Typical Concours d'Elegance standard rules

A Concours d'Elegance event is usually a “level of merit” program, based on objective criteria. Motorcycles are judged systematically against these objective standards, and not against each other. That is, there is not a “1st, 2nd, and 3rd place” style ranking in the Concours d’Elegance event. All motorcycles entered can win awards commensurate with their condition. Each should strive to be in superb original condition or authentically restored to a condition that correctly replicates the appearance of the machine when it was on the dealer’s showroom floor.
There are usually three levels of awards based on the number of points attained with minimum scores required to attain each level.
80 to 89 Points: Entry Level
90 to 97 Points: Intermediate Level
98 to 100 Points: Exquisite Level


The judging programs are typically “Concours” type using the 100-point system. Each motorcycle entered for judging will start with 100 points, and will be judged in 20 distinct areas, called “considerations”, which are set forth on the judging form. Deductions will be made for each deficiency noted in each area of consideration. Usually a maximum deduction of 5 points may be taken in each area of consideration but can be as little as 1/2 point deductions. Most consideration deductions are based on a "correct" representation for the year of the unit on display.
There are two judging classes: Original and Restored, and with no overlap between the classes.


The standard for Original Class:
Each entrant shall be the strictest possible adherence to, and maintenance of, the original condition of the motorcycle. To be judged in the Original Class, the motorcycle must be completely original and correct for the year; allowable exceptions shall be tires, which must be of the correct size, and match the original tread pattern as closely as possible plus maintenance items such as spark plugs, points, cables, etc.
Original bikes are expected to have minor nicks and scratches associated with normal usage. This criteria may also be interrelated to the age of the unit and mileage.
Original bikes are expected to be clean. Points will be deducted for visible dirt or corrosion, or other signs of long-term neglect that should have been noted and removed. Cleaning and polishing bright work is normally permitted and expected, but limited to the present condition of the bike as presented. However, repainting or re-plating will not be allowed. The finish or condition of parts added to an Original bike should show the same degree of wear/weathering as the rest of the motorcycle. For example, a badly rusted out muffler may be replaced with a similar original part with less deterioration, but not an NOS or new reproduction unit. In short, an individual motorcycle entered in the Original Class all parts being correct for the year, genuine OEM parts including replacement parts. Aftermarket parts are also permitted as long as they are "Period" for that year.


The standard for the Restored Class:
Authenticity. The goal of a good restoration is to replicate, as authentically as possible, the appearance of the motorcycle as it was on the dealer’s showroom floor. This includes color of paint, condition of the bright work, and overall level of workmanship.
A restored motorcycle may be painted any authentic color in which the bike was available from the manufacturer in the year in which it was produced.
 All restored motorcycles should exhibit the “showroom fresh” look of a new machine. The fact that a bike may be an older restoration does not count for anything. Chipped or dull paint or deteriorated plating will be scored accordingly. Further, any high-visibility damage (e.g., dented tanks, fenders, headlights) can be grounds for disqualification. The only exception is exhaust pipe bluing/yellowing, which can occur on a fresh restoration as well as an older one.
Parts and other items of equipment that are no longer obtainable (such as mufflers) may be substituted with accurately reproduced parts that emulate the factory originals. Concours d'Elegance events do not support “over restoration,” (e.g,, highly polished carburetor bodies or engine crankcase covers where the original finish was rough or matte, high-gloss urethane or clear-coated paint presenting an unnaturally high level of brightness unless that finish was supplied on the bike as new).


General: But my vary from event to event
All motorcycles submitted for judging must run, irrespective of class. Entrants must demonstrate to the judge that the bike can be started prior to a judging form being created for that bike. Motorcycles entered in either class are expected to be clean and properly maintained. In the case of a bike that was ridden to the event, it should only show signs of that one journey. With all but the most stringent events, period accessories, such as luggage racks and crash bars will not add to or subtract from an entrant’s score, unless they detract from the authenticity of the machine as it represents the year and model. Judges will accept factory printed proof (such as sales brochures) of authenticity.
Normally a copy of the completed judging form will be provided to the owner at the conclusion of the judging. Entrants should understand that the point deductions and the comments relating thereto are not to be considered criticism, but rather guidance as to what needs to be done to the bike in order for it to win an award or to progress to the next award level. The intent of the Concours d’Elegance program is not to degrade anyone’s bike, but rather to acknowledge those motorcycles which best represent their preserved or restored showroom condition, and to preserve them for the admiration of future generations.

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