Always a gentleman and voice of reason. Can we please go back to helpful
info and informed attack free comments.
I for one still need informed information to guide my decisions on how close
to original I want to anf can afford to go, while buildi.g the car the way I
sent from my Droid, please excuse typos and random self corrections because
my phone has It's own ideas about what word I meant to write
On Jun 18, 2011 9:41 PM, "Rich Chrysler" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I've been sitting here watching a lot of Concours email traffic over the
> last number of days, sometimes having to hold back and bite my tongue a
> times about individuals different "take" on the whole subject.
> First off, I know Barry Robinson personally, I consider him a good friend,
> certainly a caring and informed craftsman and his efforts to build an
> accurate Golden Beige BJ8 back in the late '80's was truly remarkable and
> exemplary, especially given that era of restorations. His efforts and
> his car's judging took place prior to the founding of our National
> Registry. I was Chief Judge when it was scored at the Niagara falls
> in 1989.There were no Guidelines, no set policies, no award levels and in
> the mists of time and memory, his fantastic BJ8 did not in fact achieve a
> "perfect" score. Nothing does, but it was a very high score, and
> Moving on, the theme of the National Concours Registry is to gather and
> maintain the knowledge, the details and the facts as best we can and
> this data into a volume of Guidelines so those who choose can read and
> absorb this data, examine exemplary pictures and make an informed choice
> to how they want to build and detail their car. We always stress in the
> Guidelines that they are not nearly enough to base your entire accurate
> restoration upon, but they are a start. Beyond that, the restorer needs to
> seek out a lot more specific detail knowledge in order to score a high
> if that's their desire.
> Further, our aim is to try our best to maintain a known and recognized
> of experienced judges who can hopefully examine and evaluate the cars we
> asked to judge. We have 1000 points to work with, which sounds like a lot,
> but to cover every aspect of an entire car, we simply don't have the point
> allotments to cover every aspect of every detail adequately. So we do our
> best to balance the point system. This fact plus the fact that we have the
> distinct disadvantage of the judges being human, will always cause minor
> point fluctuations in one team vs. another team judging the same car.
> That is the reason why we use point levels, and no judging official will
> ever reveal actual points awarded with anybody but the owner. The level of
> course can and will be revealed to all, and any set of judges will
> a car to at least the same level.
> I have presided over a couple of judgings where the points actually did
> amount to 996.5 points. We quietly went back over the car feeling that
> surely no car could achieve such a perfect score, but we simply could not
> find any place we could justifiably change the score, so it remained.
> As for driving and maintaining a car built and detailed as closely as is
> possible to the original with today's availability of tires, paints,
> upholstery, and maintaining original but completely rebuilt generators,
> engines, gearboxes, starter motors, voltage regulators, new 48 spoke
> wire wheels, original design exhaust systems, new but original spec wiring
> harnesses, faithful reproductions of original chassis, of course
> sneaks in. Each is a choice, but a choice that is hopefully a learned and
> informed choice. Given the knowledge, compromise can be kept to an almost
> imperceptible minimum, and that to me is the kicker. Over restore?
> Not to where it's obvious wherever possible.
> The look and feel of a 1954 motoring experience in such a car?
> Rich Chrysler
> You bet!
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