Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Concours d'Elegance

The Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Concours d'Elegance relaunches at this years Jaguar Summer Festival, Wroxall Abbey. This event is now fully booked.

Event Location

Wroxall Abbey, Wroxall, England, CV35 7NB, United Kingdom
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Event Summary

Event Type:

JEC

Date & Time:

Date: Sunday 1st July 2018

Time: 9:00am

Event Location:

Wroxall Abbey, Wroxall, England, CV35 7NB, United Kingdom

Concours Sponsor 2018

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What is Concours?

Concours has been at the centre of Club life from early days of car clubs and the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club (JEC) is no different. 2018 see's a change in the format and focus on the competition for the JEC encouraging both new comers to the past time and giving new life to the competition for experienced campaigners.

Concours is a competition that aims to reward cars on their original condition and/or overall presentation condition. From a friendly competition to world renown events such as Pebble Beach, Jaguar have always wowed the crowds as their style always attracts admirers, so what better way to celebrate our beloved marque than with the ultimate in appreciation, a Concours d'Elegance, sponsored by our long term partner Meguiar's

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What will the JEC Concours look like now?

Let’s start by introducing our proposed new format for Pride & Joy and Concours, which will take effect for the first time at our national weekend at Wroxall Abbey in July. From there we will evaluate the outcome and plan for 2019 Concours activity, and hopefully encourage more members to participate. Competition will be open to ALL Swallow, SS, Jaguar, Daimler models AND replicas and modified vehicles powered by Jaguar/Daimler engines.

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Pride & Joy Class

This competition will run pretty much as it has always done successfully, although it will in future be the opening Class within our Concours events.

An amendment to the regulations relates to MOT certification which, under new legislation is no longer compulsory for vehicles over forty years of age. It is, however still necessary to produce some documentation to verify that entries for our events are not only roadworthy but have been used. Therefore a current MOT certificate MUST be produced for all Pride & Joy Class entered cars that are over three years old, even though one is not necessarily required by law.

We normally receive a healthy number of entrants for Pride & Joy, so a change to the guidelines involves the possible segregation of models. If a minimum of four cars are entered in Pride & Joy of one model type (eg XJS, XJ40, E-type, etc.,) then those cars will be judged initially in their own Model Category. The winner of that Category will receive an award. The winner of each Category will be then judged against the winners in other Model Categories (and single entries where there have not been four cars of one type), with the overall winner receiving the event’s Pride & Joy Class award as the car of the day.

All this means that there is a greater chance of winning an award and it should encourage more involvement from our model groups/forums.

Most other elements of entry and judging will be retained as below, and for a full list of the guidelines and regulations, these will be published in next month’s Jaguar Enthusiast

This class will be judged on just three elements

Exterior – Bodywork/paintwork, body panel fit/finish, paintwork, all brightwork, body mouldings, rubber trim, door and screen seals, lighting, accessory fitment (eg spotlights, radio aerials), wheels/tyres, hoods and frames (where applicable), etc.

Interior – Seats, other upholstered areas, headlinings, woodwork, other dashboard areas, controls, steering wheel, glass areas and accessories.

Luggage Compartment – Interior panel condition and fit, flooring, coverings, spares wheel and tools plus all relevant documentation (eg handbooks, folders, etc.).

Traditional Concours Competition

While Pride & Joy will now form the entry level Class within Concours, the more traditional Concours will be made up of three Classes (Silver, Gold and Masters), a description of which appears below and the full guidelines and regulations relating to these will also be published next month.

Initially all cars will be judged in the same way for the Silver and Gold Classes. However, in either Class (like Pride & Joy), if a minimum of four entries are received of a particular model, they will be judged within their own Model Category, the winner of each Category receiving an award. Each Category winner will then be judged against the other Category winners, to arrive at an overall winner in their Class (Silver or Gold).

The judging procedure for the Masters Class will be different, but this will not apply until 2019.

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Entry Regulations

All entrants for the Concours competitions MUST be roadworthy, be taxed and MOTd (if over three years old), and have been driven to the event (trailoring of vehicles will not be accepted under any circumstances).

The overall winner of a particular Concours Class will automatically be eligible to enter the next Class up (eg Pride & Joy to Silver, Silver to Gold, and Gold to Masters). Winners in their particular Class will not be permitted to enter that same Class again the following year, but may return after two years.

Concours SILVER Class

This is the ‘progression’ Class for those who have not competed in more serious Concours events before, or who have had earlier success in our Pride & Joy competitions prior to 2018. From 2018, the annual winner of the Pride & Joy Class will automatically be eligible to enter the Silver Class if they desire.

This Class will merely be judged on four elements of the vehicle:

Exterior – Bodywork/paintwork, body panel fit/finish, paintwork, all brightwork, body mouldings, rubber trim, door and screen seals, lighting, accessory fitment (eg spotlights, radio aerials), wheels/tyres, hoods and frames (where applicable), etc.

Interior – Seats, other upholstered areas, headlinings, woodwork, other dashboard areas, controls, steering wheel, glass areas and accessories.

Engine Bay – Overall condition and cleanliness of all engine bay areas including under-bonnet, inner wings, bulkhead, engine block and heads, carburettors, manifolds, ancillary components, plus engine starting and tickover.

Luggage Compartment – Interior panel condition and fit, flooring, coverings, spares wheel and tools plus all relevant documentation (eg handbooks, folders, etc.).

Concours GOLD Class.

For the first year of this new format, the Gold Class will be eligible to those who have won in our previous Club Concours events, from any year, or those who have previously won recognised external Concours events.

For 2019 this Class will be applicable to those who entered in 2018 but not won outright, and to the winner of the Silver Class from that year. In each following year the Silver Class winner will automatically be eligible to enter the Gold Class.

Judging for this Class will include all the areas covered in the Silver Class PLUS the complete underside of the vehicle.

Underside – Overall condition and cleanliness of the complete underside of the vehicle including chassis, wheelarches, floorpan and other panel areas, under-engine areas, suspension, brakes, steering, protective panelling, exhaust and wiring.

From this Gold Class the overall winner at Wroxall Abbey in July will be put forward to represent the Club in the prestigious Meguiar’s competition held at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November.

Concours MASTERS Class

This represents the ultimate goal in our Club for Concours entrants. This Class will not run until 2019 onwards when entry will automatically apply to the winner in the Gold Class in 2018. Thereafter the Masters Class entry will be self-generating from previous winners in the Gold Class in any year.

Where to now?

The above provides a brief introduction to our new Concours format. Now we need to build on this in readiness for our first event at Wroxall Abbey in July. From here:

1 – We need to establish a group of individuals to help us plan our Concours activities. Please come forward if you think you can help to assist John and David.

2 – We need to lay out in detail what is required in future for each Concours Class. This will commence in the May magazine with a detailed analysis of each area of the competition.

3 – Concours entries for Wroxall in July. Register your interest in the Pride & Joy Class, Silver Class or Gold Class with the Club’s office in Bristol now. You will be contacted individually next month when the guidelines and regulations are complete, at which time you can confirm your booking and payment of the £10 entry fee.