In this first edition of the Judges Bench, I would like to start by introducing myself. My name is Tim McNair, Chief Judge here at the Radnor Hunt Concours. My business, Grand Prix Concours, prepares cars for concours events all over the globe. I have judged at many concours events over the last 15 years, including the Amelia Island Concours, The Concours at St John’s, The Elegance at Hershey and Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, CA. I am also a senior class judge with the Ferrari Club of America.
Each month I will have a column on the Radnor Hunt website. I will also ask a member of our esteemed judging team to add some color commentary as well. Our crew has many enthusiasts, some celebrities and a few characters to add their views of judging at our event.
Some of the topics we will chat about include the judging process and scoring sheets, entering the event, what to bring with your show car, what makes a concours-quality car and so on.
This month I’d like to explain what my role as a chief judge does. My primary job is to prepare our team of fifty or more men and women with all the tools necessary to do their job. I personally do not judge the cars myself; I manage the process. Each class is assigned two judges and a chief class judge. As they compile their results based on a 100-point scoring system, only the chief class judge reports to me. After further discussion as to why these cars were chosen, we add the scores to determine class winners. Special awards are usually chosen from these winners as well as our Best in Show. I also have to provide them with the scoring sheets, class assignments and judging assignments.
Throughout the next few visits to this commentary I will have copies of a typical scoring sheets and how a judge needs to prepare for the event.
Hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes peak at our event, and watch for more fun stories to come. Looking forward to a great event in 2021!!