Our Judging System

NOTE: Official Contact Information for sending your suggestions for improvements of this system are listed in a blue bar at the BOTTOM of this page.

Since 2018, We have had our own unique Car Show Judging System.

This judging system is specifically designed to make judging a car show simpler and overall faster for judges to score all vehicles, by rating specific components on each vehicle on a scale of 1 to 5 per component.


You will find out how this currently works below, either by watching the video, or by continuing to read on under the video.


We are always looking for ways to improve this system.


If you wish to help perfect the system, or adjust the scoring to make even more sense, there is contact information at the bottom of this page for the designer & developer of the system.

How does it work? Watch this video, or continue reading below.

(This video shows the version that was tested and used at the 2018 Finley Show & Shine, Some aspects of this may have changed since then)

The following was last updated on the 21st, March, 2018 - The version seen below is exactly the same as the one used at the Finley Show & Shine 2018.


How does it work?

It's quite simple really, The entrant gives their vehicle's details, and is handed a sticker for either their windshield or headlight. The Sticker will contain both their unique Entry Number, and a Category Letter. (Example: 67-B).

The Entry Number is Unique to the vehicle, the Letter is what category the vehicle is in, Examples: A=Modern. B=1990's. C=1980's. D=1970's. And so on. These are completely customisable to whatever categories are selected before the Show & Shine.

Lets go through the 10-Step Judging process:

Part 1: Selecting the Entry

Step 1:

This one's an easy one.

The Judge enters the number seen on the vehicles sticker.

Step 2:

This one's another easy one.

The Judge selects the type of entry that he/she is judging.

(For the following, it's going to be assumed that we have selected "Car")

Step 3:

This one's another easy one.

The Judge selects the letter that is listed on the vehicles entry sticker.

(There's one for every trophy category)

Part 2: The Judging Process

In an attempt to make this as simple and effective as possible, Specific Items are each given a score from 1 to 5, where 1 is pretty bad, and 5 is showroom quality or better.

Step 4:

The judge looks at the quality of the paintwork of the vehicle, taking into account if the paint is faded, has cracks, chips, swirling, bubbling, etc.

The more faded/cracked/chipped etc. the paint is, the lower the score the paint gets.

After looking at the quality and condition of the paint, the judge selects a score between 1 and 5, where 1 is bad, and 5 is showroom quality.

Step 5:

The judge looks at the quality of the Panels & Chrome of the vehicle, taking into account if the panels are dented, misaligned, rusty, damaged, etc.

The more damaged the panels & chromework is, the lower the score the body gets.

After looking at the quality and condition of the body, the judge selects a score between 1 and 5, where 1 is bad, and 5 is showroom quality.

Step 6:

The judge looks at the quality of the lights and windows of the vehicle, taking into account if the windows or lights are scratched, cloudy, cracked, chipped, etc.

The more damaged the lights & windows are, the lower the score the glass gets.

After looking at the quality and condition of the glass, the judge selects a score between 1 and 5, where 1 is bad, and 5 is showroom quality.

Step 7:

The judge looks at the quality of the wheels & tyres of the vehicle, taking into account if the wheels & tyres are damaged, rusty, scratched, cracked, worn, etc.

The more damaged or wear the wheels & tyres have, the lower the score the wheels & tyres get.

After looking at the quality and condition of the wheels & tyres, the judge selects a score between 1 and 5, where 1 is bad, and 5 is showroom quality.

Step 8:

The judge looks through the windows at the quality of the Seats, Floor, Door Cards, Upholstery of the vehicle, taking into account if they are damaged, torn, scratched, cracked, worn etc.

The more damaged or worn the interior, the lower the score the interior gets.

After looking at the quality and condition of the interior, the judge selects a score between 1 and 5, where 1 is bad, and 5 is showroom quality.

Step 9:

The judge looks through the windows at the quality of the dashboard & instruments of the vehicle, taking into account their condition.

The more damaged the dash & dials, the lower the score they get.

After looking at the quality and condition of the dash & dials, the judge selects a score between 1 and 5, where 1 is bad, and 5 is showroom quality.

Up to this point, the best score a vehicle can have is 30 points total.

However, pretty much all just-finished restorations will get a perfect score of 30.

So, how do we even the scores between brand-new restos, and well-kept, un-restored classics?

That's what this final option is for:

Step 10:

This option is the "Equaliser" - It's job is to make the scores more even between Brand New Mods & Newly Finished Restorations, and Standard Stock cars that have never been restored.

As cars that have been recently restored often have brand new paint & glass etc. where as a classic that has never been restored may have slightly duller & more faded paint & glass etc. Then we use this to bring well kept, never restored cars into line score-wise with straight out of the resto shop cars.

The main idea, through early testing, with a well-kept un-restored 50's car, a daily-driver 90's car, and a brand new resto, we ended up with scores that were all around the 31 points mark. (31 being a perfect score for brand-new restos (5+5+5+5+5+5+1), and a score of (4+5+4+4+5+4 with 5 extra Stock Points) for the unmodified cars.

This does mean that the theoretical maximum score of Stock unmodified vehicles is 35 (In perfect showroom condition), where as Modified's & Brand-New Restos is only 31.

Note: The 2018 Finley Show & Shine showed us that there is a lot more almost perfect stock, unmodified & un-restored cars than we were expecting.

So the overall points allowed in "Step 10" will probably be reduced to 3 or only 2 in the future.

Part 3: Calculation & Winners

This is the easiest part of the lot. No manual calculation, no sorting through pages of scores. simply go back to the entry computer, all of the judging devices sent their scores back instantly as they were entered.

We simply sort the list by total calculated score, then sort it by category, and we end up with something like the image below:

NOTE: This image is from an early closed test of the system, and as such the scores shown are NOT from ANY actual show & shine. This is shown for example purposes only.

On the Left of this example you have the Entry Number, and on the Right, you have the Total Score.

Then from this point, we get the top score of each category, and look at the Entry Number, and get the winner by comparing the Entry Number with that in the Entry Spreadsheet.

The total process for this takes only the time for a person to say "Ok, the winner of the 1980's category is entry number 28. And entry 28 belongs to This person"


And that's it! That's the entire judging system available for you to see from start to finish.

Have Your Say!

Yes! We want your input and suggestions for improvement of this system!

Please, Email your improvement ideas & suggestions to the judging system developer at: daniel@djpctech.com

Your thoughts and ideas will help to improve this system for easier use and even better scoring!

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