In these small shows, I prefer judges. Participants tend to vote for their buddies rather than being honest. Spectators just do not know enough to be fair. However I do like the shows that have a spectator's pick as well as real judging.
i personally dont like peoples choice shows. its..who ever brings the most friends wins. it doesnt matter what you drive. example...i attended a fairly new annual show benefiting a high school. the show is getting popular, and its is anice show. however its peoples choice. most people forget to vote or just dont know. a 70 judge won, a car i know well over the years. this car inmy eves didnt deserve first place. there were so many other cars that where nicer. but this guy brought his whole family and the voted individualy..not fair!! but it was a nice day for all to get together with firends. i like a judged show.