We’ve revamped Classic Bike over the last few months, so it seemed like a good idea to freshen up our annual concours competition as well. So, instead of Classic Bike of the Year, we bring you Barn Find of the Year. Sponsored by Godin Sporting Cars and Motorcycles and Coys, the concept’s simple. You present your next restoration project as found, we whittle down the entry to a final 10 project bikes and CB readers vote for the one they most want to see as the finished article.

The winner gets the 1000 guineas to help fund their project, plus a little help from CB’s sponsors and friends in the trade. And, if that’s not encouragement enough to see your project completed in record time, CB’s workshop wizard Rick Parkington will be hovering in the wings as a sort of project fairy godfather.

Entering the competition couldn’t be simpler. Just send a couple of photographs of your ‘barn find’ project to us, together with your contact details (including a phone number) and a few details on your plans for the project. Our panel will then pick out the 10 finalists who’ll go through to the final judging at the MCN London Motorcycle Show in February 2018. You’ll need to be prepared to get your project to the show at your own expense (though naturally we’ll give you free passes) and be happy for it to remain on display at Excel for the duration of the event. You’ll also have to be available for interview to explain how you stumbled across your barn find and your plans for it. And, of course, you’ll need to commit to completing your project.

The starting point (and intended finishing line) of your project is entirely up to you. Whether you start with a complete but tired bike, an incomplete rolling chassis or a bunch of tea chests stuffed with the rusty remnants of a once-proud motorcycle, you’ll be in with a chance of winning that 1000 guineas. And a catalogue-correct restoration stands as much chance of winning as a cleverly-engineered special or a custom take on a classic bike. As always, the final decision rests with CB readers and MCN London Motorcycle Show visitors. Even if you don’t win, we’d be delighted to follow the progress of any of the final 10 entries in the Our Classics section of CB.

So, let’s be having ’em. We want to see your rusty, incomplete project bikes, your piles of bits and your hacked-about classics. And we want to help one of you turn that into a bike you can be proud of. What have you got to lose?

Barn Find of the Year is sponsored by Godin and Coys