Three of us here in the Northeast created and run The Castle Hill
d'Elegance. We started out with zero experience and after three years are
learning. We purposely organized the event to be 'different' than what is
found at most car shows. Our main premis is to get cars that don't
up. I won't go into all the details as some aren't really germain to MGs.
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Our first event had about 50 show cars and 75 exhibition cars
less than 1k attendees. In 1997 we had grown to 90 show cars, over 200
exhibition cars and 4k attendees.
Some of the things we've tried to do and/or learned that may be useful
1. Original class - We wanted to provide a place for unrestored,
cars, not trailer queens. We broke it
up into pre and post
WWII. The idea is to get folks to show
up with nice original
cars and not feel intimadated by over
restored, mega buck
2. People's Choice - Each entrant as well as the general public gets to
their choice of best of show.
Makes for a little bit of extra
work in counting ballots but it
seems to be very popular.
3. No Late Comers - From an organizers point of view, this makes a lot
Have a time table and STICK to it.
Nothing makes a crowd
more hostil than to have to wait
and wait for judging results.
4. Food - Have plenty of food/drink available. Something
5. Toilets - Another must have.
6. Signs - Not only do you need individual cars signs but
as well. Even though it's an expense I would highly
making all the signs. That way the
information is consistant
7. Pre-Register - Very important to sign making but also to
laying out the
field, organizing the judging,
etc. You can always have late
comers. Consider charging the
8. Significant Car - We also have a class(s) for historically
The entry form allows the owner to fill in what he/she
are important historical facts. Last year we gave two
one pre-war to a K-3 MG (from Abington Spares
and one post-war to a much raced C Type Jag.
9. Sponsorship - Although a very difficult task, getting
allows you the freedom to do much. much more. We
out with a couple of local car dealerships and built on
We are now fortuneate to have BMW of NA as our major
10. Judging - Right from the start we wanted to get the judging
We inlisted the help of some 'professionals', noteably
Brownel from Hemmings, to provide us with ideas and
insights. We make it known to all the participants, up
what the rules are, what counts, what doesn't and in
our philosophy for the event. We try to make judging
consistant but there will always be individual
Judging is, in the end, a subjective activity.
Make sure you have plenty of judges. If some are new at
pair them with someone experienced. Make sure they are
identifiable. Special hat/badge/clothes to set them off
the crowd. Have a crowd clearer if necessary so the
can proceed without having to bump people out of the
These are a few of the topics that we mull over each year when putting