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So, you now know what you have to do in order to make your car look clean and fresh for the judges. But everyone wants to know what you actually DO to your car to end up in the winning circle.

Well, that's sort of the universal question that know one can really answer. Basically NO MATTER WHAT..always build your car to what makes you happy. Don't ever let what someone else says or thinks about your vehicle, ruin your impression on showing it. There are some people who have a bone stock vehicle and they enter them in the shows just to be around other enthusiasts...while other people spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to get their vehicle noticed and in the winners circle. It doesn't mean you do have to spend lots of money to win, but you DO have to be unique and original.

Being a judge at different shows, I can tell you what I have looked for, and what my other fellow judges have looked for as well. Now it's up to you to take this advice or not. Just remember...do your own thing, and do what makes you happy, and who cares what others think. <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

Okay, when myself or other judges have looked ata car, the first thing we try to notice is the cleanliness of it. Is it washed? Is it waxed? Are there 200 miles worth of bugs spattered all over the front of the vehicle? etc...
- Make sure your car is as clean as possible. Take along a small cleaning kit to do some last minute touch ups upon arriving at the show, and throughout the day.

Next we try to get as much information as we can about the car. The usual make and year and all that. But we also like to see what has been done to the vehicle. Alot of times, people get a special little plaque made up. It will be a poster size plaque that states what exactly has been done to the vehicle, any previous awards won, previous magazine coverages, and maybe a couple of small pictures. Either leave this plaque leaning up against the car somewhere, or have it strategically placed inside the vehicle where everyone can see.
- Not only will this help the judges a little, but it will help alot of spectators when they view your car. You won't get bum rushed with tons of questions about what kind of turbo or paint you have. <img src=icon_smile_blush.gif border=0 align=middle>

Next we look at the display. Some people like to have a wild and crazy display around their vehicle with lights, and stuffed animals, and other props. This is fully up to you..although if you do go with a real large set up, make sure someone is around your car at all times, or else you may come back to a few missing toys! <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle> If you're showing where it's dark (i.e... H.I.N.), it may be nice to have a few lighted props on around your vehicle as well.
- I personally and as well as some judges have always liked it when a competitor parks their vehicle on either a hard flooring or carpeted flooring of some kind. It gives the vehicle a more cleaner look, and if the judge wants to see what's underneath the car, he won't have to get down in the dirt. The only draw back to this is that if you have a real low car and you want to go for that "Down In The Weeds" look, a flooring of some kind will hinder that look.

Some people will swear that the more they have on their car, the better it'll be. Again, this is fully up to the person that competes, but I will tell you that 75% of judges out there all agree on the same thing....LESS IS MORE! Try and balance out your car so that everything is all within reason. Like for example, don't have a TON of stuff done to the engine, but then nothing done to the interior or exterior. Or vice versa. Try and mix it up a little, and don't go overboard with all the little trinkets and gadgets. It'll only distract the judges from what you really want them to see and judge on. Same goes with stickers. Alot of people swear by them, (*cough* RICERS *cough*). Just make sure it has a clean look.

In conclusion...alot of people may enter show after show and never win anything. Don't get discouraged. Just because you didn't get a 10 foor trophy doesn't mean your car is bad. Look at the cars that DID win, and find out what made their car win over yours. Talk to the owners and see what they have done. Alot of people will sometimes have a photo album of the build up of their cars, and you can see how they started, and where they went from stock form. Rome wasn't built in a day, and if you expect to go right out there and win a show right off the bat, then you're going to end up disappointed. Sometimes it takes people to enter 2 or 3 or more shows before they even win. Others are real lucky and are able to win upon their first time. <b>THE MAIN THING</b> to remember is to go out and JUST HAVE FUN. Winning isn't everything..but being there with friends, and enjoying the day is.

Good luck to everyone, and I'll see ya on the show fields........<img src=icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle>
 

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This is all very useful info, would you mind if I used it on my webpage I am building giving you all the credit of course?

2001 Tiburon
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Sure...knock yourself out man! <img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

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<img src=/images/forums/snitz/thumbup.gif width=25 height=18 border=0>Uhhh did any show you ever judge at have a budget section where a car has to be done up for under $100?...just kidding, I'd like to enter but I cant afford it...<img src=/images/forums/snitz/cry.gif width=16 height=16 border=0>


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