14. Road Division. There are six trophy classes for Road Division as shown in the table at the end of this publication. To be eligible cars must qualify by completing a specified distance since the previous concours. Proof of mileage may be required. These cars will be judged on those aspects that would be visible if parked on the street (i.e. paintwork, chrome, tyres etc.) At the discretion of the owner, the car may be entered for the engine bay awards. Winners in Road Division in the 12 months just finished will be required to compete in Club Division.
15. There is a minimum standard for a win in any Road class. If no car within a certain class achieves this standard then the Chief Judge, subject to paragraph 13 above, has the right not to award a trophy.
16. Commercial class applies only in Road Division. Eligible vehicles must be dedicated commercial vehicles. No deductions will be made for vehicles with sign writing. Modified Class applies only in Club Division. Modified vehicles are those that have been significantly modified from the original design. Specifications of modifications may be requested by the Chief Judge to decide if the vehicle is appropriate to enter this class. Official Mercedes - Benz approved AMG models are not regarded as modified cars.
17. Club Division. There are 16 (see my notes on classes) trophy classes for Club Division as shown in the table. There is a minimum qualifying distance of 500 miles ( 800kms) to be travelled in the year just finished. All aspects of the car will be judged according to our " Standard of Presentation" statement below. Club Division winners from the previous year will have to compete in the Champion Division. If owners wish to continue to compete in Club Division they will have to travel the qualifying distance for the equivalent Class in Road Division (eg. a W116 which won in Club Division in the previous year must do 10,000kms to compete again in Club Division).
18. There is a minimum standard for a win in any Club class. If no car within a certain class achieves this standard then the Chief Judge, subject to paragraph 13 above, has the right not to award a trophy.
19. Champion Division. This is our "Champion of Champions" Division. Entrants are the various winners from Club Division the previous year. Cars are judged on the same basis as Club Division and the winner will be awarded the Mercedes - Benz ( Australia ) Champions Trophy. Winners of Champion Division automatically revert to their respective Club Class the following year.
20. Display Division. This is the non- competitive Division where we encourage the display of cars that do not meet, for example, distance criteria. " Museum" cars, or cars which are specifically kept for display and do not get driven, or newly restored cars, are examples. Through their display we can all admire their beauty and the attention to detail expended on them.
21. Trophies. Trophies are awarded for various classes within the competitive divisions and for Outright Winner and Runner - Up of the Concours. There is also a range of trophies for engine bay, interior etc.
22. Engine Bay Awards. There are two awards for best engine bay - " Simple" and "Complex". The Chief Judge will make the defining line between the 2 awards on the day.
23. Distance Award. The distance to Canberra from the member’s registered vehicle garage is used to determine an award for the greatest distance travelled to the Concours.
24. Best Paint Finish Award. A recent respray won't necessarily beat an excellent original paint finish.
25. Best ACT Vehicle Interior Award - MB Club of Victoria Trophy. This is presented to an ACT vehicle (judged by select members of the MB Club of Victoria) scoring the highest points overall for its interior.
26. Life Members Encouragement Award. This is awarded by the consensus of Life Members present on the day or, if there are no Life Members present, then the award is to be judged by the Chief Judge subject to paragraph 13 above. It is generally awarded as an encouragement for the owner of a car that has not been successful in its class.
27. Outright Winner and Runner-Up. The Outright winner is for the highest score of any entrant including Champion of Champions, and the Runner - Up is for the second highest such score.
28. President's Award. At the President’s discretion.
STANDARD OF PRESENTATION
29. The standard of presentation is that the car is to be displayed in as close a condition as it was when it left the showroom. Judging is divided into a number of categories as follows.
30. Exterior. This includes paintwork, chrome, glass and lenses. Our attitude is that a well maintained original finish is just as good as a new respray. Obviously if the old paint is buffed through to the primer this does not apply. Stone chips that have been filled and repaired are acceptable. Chrome bumpers should have the correct finish on the inside. All lenses should be clean and unscratched.
31. Interior. This includes all the interior except glass. Judging is based on cleanliness, completeness and originality. Clean under your seats and under the carpets. Non - genuine radios are permitted so long as they suit the age of the car and other accessories must also be appropriate for the car's vintage.
32. Underneath. This is where we differ from some other clubs' concours rules. As many of our entrants need to travel great distances to get to our concours we look to see that underneath was as clean as when you left home. Under the guards in the wheel arches should be as clean as you can get them at your Canberra accommodation. But the odd spot of tar and road grime in the floor pan and tunnel area will not be penalised. Make sure your lower suspension arms are clear of stones. Tyres and wheels should be clean inside and out.
33. Boot. Boots should be neat and tidy with an original boot mat. The spare tyre must be consistent with other road tyres, and be clean and in roadworthy condition. Available for inspection with owner in attendance should be keys, logbooks, owners’ manuals and tool kit. Underside of boot lid should be painted as per original specification eg. generally black or grey depending upon model.
34. Engine Bay. This includes everything seen and " checkable " with the bonnet up. Engine components should not be polished or chromed. Aluminium surfaces should be bead blasted, not silver frosted. Points will be deducted for incorrect hoses, battery clamps, ignition leads etc. If your vehicle is fitted with a bonnet sound-deadening pad it must be clean and not oily. If car alarms are fitted they should be discreetly installed.
35. General. Overall, our definition of the perfect car is one that is both well maintained and extremely clean - as it was when it was delivered to its first owner at the show room. With age taking its toll on all cars, it will be the best cars in their class on the day that win.
36. While we have mentioned the word "original" several times, we also acknowledge that claiming a certain part to be non-genuine can open a "can of worms". It is our policy that, should a question of originality decide between a win and a loss, the Chief Judge will consult the club member beforehand.
37. All sections will be judged in Club and Champion Divisions. Road Division cars are judged to the same standard but only the exterior and wheels are judged. While the interior and underneath of the car are not judged they are expected to be in above average condition. In the event of a tie for a class win for Road Division the interior will be judged.
38. Cars with either a soft-top or hardtop should have the soft top displayed in the raised position.
39. No points will be deducted for non - German first aid kits, but all first aid kits should be stored appropriately for the model, i.e. in its correct storage compartment and should be as original as reasonably possible.
40. No points will be deducted for upgraded fire extinguishers.
41. Seat covers must be removed for cars in Club Division, Champion of Champions and Outright awards, otherwise a 50% points deduction will be made for the interior section.
42. Clean all glass with a single sided razor blade, especially the edges against the window rubber. Clean side windows with the window down a bit so you can clean all the way to the top.
43. Wash difficult panels of your car down with Prepsol (single panel at a time, wipe off quickly) before polishing it to remove tar spots and other road grime (Prepsol is available from Allard Auto Paint, an A.C.T. Club sponsor).
44. Park cars with wheels straight ahead, seatbelts neatly displayed, and all logbooks, keys, and owners’ manual ready to be inspected. This makes a good impression on the judges.
45. Don't use black paint on tyres. After many applications it cracks and looks dreadful. Use a silicon tyre treatment or, even better, just a good detergent. Don't forget tyres have 2 sides and wash them both and check them when you get to the concours. Also, don't be tempted to paint the boot mat with black tyre paint.
46. Remember that judges have fingers as well as eyes! Clean everywhere that a judge could stick his or her finger - eg. inside lip of mudguards and under air cleaner.
47. Make sure all radiator hose clamps are the same brand and are pointing in the same direction.
48. Clean under the seats on the adjusting rails. After cleaning apply a small amount of white grease. Clean the excess grease around door hinges.
49. Entrants who have not registered and/or don't have their car in place by 10 am will not be judged.
50. Judges will not go looking for owners to open a car where this is relevant so either the owner must be beside the car or it must be left unlocked.
51. The Chief Judge can, at his or her discretion, combine classes where there is a poor attendance or split large classes.
52. It is considered bad form to "check out" the judging form on your car whilst judging is underway. Judges come back and mark the score either up or down depending on what other cars score.
53. Remember, come along and enjoy yourselves. The real winners on the day will be our respective clubs, which aim to promote the Mercedes - Benz Marque !
The whole idea is to get as many of us together with our vehicles as possible. So please, remember that all vehicles are well regarded, and if you wish to compete as well as display, you can always enter in Road Division.
Each year German Auto Fest supports a local charity and helps them to raise funds. This year the GAF is supporting the Snowy Hydro South Care Helicopter. They have been very h