Carlisle, PA - Each and every year we anticipate the spring for the arrival of the Performance & Style Show at the Carlisle Events Fairgrounds. Except this year they moved the event to mid-July so they could benefit from better weather, so we'd have to wait a little longer. Carlisle P&S is the flagship event for our brand, as we started out close to ten years ago judging the outdoor show field for the Carlisle staff. Since then we've learned a lot - and it was that experience that actually got us thinking that an app could really streamline the process. Fast forward back to July 18, 2015, and we arrive to the Carlisle Fairgrounds ironically to thunder, lightning, and torrential downpours. But not to worry as the weather made a quick recovery and before we knew it we were "enjoying" 100 degree heat! But the show must go on... and go on it did as nearly 600 cars made their way thru the "powered by eJudged" judging lanes. We had our Ford Transit Connect Wagon posted up near the main tent, under the Low Jambs Pavilion, supplying WiFi connection and serving as the backdrop to our activation. We also had our usual Carlisle cast of characters in attendance, a group of eJudged certified expert judges that we've been working with since the old car club days together.
Outdoor drive thru judging is not the only competition powered by eJudged at the event. The Top Flight competition is a series of elite awards that the Invitational "Indoor" display vehicles are eligible for. This year Carlisle added cash payouts for the big winners and ten Awards of Excellence, so it allowed the panel of five industry professionals to recognize more builders for their outstanding efforts. The panel of pros deliberated over their choices in a closed session to determine who would receive the top honors of the event. This is an aspect of the show that has been growing and evolving into quite a cool contest... and we're proud to be able to have our brand be a part of it.
Holland, MI - We've been looking forward to the weekend of Euro Hangar ever since we added it to the schedule. We always like unique events with cool venues and a trip to Michigan would mean that we'd get to see some cool builds that we hadn't seen before elsewhere. As a bonus our Ford Transit Connect Mobile Command Center would get a chance to rip around on its home streets of Michigan. We arrived into town Friday evening to the pre-meet downtown, where we were handed five Golden Tickets from Dustin and the rest of the staff. The Golden Tickets meant that we had the honor of choosing the five featured cars that would be on display, front and center at the show on Saturday. Our top five pics represented the best of the variety within the crowd.
Carlisle, PA – Carlisle Events is one of the mainstays of eJudged. The fairgrounds are local to us and we’ve been attending, participating, and helping with their events for years. Even before we established the eJudged technology. This past weekend was their GM Nationals event, and for the second year in a row we were asked to manage an elite portion of the show known as the Standard of Excellence competition. Only the serious competitors are included for this competition, which awards the Top 15 vehicles overall – including a variety of modern and classic muscle, as well as vintage cars that have either been restored or preserved. The Standard of Excellence competition recognizes the best of the best of all varieties on the GM showfield, and we were honored to have been asked to be a part of it. Torrential downpours throughout most of Saturday did hinder the competition a bit, but our staff was quick on their feet, as we transformed our giant 40 x 40 booth into a drive thru judging tent to keep the competitors and their vehicles safe and dry during the contest. Overall the weekend was a great success for both Carlisle Events and eJudged. We can’t wait for better weather and growth within this competition in years to come!
Ocean City, MD - Stop #2 on the Live-Wire-Media event schedule was an event that we have been attending for well over 10 years now, the OC Car Show. So far it's been a wild and fun ride working with B-Rad and the LiveWire crew. We love to see the variety that turns up for their events. Earlier this spring we traveled to Virginia for their first 2015 event, which was mainly hot rods and classic builds. The OC Car Show, however, was heavy in the import and exotic scenes - but there were still some impressive hot rods and classics in competition as well. The show was more than a variety of vehicles, there were several halls within the convention center with cars and insane mini trucks on display and entertainment on stages - and there was also an outdoor meet/show and shine going on all weekend. The Air Show was also happening over the boardwalk just a few blocks away so there was plenty to see and experience. We were lucky enough to have our eJudged branding flags flying above the main stage all weekend inside - while our Ford Transit Connect Mobile Command Center was on display outside blasting a WiFi signal across the showfield.
As an added bonus, we got the chance to be reunited with our close friends and fellow SEMA project builders, Aaron and his dad Carl Vaccar. The Vaccars host a nationwide extravaganza known as the Auto Life Tour. Their giant rig was posted up front and center outside, and they were generous enough to let us be a part of their booth - along with their Blood & Grease Clothing Ford Transit Connect. Two Transits that were picked up on the same day from Ford Headquarters and built over a few short weeks for the same SEMA show... back together again drawing attention from the spectators and enthusiasts at the show.
Landisville, PA – Earlier this spring we were contacted by Jason who puts on the annual Cops & Rodders car show in Lancaster County. He had learned about us from a good friend from our earlier “OG” car community days… Thanks Sajy! In its 5th year, Jason wanted to step things up and set the standard for other local events. So naturally he wanted to get his event on board with our eJudged iOS app. The Cops & Rodders event benefits the Power Packs Project, an organization that provides long-term solutions to end childhood hunger. Since the event was only a short drive for us, Jason invited us to come hang out for the day -and we decided to show our support in person, which gave the judges an opportunity to take advantage of our Ford Transit Connect Mobile Command Center and HotSpot on wheels. We’ve gotta say we’re glad we took the time to come and be a part of the fun! A couple hundred cool cars turned up, despite a little rain in the morning, the food was good, and the company was good as well – as there were plenty of area Police officers in attendance with their cars on display as well. Neat concept for a show, and we can’t wait to return again next year!