To obtain a copy of your judging sheet after the event, send an SASE to Mopar Nationals, P.O. Box 2303, Dearborn, MI 48123-2303. Please include your make, model, and judging classification, along with your finishing position, if known.
Judging Process And AwardsRegular Judged Entry $85 (preregistered only): This category is open to all Chrysler Corporation and AMC vehicles. The vehicles entered under this category are divided into Original, Clone, Street, Modified, Young Guns, and Pro Street classes, based on year and body styles. The vehicle judging sheet is divided up among the different parts of the vehicle, such as exterior, interior, engine compartment, trunk, and others. Within these individual sections, points are deducted from appearance as well as originality (in the Modified class, points are awarded based on appearance, cleanliness, and quality of workmanship in the modifications). Three major modifications are enough to move the vehicle out of the original class and into either the Street or Modified class (examples: mag wheels, chrome under the hood, gauges, headers, and so on for the Street class; nonoriginal cubic-inch motor, paint, and interior or body modifications for the Modified class). The Clone class is for changes that make the vehicle into some other "original" appearing vehicle by engine or package, but do not match the VIN and/or body tag.
In the Original classification, standards are based on near-perfect condition-vehicles that are occasionally street driven-or an older restoration. Good street cars compete within this class. Special attention is paid to components normally replaced due to wear or breakage. A percentage of total points for that component can be awarded as defined by the component. For example, tires: full points are awarded for OEM tires; 75 percent for reproduction; 50 percent for reproduction non-OEM brand with correct size and whitewall and letter specifications; 25 percent for current service replacement-size tires with correct whitewall width, and so on; or 0 percent for all other tires. This standard is set for the engine block, battery, tires, glass, headlights, shocks, and other underhood and undercarriage components. As part of the judging process, all vehicles will go through a functional checkout procedure to see if items are functioning properly-taillights, turn signals, horn, wipers, radio, and dash lights, among other things.
The cars are broken down into classes based first on the model (body style), depending on the number of entries. First Place will be awarded in each class that contains a minimum of three vehicles. Five vehicles are required for a Second Place, eight for a Third Place, and 10 for a Fourth Place. If classes have more than 12 cars, they may first be divided by year, followed by make. Competing cars will be judged on a 100-point system. First Place usually requires 90 points or more; Second Place, 80 points or more; Third and Fourth Place require at least 70 points or more. No positions are awarded to vehicles receiving less than 70 points. If there is a tie between two or more vehicles, the judging sheets are reviewed for point totals in the body exterior section. The car(s) with the higher point total is awarded the higher place position. The body exterior section was chosen for the deciding factor because in overall appearance, it is the more important part of the vehicle.