|A publication of the|
Central Oklahoma Classic Chevy Club.
A not-for-profit corporation.
A chapter of Bow Tie Chevys
and Classic Chevy International.
usual, the only way to find out for sure about an organization is
to attend an event for yourself - so we did. We chose the Classic
Chevy International 2003 South Central Nationals, held in OKC, which
was hosted by The Central Oklahoma Classic Chevy Club. This club consists
of about fifty members of which about 75 percent are very active.
This alone tells you this show was going to be something special (usually
a club has 25 percent active members, at best). The club members were
absolutely the greatest - continually asking if they could help you
with something - anything to make your stay enjoyable! The co-chairs,
Mel Harris and John Dragoo, seemed to have but one goal; to make sure
actual CCI representatives who oversaw the convention (yes convention
not show, I'll explain later) were Joe Whitaker, the vice presient
of the International and Randy Irwin, international tech advisor.
They are both from Florida, and both with 15 plus years serving with
Classic Chevy International. So to say the least they were knowledgeable
on just about everything to do with the Classic Chevys. I asked way
too many questions of both these fine folks, hoping to bring out a
bit of that snobbish cliquish attitude we've heard about for so many
years - to no avail! Like everyone connected with this convention
Another intresting item about the CCI organization is that they frown on competition between members - thus the convention, not competitive show format. The entries do not compete with each other, only the 1,000 point judging system. As to this hardcore 1,000 point system we've feared for so long - in my opinion it should be used everywhere. It is the fairest, most exacting judging sheet I've ever witnessed. They have points for everything from gas cap to glove box. In other words it's not harsh or hardcore - it's just detailed. Therefore, the more detail you put into your car, the better it rates. So those who spend the extra time, get the extra points. What more could any of us ask for fairness! Points are equal to the following ratings: 850-899=Bronze, 900-949=Silver, 950-969=Gold and finally 970-1000=Platinum.
CCI separates it's classes into Driven and Trailered, Junior for the
new guys and Senior for the repeat convention winners, along with
the normal original, modified and custom classes to name a
So in closing this topic of Classic Chevy International, the rumors of hard nosed cliquish people we feared were totally unfounded. The only problem we found with this organization, is they just don't offer enough conventions in the Mid-USA.
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