Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 4, 2010
Photos By: The Mustang Monthly Archives

Meeting of the Minds
For communication and discussion of the judging rules, classes, and consistency, the Mustang Club of America invites its judges to an annual meeting of the minds. In 2009, the get-together was held at Bob Perkins' restoration shop and museum in Wisconsin, a site that attracted a larger than usual gathering, no doubt due to Bob's collection of low-mileage Mustangs and rare parts. He's also a long-time originality expert, successful show competitor, former MCA Head Judge, and current MCA Tech Advisor, not to mention the author of Mustang Monthly's popular "Resto Roundup" column.

Instead of a round-table discussion like previous judges meetings, Jeff Speegle, long-time concours judges and current MCA Assistant National Head Judge for Shelbys, presided over the meeting in a seminar format, aided by Perkins and MCA National Head Judge Charles Turner. There were also hands-on sessions for the nearly 50 attendees, including an inspection of a '69 Mach 1 undercarriage, an alternator and driveshaft mini-seminar by Jack Brooks from Dead Nuts On, and a judging session on a couple of rental cars to stress consistency in judging standards.

"We've got a lot of judges who are scared to deduct points," Turner says, "and to be honest, that's part of the consistency problem. One recent example is a car in California that got a Gold at its first four shows, then got a Silver at the fifth. In the owner's mind, that's a problem. We're trying to fix those types of inconsistencies."

While the judges meeting proved helpful for those in attendance, Speegle realizes more needs to be done. "We'll need some follow-through because we've only touched a small group of people. At every judged show this year, we're going to have a short seminar explaining a standardized way of applying the rules."

Turner adds, "Owners should come to a show with an open mind and realize that the object of the judges is to give them constructive feedback to help them make a better car. We want them to do better next time. There's no such thing as a perfect car; there's always room for improvement."

MCA Judged Classes
Concours Trailered: '64 1/2-'10
As delivered to original owner without modifications. Reproduction parts acceptable as long as they fit, look, and function like OEM. Ford factory accessories acceptable.

Concours Driven: '64 1/2-'10
As delivered to original owner without modifications. Reproduction parts acceptable as long as they fit, look, and function like OEM. Ford factory accessories acceptable. Must be driven to and from show, from owner's home (proof is owner's responsibility).

Unrestored: '64 1/2-'10
As delivered to original owner, nothing rebuilt.

Reproduction or updated parts (including Ford or Motorcraft) accepted. Imperfection (paint, undercarriage, etc.) considered normal. Major dents, body rust, torn upholstery considered not normal.

Thoroughbred: '64 1/2-'89
Restored or original with correct era parts. Date codes on parts must be on or before car's manufacture date. No reproduction parts allowed.

Occasional Driven: '64 1/2-'07
- Driven occasionally (weekends, car shows, cruises, etc.).
- Judged for workmanship, condition, and cleanliness (including undercarriage).
- Must be driven to and from show, from owner's home (proof is owner's responsibility).

Daily Driver: '64 1/2-'07
- Owner's primary transportation
- Judged for workmanship, condition, and cleanliness (excluding undercarriage).
- Hood remains closed.
- Must be driven to and from show, from owner's home (proof is owner's responsibility).

Modified: '64 1/2-'10
- Points earned for modifications. Judged for workmanship, attention to detail, innovation, level of engineering, etc. Undercarriages may be judged or not judge.