Ed Nieves brings us coverage of the 2021 NCRS Southeast Chapter Meet held on June 26 at the Buyavette facility. Check out the details about the judging and some of the photos of the event.
Photos and article by Ed Nieves
The National Corvette Restorer Society has many chapters throughout the country, but one of the largest chapters in terms of covering a geographical area is their Southeast Chapter. Their membership covers and represents Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama. The chapter every year organizes three judging events in the following regions: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Summerville, Georgia, and Atlanta, Georgia. On June 26, 2021, the Southeast chapter held one of these excellent meets at the Buyavette facility. Yep, they sell Corvettes and also have an entire facility where they service customers’ cars. To my surprise, I was impressed with the number of late-model Corvettes they have in their inventory. They also carry very nice collections of C1s through C3 Corvettes.
The ownership/management team comprised of Greg Rush and Jack Stanford at Buyavette. They graciously provided an indoor portion of their facility so the Southeast Chapter can hold a chapter meeting. The meet was organized by the judging chairman Rich Mauser. A judging school was also held (that’s where a car with educational value is used to teach participants about the intricate factory details of that particular Corvette). A beautiful low mile 1978 Corvette owned by Tom Beuglas was put up on a lift, and NCRS Region IV Director John Ballard conducted the general presentation. Mr. Ballard is a C1, C2, C3 Corvette Specialist and an extremely experienced NCRS and Bloomington Gold Judge. He is also highly regarded as one of the top paint judges in the country (they don’t call him the “Real Deal” for nothing). And the chassis portion was conducted by Tom Beuglas.
After the judging school was concluded, the judging of the Corvettes took off. There was a total of three cars to be judged (typical, chapter meets have between three to eight Corvettes), a 1978 Bowtie Corvette for display, and four Sportsman entries. Just as a point of clarification for those who may not be familiar with these terms, an NCRS Bowtie car is an unrestored Corvette that is judged and deemed to have a historical and educational value related to the car’s exterior interior, mechanical, and chassis. A Sportsman ribbon is an NCRS award presented to members who drive their Corvettes to a meet and display them. It’s designed to encourage a member to drive their cars to a meeting of their choice.
NCRS owners pursue the Top Flight Ribbon, which is awarded when a judged Corvette scores a 94% or better. Two out of the three Corvettes that were being Flight judged received a Top Flight Award, and the other received a Second Top Flight Award. Here are the details:
- 1963 Top Flight – Karl Heinzelmann of Alpharetta, GA
- 1967 Top Flight – Chris Henry of Chickamauga, GA
- 1972 2nd Flight & Ladies choice – Paul VanWinkle of Cumming, GA
- 1978 4-star Bowtie display and judging school vehicle – Tom Beuglas of Loganville, GA
- 1954 Sportsman – Mark Wiley of Atlanta, GA
- 2009 Sportsman – Steven Heck of Anderson, SC
- 2019 Sportsman – Brian McIntyre of Denver, NC
- 2021 Sportsman – Tom Beuglas of Loganville, GA
The event was rightfully concluded with the Ladies Choice Award that went to a beautiful Convertible 1972 Corvette. Kudos to Chapter President Tom Beuglas and his team for putting on a well-organized judging meeting in a great location.
Here are some photos from the 2021 NCRS Southeast Chapter Meet
After the judging school was concluded, the judging of the Corvettes Started
There was a total of three cars to be judged. Two out of the three Corvettes that were being Flight judged received a Top Flight Award, and the other received a Second Top Flight Award.
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