The Club Concours, supported by Headley Insurance Services, was to take place as part of Mogfest at the British Motor Museum on 26th September. This has now been postponed to 2021. Bookings will be held over; contact concours officer for information.
Chris Bailey, Concours Secretary explains more:
I thought I’d try to encourage some additional concours participation, especially since some members think it’s a bit of a dark art. Additionally, not all 10 Club trophies were presented last year and I consider that rather a pity when there were cars in the car park which would definitely not have looked out of place in the competition and could well have taken a class win.
It could well be that the mere suggestion of concours conjures up visions of super shiny engines and perfect paint finishes to you. However, I believe there are very few fully dedicated concours Morgan owners within the MSCC as we enjoy driving and touring in our cars too much. The majority of Mog owners do take pride in their car though and enjoy having it well presented. This makes sense when so many people will offer admiring glances and want to take a good look at your pride and joy. As a result the MSCC Concours competition is biased towards the Pride of Ownership (PoO) classes. Perhaps we should rename the competition but I’m not sure anyone would volunteer to be the PoO Secretary!
This all means that the MSCC concours judges are basically looking for the cleanest, best presented car. If you’ve shown a little more pride of ownership (the clue is in the name) then you’ll get more marks than someone who hasn’t. It really is as simple as that. There are no points lost for stone chips or marked seats but if a competitor has touched up the stone chips or cleaned the seats then they’ll get more marks. That is where the competitive element lies; who has taken more time, made a greater effort and taken more pride. Some owners may take it very seriously and perhaps even take their seats out to clean them, and underneath (or perhaps it just helps their OCD) but they’ve made more effort and therefore deserve to get higher points.
Furthermore, to give everyone a chance, previous class winners have a handicap of their class winning margin from the previous year’s competition (unless they were the only car in the class) or move to the Masterclass section. You never know in advance, who, if anyone, will also be competing in your class.
Cars less than 2 years old also have to enter the Masterclass section of the competition. This is for the serious competitor where the only difference from PoO is that the underside of the car is also judged. The winner of this section is the MSCC Concours Champion.
A number of people commented at MOG19 that it was a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere around the concours competition with people willing to chat and give advice. So, do you fancy having a go? No previous experience necessary! The entry details are on the website but also feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions. I would also like to hear from any experience judges or members willing to learn and assist in the competition judging.
See the advertisement in Miscellany for more details of Mogfest due to take place at Walton Hall Hotel & Spa and the British Motor Museum, Gaydon in 2021. The official accommodation/event packages represent great value and the full event programme includes the Annual Dinner on Saturday evening when the Concours trophies will be presented.
MSCC Concours Secretary