Read Richard Dormois' interesting article about 'Modified' Cadillacs (click image to read full size PDF) . If you're thinking of taking a modified car to a Grand National, this is how your car is supposed to be judged. Modifying Cadillacs and LaSalles has a been a long and contentious debate... The CLC was created to protect and preserve the originality of Cadillac and LaSalle cars. But more people today, especially younger folks and those who want a comfortable and safe motoring experience, like to modify their cars. The cars included below are owned by PSCLC and former PSCLC members who have modified their cars for both comfort/safety and for design individuality. It’s your car, and you get to do with it what you like… and now the CLC is making a serious effort to draw modified Cadillacs into the fold. Enjoy the 2017 Grand National, whatever your car looks like!
We understand the judging will be by four categories of modifications. Can you find examples of each?
"HOTRODS are any 1940 and earlier bodied cars constructed with an emphasis on improving speed, handling and appearance. If the car body is not a Cadillac or La Salle, the car's engine must be a Cadillac or LaSalle."
"RESTOMODS are any Cadillac or LaSalle constructed in 1960 and years before which have been modified to incorporate a modern chassis, driver/passenger convenience items e.g power steering, air conditioning, power windows, etc., and/or improved sound systems. These cars may be powered by any engine. The exterior appearance will be the same as a factory produced car of the same year and model. There will be no chopping, channeling, sectioning, or other modifications that would alter the stock appearance."
"MILD CUSTOMS are any Cadillac or LaSalle with minor changes to the body, interior or changes to upgrade performance or (appearance to the stock engine) installation of air conditioning and sound systems are allowed, along with changes to the exhaust system, brakes, wheels and tires."
"RADICAL CUSTOMS are any Cadillacs or LaSalles that have had major body changes, chopped, channeled, bumpers removed and/or major changes to the interior, engine and suspension changes."
My wife and I drove up to Marietta yesterday to look at and drive the 1942 Cadillac series 63 and it is quite a car. Although I did not purchase it, some of your guys from the club should really take a look at it. A very low mileage and unmolested original that needs to go to somebody in the CLC. While there, we saw Rob's '41 convertible in storage and that is always a treat to see.
I have to tell you that after driving this car in the terrible heat and heavy weekday traffic around Cobb Parkway and Lower Roswell Road and the 120 Loop, I have abandoned my dream of owning a pre-war Cadillac for the purpose of driving it 1000 miles to and from the Glidden Tour. I do not own a trailer and it would just be too tough without air. I think I need to be realistic and stick with something more modern. Our parents survived the heat, but maybe we are all too spoiled today.
Hope to see you again in the future.
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Penske’s Unfair Advantage - CLC Judging 2017
By: William C. “Bill” Anderson, P.E.
My brief foray in SCCA sports car racing in 1969 to 1972 coincided with the hey-day of the Trans-Am Series that saw all the major car manufacturers competing hammer and tong to be top dog and the unlimited cars of the Can-Am series. It was during this time period that the label unfair advantage was affixed to Roger Penske and the cars he fielded; developed and driven for the most part by Mark Donohue. In 1968, the Penske/Donohue combo won most every Trans-Am race with a Camaro. The team won the series championship again in 1972, this time with an AMC Javelin. In 1972, with unlimited Porsche money, their Porsche 917 devastated the Can-Am competition. If that was not enough, Penske/Donohue also won the 1972 Indy 500.
All that success had many in each series complaining about Penske’s unfair advantage. I had a chance to see the unfair advantage in person and up close. While Penske had access to resources, back then he was not the billionaire he is today, and many of his competitors spent more money. Penske’s unfair advantage was really simple and available to all. It combined comprehensive research, thorough preparation, across the board professional appearance – cars, personnel, and equipment, and attention-to-detail; all of which required hard work.
What does Penske’s Unfair Advantage have to do with CLC judging in 2017? Penske was a careful reader of the rules in every type of race in which he competed and kept up-to-date with the many changes as they occurred. There are many changes in CLC Judging Rules that will first apply at the 2017 Grand National in Washington. Highlights of these changes follow.
There will be no Senior Division or Senior Classes in 2017. Cars that have received a Senior or higher award in prior events will be judged with the cars in the Primary Division using the Primary Division Classes. But, there will be Senior, Senior Wreath, and Senior Crown awards. The Primary Division remains for cars 20 years old or manufactured in 1999 and before.
The Classes used in the Touring Division will be the same as the Primary Division Classes; the current Touring Divisions Classes have been abolished for 2017. Cars 10 years old and older (2007 in 2017) can be entered in competition for Touring Prizes.
The Judging Form has been increased in the number of items scored. This will permit more accurate judging. One Judging Form will be used cars 1903 to 1966 and another for cars manufactured and assembled after 1966. The new forms have about 560 points compared with the 200-point form now in use. Although there are many more points, the scores used to award prizes will remain based on the current hundred point scale. Currently, the final score is determined by dividing the points deducted by 2 and subtracting that number from 100. With the new form, the final score will be divided by about 5.6 and subtracting that number from 100.
The current score requirements for first, second and third place trophies in the Touring Division remain the same as existing. However, any car meeting the score requirements will be awarded the prize earned, even if multiple cars earn the same award.
The prizes and associated scores in the Primary Division are: Senior Crown – 99 to 100 points; Senior Wreath – 97 to 98.99 points; Senior – 95 to 96.99 points; First Place – 90 to 94.99 points; Second Place – 80 to 89.99 points; Third Place – 70 to 79.99 points. A car achieving any of the Senior prizes can do so on its first showing. And, like the Touring Division, any car meeting the score requirements will be awarded the prize earned, even if multiple cars earn the same award.
A new Division, Special & Unique Cars, has been created for cars like the 1953 Cadillac Elegante and other specialty cars. I will provide a complete list of the Classes and cars included in this Division later. The important point for this Division is that the car owner/entrant must supply a complete list and description of all the unique features of the car as part of the car’s entry. The owner-supplied information will supplement that contained in CLC records. These features will be used when assessing authenticity of the car’s components during judging.
Modified cars will be judged. There are four classes: Hot Rod, Restomod, Mild Custom and Radical Custom. I will supply more details on the procedures used to enter, judge, and award prizes to such cars in a later column.
There is no change to Preservation Division Rules. Cars may be entered in one of the other Divisions and the Preservation Division.
All cars entered in a Grand National or other CLC judged event, either judged or display only must meet the four following rules
The Judging Committee is working to complete preparation of a new CLC Judging Manual. It is planned to have this document completed and published by the late fall of 2016 so that all potential entrants can have time to prepare for the 2017 GN and Fall Festival. If you have any questions about any of the new judging rules before the new Judging Manual is published, you are welcome to contact me.
I have been contacted by Frank Peiler, Publisher of Collectible Automobile magazine. This CA publication is one the finest automotive magazine you need to see. I have had my 1961 Fleetwood featured many times and it is always great to see Cadillac’s displaying the C&LC window sticker or grille badge in the photos. We also are given credit as a contact point for Cadillac owners, which increases our membership.
CA will publish their October 2016 issue with the primary focus being Cadillac Coupe Deville's. They are looking for these particular years: 1950, 1951, 1962, 1964, and 1969 models to be photographed. They have requested perfect or near perfect examples of those years. The article encompasses 1949-1974 CDV’s. If you feel that your CDV as listed qualifies to be included in this feature contact CA directly. They will contact you and make arrangements to meet and photograph your CDV. Help CA, help C&LC, be a Star!
Dave Ritchie, President C&LC
Contact: Collectible Automobile
New member Bill Overend sent it along. There are two ’57 Series 62 Cadillac convertibles in there, and the owner claims 58 cars in all. They look to me to be all survivor cars, in original, unrestored condition. A treasure trove of old time parts and signs, and a place any gearhead would LOVE to explore for days on end…
A very unusual collector. He hasn't detailed any of them. They are a gold mine for some future collector, particularly with the stock pile of parts. THIS is an interesting collection! https://player.vimeo.com/video/139358538
Changes in Judging Rules – Now & 2017
By: William C. “Bill” Anderson, P.E.
The Cadillac & LaSalle Club Board of Directors approved a program in January 2015 authorizing significant changes in the judging of cars at CLC National Events. The Judging Committee is hard at work developing the procedures to implement these changes.
The judging at the Grand National in Las Vegas in April and the Fall Festival in September embrace some of these changes including:
More changes will be phased in with the 2017 Grand National and Fall Festival Events including:
I will expand upon these and discuss other changes and topics related to judging in future News From the Chief Judge. If you have questions, please contact me.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the Franklin Museum of Tucson. Private collector, now passed, left a foundation of about 25 cars in three buildings. Franklin produced cars 1902 - 1934, continued to build their air cooled engines, mostly aircraft, but including the engine for the Tucker, into the 70's. Note some of the 50 fins on each cylinder in the engine photo, big part of the cooling system which also included a compressed air system over the engine. Engines were 6, 8 & 12 cylinder, a four cylinder attempt failed.
These were extremely well built cars and were priced a slight notch below Cadillac. Museum had several custom bodied cars, mostly chauffeur driven town cars, but also a couple of speedsters. Several early models included a 1904, which I had seen running at the Tubac Collector Car Show a few weeks ago. Early models had front hinged hoods. It's a small museum but well worth a visit if you are ever passing through Tucson.
And then I have purchased the car in the last photo to go autocrossing with my son and grandson (in grandson's Lotus). Had it hauled to Tucson today to Olde English Creations for some work before shipping it home. 1960 Austin Healey "Bug Eye" (or Frog Eye to the Brits) Sprite, full race, 1275 cc bored to 1350, fresh engine and many other components. Last trip on the track was 1984.
— Lee Dunn
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