<< ...our Concours Guidelines are just that... *Guidelines*.
We are continuously accused of updating (changing) the standards yearly
and presently a moving target. This is just not true. >>
AND it has been that way since the concept was intro'ed
IIRC by Rich Chrysler & Gary Anderson [or was it Roger ??]
at the Fall Delegates' Meeting in Arlington Hgts. in '85 [??].
<< Cars are judged as to a standard of how they came from the factory, >>
<< They are not the end all word in how a car is prepared, just our attempt
to help restorers fill in missing information that can only be gathered by
careful research on how the cars were built originally. >>
And then there ARE "the odd ball" that comes down the pike.
For instance, at Canada Conclave Niagara Falls in '89, Margo and my
Cindy where having a cocktail and Geoffrey Healey and
my self joined them almost at same time. Well ladies were chatting
[imagine that <G>] with Geoff & I excluded and I mentioned to him that
someday I would love to paint my [white]
BJ-7 in Golden Metallic Beige but that I knew it would 'cost'
me Concours Points<G>. He then proceeded to tell me that HE
had done just that to a BJ-7 'coming down the line' by having
it pulled out of production line and painted specially with a
WHITE car as the 'base model'.
My point is that IF I started on my car taking PICTURES as I
went and found that I did indeed have his ex-car by my
DOCUMENTING the "Odd Ball" thing, I would NOT lose Points
as I had the PROOF of it originally being GMB !!
Now I would STILL need silver-green motor, 48 spoke painted
wheels, etc., etc. <G> !!
So there ARE "loop holes" and the Guidelines even say so, BUT
it is up to the car's presenter to PROVE the "odd ball" 'thing'.
I also think as I have said for YEARS that we do have the BEST
of the best in our Guidelines AND having s completely SEPARATE
entity taking car of "the job".
PS: Keep up the GREAT work Concours Committee !!!
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