[concours] Re: Concours Digest V1 #81

100 Point Cars

Dear Nick,

I am a serious concours competitor.  My car is an XK 120 OTS,

Which has not yet scored 100pts. It has scored 99.86, 99.95, 99.97,and
99.98. I can assure you all of us who take concours seriously consider
the restoration of the mechanicals every bit as important as a perfict
paint job or flawless chrome. In fact most high scoring concours cars
usually run much better than thos in the driven class.
As much as I try to be a good sport I can assure you I am not going to
sit back and lose a concours to a car that was pushed onto the show
field. The four concours that I have attended since I finished my
restoration all opened the field to the cars at 8AM and the people
running the event told each car exactly where to park keeping all like
cars together…It would be almost impossible to push your car to the
field and hopefully guess the right location to park it in.
A simple solution to te problem (if it exhists at all) would be to
have the cars report to a location a short distance from the show field,
say a parking lot nearby where they would be greated by a member of the
show staff there attendance could be noted and all could observe them
drive the distance to the show field.
To attempt to judge the color of the exhaust smoke, the sound of the
valves,the state of the idle and so fourth (short of using one of
those computerized Sun engine analizers) would be undually subjective.
As for leaks, do we drive the car onto a white surface and wait one
minute,2 minutes,10 minutes to see if a drop of oil hits the ground. If
the car is running while we are waiting for that dreaded drop of oil it
could easly overheat especialy here in Florida in the summer. Then
would the coolent overflow be considered a leak?
Some how this just sounds unworkable.
Just one man’s opinion.

Frank A.Rubino
XK120 OTS
670834
Sept.29,1950

At 9:14 PM -0500 1/11/99, FRANK A. RUBINO wrote:

As much as I try to be a good sport I can assure you I am not going to
sit back and lose a concours to a car that was pushed onto the show
field.

Don’t forget that you are automatically disqualified from a JCNA concours
if you complain to a judge about another entrant’s car.

Instead, you should file a general complaint with the concours organizers
indicating that you are displeased with their failing to observe the
movement of cars onto the field. A well run concours should keep the
field closed until some of the judging staff are on hand to see the
cars drive up (this also implies that judges arrive well in advance of
the start of judging).

Chip

Chip Weems wrote:

A well run concours should keep the
field closed until some of the judging staff are on hand to see the
cars drive up (this also implies that judges arrive well in advance of
the start of judging).

Chip, you’re assuming we HAVE enough judges to manage this activity. As most
of you know, the world doesn’t seem to have enough judges come concours day.
As such, insisting that they are all assembled in advance of the great
event is probably asking a bit much. If we’re lucky, a 70 car field might
have a few willing participants (say 8-10) shortly before it’s time to go to
work.

SK