September 2, 2013 09:06 PM
There is not a single person on the BOD who is an expert in all the classes. We each have our own specialties. There are several OD/DD judges, but they are not concours or modified judges. And, there have been directors who have no expertise, or even interest, in judging. That's one of the reasons we have a large group, so we can all bring our own talents, expertise, and interests to the table for the benefit of the membership.
BTW, I am a certified OD/DD judge. I used to be the Test Administrator and educated myself in those classes so I could grade tests more easily and quickly. I also have judged that class at the regional level. But, it's not where my interest is and never will be. My focus is on concours and modified classes.
September 2, 2013 09:31 PM
You are right about each of us having our own interests and there is nothing wrong with it. But I would like to see MCA prosper as club and that won't happen if there is too much focus on one generation or another. Putting on a National Show is getting more and more expensive and having been involved in a National Show I know what generation is paying the largest part of the bills. Conservator cars pay $20.00 to attend a National Show and if we're not for NPD this would not cover the cost of the trophy let alone any of the clubs bills or make anything for a charity. I know everyone has spent a lot of money to get Conservator status but that does not help the club putting on a future show. If the Board wants to keep it at $20.00 then the board should help the clubs out with more than$1500.00 for a National Show. By the way MCA calls it seed money but the club does not get it until a month or so after the show. Does not help much paying the up front bills. Hopefully since you are on the board that some of these issues can be talked about.
September 2, 2013 09:38 PM
Yep, you're right about a trailered class, and that's great for the trailered queens that never, ever get driven. Mine gets driven weekly, to cruise ins, local shows, and even to the local drag strip. The point was, a street driven car shouldn't have to compete in a class that it doesn't belong in. The second point was, a fastback has no room for 4-5 day trip and it's a pain in the rear to have to have a support car just for luggage and it adds to the cost. Another thing, at 6' - 4" tall, a Mustang is not a long distance choice for me. And hopefully last, it just may increase attendance and cut out the cheaters
September 2, 2013 09:38 PM
We have discussed raising the amount for the National shows and I believe that it will happen. I'm definitely for it. I also agree that the money should come in before the show to help out. I think it has come in after to make sure that a club has put on the show. In the past, shows have been cancelled but I really don't see that as a problem anymore.
I'm the chairman for the National Show my club in Tucson will be holding in March 2015. So, you bet I'm interested in better and earlier funding!
September 2, 2013 11:34 PM
Tailering to a National show is not an issue limited to your Modified class. If addressed it needs to cover all classes which have differential for trailered versus driven. Personally, I have trailered my car for several years now; partly because my insurance restricts me to a total of 3,000 mi. driven a year. I rent an open U-Haul with rails. If I drive through rain, it means I must spend an extra hour to hour and a half re-cleaning my undercarraige when I reach the show. Still, because I trailered, I will have to compete against cars brought in enclosed trailers (over a broader range of years) where they simply unload their cars and set up on the field. It all boils down to your committment to compete and achieve your goal. I just recieved my red grille medallion at Disney. It was never easy, but was worth the effort. What really needs to be done is some self-policing by participating MCA members. If you know for a fact that someone is "cheating", then you owe it to yourself and the MCA organization as a whole to bring those individuals to the MCA's attention.
September 3, 2013 10:21 AM
Commitment, I'll be the first to say that I'm not interested in receiving a grill medallion. I go to a National every 2 years or so just to hang out with friends and see some great classic's, which are fewer and fewer every time I go. What I'am committed to is driving my rear engine dragster and that's why I have a enclosed 28ft. trailer. What I am whining about is having to compete against trailer queens that are never driven, excuse me, I think I just threw up a liitle bit saying "never driving a Mustang". Not to change the subject, but I just went on U-Hauls web site and a trailer rents for $54.95 a day plus tax. I sold my old enclosed trailer for $2,200.00 with 4 new tires and brakes. I'am not trying to be a smart butt, but would'nt it be cheaper to buy a good used trailer. Just a thought since you are dedicated to trailering to all the shows
September 3, 2013 10:31 AM
I also have a trailer but due to space limitations I pay $800 a year for storage. Renting a trailer a couple of times a year looks like a good idea to me.
September 3, 2013 10:37 AM
MCA National Director
Perhaps a good compromise would be to allow folks to trailer their cars on open trailers with no penalty?
September 3, 2013 10:40 AM
Great idea and much easier to pull with much improved fuel mileage!
September 3, 2013 11:20 AM
The open trailer idea would be a good compromise, it would solve the luggage issue for sure, and it would be better fuel mileage for most, and if you don't own one, you could rent one like McMach. For myself the fuel would be about the same, my F250 gets 11-12- mpg towing my 28 footer, my Mustang only got 13 mpg going over to the Mickyard show doing 72mph. But I didn't build it for gas mileage!