Phil, it's been a few years since I've really looked at a rule book. Is there still a class for Impalas with 427 and three carbs? There was also a class for '69 Camaros with LT1 engines. I even spoke to the "boss" and got no response. The 04A and 04B class is a big problem right now. They ruined a good thing and then made it worse, the natives are NOT happy. I hope you can straighten them out!! Doug
Alright, if you guys are going to keep hijacking my thread, I might as well make myself useful...
That would probably be class 36b. That's where Hi-Po Chevys and Olds, 57-69, go, including SS, Z28, COPO Camaros, etc. And yes, Impalas.... Not sure about the three carbs part of your question. If you have a 427 Impala that came from the factory with three carbs, then get factory documentation together and send copies to the VP of Judging to get a ruling. As for the "boss", Steve is the Executive Director, not the VP of Judging. Class judging is determined by that VP and his/her committee. I cannot speak for him, but I will tell you the couple of times I've emailed him a question he got back to me within 24 hours. If he didn't have the answer, he would direct me to where it could be found. Look at the description of Class 36 below.
Okay, when was the last time you did look at the guidelines?
4a & 4b? 4a is small vehicles prior to 41. 4b covers up to 88. That is cars like Bantams, currently. Class 27 is the Production class where most Chevrolets used to go. For example, 27g for 67 and 27h for 68-69 first gen Camaros. When AACA started class 36 a few years ago that pulled all the true muscle cars out of my 27h class. Also, it pulled my friend Jerry L's Senior Grand National 68 SS out and made it a whole lot easier on the rest of us. To tell you the truth (and strictly for bragging rights), I took my car to a different region's meeet, got my first, and then put it back in DPC to stay. My 68 is a driver. I bought it for tours.
The current VP for Judging is a great guy and does a lot for the hobby. But the officers will change next month in Philly at the Annual National Meeting. I will take your question to whoever takes that position. He/she will probably tell me to tell you exactly what I said above. I do remember our PM conversation about muscle cars. I think the class 36 satisfied most muscle car owners. I judged last year's Grand Nationals (early Corvettes for me), and I did not see any Chevy muscle car owners go away mad. IMHO, since AACA does not check numbers, any car that does well in model specific judging (Camaro Nationals, for example) should easily get a first at any AACA meet... just bring your AIM with you to show factory documentation.
Straighten them out??? That will have to wait till I retire... I can't keep my staff at work straight most days....
36. FACTORY HIGH
The Factory High Performance class has been developed especially for performance oriented domestic vehicles, from their beginnings in the 1950’s thru their "heyday" of the late 60’s and early 70’s and on. Eligibility for vehicles in this category is evaluated on a case by case basis, taking into consideration individual merits such as weight to horsepower ratio, the manufacturer’s actual intent and the era in which the vehicle was built. These are just a few of the qualifying points of consideration. This class is a work in progress, and will continue to be developed over time. Applications for additional vehicles to be added to the existing list of accepted vehicles must be submitted in writing, along with any accompanying factory documentation, to the Vice President of Class Judging. The name and address of the Vice President of Class Judging can be found in each issue of the Antique Automobile. Always check AACA Headquarters for the most current listing of accepted vehicles in this class.
--2013 AACA Guidelines
Okay, so what did we decide about glossy firewalls?
BTW, thanks again, Paul. Cool car, Charley! Interesting discussion....
Now, will someone take pity on me and post another, original SS 350 engine pic for me...