September 4, 2013 06:13 PM
MCA National Shows and trophies awarded
I am a current member of MCA and I've been showing my Mustang for two years, I went to my first MCA National Show this year in Reno, NV. As I get my Mustang Times and see the trophies handed out at the other National Shows and Grand National Show I feel the need to make a comment.
The experience in Reno was a nice one, it didn't impress me by being any better than a Judged show in my area. The fact that it took me driving for two days to attend the show I had expected something more. Don't get me wrong my Mustang got a 1st in its division but going to a MCA National Show is a big deal. There are only 5 shows a year and most of the time they are on the east coast and I live in Washington State. I was really looking forward to bringing home an award that represented the significance of participating in a MCA National Show.
Some of the awards given out this year have been pretty remarkable; a gold running mustang statue, a plaque with a large plate sized metal medallion featuring an eagle's head with the American flag waving in the background, proudly displaying the colors of our country red, white, and blue (that was awarded at two of the shows this year.) And lastly, at the MCA Grand National Show participants were awarded a statue of Mickey Mouse standing on a wood block with his arms held high indicating the grandness of the trophy. All of the trophies I mentioned featured metal plates stating the shows name and clearly showed what place was won.
With all that said I have to say the award handed out at the Reno Unbridled Spirit MCA National Show was so inadequate that I really have to say something. The trophies handed out at the Unbridled Spirit MCA National Show were something you would have expected to receive at a local show and shine. All of the trophies looked the same there was no distinction between 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. The trophy itself consisted of a small marble base with a 5" plastic pillar that had a topper that had the name of the show on it. Next to the main pillar there was a small 1.5" to 2" plastic piece that was a stem with a round flat area on top. If you looked really close you could almost see the color difference between the gold and silver. But you really couldn't tell. Nowhere on the trophy did it say what place the trophy was being given for. The only way to know the trophy was for a MCA National Show was to read it on the .75" x 5" metal plate on the front of the small marble base.
I'm not the only one who was shocked by the shabbiness of the trophies. Most everyone seemed to express some disappointment in their award.
My purpose of this post isn't to complain but to give MCA an opportunity to offer a bit more guidance to clubs that are organizing a MCA National/Grand National show. I copied the statement below from the MCA National Show Guidelines for 2011 that I found on the MCA website. I would have been nice if the Unbridled Spirit MCA National Show organizers had been made aware of this statement because exactly what MCA was trying to avoid is what happened.
"Car Show Winner Awards
Quality awards (either plaques, trophies, or specialty items) are part and parcel of an MCA National Show. MCA does not impose any requirements on the cost or style of the awards; however, participants at MCA National Shows have come to expect awards befitting the event. Poor quality awards will leave a negative impression in the minds of participants and the MCA. This could in turn reduce turnout at subsequent regional shows as well as jeopardize the possibility of being granted another MCA National Show in the future."
I am planning on attending the 50th and I know that will be an incredible show and if I'm lucky enough to have another MCA National Show in my area I will attend hoping I won't have the same experience as the show in Reno, NV.
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