Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
10/18/18 12:26 p.m.

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Story by Tim Suddard • Photography by the author unless otherwise credited

At their core, concours events are acts of rebellion. Think about it: row after row of decades-old machinery gleaming in defiance of the passage of time, as vibrant and manicured as the showfield grass underneath their treated tires. Where other cars succumb to entropy and the elements, these cars fight back. The goal is to make each machine as clean, correct and complete as it can be.

We’ve taken on this challenge with our Mini Cooper S project. After a full restoration in the Classic Motorsports shop, the car did well on its first concours outing. It received Gold Status at the Winter Park Concours, meaning it earned 98 points or more out of a possible 100.

That wasn’t our only concours experience. We’ve taken home awards from Amelia Island, and we’ve been on the other side of the process as judges at Pinehurst, Hilton Head and, yes, even Amelia Island.

We have built some losers as well, we admit, but we’re always learning from our mistakes. Here are 13 easy, inexpensive tips for concours success.

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skutney New Reader
1/24/19 12:11 p.m.

I like that first line, "concours events are acts of rebellion."

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