How can a person get some valid feedback on their restoration prior to a major show then? Thank you for the information thus far.
We use to have "tear apart parties" way back when. Invite a bunch of local judges (had a bunch of well schooled judges around at the time due to the ongoing seminar program) over for lunch. Give them each a pad of paper and a pen and tell them to tear the car apart. After you collect all the pads you feed them lunch for the effort
Of course some of the details some of the uneducated (in your particular year or model) would be ignored but they would still pick up cleanliness or workmanship details. But basically you would get two years worth of judging in a day for the cost of lunch
Now a days its not completely unheard of renting a judge and flying them in or if a judge familiar in your year and model is close - arrange to bring your car to a local show for them to go over it outside of the events judging. I tend to do this a few times every year for the locals. Renting a judge to come up is allot more affordable than trailering your car for a day or so, fuel, meals and gas cost - in the long run. Plus you get the one on one, ask questions and can film, tape or other wise record all the findings and suggestions. Can also be done during the build process so that you don't have to redo steps
Just some thoughts and what has worked well for others