Meguiar’s MotorEx 14, Melbourne (July 19-20) is fast approaching, which means it’s almost time to face the judge’s gavel. In a giant, eight-page feature in the June 2014 issue of Street Machine magazine (on sale now), MotorEx and Summernats Chief Judging steward, Owen Web, gathered key members of his specialist, hand-picked judging team to give a select group of leading competitors and car builders an unprecedented insight into the ins and outs of the judging process.

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It’s a must-read for anyone looking to successfully compete in the Elite and Street Elite categories. Two of the key features to come out of this great article are; build the car you want, plus innovation and degree-of-difficulty have a huge impact on the final score.

Regardless of the build, it should never just be about ticks and crosses. Cars that have personality, will always have a bigger impact on the judges. No longer is it enough to have better polished bolts, that are more precisely aligned. Your vehicle needs to show initiative and incorporate a high-degree of innovation and difficulty. This mindset has knock-on benefits to every facet of the judging process. At the end of the day a show, is a show. And promoters need to put on an event that keeps paying spectators flowing through the doors – otherwise, no more show. Vehicle displays add to the overall spectacle, which is why they’re scored. Here again, cleaver thinking can have a dramatic effect on the overall result come presentation time.

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