The Ellerslie Intermarque Concours d'Elegance is undoubtedly the largest classic car event in the country. It not only provides the opportunity for more than 80 classic car clubs to show their best classics to the public, it also awards excellence in the highly coveted Masters Class and Team Event, along with Survivor Class.
The Masters Class vehicles are entries made by individuals, limited to six cars only, open to any car club member. These cars are the finest restorations you will find anywhere. Last year the stunning 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster, owned by Ivan Fuller, achieved the highest-ever score for an individual car, with 567 points out of a possible 590 points, a record previously held by Garry Boyce’s 1957 Mercedes 300SL, which achieved 565 points.
This year, Garry won Masters Class with his stunning 1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwing with a total score of 564 points.
The hotly contested Team Event competition, generally limited to eight teams, is judged alongside the Masters Class cars. Each club entry consists of two cars (clubs can enter more than one team) and the winning team gets the rights to host the following year's event. This year, Auckland Mustang Owners Club hosted the event for the second consecutive year. The Porsche Car Club won the Team Event, just four points ahead of the Auckland Mustang Owners Club, with a total combined score of 1051 points. This means the Porsche Car Club will be hosting 2016's event.
Last year saw the introduction of the Survivor Class competition as part of the main judging event, alongside the Masters Class and Team Event categories. Due to the overwhelming response from the many cars clubs wanting to enter cars in this special event, the organizing committee have this year decided to make the Survivor Class a permanent category within the main competition. The criteria for this competition is quite simple — vehicles are eligible if they are predominantly original, unrestored and not modified in any way, in other words ‘survivors’. Sheryl Boyd's extremely original Holden EH Premier won title with 736 points.
The Masters Class, Team Event, and Survivor Class entries are judged by eleven teams of highly experienced judges, some of whom have been involved with the event for many, many years.
The judging teams, which consist of two people per team, are responsible for their own specific areas, which include body panels, paint, underbody and exhaust, chrome/matt black, engine, battery and wiring looms, seats and carpet, dash and inner panels, boot — carpet and tools, and wheels and tyres.
Each category is carefully judged and awarded points — the maximum number of points varies from one category to another. For example the maximum number of points a judge can award for body panels is 70 points, whilst paint carries a maximum of 45 points.
Points are also awarded for originality. The judges responsible for evaluating originality have quite a task. They have to judge all of the categories and focus on what the car would have looked like when it left the showroom when it was new. All categories combined carry a maximum total of 590 points. The Team Event entries have their totals combined with a maximum of 1180 points. The Survivor Class entries are judged exactly the same way as the Masters Class and Team Event cars with more points being awarded for originality.