|by Randy Prine, Chairman JCNA Protest Committee||
There were two protests filed in 2007, both from the JCNA Challenge Championship, Indianapolis, Indiana, August 3, 2007. The official JCNA Concours d'Elegance season will end December 26, 2007.
Protest No. 1: Class CO2, 1950 XK120 OTS - colors
Entrants received 2-point deduction for black boot license plate welding, and a 1-point deduction for black door jam welding. A majority of the Protest Committee ruled that the Boot License Plate Welding could be either body color or black, and the 2-point deduction was returned. The Door Jam Welding, however, should be body color, and the 1-point deduction stands.
Protest No. 2: Class C10, 1972 XJ6 - engine compartment insulation
Entrants received a 4-point deduction for an aluminum covering over the insulation in the engine compartment. A majority of the Protest Committee agreed that Firewall Insulation is foam with a thin aluminum covering over it. The 4-point deduction was returned.
Protest No. 1: 1953 XK-120 FHC - Carpet Cutouts for the Clutch and Brake Stems.
Concours d'Elegance at Jaguar Club of Ohio, Ursuline College, August 5, 2006 -
A contestant was penalized 0.5 points for non-authentic carpet openings for the clutch and brake stems on the firewall. The openings on the carpet were slits from the stems to the floor. The contestant was advised that the carpet openings for the stems should have been holes, not slits.
The contestant had no documentation to prove that slits for clutch and brake stems on the XK-120 were correct.
A majority of the Protest Committee ruled to deny the protest, and the deduction of 0.5 points stands.
We further checked with numerous restorers, and they were unanimous that the carpet openings for the XK-120 should be holes and not slits.
Of the six protests received and considered for concours season of 2005, four were resolved at the local level and two were ruled upon by the committee.
Protest No. 1 - 2005, 1951 MKV
At the Jaguar Drivers' Club of Long Island Concours d'Elegance, June 26, 2005, a 1951 MKV DHC was penalized 1.0 point for Turn Signals, Front, Rear and Sides. There were no initials by the entrant and the Non-Authentic Items were not identified or described. The entrant was not offered "courtesy repair time". The Chief Judge returned the 1.0 point.
Protest No. 2 - 2005, 1986 XJS
At the Virginia Jaguar Club of Richmond, September 18, 2005, a 1986 XJ6 was penalized 1.0 point for Missing or Non-Authentic Items. The score sheet was improperly filled out. The Chief Judge returned the 1.0 point to entrant's score.
Protest No. 3 - 2005, 1989 XJS
At the Nation's Capital Owners' Club, September 11, 2005, a 1989 XJS was penalized 2.0 for Pin Stripes and Initials and 0.3 point for touch-u and chip repair. A majority of the committee ruled that initials are not allowed, but pin stripes are allowed. A NEWS Announcement from Jaguar (and a black and white photograph of an '89 XJS showing pin stripes) with a quote as follows: "Jaguar announces 1989 XJS V12 Coupe with a number of styling and equipment improvements .and distinctive new coach stripes in colors complementing the car color". The committee ruled that 1.0 point be returned to entrant's score for the pin stripes. The 0.3 point deduction was minimal and appropriate for a well-done touch-up. The total deduction from entrant's score was 1.3 points.
Protest No. 4 - 2005, 1970 E-type
A 1970 E-Type was penalized 4.0 points for a missing tool kit. Discussed Chapter VI, page 9, and Chapter V, page 9, of the Rules Book which specify that tool kits were optional on post-1968 Jaguars, with the Concours Chief Judge and JCNA Chief Judge. Concours Chief Judge returned entrant's points.
Protest No. 5 - 2005, 1964 MKII
A 1964 MKII at the JOC Southwest Regional Concours at San Luis Opisbo on October 9, 2005, was penalized 1.5 point for Missing or Non-Authentic Items (Air conditioner and spare tire) and 1.0 for O.V. Non-Authentic Items, which could not be identified, as it was illegible. Initials were also missing. Concours Chief Judge returned the 2.5 points.
Protest No. 6 - 2005, 1995 XJR
A 1995 XJR at the Inland Empire Jaguar Club concours on October 31, 2005, was penalized a total of 4.8 points. Entrant contended score sheet was improperly filled out because none of the deductions or locations was described. He referenced Rule Book, Edition 8.2, Chapter III, page 12, and requested his points be returned. The committee ruled that the Rule Book specifies notation and description of major cleanliness and/or condition discrepancies, and since none of the deductions exceeded 0.3 point for any one item, the deductions were minimal and did not warrant further explanation. The deduction of 4.8 points stands.
There have been five protests to date. Four have been ruled upon and the fifth is in the works. Here are the decisions on the first four protests:
Protest No. 1 - 2004: 1962 3.8 E-Type Radiator
Concours Jaguar Society of SC Lowcountry
Classic Jaguar Concours, May 1, 2004: A contestant received a 2.40 point
deduction for a non-authentic radiator. He agrees that his car does
not have an authentic radiator, however, even though several vendors
offer a close replica, he contends that they are not truly authentic,
and that there are no authentic radiators available for his 1962 3.8
E-Type. He also argues that in the same C5 Class, 1965 - 1967 4.2
The contestant¹s argument is that an original 3.8 aluminum radiator cannot be repaired to a reasonably usable condition, and is requesting that his 2.40 points be returned.
The protest was denied, the 2.40 point deduction stands. Some comments from the committee:
1. Radiators have not been considered an expendable item, and there are many cars competing with original radiators.
2. An ³absolutely original² radiator could be accomplished by repairing the original at a considerable cost.
3. Poor availability or high cost of quality parts has never been a reason for defining what is original. It actually separates the good cars from the excellent ones.
Protest No. 2-2004: 1963 E OTS, Class C-5, Mechanical Judging Procedures.
A contestant filed a protest regarding the judging procedures at the subject concours. He stated that a mechanical judge in Class C-5 judged his own car entered in that class. He requested the disqualification of the entire class C-5 in the subject concours. Because of the complicated circumstances surrounding this protest, I took it upon myself to present it to the Executive Board of JCNA for their review. Taking into consideration their comments and recommendations, and the decision of a majority of the Protest Committee members, the following rulings have been made:
1. The score of the judge who was a member of the mechanical judging team, and whose car was entered in Class C-5, will not be allowed. The points he received for this concours will not be considered for local or national recognition.
2. The remainder of Class C-5 scores will remain in effect.
3. The Executive Board of JCNA has taken the appropriate steps with the club in question to assure that this oversight does not happen in the future.
Protest No. 3-2004: 1991 XJS, Class C-15, Unreasonable Deductions on Chrome Rocker Panels/Covers.
A contestant was penalized 12.0 points for non-authentic two-tone pattern or color on the Rocker Panels. The Chief Judge reduced the deduction to 3.0 points per side, or 6.0 points total. The contestant protested this deduction and requested his penalty be changed to 0.6 points per side, for a total of 1.2 points. A majority of the Protest Committee voted to deny the protest and accept the decision of the Chief Judge. The deduction of 6.0 points stands.
Protest No. 4-2004: 1969 Series II E 2+2, Class C-6: Exhaust Manifolds Finish.
A contestant was marked down 6.0 points for wrong finish on the exhaust manifolds of his car. His finish is black enamel, and the judges contended they should be porcelainized. The contestant believed the manifold finish is correct and requested the return of the 6.0 point deduction. A majority of the Protest Committee voted to deny the protest. At the last AGM, the JCNA Series II E-Type Judge¹s Guide was approved by the membership, and by approving, it¹s use is mandatory. (See page 13 of the Judge¹s Guide). The committee members based their decisions on this guide. The deduction of 6.0 stands.
Seven protests were considered by the Protest Committee during the 2003 Concours d¹Elegance year. Following is a synopsis of the protests and the committee¹s ruling on each:
Protest No. 1: Air Rail Piping Finish on 1974 XKE Series III, JCNA Challenge Championship, May 4, 2003, Phoenix, AZ.
A contestant received a 2.4 penalty on the finish of the air rail piping on his 1974 Series III at the JCNA Challenge Championship in Phoenix on May 4, 2003. He sought the committee¹s opinion on the di-chromate plating and finish and the return of 2.4 points to his score.
A majority of the Protest Committee ruled that the protest be denied. The 2.4 point deduction stands. Those in the majority were of the opinion that the finish on the rails, brackets and bolts were beautiful, but too highly polished and ultra shiny to be the proper original finish.
Protest No. 2: Exterior Judging on 1952 XK 120 FHC at Jaguar Club of Tulsa Concour d¹Elegance 09-13-03 - Class C-16.
A contestant received 0.9 penalty on the exterior of his Jaguar. The contestant believed that there was insufficient lighting, and he was judged unfairly on the following:
Body, Doors & Bonnet - Dents/ Ripple
The Protest Committee was unanimous in their decision that the protest be denied, and the 0.9 penalty stands. Some comments from the committee were: All cars in the class were judged under the same conditions, and although the judging process is not ideal, no rule was broken. The judge was reporting what he saw. The Concour Chairman and the Chief Judge verified that these deductions were justified.
Protest No. 3 1962 MK II:
Deduction for Non-Authentic Items, ³Beauty Rings² (Rimbellishers) , Class D-5, Concours d¹Elegance on 09-02-03 at Sun Coast Jaguar Club, Memorial Jag Fest, International Mall, Tampa, Florida. The judge contended that the Rimbellishers were installed at the factory and deducted 0.8 for ³Non-Authentic². The contestant stated that Rimbellishers are optional equipment. The Protest Committee was unanimous in their decision that Rimbellishers are optional, and the 0.8 deduction be returned to the score.
Protest No. 4: Non-Authentic Carpet in 1969 E-Type FHC, Concours d¹Elegance held 08-30-03 at Portland, Oregon. The contestant was penalized 16.8 points for Non-Authentic Carpet. The contestant had British Wilton Wool instead of Flocked Carpet. A majority (5 out of 7) of the Protest Committee ruled that the protest be denied. The deduction of 16.8 points stands. Those in the majority were of the opinion that as the rules are now written, Flocked Carpet is correct, and carpet is not an expendable item. Therefore Wilton Wool carpet is non-authentic.
Protest No. 5: Tire Size on 1972 Series III E-Type, Jaguar Club of Central Arizona Concours d¹Elegance, November 15, 2003, Class 18. A contestant received a 6.8 point deduction for 5 Dunlop Elite P215/70R15 tires. The contestant believed the ER70VR15 tires were no longer available and requested the points be returned. A majority of the Protest Committee ruled that the protest be denied, agreeing that the tires were the wrong size, and the correct size tire is available.
Protest No. 6: 1967 XKE OTS, Jaguar Touring Club¹s 20th Annual Concours d¹Elegance, October 4, 2003, Championship Class 05. Contestants protest they were marked down on Exterior, Body, Doors and Bonnet (including jams, sills, shut/hinge faces) for Rust 0.1, and marked down for Cleanliness 0.1 for Hardware, Steering Wheel and Instruments. A majority of the Protest Committee ruled that the protest be denied, and the 0.2 point deduction stands. Once again the committee is being asked to second-guess a judge after the fact. The judge reported what he observed, and his decision is final.
Protest No. 7: 1973 E-Type, Jaguar
Club of Central Arizona Concours d¹Elegance, November 15, 2003.
A contestant believed the deductions
1. No initial for non-authentic deduction
for wrong size tires: 5.0
There were 14.8 other deducts that weren¹t challenged.
The Protest Committee ruled that 5.0 points for wrong size tires be returned to contestant¹s score due to mistake by judge. Deduction for horns should have been 1.0, therefore 4.0 points to be returned. (Chapter VI, page 6-8, of the Official JCNA Concours d¹Elegance Rules shows the proper deduct for this item). The deduction for paint over-spray is reduced to 1.5, and 1.5 points returned to the score. A total of 10.5 points were returned to the contestant¹s score. The committee ruled that the remainder of the deductions were reasonable.
As of this date there have been five protests filed and ruled upon in the year 2002. One protest was not considered because it was filed beyond the 45-day limit.
Protest No. 1 - 1970 XKE :
Entrant said he was entered in Class 6 and should have been entered in Class 15 His tool kit was displayed and judged as is proper in Class 6. He asked for points back, because in Class 15 the tool kit is optional. The President, Concours Chairman and Chief Judge records show he paid for and was entered in Class 6.
Protest denied Deduction remains 6.5 points.
Protest No. 2 1991 XJS D-8:
Entrant believed he was treated harshly on his with excessive point deductions for non-authenticity, Steering heel: 23 points, Chrome Wheel arch trim 22: points, Body Side Moldings 24: points. In the non-authentic box there was only one initial that could be identified. The Committee adjusted the deduction to: Steering Wheel 6.0 points and no deduction for Chrome arch trim, and body side moldings.
Protest No. 3 - 1976 XJ12C C11:
Entrant was marked down for having a NARDI Steering Wheel. Requested points returned because he had never been penalized in the past. Protest denied. Deduction remains 6.0 points
Protest No. 4 -For a 1954 XK-120 Class -18 :
Entrant ask for points to be returned that were marked ³non-authentic² and initialed: New Seats, Door Panels and Carpets. The Concours Chairman and a judge verified the materials were new. While checking on this, it was determined that only 2 judges were used to judge this class. Protest denied, the scores in this concours for this class cannot be used for Regional or National competition.
The Protest Committee was unanimous in their decisions on No. 1, 2, 3 and 4.
Protest No. 5 - 1974 XKE Series III:
Entrant was marked down for a grayish-green fuel tank color. The judge said it should be black. A majority of the Protest Committee ruled that some of the gas tanks could have been grayish- green in color. His 2.0 points were returned.
6(a) - Under ³Interior²: Woodwork,
Vinyl & Leather - 0.5 points for fading, peeling, worn finish on
the left rear door. Seats, Squabs & Belts: 0.2
Under ³Interior²: Door Panels
& Arm Rests: The judge identified ³Tools in the door - rust,
corrosion, pits, dents² and deducted 0.2 points. The
A majority of the Protest Committee ruled the Protest be denied and the deductions stand.
6(b) - Under ³Interior²: Door Panels & Arm Rests: 0.2 points were deducted for dried polish/wax residue in hinge area of right front door. The entrant contended this should have been judged under ³Paint Finish² on page 2 of the score sheet. The concour chairman said they designate which judge (³Exterior² or ³Interior²) shall judge the hinge area. Again, they were not judged twice. The Committee was unanimous in their decision that the Protest be denied and deductions stand.
This entrant filed one other protest which exceeded the 45-day limit which is stated in the Official JCNA Concours d¹Elegance Rules.
Protest No. 7- 1955 XK-140 MC OTS:
Entrant protested two items:
1. A deduction of 2.0 on color of mounting
plate (body color or black) for the bonnet catch. A majority of the
Protest Committee ruled the plate
2. A 1.0 deduction was made for the color of the engine head between the cam covers and the exhaust manifold. A majority of the Committee ruled that the color should be engine head color. Point returned.
Protest No. 8: Entrant protested 1.0
on fading of the interior on his 1989 XJS Class D-8. The entrant believed
that this was incorrect, since his
A total of nine protests were ruled upon in the year 2001:
Protest No. 1: Entrant protested three items for which his 1954 XK120 was penalized:
Protest No. 2: Entrant believed that his 1985 XJS was judged too harshly at a concours event, even though he scored 99.75.
Protest No. 3: Entrant in Class 16 filed a protest to invalidate the judging of Class 16 in this concours due to irregularities and judging procedures.
Protest No. 4: Entrant filed a protest for deductions taken on his 1950 MK V Saloon:
Protest No. 6: Entrant who filed Protest No. 4 for deductions taken on his 1950 MK V Saloon also filed this protest:
Protest No. 7: Entrant filed a protest over the inconsistency of judging in different concours within a two-month time period. In one concours 0.5 points were deducted for a cracked dash on a Œ77 XJ12L. Two months later, 2 points were deducted for the same item.
Protest No. 8: Entrant filed a protest on procedures that took place at the concours site. In Class IX, two cars were entered. There was some confusion on the judging teams, and two separate teams ended up judging this class.
Protest No. 9: Entrant stated, and the score sheets verified, that he was unaware of non-authentic deductions and filed a protest. The Non-Authentic Section was blank, and the owner's initials were missing.
There were five protests ruled on in the year 2000. One protest was not considered because it was filed beyond the 45-day limit (77 days).
Protest No. 1: Entrant was not asked to initial score sheet for non-authentic deduction.
Protest No. 2: Entrant installed a coolant recovery system in the engine compartment of his MK IX. This was judged as non-authentic at the concours.
Protest No. 3: Excessive point deduction on heat shield finish on 1986 VDP of 3.0. Entrant felt this was excessive.
Protest No. 4: Entrant in Class 16 was marked down for missing items; namely, wipers, horns, headlights, parking lights and turn signal.
Protest No. 5: Entrant was marked down one point on 1994 XJS on body side moldings. He felt they were dealer installed, as it would be impossible to remove them without repainting the car.
The Authenticity Committee and the Protest Committee only had to rule on two items in 1999, and they were more for clarification.
1. A contestant was penalized on his 1967 E for cylinder head color being silver. The judge contended it should be gold.
Ruling: This was a transitional and either Silver or Gold Color is Appropriate.
2. A contestant in Canada requested clarification on tire replacement sizes on his OE70 XJ6. His belief was that the originally fitted tires (ER70R15 and 205/70R15) were no longer available. He had a ten-year old letter from Dunlop to back his claim.
Ruling: That these tire sizes are available and must be used. I referred him to the Official Concours d¹Elegance Rules and Judges Instruction Manual to help answer any other questions he may have.
The Authenticity Committee and the Protest Committee were unanimous in their opinions on these two inquires.
1. The first protest exceeded the 45 day limit.
2. There will be no deductions for modifications made for handicapped entrants.
3. Dayton chrome wire wheels on a 1987 Series III XJ6
are they a Factory option.
4. 1972 V12 E. Front side light to body rubber. The
original front side light to fender wing rubber was wedged- shaped, approximately
0.420" in the front and 0. 120" at the rear.The rubber was shaped to keep
the sidelight parallel with the side of the car in an area where the fender
wing was turning inward. The wedge-shaped rubbers are no longer aviable
and the XJ6 rubbers (thin in the center and thicker at both ends) have
so widely been used that most judges believe this correct.
Same car: marked down for having a yellow di-chromate
finish over cadmium plated air rail.
5. 1955 XK140. Seat back pivot screws painted rather
than chromed. Judge thought they should be chromed.
6. 1962 MK II. On the aluminum air intake, from the
air cleaner to the carburetors, there were several small foundry flaws
(pits or air holes). This was judged as being corroded.
7. 1955 XK140. The color of the tie bar between the
front wings should bepainted black. The Judge said body color.
1964 XKE OTS. Tail light lens color. J-30 Spare Parts
Catalogue published August 1961, reprint June 1963, page 231, and publication
J-37 Spare Parts Catalogue published Nov. 1965, reprint 1965, page 263,
both state cars shipped to U.S.A. STOP/ TAIL/ FLASHER LAMP--RED/ RED.
Protest No. 1: Mr. Stew Jones, Jaguar Club of Southern New England, June 15 - Missing boot emblem prong caps.
Protest No. 2: Mr. Stew Jones, same concours, front marker plate missing,
Protest No. 3: Mr. and Mrs. Kslazek, JACO Concours, Steubenville, Ohio, June 28:
Protest No. 4: Mr. Alan Wiedie, J.A.N.E.,
Biennial Meet, Stratton, VT, August 9 - Front license carrier plate should
Protest No. 5: Mr. Jeoff Pickard, Concours, Portland, OR, August 30 Battery disconnect switch is o.k.
Protest No. 6: Mr. Barry Greenstein, Concours, JAGSL, August 23 - Cleanliness of tool kit.
Protest No. 7: Mr. Don Dornan, JOCLA, September 14:
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