First round of judging takes place on the first day of the show, starting at 9am and will be completed by the end of day one. After your truck is judged, a sticker will be placed on it in a prominent position. The judges normally work in one or two groups to ensure that trucks are not missed. It is very important from the judges’ point of view that you book in and collect your competition numbers to display along with your entry passes, as early as possible. This means that at the end of day one they can check that all booked in trucks have been judged.
The first check is to ensure current tax disc and operator’s licence where applicable. Judges will go no further if either are not displayed or out of date on a working truck.
The scoring is divided into four parts – Cab interior, Power unit, Exterior and Chassis area.
Cab interior: Cleanliness (it is taken into account if you are living in unit at the show), overall condition. If cab is inaccessible, the judge will view what he can and give a score reflected from the overall condition of the truck.
Power Unit: Cleanliness.
Exterior: Cleanliness and condition eg stone chips, scuffs, flies under grill, and damage to windscreens.
Chassis area: Cleanliness eg under fifth wheel, inside chassis rails, inside and under body bearers, inside wheels etc. Please note that new rules (no.5) states that no wheels are to be removed whilst on site for cleaning purposes in accordance with H&S Policy.
The chassis area is the most common place where points are lost.
For classic/vintage categories, points may also be lost through lack of originality e.g bull bars, stacks etc fitted to inappropriate vehicles.
On the second round of judging all categories are viewed individually, with the top 25% being re-judged. On this round, judges will take mileage into account and age of vehicle.
Vehicles entered into the fleet category are scored slightly differently on the second day. All of day one’s score’s are totalled, then divided by the number of trucks entered in that particular fleet, giving an average score. The fleets are revisited and viewed as a whole. This means that a fleet entry may be let down by one or two badly presented trucks.