$2000 Challenge Concours: All About the 12-Point Exemption

Read through the $2000 Challenge Rules, and you’ll see the following language:

Any entrant that does not want to go through the concours judging process may decline to be judged by writing "Don't Judge Me" on a piece of tape placed on the upper driver-side corner of the windshield of their car. Cars properly displaying this message that are parked in the centralized concours judging location for the duration of judging will be awarded 12 concours points.

Before judging, Concours judges will be shown the 12-point Concours Example. This will be done in an attempt to calibrate the judges.

Why does this rule exist? Here’s the reason: We know that not everybody is aiming for a first-place finish, and that some teams would rather sit back, relax, and hang out during the concours than fret over their presentation to the judges. We also know that not every car will be beautiful. The “Don’t Judge Me” rule exists to give these competitors a break, and to reduce the workload of our busy concours judges.

Curious what a 12-point car looks like? Check out a 12-point Concours Example car here.

$2000 Challenge Special Guest Judge Announced

Each year, we supplement a roster of industry experts and actual judges (both legal and car-related) with one former Challenge competitor who isn't competing in this year's competition. Our super special judge this year will be...


Jonny Pruitt!!!! As we wrote a few years ago: "Back in 1999, a young man named Jonny Pruitt called our office to ask about the $1500 Challenge. At that very moment, we realized something: People were actually going to attend this thing. Jonny drove in from Texas for that first event, and he’s been a fixture ever since. He has mixed and matched bodies and drivelines in the years since, but it all started with that red Yugo."

Today, Jonny is the only person outside of our own staff that's been to every single running of the Challenge. That makes him perfectly qualified to judge the event, and we can't wait to see him again.

Coming October 17: Price Increase and Limited Meal Options

Sorry, but the realities of hosting an event this big are here: The price to register your car for the $2000 Challenge will increase to $255 on October 17! That's also the cutoff for us to tell our caterers how many meals we'll need, so you run the very real risk of meal tickets being out of stock if you register after October 16th!

Don't want to pay extra? Want to eat? There's a way: Register for the $2000 Challenge now. We've got a fairly generous cancellation policy just in case, anyway.

$2000 Challenge Concours Questions Released

A contest of engineering is always a tricky place to implement a judged event, but the concours is one thing that sets the $2000 Challenge apart. To help competitors better plan their time with the judges, every competitor will be asked these questions. Want to take a different approach to your concours presentation? No problem, feel free to do whatever you’d like.

$2000 Challenge Concours Questions:

  • Tell us about your starting point. 

  • Tell us about your goal for the car.

  • Tell us about the innovative engineering in your car.

  • Tell us the three biggest hurdles that had to be overcome.

  • What more would you have done if you had the time and/or budget? 

As always, you can find these in the resources section of the website.