and as GWP points out, to get a decent parking space so I don't do another couple of thousand damage to the front spoiler againÃ‚Â
The cars would certainly make for an interesting judging point - as far as I know, AMOC Concourse is d'etat - originality as it came from the factory - not d'elegance - shininess and wow.Ã‚Â JM's fabulous DB9 suffered because it was heavily modified by Works and not the same as it left the factory.Ã‚Â However, Jim's fabulous V600 that rightly won Newcomers, is of course also a Works modified car.Ã‚Â What's the difference?Ã‚Â My Le Mans left the factory in 1999, only to go straight into Works to be beastified.
In answer to your question regarding the Judging at Concours, you are quite correct in mentioning that this is a Concours dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Etat, not d'elegance!
Judges should score the car with three things in mind. Originality, condition and cleanliness.
I have entered and judged Concours for 20 years.Ã‚Â I judged JMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heavily modified DB9 with Dr Ulrich Bez at Blenheim this year.Ã‚Â It was a spectacular car, but even though it had been modified by Works Service, it was not as it originally left the factory at Gaydon!Ã‚Â This was the reason I gave the Vanquish S the trophy.
If a car has been modified to the ownerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s specification, it should be entered into the Pride of Ownership classes.Ã‚Â There are a different set of rules defining the judging in that class, which accommodate modifications, such as on this DB9.
I hope this clarifies the situation.Ã‚Â In the judges briefing at Brooklands this month, I will endeavour to make this point very clear, so there are no ambiguities.Ã‚Â See you there!