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Big Jake
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Hi Group,

I'm tring to restore my '60 GMC truck back to OEM condition, I have all the lit and books and feel that I can do a 99-100% job. What I need to know if how what guidelines do the judges go by. I already ran into a problem with a judge becuase "HE" did not know what the original engine was and felt it would take away from the total points points because of this. Do we as car owners have any recourse if judges make mistakes or do not know what they are talking?

I plan on bringing the chassis and engine to our local club contest & show in Chalmette this June (St.Bernard Chapter) I will enter as display only but by winter, I feel we may be ready to go. any general help will be appre.

Jake

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Hi, Jake...

I believe many of us have been down that pike concerning judges. You have to remember, AACA Judges put a lot of time and expenditures out of their own pockets into doing the best job possible with "total fairness" in mind. They actually go out of their way to score a vehicle to the benefit of the owner. Granted, there will be times when human error enters the equation. In such cases, you, as a member, can write a letter to the VP of Class Judging, however, in my limited knowledge of these situations, I have never met anyone who had a judging decision reversed. This is not to say it has not happened, just in my experiences.

I would advise that you contact the AACA Headquarters and purchase a "Judging Manual", which spells out all the rules, duties of judges, classes of vehicles...you name it. (I believe the latest cost of the manual is $4.50-5.00)

AACA National Headquarters

P.O. Box 417

501 W. Governor Road

Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: 717-534-1910

Regards, Peter J. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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Hello Jake: To try and answer your question it needs to be kept in mind that AACA National Meet judging may very well differ from Regional, local or private organization judging. I can speak to you from the National Meet standpoint. If your truck were being judged at an AACA National Meet before deductions would be taken for any major component(s) the judge of that portion of the vehicle and the team captain would have to agree that your item was incorrect. If they are even the least bit unsure they are taught to ask you the owner for documentation. Just as you note that you have the books and manuals needed for the restoration the judge uses such documentation when necessary during judging. Does this procedure guarantee that a mistake will never happen? Of course not, but it certainly does decrease the chances a great deal. AACA National judges are taught to give every benefit of the doubt to the vehicle owner. So the best advice I can give you is use those Factory Books and Manuals in your restoration. They are and will be your best friend and always remember that National Meet judging and local meet judging may differ in rules and procedures. cool.gif

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Thank You, I plan to have 2 photo stands and some advertisements avaible for any who wish to see the history at out June 5th. 2004 car show. Believe it or not I brought the motor out during our 2002 show and I was busy all day answering questions. I plan on adding the photos from that show to my webshots book just as soon as I can scan them.

Jake

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