The Annual Melbourne Concours
The Concours was introduced to encourage and assist members restoring their vehicles. It encourages members to work to a high standard and fulfils the aims of the Club, “to encourage the use, maintenance and preservation”. The First Concours was held at Doon Reserve, Yarra Junction in 1967, and set a good standard for members to aspire to. --- The locations for judging changed over the next few years, until 1974 when Max Austin kindly opened his home and garage in Mt. Waverley for the members use on judging day. In 1994, following renovations to the Austin property, a new venue was found at the Caltex Service Station in Blackburn.
The judging over the years has been honest and to a high standard. The Club is lucky to have such a team of hard working and dedicated members. Much time and effort goes into the restoration and presentation of a vehicle for Concours and members can be confident when they enter concours, their entry will be treated fairly. The judging system, of three teams of judges, one team for interior, one exterior and one mechanical, and taking average scores for each section for total points lost, was introduced by the 1967 Technical officer, Ray Nichol and has worked satisfactorily since. As the Club has grown and the variety of vehicles eligible for concours has increased, so have the awards