This will be the location to inquire about policy and procedure questions. As we go forward working together, I hope everyone discovers that open, honest, and respectful communication is my policy. The AMCA judging program finds its true strength in the knowledge and experience of its judges, all working as a team in supportive fashion.
First, I want to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of former Chief Judge Kevin Valentine and former Assistant Chief Judge Robin Markey. The reason I find myself in the position of serving as your new Chief Judge is essentially because of the thoughtful mentoring and guidance of both of these men. Gradually, over the last five years or so, they have allowed me to become increasingly involved in administrative duties and policy decisions, while I progressed in a self-imposed lengthy apprenticeship (12 meets), with subsequent promotions to field judge and senior judge, the later in 2009. Having now immersed myself in the complex duties of the job of Chief Judge, Iím guessing I have become one of the few people on the planet who have some understanding of all the behind the scenes work they did for this organization. Thank You Kevin and Robin! We all look forward to seeing you both on the judging field!
The AMCA, and specifically the judging program, is my passion. While I certainly didnít expect to be in this job at this time, I intend to build positively on the core strength of the system as it now exists. The program is designed to rely on the entire judging staff working in concert. I have a team of dedicated individuals working along side of me including our new Assistant Chief, Don Dzurick, and National Deputy Judges located across the country and world, all of whom are trained and experienced in running judging events. I will be encouraging all current and former judges to recommit themselves to our efforts as, once again, our strength is in the collective knowledge and involvement of the judges whether classified as apprentice, field, or senior level. It should also be understood that the Chief Judgeís role is principally to enforce rules and regulations that are formulated by a judging committee and approved by the national board of directors while completing all of the associated administrative duties that accompany this role.
The judging committee is currently made up of the following individuals:
Steve Dawdy, Chief Judge
Don Dzurick, Assistant Chief Judge
Dave & Brenda Lash
Having witnessed the inner workings of the judging committee first hand I can, without reservation, state that each of these individuals has only the best interest of our fine club in mind. All policy and procedure decisions are arrived at following extremely deliberate review and majority vote. As the chairman of the committee, I hold a nonvoting position.
The judging changes implemented for the first time at the Sunshine meet were as follows:
Competition modified (nonfactory, period) race motorcycles will be judged in a separate class with rules and awards unique to the class. The protocol for judging these important motorcycles is under development. Competition motorcycles restored to factory specifications will continue to be judged within their regular class as defined by year of manufacture.
The previously established requirement that all judged motorcycles must have original motors was more clearly defined. Specifically, all judged motorcycles must have original engine cases. An initiative to more carefully verify originality of engine cases was implemented. Two new accompanying rules were introduced. First, if it can be clearly established that the cylinders and/or heads are reproduction, a 6-point deduction is applied. Second, if it can be clearly established that the frame is reproduction, a 6-point deduction is applied.
The changes represent a long held opinion within the AMCA judging program that the heart of the motorcycle is the engine and frame, and for a motorcycle to be considered a true antique and to be accurately judged, the engine and frame should be correct for the year and appear original. The 6-point deduction, for reproduction engine top end and frame, serves to avoid disqualification while prohibiting such examples from achieving senior/winnerís circle status, which requires 95 points or better.
Finally, the long ago established rule that all judged motorcycles must demonstrate their operational capacity by briefly running was enforced. A few motorcycle that had been asleep for years sputtered to life, much to the enjoyment of all involved.
Thank you all for your support. I look forward to a great year on the judging field working with a great group of judges and working with AMCA members who bring their wonderful machines to be judged.