BMW Fest Northwest ’88 – Concours d’Elegance
Fest Northwest offers a unique sampling of the types of events that your club has to offer. Not the least of which is the Concours d’Elegance. For those of you that are new to this, Concours d’Elegance is ajudged contest to determine whose car is in the best condition. By “best condition” I do not mean whose car has the stickiest tires, fanciest wheels, or the most powerful turbo system. All of that may have meaning out on the auto-cross course or out on the race track but has little or no value here. What we have is an opportunity for members who have devoted time and care over the years (or months) to keep his or her car in better than “normal” shape, to proudly display the fruits of their efforts. Now I don’t mean to say that cars that have had a suspension lowering done here or a spoiler added there are going to suffer for it in the judging, but rather they will all be looked at in the same light.
Probably you are wondering just what will be looked at during the judging. The car is broken up into several areas. They are as follows:
- Engine Compartment
The area that will require the most attention will have to be the engine compartment. Just by nature it has lots of nooks and crannies to be cleaned and many of them can be seen easily but not reached easily. What usually happens is our natural creative instinct takes over and we see such everyday items such as a Q-tip as a new and neat tool for removal of accumulated grunge. One area of grace on the engine compartment however is the undersides. We will only judge on what can be seen from looking down into the engine compartment from up above. Good news for some of you potential entrants.
The exterior of the car requires more polishing and rubbing than degrading and the only hint is spend more time than you want to. That dazzling shine will always command the attention that you desire.
Interior and trunk areas of the car are probably the most frustrating. While the flaws that occur on the exte rior of the car can always be blamed on the unavoidable environment that we all must drive in, the interior of the car is subject to the environment that we create such as that ball point pen that was in our back pocket when we sat in the seat.
The Concours will be held at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville on Sunday July 10th, the final day of the Fest Northwest. The winery offers an enchanting setting with the charm of the Chateau and garden areas and plenty of open space. This event will be equally interesting for the entrants and spectators alike and you never know what exotic cars might show up in surprise (last year we had two M l exoticars).
Next month I will have a more in depth article on the preparation of your car for this event. Plan on it.
This article was originally published in the May 1988 edition of Zundfolge