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NCRS 2020 National Convention Judging Schools and Seminars

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2020 NCRS French Lick, Indiana, National Convention
Sunday July 19th through Thursday July 23rd, 2020

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 (Hoosier A Room)

Times/Dates: Monday, July 20, 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 (Hoosier A Room)

Times/Dates: Monday, July 20, - 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.

Trim Tags - Gary Bosselman (Hoosier A Room)

Times/Dates: Tuesday, July 21, 9:30 AM to 11AM - This school presents a detailed study of the process that Chevrolet Motor Division used to produce trim tags for C-2 and C-3 corvettes. Gary will share the knowledge he’s acquired studying and observing numerous trim tags over the years. His Power Point presentation will provide an interesting look at some anomalies of Original Trim Tags. Three (3) NCRS Judging Points will be awarded for attending this session.

Corvette Tires and Hubcaps - Mike Treece & Rick Coker (Hoosier A Room)

Times/Dates: Tuesday, July 21, 2PM to 3:30PM - This Judging School presentation offers an interesting look at tires and hubcaps supplied on C-1, C-2 and C-3 Corvettes. This presentation will share photos of the evolution of tires from markings of non-DOT to DOT along with valve stems and caps. This presentation will also include the hubcap design, stampings and anomalies for 1953-1982 models. Three (3) NCRS Judging Points will be awarded for attending this session.

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

Times/Dates: Tuesday, July 21, 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: Wednesday, 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(Ford Room)

Times/Dates: Wednesday, July 22, 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: Thursday, July 23, 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

Events in the Manufacture of the 1963 - 1967 Corvettes - Larry M. Galloway (Ford Room)

Times/Dates: Monday, July 20, 11AM to Noon - Larry began his Corvette life in August of 1962 at the St. Louis Corvette plant in the newly formed Quality Control department. He will regale the listener with his experiences as liaison between A.O. Smith and the St. Louis plant. His personal insight with the body, paint, trim shops and chassis line along with heavy repair, paint repair and final line as an inspector. All this included meeting some very interesting GM personnel along the way. No Judging Points awarded for this session.

The 1973-1982 Corvette Build Sheet -Tom Russo (Ford Room)

Times/Dates: Monday, July 20, 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 (Hoosier A Room)

Times/Dates: Wednesday, July 22, 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.