A guide to preparing cars
It is apparent to the organisers of the event that many of the
clubs that regularly display cars on the day are not entering a
team simply because they don't know how to go about preparing their
cars for the competition.
Many clubs assume that one of the usual teams will always win.
Not necessarily! Consul, Zephyr, Zodiac did it twice. More variety
would be most welcome. There are financial incentives for your club
YOUR CLUB CAN WIN!
- Plan ahead. Appoint someone to manage your team well in advance
of the event.
- Cars don't need to be fresh restorations, or new, just very
clean and original.
- Don't expect the car's owner to do all the work alone. What
owners would decline having their club clean their car? A very
ordinary car can be transformed by 'many hands' in a short time
leading up to the event.
- Pool the resources of all the useful trades-people on your
membership. Seek advice on cleaners, solvents, paints, etc. Get
the car up on jack stands; wheels off and remove all the easy
- Make a list of willing club members and roster them to work
in groups in evenings and weekends, e.g. give four a wheel arch
each. When you think it's clean, swap them around and they'll
do what the first person missed. If you can get both cars together
under one roof it can become a good social event.
- Many people think its crazy, but concourses are won with cotton
buds and toothbrushes. That pay-out your club gets from the Intermarque
Concours will more than cover the cost of some cleaning supplies.
Attention to detail is essential. You must clean everything, everywhere,
right down to inside the tail pipe!
- Worn or unoriginal parts, tool kits, documentation and handbooks
can be swapped, stolen or borrowed from other cars. Have the clubs
'old hands' check originality.
- Start with a water blaster, steam cleaner or a trip to "Washworld"
(take your own ramps) and save a lot of labour on degreasing the
engine and underside.
- If you can't clean it then paint it or plate it. Touch up bombs
and paint pencils are essential. Use plenty of newspaper and masking
- If you can't hide a defect at least make it spotlessly clean.
You'll lose fewer points. Wax, Armourall and silicone everything,
but not the pedal rubbers or anything else that could compromise