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Judging Criteria & Classes

The Australian International Concours d’Elegance

Concours d’Elegance became popular in Europe during the early 1900s, when coachbuilders exhibited their latest creations at a time when beauty, style and elegance reigned supreme.  

The Australian International Concours d’Elegance follows the International Chief Judges Advisory Group (ICJAG) guidelines.  This worldwide group comprises a number of chief judges with a large range of international judging experience. Further details can be found on their website http://icjag.org/

Allowances in the guidelines have been permitted to suit our local conditions in Australia.    

There are a number of classes for cars and motorcycles available at Motorclassica. 

The Concours d’Elegance Class
Cars and bikes entered into the Concours d’Elegance will usually be divided into year or era classes.
Each car or bike begins the Class judging process with 100 points and using originality and authenticity as the basis, points or part-points are deducted as faults are perceived.
These are then compiled onto a comprehensive judging sheet with 20 main items to determine a class winner.
Two finalists in each class will receive a rosette on Saturday afternoon.

In the case of coach built cars it was not uncommon for cars to have major alterations or even be fitted with new bodies, as their original bodies became unserviceable. Coach-built pre-war cars with later bodies will be considered, but the judging team reserves the right to reward cars with original coach work.

The Speciality Classes
These classes represent a range of cars and bikes with a significant anniversary or milestone occurring on or around the year of the event. They are judged in their class using our standard Concours d’Elegance criteria with special attention given to the car or bike that has an interesting or special provenance or is an icon model of that era.


Best of Show
The Class Winners are listed onto the Best of Show judging sheet and our Honorary Judges then re-evaluate these class winners to determine our Best of Show. The criteria for this award is Elegance, combined with Rarity, Provenance and Street (eye) Appeal.

The Best of Show winner is elevated from its class win. That class award is subsequently presented to the next car in that class.

Restoration of the Year
A separate group of judges select a winner using their skills to determine the car that has been restored most accurately to its original specification.

This award winner is not accepted into the Best of Show judging unless it is also a Class Winner.

The Display Class
This class is for significant and unusual vehicles not commonly seen on public roads; they are normally in pristine condition and represent a cross section of early Australian motoring.

This class is not subject to the judging process and is not eligible for any award other than The People’s Choice Award.

Spirit of Motorclassica Award
This award is chosen by the Chief Judge and is given to a car or bike that best represents the overall theme and concept of Motorclassica as the premier Australia Classic Car Show.

This award winner is not accepted into the Best of Show judging.

People’s Choice Award
This award is taken from public votes cast at various stations around the exhibition centre and reflects the judgement of our fellow enthusiasts.

This award winner is not accepted into the Best of Show judging.


The Australian International Concours d’Elegance judges over 100 cars using around 60 judges. No two judges evaluate in an identical manner and each get the opportunity to scrutinise the engine compartment, boot and the interior including under the dashboard.

Therefore some results can appear contrary to the initial outward appearance of the vehicle.

With this is mind, the Chief Judge makes available an advisory service commencing from the Monday following Motorclassica. Owners may request a brief analysis of any deductions for the car or bike in order to assist with vehicle improvements and enhance competition experience in the future.

John A Virgo, Chief Judge.

In 2019 we will be celebrating the following classes: 

VINTAGE & VETERAN

PRE-WAR USA / AUSTRALIAN

PRE-WAR UK / EUROPEAN

POST-WAR CLASSIC USA /AUSTRALIAN

POST WAR CLASSIC UK /EUROPEAN

MODERN CLASSIC

MODERN CLASSIC (GT)

MODERN CLASSIC (SPORTS & PERFORMANCE)

PRESERVATION (CARS)

MOTORCYCLES

PRESERVATION (MOTORCYCLES)

THE IRON LADIES - 100 YEARS OF BENTLEY

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON - 100 YEARS OF ALVIS

JOUEUX ANNIVERSAIRE MON AMI - 100 YEARS OF CITROEN

HAYAI KURUMA - A CELEBRATION OF JAPANESE SPORTS CARS

THE STING IN THE TAIL - 70 YEARS OF ABARTH

GIANT SLAYERS - 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MINI 

Motorclassica 2019 Dates

Friday 11th October – 9am to 9pm

Saturday 12th October – 9am to 9pm

Sunday 13th October – 9am to 5pm

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