Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
8/28/19 2:39 p.m.

I have been in the restoration game for nearly half a century. More than 50 projects have passed through my hands, while I have served as a judge at national-level events for nearly two decades.

And yet, at times, this world still seems so baffling. The reality is that we’re often …

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cosworth1
cosworth1 New Reader
3/22/21 4:05 p.m.

" Enjoy your car" may be the key phrase here. Do you enjoy your car, or do you enjoy winning more? There is a point where some people can go OTT with the whole correctness thing, just for the sake of winning. It no longer is a hobby, it is now an obsession.

wspohn
wspohn SuperDork
3/23/21 12:49 p.m.

I have a very good knowledge level on the particular cars I used to judge in concours, but having said that, when it comes to my own cars I do what my own inner referee allows me and it is often to make minor improvements that make the car more fun to use, or paint them a non-factory colour.

It was interesting judging cars owned by people who were very invested in being right about  their cars and the restoration done on them. I almost came to blows with one owner who took exception when I pointed out that he had mounted his front bumper over-riders  upside down and that his defroster vents on the dash weren't supposed to point at the inside of the cabin, but at the windshield......

Geno1
Geno1 New Reader
3/12/22 11:03 a.m.

Having built, and restored, several cars back in the day it seemed more important to have work appreciated rather than admired for accuracy.  It has to be taxing, both mentally and physically, to replicate to someone elses standards.  But much like most everything in life....it ain't what it used to be.

Don2001l
Don2001l New Reader
3/12/22 4:22 p.m.
wspohn said:

I pointed out that he had mounted his front bumper over-riders  upside down and that his defroster vents on the dash weren't supposed to point at the inside of the cabin, but at the windshield......

Lol, well if they are installed incorrectly "There installed incorrectly !"

but they had probably spent so much time researching every thing , that they were in a position where they  believed they were correct,  regardless of the Truth !

you should have Banned em ;)

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