Every judged event has its own scoring culture. Marque events require pedants who examine each nut and bolt for correctness. Custom shows are judged on originality of design and quality of execution. Riding Into History is a Concours d’Elegance. The motorcycles are judged by volunteer judges knowledgeable in the class, in these three areas:
- Condition and presentation
- Importance of type
- Rarity and desirability
Condition and presentation
The most obvious task is to examine the condition of the motorcycle. Is it correct to type (original specification)? Is it a complete restoration, or has it been “freshened”, or is it original? Each condition should be held to the appropriate standard based on the judge’s knowledge and perception. This portion of the judges’ task is very subjective. The judges will need to choose between equally deserving motorcycles in differing conditions. This is not a “white glove” inspection; however the motorcycle should be presented in a clean state befitting a showing at a major event. It should reflect the effort put in by the owner to present his motorcycle at its best. Anything less is cause for reduction in consideration.
Importance of type
A landmark motorcycle should always be rated above an equal example of another that represents a more mundane model. Some landmark examples are BSA Gold Stars, Honda RC30, BMW R90S, and Excelsior 4. Importance may be determined by racing success (Norton Manx), styling breakthrough (Ducati 916), performance (Vincent Shadow) or innovation (Yamaha GTS1000). You must consider each bike’s place in its production era and its influence on later models (Triumph Speed Twin). Lesser models from the same manufacturers might be rated lower (BSA B34, Moto Guzzi V50, Honda CB350, H-D Hummer).
Rarity and desirability
We need to acknowledge the rarity of the entry. This must, however, be balanced against desirability. Some motorcycles are rare today because they were failed designs that no one wanted when new (Indian Brave) or were technical dead ends (Suzuki RE5). On the other hand there are many very desirable models that are not quite so rare (Bimota, Norton Commando, SOHC Honda Fours). The combination of these two attributes is used to rate the motorcycle with desirability being a bit more important.
We are always looking for additional judges. Should you like to be a judge contact:
Harris Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Antique 1946 and Earlier
American 1947 & Newer
British 1947 & Newer
European 1947 & Newer
Japanese 2 Cylinders or Less 1947 & Newer
Japanese 3 Cylinders or More 1947 & Newer
Competition 1947 & Newer
Scooters & Bicycles
Café Racers & Specials - All Years
Yes, we encourage families to bring their children to pass along the enjoyment and history of motorcycling. Children under the age of 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. We also partner with Hagerty on our Riding into History Youth Judging program where our young enthusiasts have an opportunity to learn a bit about how to judge with a selection of entries.
Learn more and register your youth here: ridingintohistory.org/youth-judging/