October 1, 2017 – April 18, 2018
Williams-Clyne Gateway Gallery at The AACA Museum, Inc.
The final phase of the NCRS Gallery display is now on view and focused on newer performance models – C3 (1968-1982), C4 (1984-1996) and C5 (199701999) Corvettes. These are the highest performance models offered, with the highest horsepower engines produced by Chevrolet during the model years represented.
The exhibit also includes period dealership advertising and sales materials. Exhibit cases highlight additional historical Corvette materials and information on the NCRS and its highly-regarded judging process.
The second display of vehicles included a 1963 Split Window Coupe, a Nassau blue 1965 396 cubic inch “big block” coupe first owned by Peter Fonda, and a black with white “Stinger” hood stripe 1967 Coupe. All three cars are NCRS Top Flight award winners. The current display vehicles will be on view until February 14th then they will be changed out to a new set of vehicles to enjoy.
Past vehicles included a 1953, 1956 and 1962 Corvettes. All three cars have strong provenance and credentials. The 1953 is a prestigious double Duntov Award Winner and has passed a difficult Performance Verification test. It is also a Top flight Award winner. It is one of only two cars to have received two Duntov Awards. The 1956 on display has 44,000 original miles but has been meticulously disassembled, cleaned, rebuilt and refinished. There were only 93 built with this exterior and interior color combination. The 1962 Corvette is a fuel injected “Big Brake” Corvette.
The exhibit was guest curated by NCRS Archives Director, Mr. Bill Sangrey. This first selection of vehicles will be on view throughout October and November then will be rotated out for a new assortment for December and January, A final change will take place in February for through the conclusion of the exhibit. Visitors can look forward to seeing a 1963 split-window Corvette 327, a 1965 Corvette with a 396 cubic inch big block engine among several others in the months ahead.
What is NCRS Judging Standard in Flight Judging?
Cars are to be judged to the standard of vehicle appearance, and as equipped, at the time and point of final assembly by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors Corporation. Presentation for judging is to be in the condition generally associated with that of a Corvette which has undergone the then-current standard Chevrolet Dealer New Car Preparation for delivery to a purchaser, exclusive of any dealer or purchaser inspired additions, deletions or changes. NCRS judging is related to vehicles from 1999 and older.
What is a Performance Verification (PV) Award?
The PV Award entails that the car passes a 137 item test including a ten-mile road test. No item can fail. The owner has 15 minutes to repair the first failure. Not completing the first repair within 15 minutes or a second failed item results in failing the PV test. The purpose of the analysis is to determine if the car entered is correctly equipped and able to function and perform as designed, intended and expected when new.
How do you earn a Duntov Mark of Excellence Award?
To earn an NCRS-Zora Arkus Duntov-Mark-of-Excellence Award, the car must achieve a Flight Judging score of 97% score at a Regional event, pass the PV test described above and then achieve a second 97% in Flight Judging at a National Convention. The NCRS Judging system is a rigorous 4500 point system judged on originality and condition of each line item; e.g., tires – 30 points originality and 30 points condition.
More about National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS):
NCRS is a non-profit hobby group formed in 1974 and open to all persons interested in the restoration, preservation, history, and enjoyment of the Corvettes produced by the Chevrolet Motors Division of General Motors Corporation. NCRS is not affiliated with Chevrolet or General Motors. Today NCRS has somewhere between 13,000 and 14,000 members, most here in the U.S. We have 47 local Chapters, again mostly here in the U.S. but also in Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. NCRS currently publishes judging manuals for Corvettes ranging from 1953 to 1999. These manuals are the basis on which NCRS evaluates the originality of Corvettes submitted for judging. The manuals are also used by restorers to help guide their work. For more information on NCRS, visit https://www.ncrs.org/
The Williams-Clyne Gateway Gallery is a dedicated space where the AACA Museum, Inc. can partner with other marque clubs and similar organizations within the automotive hobby. By partnering with many clubs and organizations, it is our goal to provide a changing landscape of interesting and educational displays among all aspects of the motoring hobby. Please connect with us to get your club or organization on the list for future use of this space.