August 24, 2012 09:55 AM
Warwick Show Award Question
I attended the Warwick, R.I. show which was fantastic by the way. A very dear friend of mine also brought his 1968 GT500KR to his first MCA show and first concours show in over 40 years of owning this car. He was thrilled to participate and spent untold funds and time in preparing his car for the show. Due to an unforeseen family issue he had to leave early Sunday AM. Much to his surprise he won a gold trophy.
He and I have both contacted Jim Silverman in regards to shipping the trophy. We have offered to ship a box to Jim and pay for full shipping back. I have even offered to pay ABOVE shipping costs in addition to shipping a box to him. There would be ZERO cost involved on Jim's part. His answer over and over? " We don't ship trophies (period)." I've offered to pay OVER shipping again . "His answer ? "We don't ship trophies (period)."
Ok, no worries. I'm trailering my car 1400 miles ONE WAY to the mustang,OK show. Spending thousands for this 3 day show. I've asked him to bring the trophy with him and I'll accept it at the OK show. Again offered to pay for any additional costs. His answer? " I only fly with carryons and would have no room" Really?? For an eleven ounce trophy?? Wow!
He did offer to have it with him at a show 500 miles from our home and we could "pick it up" there. Really? What kind of arrogant person do we have as a head judge or a show chairman for that matter?
To offer a bit of background on myself: I assist in organizing the Ford Nationals at Carlisle. Yes, the largest Ford event on the planet. I personally mailed a few dozens awards this year. I actually charged exact shipping and in some cases less to mail these awards in thanks for the people who traveled in some cases thousands of miles one way to the show.
I am appalled at the arrogance of Mr. Silverman. Just appalled. Both I and the car owner have offered above and beyond to compensate Mr. SIlverman for the inconvenience of mailing this trophy to a gentleman who won his first concours award in over 40 years of owning the car. He has given every excuse possible. I personally have no dog in this other than tying to help a dear friend who isn't that computer savvy at all. He is not internet connected and is confused why we are having so much issue with this. I also fully expect judging ramifications concerning my vehicle at future national events for now publicly insulting a National head judge. Please don't try to tell me otherwise. Human nature is human nature and Mr. Silverman has already demonstrated his audacity and arrogance in one thing and I see no reason why this character flaw won't carry over to judging my car.
Thank You Mr. Silverman for being an upstanding show chairman and breaking the heart of an original owner of car our club was founded on.
Last edited by mcaofficemanager; August 24, 2012 at 06:04 PM.