National Rally - Car Competitions -

Best Kept 

This category is all about cleanliness, the winning car would be absolutely spotless. Bonus points are awarded by way of a mileage accelerator, the higher the mileage, the larger the bonus. Points are awarded from 1 to 9, looking at 8 categories such as interior, exterior, engine bay and undercarriage.

This is for cars that are almost standard, so points are only awarded for the conditions of the car not it’s modifications.

All vehicles must be driven to the competition stand, no cars should arrive on trailers.

It was determined at the 2010 National Rally that the mileage bonus made to big an impacted on the final score, so this system as been revised. The point of the bonus is to give a score that represents the cars age and mileage (and possible wear and tear) against the cars condition. In theory, a car with very high age and mileage would have needed a great deal of time, effort and money to bring the car up to concours level. This is what the bonus is supposed to reflect. To make this system fairer the formula now works as follows…

E.g.      Total mileage 75,000 (For Roadsters Km will be converted to miles)

                        Age 18

Dividing age by the total mileage gives you and average per year.          = 4166.66 miles

You then give one point for every 2000 miles (within 250 miles each way) = 2 points

This makes the effect on the score less dramatic and thus does not dictate the final score.

For those drivers with major modifications to their vehicles such as non-standard, alloy wheels, style bar and body kits etc., their cars would be better suited to the Cool 5 category. 

Cool 5

In this category we are looking for the most unique mix of style and performance.

This category is for cars with any level of modification. Points are awarded for the quality and uniqueness of the modifications. It is not important that the car be in the best of condition as long as the vehicle is clean and well presented.

This is a good category for those who haven’t got time to clean every nut and bolt, but are proud of there cars and want to show them off.

Bonus points are awarded for unique “one off”, custom made car parts. As well as custom graphics and paint work.

Hot 5

The key words in this category is “Power to weight” It’s no good just having a big turbo if the car is weighed down with stereo equipment.

The winner will have sacrificed everything in the name of speed. Practicality, style and comfort are all irrelevant.

But a winning car can’t just be about power. Tires, brakes, suspension are all taken into account and contribute to the final score.


Introduced at this years Rally will be a full Concourse competition. Exclusively for the Mk.1 MX-5, this competition caters for the rare completely original cars with little or no modifications. This is because in this competition points will deducted if a car deviates from standard or modified with non-Mazda accessories.

It is also required that all competitor wanting to take part in the concourse competition pre-register. This is so that appropriate reference material can be produced to aid in the judging process.

Rules and Score Sheets

All available for your information and dowload here.

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Introduced at this year’s Rally will be a full Concours competition. Exclusively for the UK spec Mk.1 MX-5 and Eunos Roadster this competition caters for the rare completely original cars with little or no modifications. This is because in this competition points will deducted if a car deviates from standard or is modified with non-Mazda accessories.<o:p></o:p>

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The score sheet is split into two sections Cleanliness & Condition and Level of Modification. The scores from each section will be added together to create the total score.<o:p></o:p>

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MX-5’s and Roadster’s will each have their own competition with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize up for grabs.<o:p></o:p>

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Judges will be looking very closely at the cleanliness of the car, as well as the level of damage and corrosion. Every area of the car will be examined the exterior bodywork, interior plastic and upholstery, wheels, tyres and wheel arch area, undercarriage, engine bay, and even the boot area.<o:p></o:p>

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Then the judge will turn his attention to the car’s specification. The car will be examined using the reference material provided (this will usually be a copy of the Manufacturers brochure). One point will be deducted for each item that does not conform to the manufacturer’s specs. This includes maintenance items like drive belts, HT leads, etc. Components such as tyres and exhausts where original equipment is no longer available will be allowed discretion for OEM parts, but replacements must still conform to the manufacturer’s specifications.  Discretion will also be allowed for original dealer fitted accessories available for the car at the time of manufacture.<o:p></o:p>

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It is also required that all competitor wanting to take part in the concours competition pre-register. This is to enable appropriate reference material to be researched to aid the judging process.<o:p></o:p>

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The closing date for applicants is <st1:date w:st=“on” month=“9” day=“1” year=“2011”>1st September 2011</st1:date><o:p></o:p>



Download the application form here.

 Can you enter on the day for the Cool 5 competition or does the 1st September date apply to all the competitions?

Thanks, Mike

Pre registration is only necessary for the concours comp…

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the competitions this Sunday.  What a great display of cars. We’ll get a list of the winners on-line as soon as we can.

And the winners are…

National Rally 2011 Competition Winners.

Best Kept Mk3
Graham Keates  (Grampian)

Best Kept Mk2
1st Paul Clifton (Northampton)
2nd Tony Manchip (Solent)
3rd Richard Fowler (South East)

Best Kept Mk1
1st Andrew Vaux (Yorkshire Ridings)
2nd Melvyn Wright (Peaks and Pennines)
3rd Ray Jarman (Eastern Region)

Cool 5 Mk3
1st Barry Hunter (North Thames)
2nd Wendy Wright (Wessex)
3rd Paul Jones (North Thames)

Cool 5 Mk2
1st Allan Doodes (North Thames)
2nd Andrew Hiscocks (Yorkshire Ridings)
3rd Phil Wyper (North West Cheshire)

Cool 5 Mk1
1st Alan Robinson (Cheshire & North Wales)
2nd David Barber (North West Midlands)
3rd Adrian Neill (Eastern Region)

Hot 5 Mk3
winner - Mike O’Neill (Tyne Tees)

Hot 5 Mk1
1st Alan Robinson (Cheshire & North Wales)
2nd Carl Baker (Eastern Region)
3rd Christine Wingrove-Wheeler (North Thames)

1st Brian Thompson (Eastern Region)
2nd Ian McHattie (Cheshire & North Wales
3rd Ian McDowall (South East Area)


Photos and more details will be in the October Soft Top Hardtop…