No they do not want a finished car shown before the show opens....the cars has to seen by the public for the first time when the show opens...... Guys and Denise...let me tell you building a ridler car will drive you fucking nuts..I built a roadster for the 50th, we got on the front row of the show!!! when they put us there I was all giddy like a school girl, then Chip showed up with the Grand Master...Then Alloway ....I wanted to shoot myself in the head!!!! I polished every bolt nut and washer, ground the block smooth, indexed all the screws and bolts cut threads so there were only three threads showing, shaved tires so there were no marking on them indexed the tires, had custom wheels made, counted threads on the stitching on the interior so they were the same on both sides, ground the rear end smooth, chrome everything I could, and polished everything I could, painted everything I could, built a bitching display!!!! I was on cloud nine!!! when they were picking the Great Eight a judge walked up and look at the car grabbed my judges book said " OH ITS GOT AN AXLE IN THE FRONT" put the book down and walked away I asked what happened, one told me that a "CAR WITH AN AXLE WILL NEVER WIN"......till this year!!!! Then on Friday morning I overheard some respected people in the industry say they had the winner picked on Thursday night! Was it an experience YES! would I do it again NO!!!! It was was like taking a pair of nail clippers to a gun fight!!!