Judges reveal how to win at a Concours d’Elegance


What does it take to win at a Concours d’Elegance? Is it as simple as showing up with a clean car, or is there secret black art to securing a trophy?

To find out, we ask concours judges what they look for on the show field so you can win best in class at your next concours.

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essjatee New Reader
1/26/23 6:50 p.m.

This video was very informative, and I appreciate the effort to educate us neofytes, as to how we should approach a Concours event. Firstly, I totally enjoy the competition- and the participants, whoever they are. My experience is sometimes you are in the wrong class for your car. I'd love to know who decides- I never will. Should the top be up- or down. No one ever will give you a straight answer. Just give it your best, and have a good time.

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
1/27/23 9:12 a.m.

In reply to essjatee :

Glad you liked the video, I know I learned quite a bit too. I hear you on the convertible, I'd probably spend hours looking at the car with the top up and the top down.

In the end, I think you have the right frame of mind: "Just give it your best, and have a good time." I think if you stick with that, the judges will take note.

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