If you enjoy seeing great looking Porsches, if you like to see vintage Porsches, if you enjoy washing, cleaning and waxing your car … then you’ll enjoy Concours events. NNJR sponsors several Concours workshops and clinics along with many competitive events. Our workshops and clinics demonstrate the proper techniques on how best to clean and care for your car. It’s a real hands-on activity where you get a chance to see how various cleaning and polishing products are used and ask questions on the care of your Porsche. Our competitive events are generally scheduled to coincide with an upcoming Concours event so you will be able to put into effect what you have just learned.
The NNJR Concours schedule has something for both Novice and Veteran members, with each group competing separately for championship points. A Novice is a member who has not participated in a judged NNJR Concours event in the last twelve months and has not won a trophy in a previous NNJR Concours event. Participants will earn points toward a championship trophy to be awarded in each category at the end of the season. Points will be awarded for both participating and working competitive events and workshop attendance. Participation means entering a Porsche in Full, Race Car or Wash and Shine categories. Points will be awarded to each participant at each Concours event per the point schedule listed below (participants can only earn points at the highest level for which they are eligible at any event). Competitive events will include PCA Regional, Zone, and Parade Concours. The definition of car classes will be at the discretion of the Concours Co-Chairmen.
Full class requires much preparation as the judges will be doing a detailed inspection of the exterior, interior, storage and at some events the engine compartment. They will be looking at cleanliness, quality of preparation, lack of damage, and presentation. A team of 3 or 4 judges will first do a one minute walk around and then a three or four minute inspection. Undercarriages are not inspected at NNJR events. Winners in the full classes are based on the highest score, i.e., the least point deductions .In NNJR competitions high score is 225 points, no engine and 300 point with engine. Entrants will be notified ahead of time what areas will be judged for each event. The car with the least point deductions and thus highest score will be the winner.
Wash and Shine class is a popular vote with entrants and spectators given ballots to vote for the car or cars that appeal to them the most. At some events you will receive a ballot for each class and at others the cars are all grouped into one class. Preparation for this class only requires a wash and a light interior cleaning. The car in the class or group receiving the most votes is the winner.
French class is for race cars and cars of other marques at NNJR multi marque events. In this class the judges strictly do a visual inspection. No touching is allowed. The main criteria for the class is the “WOW” factor. In other words the car in the class that the judges are most excited about.
Concours is an activity in which the beauty and cleanliness of your Porsche is rated and scored. Judges with incredible knowledge and familiarity of Porsches inspect the competing cars. They look in places that you don’t even know exist! If this type of preparation seems daunting for you we also offer the wash and shine class. Just wash your car and compete for a Wash and Shine award. No need to spend endless hours with a Q-Tip!
Information gleaned from the concours workshops are also worth putting to use on any of your daily drivers.
Why do we enjoy and go through so much work to prepare our cars?
Concours event preparation
Long term investment
Preparation for resale
Discovery of worn or damaged parts
What does Concours d’Elegance full preparation involve?
Full preparation for an NNJR Concours involves detailing as the art of meticulous hand cleaning, prepping, dressing, touch up of paint chips and replacement of worn and damaged parts to produce a car that is both clean and presents its self well.
How often should a concours participant clean their car?
This depends on several factors.
Whether or not the Porsche is regularly garaged or exposed to the elements present in the area you live.
Use of automated car washes (it is highly recommended you avoid these).
Colors sensitive to exposure (e.g. red).
Hardness and durability of wax used.
How long does it take to prepare a car for the full class?
The full process can take twelve or more hours depending on factors such as the most recent cleaning, whether or not the car is a daily driver and whether or not it is garaged. Doing so will help to make you car competitive and score reasonably well at any Porsche Club Concours d’Elegance.
What are some tips for good results?
Avoid circular motions when washing, polishing and waxing – strive to work in aerodynamic front-to-back strokes in keeping with natural air and water flow over the car’s surface.
The goal is to remove dirt though cleaning before any final dressing is applied.
Work in the correct order – start with the gentlest possible treatment when dealing with problem areas. Work your way up to the strongest/harshest materials only as needed, and always make sure the material you’re using won’t cause damage.
Use your sense of touch, avoiding fingerpads to detect contaminants.
Always check the area you working on by looking at it from several angles to make sure you’ve dealt with all the defects you found in your initial inspection. If at all possible, do this under a sunlit sky, since concours judging usually occurs outdoors under natural light.
Do not over clean or strip areas beyond OEM grading expectations
Always wear soft clothes, and remove personal jewelry. Ladies with long hair should tie it up in pony tail for safety
Do I have to enter a car to attend?
For NNJR members, concours are not only a great way to socialize with other Porsche owners, but they are also a great way to see some of the most beautiful, best preserved, best maintained Porsches in the NNJR region. As such, their Porsches are often the most valuable examples, as well. Often concours are held at beautiful or interesting venues, adding to the overall ambiance. For concours competitors, these events serve as a fun way for like-minded folks to exchange information, cleaning tips, and more. Our region has a reputation for competing successfully at the highest levels of Concours competition and this is in large part due to the experience gained by our members in competition locally.