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National Corvette Restorers Society

NCRS 2021 National Convention Judging Schools and Seminars

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2021 NCRS Palm Springs, California National Convention
Saturday July 17th through Thursday July 22rd, 2021

ALL sessions are FREE for REGISTERED Convention attendees. Be sure to wear your Convention name badge as it is your admission to these events.

Judging Paint - Tom Ames & John Ballard (Madera)

Times/Dates: Monday, July 19, from 9:15AM to 10:45AM - Judging Paint will cover the current NCRS judging criteria and guidelines for making accurate determinations while judging. Tom and John will discuss what typifies original appearing finishes, as well as factory application methods. They will also discuss paint color and appearance. With this judging information, the average judge should be able to make accurate and consistent judging decisions. Tom and John will additionally address proven approaches to painting a Corvette for NCRS Flight Judging. Three (3} Judging Points to be awarded for this session.

Mid year ECL’s - Bill Calorico (Madera)

Times/Dates: Monday, July 19, - 1:45PM to 3:15PM - Beginning in 1963 and continuing through 1967, GM provided certain build information on the Corvette Trim Tag. A series of letters, named Exception Code Letters were used (“ECL Codes”). This information evolved over the years and became more informative with subsequent model years. Additionally, the information provided on Corvette bodies built by GM and on bodies built by its subcontractor differed markedly.

Through a slide show presentation, the attendees will be given the “steps/tools/guidance” to correctly decipher Mid-Year Trim Tag ECL Code information. The information ECL Codes furnishes relating to production options is essential in Flight Judging. The Decoding of ECL Codes will be implemented using the charts and images from the NCRS Authentication Library, Volume One, 1963-1967. Three (3) NCRS Judging Points will be awarded for attending this session.

C3 Vacuum Systems - Bob Demmel (Madera)

Times/Dates: Tuesday, July 20, 9:30 AM to 11AM - This school will focus on vacumm actuator and relay applications installed during 1968 through 1972 Corvette production. These applications vary by model year and in some iinstances, applications changeed within the model years. Vacumm actuators were used in headlight and windshield wiper assemblies. These actuators were unique to both windshield wipers and headlights.

This school will address the sactuarors and relays used in each particular model year. In the slideeshow presentation, the adttendees will be shown the unique originality attributes and sdesign changess of 1968-1972 Corvette vacuum actuators and releays using the CDCIF judging process.

The presentation will be enhanced with photo comparisons of original and after market examples. Three (3) NCRS Judging Points will be awarded for attending this session.

Ask The National Team Leaders - Nick Culkowski and National Team Leaders (Madera)

Times/Dates: Tuesday, July 20, 2PM to 3:30PM - This Judging School is intended for car owners, judges and members of all judging levels. NCRS is fortunate to have thirteen dedicated members who serve as our National Team Leaders. Nick will lead this school, with the assistance of one NTL from each Corvette generation, C1 through C5. The discussion will begin with a few thoughts from each of the particpants regarding what they see as "hot" issues on the judging and PV field. The floor willl then be opened up to your questions. Any question will be entertained, but those of a gereral nature will be of the most interest to the broader audience. Three (3) NCRS Judging Points will be awarded for attending this session.

Introduction to NCRS Judging - Carlton Colclough & KC Strawmyre (Ventura)

Times/Dates: Tuesday, July 20, 2PM to 3PM - This school is an introductory course for NCRS members with little or no NCRS judging experience. The discussion will provide an overview of how we judge Corvettes and how we recognize and reward our judges. Carlton and KC will focus on and discuss judging guidelines while offering insightful information to aid members new to the judging process. The discussion will include the NCRS Judges Recognition Program, accumulation of NCRS Judging Points, scoring sheets and how originality and condition scoring are properly applied using NCRS guidelines.Three (3) NCRS Judging Points will be awarded for attending this session.

Judging Seminar - Advanced NCRS Judging Seminar with Terry McManmon

Times/Dates: Thursday, July 22, 9:30AM to 11:30AM (Session #1) and 1PM to 3PM (Session #2). Terry McManmon, one of the most senior NCRS Judges, long-time National Judging Team Leader, former Corvette Restorer Magazine Editor, National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame Member, and recipient of the NCRS Lifetime Achievement Award, will again lead his dual-session Advanced Judging Seminar. Terry and a team of Master Judges select a highly original Corvette and then use it as an example of many original parts and assemblies. Lifts will be used for up close viewing. Five (5) NCRS Judging Points will be awarded to those who attend BOTH sessions of this seminar on the same day. Zero (O) NCRS Judging Points be awarded to those who do not attend BOTH sessions on the same day.

Understanding the Importance of Tabulation - Cathy Bergmann & Jeanne Cloutier(Mesquite D)

Times/Dates: Wednesday, July 21, 10AM to 11AM - Come to learn about an all too frequently overlooked and important aspect of the NCRS Judging process. What goes on in the “Tab Room”? You will learn about the role of the Tabulating Team, the tabulation process and why cars aren’t released until tabulation is complete. This seminar, led by Cathy Bergmann and Jeanne Cloutier, will be for those interested in learning more about tabulating at the Chapter, Regional and National levels; as well as how judges can help ensure the accuracy of the judging sheets. Five (5) NCRS Tabulation points will be awarded for attending this session.

Judging Seminar - Advanced NCRS Judging Seminar with Terry McManmon

Times/Dates: Wednesday, July 21, 9:30AM to 11:30AM (Session #1) and 1PM to 3PM (Session #2) and Thursday, July 22, 9:30AM to 11:30AM (Session #1) and 1PM to 3PM (Session #2) Terry McManmon, one of the most senior NCRS Judges, long-time National Judging Team Leader, former Corvette Restorer Magazine Editor, National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame Member, and recipient of the NCRS Lifetime Achievement Award, will again lead his dual-session Advanced Judging Seminar. Terry and a team of Master Judges select a highly original Corvette and then use it as an example of many original parts and assemblies. Lifts will be used for up close viewing. Five (5) NCRS Judging Points will be awarded to those who attend BOTH sessions of this seminar on the same day. Zero (O) NCRS Judging Points be awarded to those who do not attend BOTH sessions on the same day.

Technical Sessions

Fuel and Lubricants for Vintage Corvettes - Gary Craig (Madera)

Times/Dates: Monday, July 19, 11AM to Noon - Maintaining your vintage Corvette with the products that are available today is a commonly asked opinionated question among owners. This slideshow presentation will describe the history of fuel and lubricants as they have evolved over the years. It will provide information on how to understand/decipher various manufacturing codes and industry standards. It will highlight the common concerns maintaining vintage automobiles. E.G. - ethanol laced pump gas, DOT levels of brake fluid, trans/diff oils, synthetic vs hydro-carbon based lubricants and supplemental additives. Gary will provide his own experiences with the subject while dispelling many “snake-oil” myths. As an added bonus, the presentation will also have actual items from the slideshow for hands-on viewing. No Judging Points awarded for this session.

The 1973-1982 Corvette Build Sheet -Tom Russo (Ventura)

Times/Dates: Monday, July 19, 3:30PM to 5PM -Tom Russo has researched the General Motors Assembly Division (GMAD) option manifest (build sheet). By 1973, the St Louis Assembly Plant had come under GMAD management and had adopted the GMAD manifest to depict buyer options. Attendees will learn how to interpret a GMAD style build sheet. No Judging Points awarded for this session.

Corvette Chat with past Corvette Engineers, Dave McLellan & Dave Hill (Madera)

Times/Dates: Wednesday, July 21, 3PM to 4:30PM - We are again honored to have these gentlemen and their wives attend our convention. These gentlemen were directly responsible for advancing the Corvette to where it is today. This will be a discussion of past and current Corvette engineering procedures, racing activities, and other topics of interest to the automobile enthusiast. A question and answer session will follow the prepared remarks. No Judging Points awarded for this session.