How does MSA Judge the Car Show?

There are different styles and varieties on how shows should be judged.  We created our own level of criteria.  Low scores do not mean you showed poorly!  Low scores are apparent because it allows us room for larger modifications.  Scores are determined by the number of modifications, their degree of difficulty, and how well it was executed.  

Scoring Sheet Breakdown: Each category is graded on a scale of 0 - 10

We found through the years that a paint job can be great, but the bodywork underneath can be sloppy.  Or vice versa.  This category was created to give credit to the bodywork if it was great, and the paint was not to par.  A perfect factory job will gain a 5pt score.  Points start being added here if parts are molded, patched, recreated, body kit fitment, etc...  Keep in mind a poorly installed body kit could potentially bring you below a perfect factory setup.

Paint can be flawless with a real wavy and poor body work job.  Or perhaps a body kit didn't fit great, but the paint was incredible.  This category's goal is to reflect that.  It's normal however, that body work and paint, receive the same score, but this category is present in the case that it doesn't.  A perfect factory setup will gain a 5pt score.  Modifications from there are then scored accordingly.  Factory orange peel, daily driver dents, chips, or flaws are overlooked.  

A perfect factory setup will gain a 5pt score.  Modifications from there are then scored accordingly.  A perfect engine swap that keeps the new engine factory will fall around a 6-7pts depending on the degree of difficulty and cleanliness of the wiring.  This allows us to provide a 10 in the case there is a motor swap with a built motor and some type of polished/chrome piping and forced induction.  Cleanliness of the motor (wiring and wipe down), degree of difficulty, and number of modifications are points considerations as well as the quality of workmanship.  A sloppy motor swap could potentially receive a lower score than a perfect stock motor.  An unopened hood will receive 0pts.  Even if it's dirty, if it's open, you'll get 1pt for it being a running vehicle.

This category is obvious in that audio can be anywhere from factory to an all out fiberglass job.  No audio receives a 0.  A factory setup receives a 1. An aftermarket headunit receives a 2.  It then moves up from there.  You are also judged on the quality of the job here if it goes beyond the aftermarket headunit....how's the carpeting wrap on the box, or if it's fiberglass, how's the paint and body work, etc...?

This category was created for those that reupholster and redo their interior.  Did you upgrade to a leather from cloth?  Did you upgrade the leather to a two tone, custom stitch leather kit?  Did you redo the headliner?  Did you rewrap, paint, or fiberglass your dash or console?  How well did you perform these modifications?  A perfect factory setup will gain a 5pt score.  Modifications from there are then scored accordingly.

Did you spend the time to clean the vehicle?  Hows the wax and buff on the paint?  Did you take the time to polish your wheels, clean behind the inner wheels, clean your suspension and frame, clean the engine bay, and vacuum the carpets and seats or wipe down the dash?  We want to acknowledge those that spend an exceptional amount of time preparing their vehicle for the show.  Adjustments are made knowing you have to drive your vehicle to the show.

This category judges if there was there an overall presentation or theme to the vehicle - did you have a clear direction or did you just start buying a and installing parts.  How did you present the vehicle?  Did you have posters, pictures of the build, remove a wheel and display it, lights, anything to accent and bring the car to life.  This category's purpose is also to serve as a tie breaker.

Suspension (to be added for 2014)
This is graded on creativity and level of difficulty.  This criteria is being created specifically for bagged and lifted vehicles.  A perfect factory setup will gain a 5pt score.  Modifications from there are then scored accordingly.

How are the Best Of's determined?

The "Best Of" recipient may not have been the 1st place contender for their category.  They are the "Best Of" because they received the max score of 10 or the highest score awarded at the car show.  If there are multiple 10's in the category, a tie breaker is determined by the "Overall" category or judges well walk and review each individual vehicle.  "Best Of Show" naturally is the highest scoring vehicle in the show.  

Who are the Judges?

The judges are employees and/or associates with MSA that is known for the specific field.  For example, the painter will judge paint and the lead audio/video installer will judge audio/video.  

Each individual takes one or two categories of their specialty and judge every vehicle in the show using the same criteria.  This helps create a uniform judging scale in determining the Best Of's.  Because of each judge is aware of the points of only one category, the judges do not know who has scored higher in total points.  In addition, they judge vehicles as they are placed in the rows and not by classes, so distinguishing what vehicle from what class is unknown.  This prevents and eliminates favoritism and biased winner choices.  A separate person calculates the scores and isolates the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners per category using a spreadsheet to make sure mathematics are accurate.