In the Aston world, some owners transport their cars in covered trailers. I did suggest that they should hold the concours at the factory and judge the cars as they were born - it would save an awful lot of time.
Can someone please explain the logic of this?
Concours d' Elegance started out as toffs displaying the horse drawn carriages in Paris during summer weekends. Now it seems to have evolved to something that means the vehicle can be pre-preened to the nth degree and then transported under cover, so to arrive in pristine condition.
I'm all for looking at good looking cars in tip top condition, but IMHO all entrants should be driven at least 50 miles to and from the event, with a limited time allowed to give a final polish (and remove dead insects!!).
Some of the things I've seen at car shows and bike shows a little more than ornaments. They need to get real.
At one classic bike show where I was invited to judge the head judge told us to wipe our hand on the bottom of the crank case and if there was no oil and the block was cold, to deduct 20 points. If the case was dry and hot they got an extra 20. This caused an outcry and a couple of people withdrew their bikes from the competition. But I thought it totally reasonable.