We judge our Packards, not merely to reward the efforts of those who restore and maintain their automobiles, but because judging serves essential roles in educating the Packard enthusiast and preserving the extraordinary standards of the marque.
Note: None of the mechanical features related to the operation of the vehicle, such as engine, brakes etc., nor any of the safety features, such as lights, horns, etc., nor any of the storage compartments, such as trunk, glove box, etc., are judged.
Regarding the first two, Packards International (PI) prides itself on being a driving club; most of the cars that appear for a PI judging event are driven. We feel that the owner of a Packard is a responsible motor vehicle owner that will not drive an unsafe or unroadworthy car. By their very presence at the event, these features of the Packard are judged to be satisfactory.
Regarding the latter issue, in as much as Packards are generally driven to P.I. judging meets, as a courtesy and convenience, we believe the owner has the right to store his personal belongings and requisite detailing equipment some place on the car without fear of detracting from his overall score.
Authenticity and cleanliness are emphasized.
Originality is by no means discouraged, so long as it is not an excuse for shabbiness or neglect. Restoration must be authentic and executed to meet the highest standards of craftsmanship. Point awarded for “Elegance” or “Sport Motif” are a happy reminder of the very origins of concours d ‘ elegance, when esthetic qualities, not only “white glove” sterility, of a motor car were considered. These points are dispensed by no mere whimsy of subjectivity. Each vehicle is carefully evaluated to determine where that model, its authentic color scheme and selection of accessories, etc., would fit into the spectrum of elegance (or sportiness) in the context Packards offered that particular model year.