As of October 2016, NAMGBR has suspended our Concours activity. The information is left here for reference.
Well, this is not a register and to a lot of enthusiasts the word “Concours” brings to mind glistening automobiles worth thousands of dollars on display behind barrier ropes at Pebble Beach. Brought in on trailers that more than likely cost more than the MG you or I drive every day. It has probably been years since these cars have been driven on the roads of North America. Let me assure you that NAMGBR concours judging is not to be compared with this style of “invitation only…concours d’elegance” car show.
Concours is an integral part of each annual convention. So important that its place on the show field is mandated by the Register’s convention guidelines. “Why?”, you ask. This may be the only opportunity many of our members may have to see an MG that is in the same condition (or as close as possible) as it was when it first left its “womb” in Abingdon. Many restorations have been assisted by photographs of “concours” MGs found on the show field. The correct colour, fitting, or routing of wiring can be found here in “concours”. Concours assists us in “maintaining the breed.
Over the years and with the assistance of many members, the Register has developed a standardized set of scoring sheets and guidelines. This ensures that a Midget judged on the East Coast has been scrutinized under the same standards as a Midget on the West Coast. Being an international Register, continuity between meets is important. Scoring is broken down into three categories; condition, originality, and technical inspection. Thus, a highly original example of an MGB with the patina of maturity can score as well as an overly restored MGB in which originality has been sacrificed. The “official” references should any question arise during judging are “The Original MGB” by Anders Clausager and “The Original Sprite and Midget” by Terry Horler. In order to ensure an unbiased selection of “Top Point MG”, cars are judged by teams made up of both NAMGBR “personnel” and local enthusiasts.
While members will never be forced to display their MG in concours at one of the Register’s conventions, we do periodically attempt to persuade participation in this aspect of the meet by members whose car we feel is an obvious candidate for this type of judging. Please consider this option should you be approached and accept the challenge. This is one way that you can give a little back to the Register and its membership.
Concours judging is a great way to find out what’s correct and what’s been modified on your car to get guidelines on how you can improve it. There is no pressure, no one will berate you for what the previous owner did, but this is where you can find out how to improve. That’s what has impressed many people after going through their first concours show. You walk away with a judging sheet that has your future restoration work prioritized.
The next time you attend the car show at a NAMGBR convention, please take time out to view the cars in concours competition. The efforts of our members whose cars are on display will be obvious and you WILL learn something about your MG!
To be eligible to participate in Concours judging, the exhibitor must be a current member in good standing of the North American MGB Register. Only MGs “recognized” by the NAMGBR (MGB – MGC – modern MG Midget – MG 1100/1300 – all variants thereof – and all “post-Abingdon” MGs) will be allowed to compete in Concours.
Judging of NAMGBR Concours focuses on three main areas
Judging Sheet A – Exterior Quality & Condition
The exterior of the car is judged for quality and fit of the body panels, bright work and paint. The top is also inspected whether it’s a roadster or hard top as is the boot for which the spare, tools, jack along with the drivers handbook. Finally there is a technical inspection of the car in which all elements must function during the judging and the car must be started and idle correctly.
Judging Sheet B – Engine Bay, Undercarriage and Interior Quality
The engine bay is judged for quality and condition for the engine block, intake/exhaust, radiator and hoses, engine bay paint and the wiring harness. The undercarriage is also inspected from front to back along with the wheels and tires. Finally the interior of the car is judged for its quality and condition.
Judging Sheet C – Originality
Originality is focused on how close the car remains in, or has been restored to it’s as it left the factory condition. This can also mean originality as the car could have left the factory. By way of an example, a car may have an overdrive gearbox fitted as long as it is the correct type for the year/model and matches something that could have been on the car from the factory or added as a dealer option. A review of the entire car is made for originality.