Maybe contests should start having a past winners catagory. And once your build places in that catagory it's done for that show. Shows could also have a non judged past winners catagory so people can just show off what they have built and probably won with before.
One of the catagories I don't understand is the need for a under construction catagory and why give awards for it. How do you judge a model that isn't done yet?
I think a lot of guys keep entering models because if it wins the first time it should win again and again and again. Why enter something that might not be a winner when you have already built a winner so to speak. It's the afraid to lose mentality. Probably entered by the same guys who if they lost would be in the judges face about being cheated or that winning car shouldn't be in catagory etc etc.
Exactly what you are talking about happens at our county fair in the photography contest for the last 8 years the same photo has been entered and won catagory and overall several times and every year finishes atleast in the top 2 in catagory. I don't know why it is allowed over and over and from personal experience I can say it is hardly ever the best in catagory much less overall.
Well I used to race cars and my car number was 77 as given to my by BellClair Speedway when I showed up without one the first time I raced myown car. The number stuck.
My avatar is the wheel from the first racing photo I took that was published. Technically I gave away the rights to the photo (was to young to read the fine print). Since that photo I have had several others published and won several photography contests.
If the jet dryers weren't allowed on the track under caution every wreck would be a 30 minute red flag. or there would be track workers out there with brooms under cautions. Just like the old days when people made the joke of "if someone doesn't die it isn't a race".
Personally I'm ok with the 1/10000000 chance of a someone hitting a jet dryer. It's better than people walking around on the track any day of the week.