There are different levels or classes in Concours. The classifications are designed to accommodate various levels of commitment (both of time and finances), car usage, age, and originality. As a beginner you can enter your daily driver and learn a great deal about the history of that model and year while making it gleam like it hasn't since leaving the showroom. If you want to take it a little more seriously then there are categories in which the originality of the car is considered as well as every tiny nook and cranny of the undercarriage.
Following the PCA Parade Competition Rules, there are three Concours classifications, Preservation, Restoration and Preparation. Entrants in the Preparation Groups are judged in three designations:
- Full are judged exterior, interior, engine, storage compartments and undercarriage;
- Touring are judged exterior, interior, engine and storage compartments; undercarriage (chassis front/rear) is not judged
- Street are judged exterior and interior only (chassis front/rear, engine and storage compartments are not judged)
The Restoration Group is full only - all components are judged including the undercarriage. The Preservation Group is full only - all components are judged including the undercarriage.
You can find details of each class by going to PCA.org and doing a search on "PCR".
Full concours is for the more serious competitors. "Full" means every aspect of your car will be examined: interior, exterior, trunk, engine, and under chassis - front and rear. They'll look at everything from your spare tools to the jack. Nothing will go untouched. On the other end of the spectrum is the "Display Only" category for those that simply want to participate in the car show. The cars are there just to be displayed and are not usually eligible for any trophies.
In addition to Preparation and Display-Only, other Concours judging categories may also include: Touring, Street, Preservation, Restoration Top-Only or Serious, Closed, People's Choice, and Judge's Choice. Classes for PNWR Concours events typically include Touring, Full, Preservation and Performance. Our Show 'n Shine events, such as the Annual Picnic and the XXX Drive-In Social are far more casual, and awards include judges' and people's choice.