critiquing a build


  A show vehicle should be immaculate when presented on the show floor.  Any imperfections will be deduction of credit. All interior pieces should be properly cleaned and detailed.  This includes air vents, all carpeting, ledges, and all other nooks and crannies.  Trunk or hatch space will be included as part of the interior score and will be inspected accordingly.  Judges will not ask a competitor to open their trunk, so just as important as it is to have your hood open, if you want to show the judges your trunk compartment, make sure that it is open always. If you have a truck compartment full of cleaning supplies and junk, we recommend that those items are cleaned out before judging beings. If a competitor chooses not to show their trunk, the judges will remember.

Having an equal balance between quantity and quality is what the judges are looking for. More is not necessarily better. If you decided to install fifty gauges in your cockpit, there better be a purpose and reason for each one of those gauges. Judges are looking for interior accessories like steering wheels, tilt or removable steering wheel hubs, shifts, pedals, gauges, floor mats, seats, custom seat mounts, racing harness, aftermarket dash boards, air bag trays, door panels, interior panel modifications and any other upgraded modifications. Fitment will be inspected as well as the quality of each accessory.

In the upholstery category, the judges will examine the fabric(s) used and their quality.  Suede or leather would place higher than vinyl. Carbon fiber materials will also help. Judges will also examine stitching quality, colors, and patterns used; custom patterns would place higher than factory copied pattern. Taking a set of racing seats and rewrapping them in an aftermarket material will also catch the judge’s attention. It is very important to remember to make sure that your materials match and flow with the rest of the build of the car. Judges will take into consideration the fabrics and the overall flow of the interior in reference to the rest of the car.

Uniqueness of product credit are awarded to those individuals who go out of their way to make their car unique.  The judges respect ingenuity and creativity in modifying a car and want to reward those who have one-off and or imported products which can not be purchased by the average builder.  Products which took time, research and work to be imported into the country will be rewarded in this category. Experts love seeing rare pieces that are not main stream, they love seeing things that they don’t see every day. Hand crafting interior components is another way to score big with the judges. Judges are looking for such things as custom seat mounts, harness bars, one off roll cages, pedal assemblies, dash boards, aluminum door panels, back decks, center consoles, gauge pods and so on. If you customize anything in your interior from your door panels to your steering wheel hubs, judges will reward you for your custom fabrication work.

It is super important to remember that if you upgrade any part of your car that it is done correctly. If you decided to fiberglass your whole interior, you better make sure that all seems line up. If you decide to gut and paint your interior, you better make sure that all the sound dampening material is removed, and all your wires are tucked nicely away. Once again just because you do more, doesn’t necessarily mean that you will score more. If you do go out of your way to make your interior stand out, make sure you take the time to do it right. Fit and finish is the key to make your interior standout from your competition. The goal is to have all modifications installed in a manor in which they might be mistaken for stock OEM equipment. Those who take extra time to ensure fitment of modifications is OEM-quality or better will be rewarded. Additionally, aftermarket modifications should have the finish of an OEM part or better. Ideally, this means that all accessories and modifications on the interior look like an OEM installation.  All wires should be hidden and all mounting hardware either hidden or recessed like OEM applications on the same car. 

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