Thanks for checking in- I appreciate your coming to me directly instead of relying on opinions or speculation.
The Judged classes are each unique in their requirements, yet each accurately cater to the vehicles in question. Obviously, a full Pro-Touring-chassised '68 Impala with an LS3 and six-peed is not going to be judged by the same criteria as a body-off restored Z24 with the correct hose clamps and chalk marks.
The modified classes stress preparation, quality of finishes, engineering and overall execution, as opposed to correctness, which is not a relevant criterion to the vehicle in question. The stock Judged classes will stress originality and/or correctness.
Normally, the People's Choice classes are for the less-serious restorations, the driver-quality vehicles and those cars that were driven to the event. Rather than rely on any set rules, this is a simple vote class that will be broken up by model year, or in the case of 1971 and later cars, by generation. This gives everyone an opportunity to compete for a trophy. The idea of registering for both Judged and People's Choice is akin to a professional athlete competing in an amateur class. We tend to let the Judged cars compete to a standard, rather than each other, while the People's Choice classes are just what the name implies.
As for the show parking, the field is divided into People's Choice and Judged areas. Both will be prominently displayed and no additional fees are associated with the show display.
Don Keefe, Editor-in-Chief
Impala News magazine
President, National Impala Association