Yesterdays topic sparked a huge bitch fest behind the scenes regarding all sorts of ACBS judging standards. So we thought, lets bring them out in the light. What the hell, we hav’nt had a good fight in a while. First the entire Judging thing is in itsself a contentious thing. It’s engineered into it. You are being judged, and no one likes being judged. The other thing is that it’s needed. Big time, we need to have standards to preserve history. You can ignore them, but they need to be preserved like your boat if you want to do that. If you want to chop up your boat and throw a new engine in it, don’t have it judged.
Now…. and this is the area of debate. The ACBS created new judging so more folks would be recognized and there would be more winners at shows. Note the long list at the Big international. Platinum, on and on. Now. it’s a bit confusing, because Platinum in our book is usually better than gold? No? And is this like powder puff sports were everyone gets a trophy so no one is dispointed? Really? At the International, and even worse at Lake Tahoe! Lake Tahoe is the brutal show, where the judges check the carbon residue in your tail pipe to see if it contains leaded gas the way it was back in the day.
It’s a HUGE honor to be a Tahoe Judge. That is why I would drive 3 days to have my boat judged there. Not to bring home a trophy because I made the drive. Give me a “I drove there trophy”, but not a 5th third place. OK OK, I know this is pissing some folks off that I don’t like pissing off. So i will now take the opposing view.
So many of our boats these days are literally 1 point different than others. And in this passion, there is a ton of subjectivity in it. With not the factory regiment that is in the car industry. Things can be interpreted differently. basic stuff like Engine color and so on are easy. Race boat or Racer? or flaws from the factory? By the way we are not talking 1st place here, where a wrong screw can be the difference of whats a winner. Which is usually the case. Which is why multiple awards are warranted.
So whats right? Should the local shows be more fun and lax, and have several shows a year that are insane brutal? So they are destination events. For that person that wants the best of the best, and the restorer wants to prove he or she is the best. Shows like Tahoe and Clayton should be those shows. Extreme tough judging, the best of the best. Oh and leave Lake Dora alone, its a party and after all I won Best Chris Craft. And we all know thats the toughest judged event ever, since there is drinking and bribes involved. THATS HOW IT SHOULD ALL BE DONE!