STANDARD FCA SHOW CATEGORIES
Falcons entered in this category have historically been thoroughly detailed while maintaining a high percentage of authenticity. Most common and accepted modifications in this category are custom or aftermarket wheels combined with radial performance type tires (rather than bias ply). The other noted and accepted modifications are “Sprint” or “Cobra” type air cleaners and valve covers. These two modifications are felt to be acceptable because perhaps the OEM, bias ply tires are not available in the correct sizes and radial tires add a definite safety factor in traction, handling and braking. The newer sized of radial tires also require a rim width that is wider than the stock Falcon wheel. This is the reason many owners choose to run the 14X6 Magnums or 14X7 Magnums in combination with a 70 series radial tire.
The Sprint and Cobra engine accessories are recognized as “True” Ford parts and could be purchased “over the counter” from any Ford dealership. Details really stand out in this category. The engine compartment is clean enough to eat off in his vehicle, be it a 144/170/200 six or a 260/289/302 eight. It will be detailed to the max. No glaring modifications are anywhere on this Falcon. It just looks a little better than the original, the way it would have if Ford could have “hand built” each one individually.
You may see these Falcons on trailer or driven on a nice day. Several cars of this quality may even be driven on long trips. All in all, these Falcons are built for “Show or Go.” At local cars shows across the nation these cars are bringing back the memories of the car that started it all, and bringing home the “gold” to boot.
Daily/Street Driven Category
This category is perhaps the most important to the future of the FCA and the value of all Falcons. As the name implies, this category is for those special Falcons that you see on the street every day! These Falcons are driven at least three thousand miles per year, rain or shine. They are not “Parade Cars” or “Museum Pieces.” They take Dad to work and Mom to the grocery store. They are often the son’s or daughter’s first car and are depended on to get them to school every day. Then have felt the pain of parking lots and careless drivers. They are the cars left outside to make room for Mom’s new Taurus; they are also the ones that will start when the new one refused to face the cold of winter. Definitely not a show car, but for sure a winner! You won’t find a show quality paint job on this Falcon. Maybe a nice set of wheels like Magnums or even steel wheels and not quite show quality hubcaps. The engine compartment may or may not be detailed. In all cased it will be as clean as one can keep it. Remember this car is used as it was intended. Several modifications that improve dependability may even be evidenced on this “driver.” Maybe an alternator sits where a generator once resided. One can easily understand wanting a dependable charging system! The beauty of the Falcons in this category is not that they are perfect. They are well-maintained attractive vehicles willing to take their proud owners across town, to work, grocery shopping, or wherever they want to go.
Diamond in the Rough
This category is for the Falcon that obviously needs work or is in the process of being restored. It may or not be drivable. It may be in primer or still have the old paint job. The interior may be tattered and torn or partially finished. The bodywork is not completed. The engine needs work. Anyone looking at this Falcon can see it does not fit in any of the other categories but has potential some day.
Lite Modified Category
This Category is for that Falcon that retains the stock appearance but has been mildly modified to improve the safety, performance and drivability/handling. Falcons entered in this Category might have disc brakes with dual master cylinder, rack and pinion steering that has been bolted in place, overdrive transmission (manual or automatic), aftermarket intake and exhaust manifolds, aftermarket wheels and tires, reclining bucket seats with original design upholstery material, aftermarket steering wheel, gages or consoles. Even a small block Ford stroker engine. These mildly modified Falcons should not have any body modifications such as wheel tubs, louvers or hood scoops. These mild modifications could be easily reversed returning the Falcon to a stock condition. The Falcon entered in this Category will probably be very detailed inside and outside.
This category is wide open! You will find Customs, Sleds, Racers, Chopped Tops, Full Frames, Tubs, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, Monster Tires and a host of other tempting modifications. Engines may be carbureted, fuel injected small block, or even a blown big block. In either case, you bet it is well detailed and more than likely “Bad to the Bone.” No engine modification is considered extreme, although all entries must be all Ford powered. Absolutely no Brand X. Paint schemes will vary as much as engine choice. We’re talking metallic, pastels, flames, graphics, murals or a super smooth single color over rolled pans, filled seams and a sunken antenna. Interiors may be a stark as a race car or as plush as a new Continental or Town Car. In all cases, the interior will be fitted to suit the owner and fully functional for the application. “Modified” best describes this category.
Concours Masters Category
This category is for the “Purist.” Falcons entered in this Category will have won the Best Stock Falcon award in any of the three previous FCA National Meets. The Falcons entered here will really open your eyes and make your mouth water. These cars are as correct as one can possibly make them, right down to the smallest detail. Nothing fancy but all exactly like the factory built it. Correct interior, correct paint color, correct engine transmission combination, everything the factory data plate indicates is correct. It may have just received a ground-up restoration, or it could be a low mileage original. In all cases, these Falcons are the “Best of the Best.”
Modified Masters Category
This Category is for the “Mild to Wild.” Falcons entered in this Category will have won the Best Modified Falcon award in any of the three previous FCA National Meets. These Falcons have been modified either lightly for safe driving, performance or convenience such as modern engines and drivetrains while retaining the stock look; or heavily modified such as wide slicks, custom bodies or blown engines. The sky is the limit. Quality workmanship and attention to detail make these Falcons the “Best of the Best”.
Keep in mind; although the Categories will remain constant, the guidelines are just that… guidelines! Except for the Concours and Modified Masters Categories, those that register at a National Meet are free to enter in the Category that they feel best fits their Falcon.
Standard Car Classes for National Meets
These are MINIMUMS. The hosting chapter may at its discretion add classes if the situation
in their area calls for it. This requires prior approval of the Board of Directors.
Our National Meet and Show Guidelines (Note to all: this file requires an FCA password)