The Ault Park Concours d’Elegance was one of fourteen concours events last year to partner with Hagerty’s Youth Judging program, an initiative that gives kids an up close look at classic cars, boats and other vintage vehicles.
The structured program calls for the judges, ranging in age from 8 to 16, to be escorted by adult guides through the show to learn the basics of judging and to interact with owners of a select group of vehicles. After examining a car, truck or motorcycle, the boys and girls consider the details, facts and history before filling out their scoresheets, which are then tabulated to determine the order of finish.
Last year, more than 70 classic car and boat events took part in Hagerty’s Youth Judging. This activity is a component of Operation Ignite, a series of hands-on educational programs designed to attract the younger generation to the old car and boat hobbies.
In the video above, taken at the 2011 Ault Park show, Monica Janning explains the features of her Best in Class 1922 American La France Type 75 fire truck to the Hagerty Youth Judges. Although the beautifully restored truck won Best in Class for the special fire apparatus category, it was the 1950 Packard Eight Station Sedan shown below that took home the Youth Judge’s Ambassador Award.