...The main issue is that everyone has their own expectations when coming to look at a derby. Some people pay no attention to the theme at all...
boy howdy. ;^)
ramyb, I've read both of your attempts to justify the design as 'on theme'. or 'on write-up'.
My big dissatisfaction with your design winning, or sitting in the fog and the hotness, taking away a place for something, oh, maybe Art Deco, is just that it clearly isn't Art Deco. Sure, there are elements that have some resemblance to Art Deco: you have some repeated geometric forms, you have quite a few gears (which at most have been a minimally 'art deco' motif), and apparently you feel that drawing something like a tall building, and then hiding that feature, is enough Art Deco to allow you to fit the theme. Yet, anyone who sees the design will never think "ooh, what a clever use of Art Deco in a novel way".
The contest is an Art Deco Contest. While woot's drunken writers may have described it in a less than perfect way, my impression from the writeup was more that they were trying to describe what Art Deco is, and failing, rather than that they were spelling out requirements for what is on-topic.
For a design to quite possibly win it that has virtually nothing to do with Art Deco is just wrong. If the theme is that boring to you, that to hold your interest you have to mess around so far from the actual theme that no-one who is honest with themselves can call it Art Deco, then why did you enter at all? You're allowed to take a week off, for Pete's sake.