[concours] Judging Questions

Thanks! This is all I really wanted. However it begs another question.
Who’s the “expert” that decides what’s “original” and what’s not? Jaguar
is notorious for making running changes on the cars due to the famous
parts shortages which frequently occur during the production run. You
could conceiviebly have two cars of the same year and model, and yet
there would be numerous differences between the cars. With the many
differences the judges guide must be huge. Plus how do you decide if
the differences are due to owner “tinkering” or due to factory “grab any
old part that will work” to get the car out of here modifications?

What’s the point deduction for “polished” cam covers? Most of the folks
displaying their cars at events seem to have polished covers, yet that’s
not the way they came from the factory. (IMHO Polished looks better).

Lee

This brings up the perennial confusion of “original” vs. “authentic”.
The judging is based on authenticity, which is defined by the Jaguar
parts manuals and other official literature. The parts manuals are known
to be inaccurate in some cases, especially with regard to changeovers
to new types of parts. Most judges make allowances for these
inconsistencies, as long as the part is from the correct period.
Hoever, you can never go wrong by fitting a part that is specifically
listed in the parts manual for the range of serial numbers that
includes your car. It may not be original, but it is provably authentic.
Obviously, this violates at least one interpretation of “preservation
of the marque” – keeping the cars true to original. The current
sense, however, is that concours isn’t about making the car look like
it did when it left the factory, so much as making it look like the
designer intended (which is probably better than its delivery condition).

People sometimes trailer a new Jaguar to a concours, fresh off the
dealer’s showroom floor. They are often amazed at how many points
it loses. The factory and transit companies provide plenty of dirt,
and there can be bad paint, dings, etc. But at least it is hard to
fault it on authenticity!

The judge’s manual is not especially thick. It does not say anything
about what is authentic (except for wheels and tires). It just
provides a general list of car components and what the minimum
deduction is for any that aren’t authentic. For example, it says
that non-authentic items cut into the dash, hung under the instrument panel
or mounted in the interior result in a minimum deduction of 2 points each.
It doesn’t specify what they are – If you bolt a pair of fuzzy dice to
the headliner, that’s at least 2 points (or would it be 4?). Hanging them
from the rearview mirror isn’t a problem – since they aren’t really
attached to the car (there are no point deductions for poor taste).

Polishing the cam covers doesn’t result in a deduction. Neither does
leaving them unpolished but thoroughly clean and free of corrosion.
Painting cam covers that were not originally painted would result
in a deduction. In a sense, polishing is just cleaning taken to an
extreme. Also, Jaguar showed cars with polished cam covers, so it is
pretty reasonable to assume that the designer would have wanted it
that way. It certainly looks beautiful when it is done well.

Chip>Thanks! This is all I really wanted. However it begs another question.

Who’s the “expert” that decides what’s “original” and what’s not? Jaguar
is notorious for making running changes on the cars due to the famous
parts shortages which frequently occur during the production run. You
could conceiviebly have two cars of the same year and model, and yet
there would be numerous differences between the cars. With the many
differences the judges guide must be huge. Plus how do you decide if
the differences are due to owner “tinkering” or due to factory “grab any
old part that will work” to get the car out of here modifications?

What’s the point deduction for “polished” cam covers? Most of the folks
displaying their cars at events seem to have polished covers, yet that’s
not the way they came from the factory. (IMHO Polished looks better).

Lee

Thanks again.