What is a Concours Car?

In simplest terms, a concours car is a vehicle that is in the same, or better, condition than it was in when it left the production line.

In LESS simplest terms...

While a concours car may be easily described in simplest terms, a more detailed look into individual Concours competitions is a bit trickier.

Every competition has it’s own unique vision and incorporates the automobile classes, judges and set of guidelines.

Often, the competitiveness of a Concours d’Elegance forces restoration of a vehicle to surpass “mint” condition. Mint condition would be the state of the vehicle when it originally left the factory. Concours-quality cars are often given upholstery, paint, plating, and mechanical restoration to a standard far exceeding that of the car when it was new.

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Originality and Condition

Concours d’Elegance competitions’ emphasis is as much on originality as the condition, although this also is very important.

Entrant automobiles are prestigious with historical interest, and must be presented in flawless visual condition, as with other Concours-grade cars.

What about replacing Parts?  

Unless original, modifications are not allowed. Components must be suitable for the year and model of the automobile. Even components or features fitted to automobiles of the same type, but in a different production year or trim level, are not allowed.

Need a lugnut? You’re not going to find it at AutoZone.

You Can Drive Them, But Would You?

Often, Concours d’Elegance quality automobiles are not driven, except for short distances from their trailers to the show fields. They are not intended to be used as daily drivers and often are not seen outside of museums or private collections. Even after driving only the short distance to the show field, the car is ‘staged’—errant bits of dirt or pebbles removed from the tire treads, and bits of grass or mud wiped from the under-carriage. The vehicle is maintained constantly and dusted frequently to keep a flawless appearance while on display.

These are not cars that you will be seeing at a Wendy’s Drive-thru.

2019 Classes

The number of classes is generally determined by the size of the show. Each class consists of between 5-10 cars. This may seem like small classes, but the class judges need 15-20 minutes per car to check off all the requirements for each entrant, along with the originality, authenticity, and condition of each.
The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance follows a list of general classes, but also creates classes unique to our show. As we wrangle the best of the best automobiles for our competition, our class list evolves. So check back often as we are continually updating our 2019 Class list.

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Judges and Classes

Judging

Concours judging is more demanding than that of a neighborhood or general automobile show.

Trained judges examine the vehicle thoroughly. They rate each and every component. Only those vehicles that are judged perfect (or very nearly so) in every way are considered eligible for trophy class.

Often, the competitiveness of a Concours d’Elegance forces restoration of a vehicle to surpass “mint” condition. Mint condition would be the state of the vehicle when it originally left the factory. Concours-quality cars are often given upholstery, paint, plating, and mechanical restoration to a standard far exceeding that of the car when it was new.

The purpose of the judging is to promote the preservation of the automobiles. Even over-restoration is discouraged.

  • Each car starts with a perfect score of 100 and deductions are made when appropriate.
  • All cars must be driven onto the snowfield and be fully operational.
  • Deductions may be taken for non start, wrong engine type, out of period or altered frame
  • The judges do NOT touch the cars. Owners or representatives demonstrate all functioning components from doors, trunk lids and lights; to horns, radios and a/c. The only exception would be for a judge to sit in the car to fully evaluate the interior.

And the list goes on and on.

To achieve a consistency in the highest standards for competition, the Atlanta Concours d’ Elegance has adopted the International Chief Judge Advisory Group guidelines.

Our 2019 Atlanta Concours is proud to have the Founder and Chairman of the ICJAG, Ed Gilbertson participating in our event. As part of his long and impressive career he has been Chief Judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Palm Beach Cavallino Classic and  Ferrari Club of America.

As a representative of ICJAG, Ed is holding a training class a this years Atlanta Concours. The ICJAG provides volunteer advice and assistance to concours organizers and chief judges interested in serious class judging for originality and authenticity. Such judging promotes proper preservation and correct restoration for the benefit of future generations.

Find the most up to date list of:

Judges and Classes

If you think you have a Concours competition car and would like to enter it in the 2019  Atlanta Concours d’Elegance; you can find an application:

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