[DML] Re: DCS Awards.
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[DML] Re: DCS Awards.

I know my car is imperfect. I don't need a judge to rub it in my face. 

What you're describing is more of the club experience. Judges don't
look at modifications as say "ooh, that's interesting." They look at
them and say "compared to all these other cars, I give your
modifications precisely X number of points." 

You've seen my vehicle. I don't have high dollar dual exhaust -- I
have a $100 home brew special. My passenger door will probably remain
dented for the life of the car (of course I'd prefer a pristine door,
but even a dented DeLorean is better than no DeLorean). At Pigeon
Forge I didn't even have a functioning speedometer -- wonder how many
points a judge would have deducted for the RPM Xref chart taped to my
instrument cluster lens?

This does *NOT* impune judging itself. For people with competitive
vehicles it is a perfectly legitimate part of the show. I enjoy
drooling over their pretty DeLoreans as much as the next person. One
of these days I may have resources to acquire one for myself. Until
then I'll limp along with what I have. Just don't condemn me with
point deductions for doing so.

I only brought this topic because I don't want an owner to make the
same mistake at Gettysburg that I made at Memphis. Had I known I could
attend the show without having my vehicle scrutinized by judges, I
might have gone. I wanted the comraderie -- I just didn't want my nose
rubbed in #5939's weaknesses. Mandatory judging would have done just that.

BTW: Your comments confirm what I have been preaching all along: The
best thing about DeLorean ownership isn't the car -- it's the people
you meet via the car.

Bill Robertson

>--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Marc Levy <malevy_nj@...> wrote:
> An interesting conversation, because I have always
> told Ken that people do not come for the competition,
> and awards.   I hope this thread continues and we hear
> from more people on it.
> I believe people come for the people!  The cars too,
> but more so we can look what other people have done to
> their cars for internal comparison, and to even copy
> (the best form of flattering) ideas.  I have boxes of
> trophies and plaques for my cars.  Some even on
> display to take up shelf space in my bedroom.  But,
> the reality is, they don't hold any value compared to
> the memories and experience of going to the shows.
> Ken took my advice on the change in layout for
> Gettysburg.  Moving the vendors, and museum in to the
> conference rooms in the hotel will give us a lot more
> space in the convention center for CARS.  It is my
> hope that we can fit all of them inside.  Ken does
> have to cover the cost's of the show, so I'd encourage
> everyone to "enter" you car in the competition even if
> you (like me, and Bill) don't care much about the
> judging.  It supports the show, and gets the cars
> inside.  

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