I guess I may have leaned to far toward the "competition" side for some, but perhaps I have been misinterpreted also. With the "as left the factory" or "Senior" designation, if you like, I was trying to indicate a standard for all bikes entered for judging would be judged against. A standard that participants and yes, judges, could actually see and compare the bikes to rather than a nonstandard of what someones idea of "correct" might be. The competition aspect comes from the natural human desire to have yours be nicer or if you will more correct than any one else's, that your bike, car, airplane, firearm or what ever is the "best", hence the limiting of the Winners Circle Award to the very best of the best for each season of judging. the very name of the award indicates that fact and makes it meaningful and something worth striving for. Check around, healthy competition improves the breed. Humans are competitive in nature, can't change that unfortunately. Don't believe me? Just go to any show or exhibition where awards are earned or handed out and you will find stunningly fine examples of what ever is being shown and judged. Because of that human nature, if there is no chance of recognition for excellence you will find that participants are few and items shown are generally bland. I put forth the idea of the "as ridden" or "junior" group as a platform for beginners to participate and have their machines judged and find out what they need to do to improve their machines. . No seasonal award would be offered. I guess this group already exists. Perhaps a class to just exhibit and compete for a general "peoples choice" award could be used to increase overall participation. This group would not be competing against a correctness standard or judged by any one other than the general public at each event and no seasons best award would be offered.
Because of the great diversity of machines that show up at the meets to compete for recognition, the "standard of excellence" for every make that shows up especially the more obscure is difficult to pin down. Not to ignore all of the many very finely preserved or restored foreign machines, my comments have been directed toward the more "standard" makes that a lot of us think of first when we hear the words "vintage motorcycle".
Sorry if I've gored anyone's ox along the way. Perhaps I've misunderstood what was trying to be achieved.