2022 NCRS National Convention Recap

NCRS National Convention 2022 Photos and Review

Ed Nieves brings us a recap of the 2022 NCRS National Convention that took place in Mobile Alabama. Members came from all over the United States and Canada to participate. Margie Nieves, Joe Grunda, and Vinnie Peters shot some photos for us to enjoy. Read on to learn about the convention and the NCRS awards system.

On the road to the NCRS National Convention in Mobile Alabama
On the road to the NCRS National Convention in Mobile Alabama
French Lick in 2023 - NCRS National Convention
French Lick in 2023 – NCRS National Convention

Every year the National Corvette Restorer Society (NCRS) puts on their main event, their National Convention. The NCRS circulates this meeting in various parts of the country. This year they hosted this prestigious event in Mobile, Alabama. From July 24th through July 28th, the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Convention Center was packed with some of the best Corvettes in the country.

Newly elected NCRS President Shannon M. Urton and her team did a wonderful job organizing and presenting this elaborate Corvette judging event. Shannon was involved in every aspect of the event and ensured that no stone was left unturned. Under her leadership, the event reportedly had approximately seven hundred attendees, with 384 families registered. The convention included judging schools, technical schools, Top Flight Judging, Bowtie Judging, Cross-Flags Judging, and a members award ceremony that recognized judges who achieved 200-Club Award, 300-Club Award, and 400-Club Award.

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The NCRS Judging Recognition Program awards points to judges when they volunteer their time to judge registrants Corvettes. There were approximately 260 judges that participated in the convention. For those of you who are not familiar with the NCRS judging program, the following is the breakdown of how it works:

Most events judge the cars by competition but the NCRS has a specific judging system where the cars are judged by points, not against each other.
Most events judge the cars by competition but the NCRS has a specific judging system where the cars are judged by points, not against each other.
The National Corvette Restorers Society's (NCRS) objective is the restoration, preservation, history, and enjoyment of all Corvette models.
The National Corvette Restorers Society’s (NCRS) objective is the restoration, preservation, history, and enjoyment of all Corvette models.
Mobil 1 C8 Corvette at the NCRS National Convention
Mobil 1 C8 Corvette at the NCRS National Convention

NCRS Judging Levels

NCRS Judging Levels are achieved at 10-point increments. Level 1 is reached with the accumulation of ten points, Level 2 at 20 points, and so on. Level 10, earning one hundred points, earns a Master Judge level.

There are different levels for twenty level, thirty level, and forty levels. No further points are accumulated beyond four hundred. There are currently 230 Judges who have reached four hundred points.

The purpose of this program is to encourage participation and give recognition to both beginnings and experienced NCRS Judges. Additionally, it is a means to identify and rank experience levels to aid in judging an event’s selection. Judging Level Points are earned and credited to the judge for participation. To learn more about this judging program, visit https://www.ncrs.org/services/judging-awards.php.

During the National Convention, judges came from all over the country and were separated to judge Corvettes from 1953 to 2002.

Each Corvette starts with a perfect slate of 4,500 points, and deductions are taken as the NCRS Judging Manuals call.

For the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with the NCRS process, every car competes against a standard, and at no time do Corvettes compete against other Corvettes in their respective generations, which means that many Corvettes can achieve a Top Flight.

The Top Flight Award is the coveted Award most members are chasing. To acquire a Top Flight, the judged Corvette must score between 94 to 100%; an owner can lose up (but not less than) 270 points and still be awarded a Top Flight ribbon.

The oldest car Flight judged this year was a 1957 Corvette owned by Marco Hartner from Punta Gorda, Florida. The newest Corvette Flight judged was a 2000 Corvette owned by Mike Doty from Yakima, Washington.

There were 121 amazing Corvettes at the event, 27 Top Flights, 20 Duntov Awards, 7 Duntov Display Awards, 8 Hill Awards, 3 Performance Verification Awards, 2 McLellan Awards, 3 Founders Awards, 9 Bowtie Awards, and 2 Cross-Flags Awards. Also included were the Sportsman Award cars that are comprised of Corvettes that are driven to the event and then displayed on the convention floor.

Surprisingly enough, only one C8 Corvette was displayed on the judging field owned by Jose Napoles from Miami, Florida.

Another aspect of the National Convention was the Convention Road Tours, where members from all over the country organize groups that drive their Corvettes from different states/regions and visit tourist sites alone. The road tours conclude when they arrive at the convention show site. Reportedly, 181 registrants drove their Corvettes, some as far as Canada. Kudos to all the road tour organizers for a job well done.

The 2022 NCRS Convention concluded with a wonderful awards banquet that allowed members to enjoy a relaxed dinner as the awards were distributed. The NCRS President’s Award was presented to Scott, and Kay Sinclair, and Mike Treece, recipients of the 2022 NCRS Member-of-the-Year award.

NCRS President Shannon Urton welcomed the members to the annual awards banquet at the 2022 NCRS National Convention.
NCRS President Shannon Urton welcomed the members to the annual awards banquet at the 2022 NCRS National Convention.

If you missed this year’s event, don’t hesitate to attend next year’s National Convention, which will be hosted in French Lick, Indiana. The dates are Sunday, July 23rd, through Thursday, July 27th, 2023.

NCRS Awards

  • NCRS Top Flight Award®
  • NCRS Performance Verification Award®
  • NCRS DUNTOV Mark of Excellence Award®
  • NCRS McLELLAN Mark of Excellence Award®
  • NCRS HILL Mark of Excellence Award® 
  • NCRS SAM FOLZ Memorial Award®
  • NCRS FOUNDERS Award®
  • NCRS STAR AND NCRS CHEVROLET BOWTIE Award 
  • NCRS – CHEVROLET CROSSED FLAGS Award
  • NCRS – AMERICAN HERITAGE Award®
  • NCRS SPORTSMAN Award®
  • Judging Recognition Awards
  • NCRS Tabulators Recognition Award

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