Over the years, we have continued to refine and more clearly articulate our event focus and judging philosophy.  To that end, the Artomobilia, at its core, is a celebration of automotive art and design spanning more than 100 years and 50 marques.  The Artomobilia team appreciates each and every automotive enthusiast that chooses to invest their time in our event, and share their car with our judging team and the many thousands of guests that the event hosts each year.  Because of our event focus, we welcome, and present, one of the largest variety of collector and enthusiast automotive marques (and periods) of any event in the United States.

The organizing committee has established an evaluation philosophy that provides guardrails when judging vehicles within a class, or across multiple classes.  That said, the quality and quantity of the truly fantastic collector and enthusiast entries that we receive each year makes selecting a single winner from each class a challenging prospect.  We acknowledge that we cannot please everyone, however, our hope is that you will appreciate, enjoy, and celebrate the selected winners with us.

Quantitive Scoring


Our scoring system includes a 5 point scale in each of five categories (Exterior Condition, Interior & Trunk, etc.).  Within each evaluation category, the judging team begins with an average score of 3 points.  If the entry is exceptional, it will receive an "above average" score. If it is lacking in some way, it will receive a "below average" score in that category.   

Each entry starts with an "average" score to accelerate the judging process, and to enable the judges to assess the merit of the car individually, and then as compared to those in its class.  Further, when our team is evaluating an entry that is 50 years old, the entry may be scored above (or below) average (for it's age, and in it's class) in many areas due to it's age.  Conversely, late-model cars by their nature, may tend to skew more average.  As an extreme example, a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette may tend to skew above average as compared to a 2014 Corvette Stingray that may skew more average.


Qualitative Scoring

The judging team will also consider the design and provenance of the car, the significance and/or history of the individual car, and/or the marque, and its influence on the automotive hobby at-large.  And, it is this consideration that in many cases "moves the needle" in determining class and event winners.  

We have defined four common entry profiles.  While these principles vary slightly from class-to-class, we generally believe that "Old/Significant" is preferable to "Old/Shiny" which is preferable to "New/Significant" which is preferable to "New/Shiny".  Like many things, time and preservation matters.  

To keep things fresh, entries that win the class or event, are tagged as "Emeritus" in subsequent years, and are ineligible to win the that same class more than once.


As a simplified illustration, we host a Ford Shelby Class each year that is challenging to judge because of the narrow focus of the class, significance of the marque, the broad range of the years, and the incredible quality of the entries.  This class best illustrates how (and why) our judging philosophy is applied.  In the sample Ford Shelby Class below, all things being equal, the 1965 427 Cobra Competition would be the most favorable entry, but could not win the Shelby class more than one year.


Rules & Regulations

The rules and regulations that we have developed and refined since the first Carmel Artomobilia in 2008 are intended first and foremost to protect all the participants and their property (in that order).  Safety is our primary concern.  Further, we seek to preserve, promote and present a fantastic, fair and fun-filled event for visitors, participants, sponsors and Arts & Design District merchants.  To that end, the following describes the rules and regulations for the upcoming Carmel Artomobilia.  As you would expect, our rules are enforced with discretion toward our objectives, are subject to change without notice.   

We appreciate your commitment to Carmel Artomobilia, please be aware of the following show regulations: 

  • Acceptance into the Artomobilia is made by our Selection Committee.  Entry fees will only be refunded for entries that are not accepted by our committee.
  • We will apply common sense in regard to concerns to the safety of our guests, our participants and their property.
  • All judged cars must display the Carmel Artomobilia information placard at all times.
  • Judges will ask hoods and tops to be raised during judging.  Prior to judging, hoods should be closed and tops can be positioned according to the participants preference.
  • No "For Sale" or other signs are permitted to be placed on or around your entry(s).  
  • No advertising or promotion of any company, product or service is allowed near your entry(s) outside of an agreed-to sponsorship.
  • No additional displays are allowed to accompany your vehicle.  Any signs or other vehicle information should be presented inside the vehicle (interior or trunk).  No canopies or roping-off of cars or areas is permitted.
  • All cars MUST arrive at the Marshaling Yard (Carmel Elementary parking lot) or an Express Check-in Area for escort to the display area in the Carmel Arts & Design District between the hours of 8:00am EST and 10:30am EST.  Any entries that are not at the Marshaling Yard at or before 10:30am will be refused, and no refunds will be provided. 
  • No entry may be moved, apart from class winners and Best in Show candidates, once placed in their appropriate spot by the marshaling official until 5:00pm. No exceptions will be made due to safety concerns.


The Carmel Artomobilia strives to provide the best Specialty Judges and best Honorary Judges available.  In addition, we seek to delivery the most transparent and judging process available.  To that end, here are the guidelines that will be used for the judging process.

  • Each judging team will contain a Specialty Judge and one or more Honorary Judges.
  • Each judging team will visit the assigned class beginning at 11:00am EST, and review the entries in that class.  They will then begin evaluating each car.  If the owner is present, the owner will encouraged (and welcomed) to review and identify unique elements of the entry.  Supporting documents, photos, etc. are also allowed and encouraged.
  • Each judge will evaluate the entry based on a five (5) point scale, and deductions for each area will assigned.
    • Exterior Condition: Stock and/or Period Correct, Surface & Trim Condition, Uniform Body Gaps, Overall Condition and Exterior Paint.
    • Interior & Trunk Condition: Stock and/or Period Correct, Surface & Trim Condition, Carpets & Headliners, Trunk/Spare/Jack/Tools/etc., and Overall Cleanliness.
    • Engine Compartment Condition & Operation: Stock and/or Period Correct, No Dripping/Leaking/Dampness, No Missing Components, and Overall Condition.
    • Tires & Wheels Condition: Stock and/or Period Correct Wheels, Stock and/or Period Correct Tires, and Over All Condition.
    • Bonus Points: Rare Documents, Survivor Significance, Special OEM Performance Options, Dealer Installed Options, and Overall Quality.
  • After evaluating the entries in each class, the judging team will confer to quantitatively determine which entries they believe are in the best, most original and/or period correct, physical condition, and from those, they will discuss to qualitatively determine which single entry is exhibits and/or incorporates the best, and most desirable, artistic and design elements.
  • Once the judging is complete for each entry, the quantitative judging results will be sent, via email, to the address provided to the entrant as a courtesy and indication the judging for that entry is complete (but, may not be finalized).  Individual results will be the only results provided.
  • We acknowledge that both qualitative and qualitative results are ultimately subjective, and dependent on the differing opinions of the Specialty and Honorary Judges.  To that end, entries deemed to be "Artomobilia First in Class" winners, "Artomobilia Penultimate" or "Artomobilia Best in Show" candidates will be validated for continuity and consistency by the Judging Committee Chairman and select members of the Judging Committee.  The decisions are of the Judging Teams and Judging Committee are final.