National Corvette Restorers Society

NCRS 2018 National Convention

2018 NCRS Las Vegas, NV National Convention
Sunday July 15th through Thursday July 19th, 2018

Judging Schools, Seminars & Tech Sessions

ALL sessions are FREE for registered Convention attendees!  Be sure to wear your Convention name badge as it is your admission ticket to these events.

Judging Seminars

Advanced NCRS Judging Seminar
Wednesday, July 18, 9:30AM to 11:30AM (Session #1)
1PM to 3PM (Session #2) and Thursday, July 19, 9:30AM to 11:30AM (Session#1) and 1PM to 3PM (Session #2) Session #1 Exhibit Hall D, #2 Exhibit Hall B
Presenter: Terry McManmon
Location: Judging Field

Terry McManmon, one of the most senior NCRS Judges, long-time National Judging Team Leader, former Corvette Restorer Magazine Editor, and National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame Member, will again lead his dual-session Advanced Judging Seminar. Terry and a team of Master Judges select a highly original Corvette and then use it as an example of many original parts and assemblies. Lifts will be used for up close viewing. Session #1 on Wednesday, July 18 will feature Gary Bosselman’s presentation on engine stamp pad surfaces. (see below)Five (5) NCRS Judging Points will be awarded to those who attend BOTH sessions of this seminar on the same day.Zero (O) NCRS Judging Points be awarded to those who do not attend BOTH sessions on the same day ; except that attendees can attend only the Bosselman engine stamp pad surface presentation on July 18 and earn three (3) NCRS Judging Points. (see below)

Five (5) Judging Points will be awarded to those attending BOTH sessions on the same day.
Ten (10) Judging Points awarded to those who attend BOTH sessions on both days.
Zero (0)  Judging Points awarded to those who do not attend BOTH sessions on the same day.

Judging Paint
Monday, July 16 from 9:30am to 11:00am
Presenters: John Ballard and Tom Ames
Location: Exhibit Hall D

Judging Paint will cover the current NCRS judging criteria and guidelines for making accurate determinations while judging. Tom and John will discuss what typifies original-appearing finishes, as well as factory application methods. They will also discuss paint color and appearance. With this judging information, the average judge should be able to make accurate and consistent judging decisions. Tom and John will additionally address proven approaches to painting a Corvette for NCRS Flight Judging.

Three (3) Judging Points awarded for this session.

Monday, July 16 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm.
Presenter: John Marsico
Location: Exhibit Hall D

This judging school is intended for all NCRS judges, regardless of judging experience or judging level. The purpose is to expose beginning level judges to, and re-acquaint experienced judges with, the proper NCRS methods and protocols expected of a team judge. Topics will include the NCRS Judging Purpose, Judging Standard, Judging Process, Judging Dos and Don’ts, including appropriate interaction between judges and owners. The Power Point format used will employ a facilitator led group discussion with questions and answers.

Three (3) Judging Points awarded for this session.

Evaluating Mid-year C-2 Chassis Judging Items
Tuesday, July 17 from 9:00am to 10:00am
Presenters: Gary Bennett (400 Level Judge, Builder & Owner of 5 Duntov); Jim Rand (100 Level Judge, 2 frame off restorations and 1 Duntov)
Location: Exhibit Hall D

The Seminar will show the contrasting differences in Mid Year Chassis Configuration and Finishes through a Power Point Presentation, GM Documentation and Photographs.

This school will provide beneficial information for all levels of NCRS Judges.

Three (3) Judging Points awarded for this session.

Does it Operate vs. as Designed, Intended and Expected Performance?
Tuesday, July 11 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Presenter: Nick Culkowski
Location: Exhibit Hall D

This school will focus on functionality and provide judges with the information necessary to determine if a part or component operates properly. Attendees will be given guidance to answer the question, “Does it operate as Designed, Intended and Expected?” An important part of this presentation will be the discussion of the differences between a Flight Judging Operations check and a Performance Verification test.

Three (3) Judging Points awarded for this session.

Introduction to NCRS Judging
Carlton Colclough & KC Strawmyre
Times/Dates: Tuesday, July 17, 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: Cypress

This school presents a detailed study of processes that Chevrolet Motor Division used to machine the engine block surfaces, especially the engine stamp pad. Gary Bosselman worked in the milling machine industry and he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge on the procedures that automobile manufacturers used to properly and consistently machine the flat surfaces of engine blocks. This new and very interesting presentation will include factory photos, drawings and charts, all presented in a PowerPoint format. Please note that this presentation will be made as Session #1 for the Advanced Judging Seminar on Wednesday, July 18. Attendees may attend just the Bosselman presentation, or both the morning and afternoon AJS.

(see above)Three (3) Judging Points awarded for this session.

Technical Sessions

Corvette Chat with past Corvette Engineers, Dave McLellan and Dave Hill
Wednesday, July 18, 3pm to 4:30pm
Location: Cypress

We are again honored to have these gentlemen and their wives attend our convention. These gentlemen were directly responsible for advancing the Corvette to where it is today. This will be a discussion of past and current Corvette engineering procedures, racing activities, and other topics of interest to the automobile enthusiast. A question and answer session will follow the prepared remarks.

No Judging points awarded for this session

Exploring Legitimacy - Engine Pads and Documentation
Monday, July 16, 2:45pm to 4:15pm
Presenter:Al Grenning
This tech session will offer a serious investigation of production documents and engine pad stampings. The document portion will be an extensive overview of information seen on Corvette production orders including: inventory sequences, exception letters, dealer codes, dealer order numbers, St. Louis identification numbers, engineering revisions, production order errors and COPO orders. The engine pad portion will view many interesting production aberrations, including: double stampings, broach mark applications, strike locations, bounce strikes, over strikes, assembly line errors and corrections as well as typical age caused surface distress. Both portions will use PowerPoint examples to illustrate topics and examples.

No Judging points awarded for this session

Corvette Frame /Shocks and Springs. Michael Mermelstein
Tuesday, July 17 from 10:15am to 11:15am
PresenterMichael Mermelstein

Attendees will be shown 1963-82 Corvette frames, shocks and springs. The 1963-82 frame examples will show how to properly inspect a frame, and how to recognize inherent problems concerning rust and safety. Guidance on what is restorable and acceptable will be provided. Using original and reproduction examples, attendees will identify correct shocks and springs. Additionally, the advantages of rebound oil-filled shocks compared to modern gas shocks, as well as comparing coil and leaf springs to what the aftermarket offers today will be discussed.

No Judging points awarded for this session