Vehicle Application

Welcome to the 4th annual Old School Car Show at Star Academy 2508 Airport Road, Colorado Springs, CO. 80910, on Saturday, August 4, 2012

Vehicle Application (PDF File)*gPIS7p-h3SREAJRofMusw

Cars and Trucks will cost $30

Motorcycles will cost $25.

Additional cars and trucks owned by the same owner will cost $20 and additional motorcycles owned by the same owner will cost $15.

Electrical power if needed costs $25

The standard display area for a vehicle measures 10′ x 20′ (10’x10′ for a motorcycle) and includes one (1) access to a standard 110 volt power supply. Because of fire regulations, vehicles on display must not have more than one-eighth (1/8) of a tank of fuel and batteries must be manually disconnected if the vehicle does not have a master electrical cutoff switch. Non-locking gas caps must be taped shut.

No flyers or business cards may be passed out or left in the display area. Vehicle “For Sale” signs are not allowed. Entrants will not be allowed to sit in or lounge around their vehicle or display during show hours. On each day of the show, vehicle owners will be allowed into the exhibit area one hour prior to the opening hour of the show in order to attend to their vehicle and/or display.

Some entrants have custom-built 20′ x 20′ displays that we try to accommodate, based on the quality of vehicle and the amount of space available. Any requests for a display larger than the standard 10′ x 20′ must be approved by staff by the entry deadline for each specific show. There is space provided on the entry application for this purpose. Electric turntables must also be approved by staff by the entry deadline.

Vehicle displays are not mandatory, but a quality display enhances the presentation of your vehicle and adds to the show. We do request that your vehicle is displayed with a professional looking sign or show card listing the owner, builder and other pertinent details. It is also helpful for our judging staff that a “Judges Reference Book” is available and easy for them to find – a suggestion would be to place it on the front seat of your vehicle. This could be a simple catalog of photographs and written details describing the special features of your entry.

All displays must be free-standing and composed of fireproof materials (please, no straw, grass, bark or other highly flammable items — especially flares). High heat-generating lighting such as halogen lamps are not allowed. Ropes and stanchions to protect your entry are suggested. Additional decorative items in your display are optional and could qualify your entry for a Display Award. The producer awards prizes for professional, club/group and individual displays.

A Few Words about Vehicle Judging and Vehicle Presentation

While many of our entrants have participated in our past events, each year we also receive a large number of entries from folks who are first-timers when it comes to car shows. As such, there are many questions that arise regarding the overall judging process, the best way to present a vehicle for judging, and how to achieve a respectable total of points. To assist both returning participants and those that may be new, we’ve put together the following guidelines that we hope will help everyone prepare for our upcoming events. Of course, you may always contact us with any other specific questions you may have.

The Judges

Each vehicle entered for competition at one of our events undergoes close scrutiny by our professional judging staff. These highly qualified individuals are seasoned veterans of the automotive and motorcycle industry. Our judges are organized into teams to review each vehicle class. That is, one team will review each entry in their assigned class. This system has proven best because one team of judges may score differently than another team. The judging team procedure ensures consistency in the point system for a specific vehicle class.

Judges Reference Book

It’s a serious competition to some and a learning experience for others. The judging teams are doing their best when looking at the class in competition. The mission of these professionals is to determine the placement of the vehicles in their respective class according to the prescribed criteria.

We can’t emphasize enough the importance in making available a Judges Reference Book with your vehicle. Providing this information for our judges is possibly one of your biggest assets for making sure the judges are aware of all the modifications – large or small – you have made to your vehicle. It isn’t simply a case that your competitor’s vehicle is better or not as good in any way. Rather, it just may score differently given the criteria of the judging formula used in the Old School Car Show versus the typical “Cruise-In” type of event.

Judging typically begins the first day of the show (Saturday morning) and may not be completed until Sunday noon. But judging may take place at any time. That is, either during the time the show is open to the public or after-hours. Participants are not allowed to discuss any aspect of their entry with a judge at any time to maintain integrity. This may disqualify the entrant or move them down in class position as a penalty. When the judges are done with an individual vehicle, they will place a brightly colored sticker on the entrant’s show card (the placard that is issued to each vehicle showing the vehicle number, class and owner’s name). Until your vehicle has been judged, we suggest that you leave everything open – doors, hood, trunk, etc. – so the judging team will have full access. They will not open it up for you. Not being able to look inside the trunk, for example, may cost you valuable points. There should be two stickers on your show card once it is fully judged.

What are the judges looking for?
With each vehicle, the judging team considers many areas – the primary points of interest examined for quality and degree of difficulty of each modification and originality (except in restorations), fit and finish and “white glove” cleanliness. Major areas the judges address include engine, paint, bodywork, interior, chassis, wheels/tires, and accessories. Each area has its own particular needs, but in the end every item is considered for execution and finish.

Engineering and Concept

Whether it is a designer-concept hot rod roadster or a full-on restoration, the vehicle is reviewed for its engineering qualities and the total aesthetic concept as completed. For example, does the vehicle come together visually with the right stance or does it lose something in the translation of being conceptually correct or authentic? Regarding engineering quality, does the vehicle work as intended by the designer for drivability and safety? Is the total engineering – either as a concept design or factory restoration – correct in functionality and to what degree of difficulty was that achievement?


Are all metal finished panels correct on both sides where the judge can see? Do all the openings – doors, trunk and hood have the exactness of fit all around their edges? Is every panel straight? Do the reveals in the body match perfectly to the next panel? Does the chrome fit exactly, or is it mismatched at the seams? Are the custom body modifications difficult or easy to accomplish? And finally, do the modifications fit the design of the vehicle? In reproduction fiberglass vehicles, is the surface mirror smooth, without waves or distortion from the curing process? Was the vehicle hand-made or a serious attempt at modifying a production model? Everything is looked at. Just remember this: If you can see it, good or bad, so will the judging team and with class awards, each car, truck or motorcycle in a specific class is being compared only to the car, truck or motorcycle in that category.

Paint and Finish

Is the vehicle painted a solid color, or does it have awesome graphics as part of the design? Were the graphics part of the vehicle’s finish at one time or added later with pin striping covering the separation of finishes? Does the artwork carry around edges and carry on into the door jambs and other openings? Is the total finish mirror-smooth not just on top, but inside, underneath and behind? In a restoration, is the paint correct in how the car would have been finished in the factory or did the owner take liberty for improvement?


Is the chassis custom-made for the vehicle? If so, are the welds finished to the smoothness of a piece of molded plastic? If a restoration, is it finished like the day it left the factory? What’s the degree of difficulty in the design for its intended purpose, be it a hot rod, a drag bike or sports car? If a production-based vehicle, have improvements been made such as an upgraded brake system, suspension components, or even safety-related items? Is the chassis aesthetically correct with the just the right amount of flash? Is the finish as smooth as the rest of the car? Is the exhaust system routed and tucked up in the chassis and is the finish coated, polished or chrome? Is the running gear installed correctly for its functionality? Are all the fasteners correct in sameness and finish? Is the brake and fuel lines correct in design, functionality and fit?  

Engine and Engine Compartment

What is the degree of difficulty in the engine installation? Is the block ground smooth of all casting irregularities? Are all fuel lines, wiring and control cables and brackets installed with neatness and functionality? In the case of wiring, is it uniform and precise, color-keyed and tie-wrapped? Are the engine accessories stock or custom-made for the vehicle? Is the compartment pleasing in appearance with every nook and cranny detailed?


How does the overall interior design theme coincide with the vehicle’s exterior? The type of material and the quality of installation and fabrication score high. Are the mounting panel’s synthetic or aluminum? Does the total design include state-of-the-art electronics? Is the instrumentation correct and do the designs work with the theme of the vehicle? Are there hidden functions that add to comfort and convenience?

Chrome and Polishing

Fit, function and concept are the determining factors. Finish quality is what the judging team looks for along with the degree of difficulty in achievement.

Attention to Detail

Overall attention to detail is what best separates the winners from everyone else. For example, are all the fasteners lined up and are they of the same type? Button and socket heads in polished stainless and slot screws all lined up and synchronized together score high. Are the tires indexed correctly on the wheel and aligned so that the valve stems are placed at bottom as the vehicles rests on the ground? Are the tire nibs removed and the tread dressed so you see no factory blemishes? Are the wheels custom-made for the car or “store-bought” – and do they fit the theme of the vehicle? Don’t overlook the small wheel details, such as knockoff hubs, lug nuts, hub caps, valve stem caps and overall cleanliness. Is the wiring loomed with wire ties spaced one inch apart and properly run throughout the vehicle? Is the vehicle period correct with safety first as top consideration? Is the finish near perfect with all wax and or polish residue removed? Is the weather-stripping finished? Is the glass clean and clear of imperfections? Can the judging team touch any part of the vehicle with white gloves and not find any dirt or grease or sooty exhaust? Are there reasonable safety accessories installed? Seat belts and fire extinguishers and the method of installation help in overall scoring.

Golden Rule

Don’t forget the golden rule – if you can see it, so can the judges!

Vehicle Application (PDF File)*gPIS7p-h3SREAJRofMusw

Thank you,

Ray Lovett

Gotta Lovett Promotions

Ph# (719) 323-3961



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