 hours (too long), had only one trophy to award, and I would've been disappointed if I had won it because of the caliber of several of the other entries.
As for the two events I attended with my Studebaker, the results really raised my eyebrows.
At one show, the Studebaker was entered in an "orphans" category for obvious reasons. But the car that won was a Chrysler! That's right, a Chrysler in the "orphans" category, apparently because it was a Crossfire and Chrysler doesn't make Crossfires anymore. I guess, based on that definition, 75 percent of the cars in the show should've been in that category, but the owner of the car gets to choose the category in which his or her car is to be judged. And I suspect the owner of the Crossfire knew there wouldn't be much competition in the "orphans" category (wait until all the Plymouth, Pontiac and Oldsmobile owners figure that out), and he wanted his trophy.
At the other judged show in which I took my Studebaker, I knew I was in trouble when a friend of mine came up to me and announced he was chosen to judge the Studebaker class. He's a diehard hotrodder, and there's no way he would ever choose a stock six-cylinder car to win anything. Sure enough, he chose the Hawk with the blower sticking through the hood (personally, I think the original '63 Avanti should've won, but that's beside the point). When he came up to me to announce he had been chosen to be a judge, he told me he would probably choose that Hawk before seeing all the Studebakers, and I never even saw him get closer than 30 feet to my car to determine his decision.
Am I mad at my friend? Heck, no! That's because I understand him. I know he is a hotrodder through-and-through. I think even if he had some kind of super car, he'd still be looking for a way to tweak it and get some part of the engine to stick thorugh the hood. That's his way and how he enjoys cars. And he's a nice guy.
The way I figure it, he's volunteering his time so he should be able to choose whatever car he wants to be the winner. If I don't like it, I should volunteer to be a judge next year (which I probably won't because I seldom get to the same show two years in a row). Likewise, the other guy (and I don't know who he was) that chose a Chrysler as the best "orphan," well, that's his perogative since he agreed to take the time to judge the cars at that show,
I came away from the show where my friend helped judge without any plastic statues, but I had an excellent time. I saw a lot of great cars, trucks and motorcycles, and enjoyed visiting with several car and biker friends I ran into there. And I've been able to prolong my pleasure by posting pictures of that show on Motortopia and read and discuss comments with my Motortopia friends.
One of the things they did at the one show which I thought was an excellent idea, was instead of awarding second and third place awards, they chose some of the better cars that didn't win to receive "Outstanding In Class" awards (I did get one of those). I thought that was an excellent idea as it gives the car owner some prestige without having to be the first or second loser.
I recognize the importance of scoring points to help determine the historical accuracy of antique cars. But most shows are not judged by "historians;" they're judged by average guys not much different from me, and we're going to have some limits to our historical knowledge. And how do you score points on a car that's been customized or hotrodded? That's going to be almost purely subjective.
So, I guess the moral of my story is don't get too caught up in the judging and trophy thing. It's more important to enjoy yourself. If it's the judging part you enjoy most, then start contacting some car show organizers and offer yourself as a judge. Most of these events are always needing more help. But be aware, as my friend said, whenever you're a judge, you're going to probably make somebody mad. That's because a lot of people get caught up in the judging and trophy thing.
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