Have gotten may responses from guys through email and or pm, since I posted this on CT as well.
AGAIN, this is my opinionn, clearly the NIA has been doing there thing for a long time, and it brings people back, so something is working.
I am just want to make a few things clear, and hope other would respond an opinion, and that opinion could be as simple as it does not belong on this forum, I just know that alot of people here are apart of, or are going to Dayton.
Couple things it boils down to, have a show field from day one where cars are to be parked during the week ( TO generate conversation ) most people will sit with there cars, at least some of the time, but they are all there in in categories off at least years. not randomly parked in different areas of hosting hotel that the show is at. (everybody like to talk about the their car!)
Trailered cars, bring them out when comfortable with it, cause others would like to see the higher standard maybe and learn form the car, what is maybe correct, or mods that have been done and the effects, example, white 65 4dr at Spearfish, seen the car alot, thought it was cool, seen it in parking lot, wanted to speak to the owner, just never caught up with them, show field may of brought that opportunity.
I know Judging is done differently in many events, I get that, and again in MY opinion every car should go through through safety check, so the cowl tag and VIN can be ID'd and put in the proper class, (Modified, original etc.) maybe this is a volunteer issue, I am not sure, but if you bring a car, you should have to be a Judge, if you opt out it cost you $25.00 or something to that effect, and have it on the show field 2 - 3 days prior to "Judgement Day" so everyone has had a chance to look the cars over, the committee knows their people, and could put someone in each category that knows them cars, someone like the tech person for each year, if they are not available, find out who knows that year fairly well, cause nobody knows all cars in each year (period)
But what a way to get people together and talking and sharing on the spot. I've went through on prior post ways to break up Judges, some will be green and intimidated, that's how we learn when we a green and intimidated.
My points are to create conversation, not to say right and wrong, Don Keefe appears to knowledgeable but also, trying maybe to not fix what is not broken? Would be curious to know how the Pontiac part does their Judging, I know alot of us are of age where we don't want to do certain things such as Judge, I understand that, but people like me and younger WANT YOUR KNOWLEDGE on these cars!
Ron brought up the subject of "trailer Queens" in the "fuel Seder Thread" spoke with him on this, and Believe me, I have been there, but with out the truck and trailer, I get it, stick a bunch of time and money into doing a car, especially when you do it your self, instead of paying someone to do it.
Many guys that have these cars also have cars they can drive, I do not have that luxury, (AND DON"T TAKE THAT AS A SLAM) I collected parts for my 59 for 7-8 tears before I did a full body off rotisserie, replaced alot of sheet metal, before complete floor pans were available, but welded everything and where needed finished both sides, scored a 996 first time out, but did don't want to drive it, so I get it. Just seems and Ron made valid points, there was a time when he drove the wheels off from it in his early years, when I drove my 67 from Phoenix to Spearfish SD, one member said you have balls driving that far in an old car, I guess I'm still young enough (57) that I feel I could fix most problems on the road, the way I see it, most people actually see you going down the road, and the thumbs up, or comments at a stop light are what it's about as well, even with all the flaws I see in my car, the general public doesn't, they just like to see the car!
This is all just my thought's, someone told me my "Filters" have come down : ) that the older I get the more I don't care about what I say, I do care,I am used to just keeping my options to myself, but felt passionate about this and hope to make it the NIA this summer, cause it has to be cooler than here at that time of year !!!
Thanks, I'll get off my soapbox now
Show Field some before Judging, sorry about the 59's that's what I was into before.
OUR 59, wifey in in action!