COSWORTH VEGA OWNERS ASSOCIATION CONCOURS GUIDELINES

Approved by CVOA Directors and Executive Council July 27, 2001 in Clarksville, IN.

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ARTICLE I
    PURPOSE AND INTENT

ARTICLE II
    ENTRANTS

ARTICLE III
    JUDGES AND JUDGING

ARTICLE IV
    JUDGING STANDARD

ARTICLE V

    CLASSES

ARTICLE VI
    GENERAL CLASS GUIDELINES

ARTICLE VII
    RESTORED AND UNRESTORED CLASSES 
ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

ARTICLE VIII

    RESTORED CLASSES 
ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

ARTICLE IX
    MODIFIED CLASSES 
ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

ARTICLE X
    CUSTOM/UNLIMITED CLASS 
JUDGING GUIDELINES

ARTICLE XI
    BONUS POINTS

ARTICLE XII

    SCORING

ARTICLE XIII
    AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

ARTICLE XIV
    JUDGE'S REPORT

ARTICLE XV
    AMENDMENTS

CVOA Concours Entry Form


ARTICLE I
PURPOSE AND INTENT
A primary objective of the Cosworth Vega Owner's Association (CVOA) is to preserve the existence and 
heritage of the Cosworth Vega automobile. The purpose of the Concours is three fold:

  1. Provide feedback to owners on the condition of their cars

  2. Increase the Club's collective knowledge and understanding of the Cosworth Vega

  3. Recognize outstanding member achievement for preservation, maintenance, and restoration.


A concours is normally held annually at the national meeting known as "The Roundup". Regions are also 

encouraged to hold concours events using these guidelines and scoring system. Entrants and judges should under-
stand that scoring is as objective as possible and use the information as a direction for improvement.
Remember, scoring is a critical evaluation of the car, not the owner.


ARTICLE II


ENTRANTS
Entrants must be CVOA members in good standing and pay any fees associated with the event. Entered vehicle(s) must be registered or legally owned by the entrant or a member of his immediate family (spouse or minor child). Entrants must fill out and sign the entry form and prepare their vehicles for the concours. Vehicles that are obviously dirty, incomplete, or cobbled-up will be disqualified. Entrants must remain near their vehicles during judging, provide the judges free access, open doors and access panels, remove components, and demonstrate vehicle functions as directed by the judges. 

The judge's requests must meet the guidelines in Article III.

The plastic envelope with the owner's manual and other delivery documents should be laid out in the luggage
area so as to make each item visible. All entrants must be ready for judging at the judging start time. Only mi-
nor cleaning such as dusting is allowed after the start of judging. Entrants should not speak with the judges during judging except to answer questions. Lack of courtesy and respect or belligerence and hostility are grounds for disqualification at the discretion of the judges.

 

ARTICLE III


JUDGES AND JUDGING


Judges must be CVOA members in good standing, well versed in automotive technology, and generally recognized as Cosworth Vega experts. Judges shall be appointed by the Event Chairman with the advise and consent of the Executive Committee and Regional Directors. A judging team shall consist of at least two individuals. One individual shall act as Chief Judge and co-ordinate the effort of the team(s). All judges should inspect the entire vehicle and score by consensus. It is expected that judges will spend approximately ten minutes to judge and score each vehicle. In the event the number of vehicles will likely cause the total judging time to exceed four hours, two or more judging teams may be appointed. Multiple judging teams shall be segregated according to class in order that all vehicles in a class are judged by the same team.


Judges are not allowed to touch the cars ( without consent of owner ), but are allowed to use flashlights, mirrors,
and magnifying glasses. The judges shall request the entrant to open the doors, hood panel, rear hatch, and spare tire compartment cover. The judges may also request the entrant to fold the front seats forward and lay the rear seatback flat, open the brake master cylinder reservoir, or remove the oil dipstick and spare tire. No other items may be removed and the interior of the glovebox will not be inspected. The judges may request the entrant to start the engine and should request operation of any vehicle components, subsystems, or accessories. 
Judges shall deduct or add points as required on the most current CVOA Concours Judging and Scoresheet, but will not tabulate the scores.

The chief judge shall insure that documentation such as assembly manuals and shop manuals are available to verify authenticity, and the entrant should present any relevant documentation in his possession. The judges shall treat the entrant with courtesy and respect, and the decision of the judges is final.


The judges may revisit any vehicle and adjust the Scoresheet at any time prior to the completion of judging. Members have the option of having their cars "unofficially judged". Results for unofficially judged cars will not be published.

 

ARTICLE IV


JUDGING STANDARD


All vehicles (except Custom/Unlimited class) shall be judged to a configuration and appearance standard existing at the time and point of final assembly by the manufacturer. Presentation for judging shall be in a condition typically associated with delivery of a new car of the period that has received the then current manufacturer's recommended dealer new car preparation, exclusive of any dealer or owner inspired additions, deletions, or modifications, with the exception of accessories marketed at the time by Chevrolet Motor Division for the HV77 body style.


The judges shall inspect and verify the Tonawanda engine number, EFI set number, abbreviated VIN on the engine, and the part number and date code on the starter/solenoid and distributor. Obscured numbers will be subject to major points deduction. Transmission and alternator numbers are not easily viewed and owners should record for judges to view.


Undercarriage judging shall be limited to what judges can see with the vehicle at normal ride height. Damage, missing parts, significant corrosion, evidence of leaks, accumulation of dirt, mud, or petroleum products will be subject to deduction. Surface corrosion on parts that were not coated at the factory and minor nicks will not be subject to deduction.


Surface dust that accumulates on the exterior and interior on the day of the event will not be subject to deduction.

 

ARTICLE V

CLASSES

There are six basic classes, however, in the event of more than 40 entries, exclusive of the Custom/Unlimited class, 1975 and 1976 models may be segregated into separate classes. The classes are as follows:  

Class 1: Unrestored 1975 and 1976

Class 2: Modified unrestored 1975 and 1976

Class 3: Restored 1975 and 1976

Class 4: Modified restored 1975 and 1976

Class 5: Custom

Class 6: Unlimited

 

ARTICLE VI

GENERAL CLASS GUIDELINES
With the exception of the Custom/Unlimited class(es) all entries must be original street legal Cosworth Vega automobiles and be substantially recognizable as Cosworth Vegas.

 To wit:

1. All entries must be registered and licensed for public road use by a recognized authority and carry
at least the minimum insurance required by the licensing authority or $15,000/$30,000/$5000 bodily
injury/property damage liability insurance whichever is greater.

2. All 1975 models must be painted black.

3. All 1976 models must be painted one of the nine OEM colors available during the 1976 model year.

4. All entries must have an original Cosworth Vega type engine.

5. All entries must have the OEM or equivalent pin striping and "Cosworth Twin Cam" decals.

6. All entries must be within production ride height tolerance adjusted for replacement tire loaded radius.

7. All entries should have the OEM bright metal trim, including the bumpers.

8. All entries should have original type Cosworth Vega wheels with the original gold color
substantially intact or a reasonable facsimile of the original gold color.

9. Floormats and personal items, except those in the glovebox, must be removed.


Entries that deviate substantially from these requirements shall receive full points deduction for the missing or
incorrect items or be reclassified to the Custom/Unlimited class(es).

ARTICLE VII


RESTORED AND UNRESTORED CLASSES ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

The following exceptions to the Judging Standard (Article IV) are allowed for restored and unrestored vehicles:

  1. Any DOT legal blackwall tire of sufficient load capacity, generally available to the public and correctly designated by its manufacturer to be suitable for a 13 inch by 6 inch rim, is acceptable. 

  2. Any shock absorber (except air shocks), generally available to the public or through a Club program
    and designated by its manufacturer to be a suitable replacement for the '75 and '76 HV77 body style is
    acceptable.

  3. Any oil filter or air filter, generally available to the public and correctly designated by its manufacturer to be suitable replacement for the '75 and '76 122 cubic inch EFI engine, is acceptable, however, a Delco oil filter is highly recommended.

  4. Any conventional wet cell lead acid battery, generally available to the public and correctly designated by its manufacturer to be a suitable replacement for the HV77 body style, is acceptable; however, batteries that are gaudy in color or labeling are subject to a deduction. Plain black batteries with minimal labeling or current Delco replacement batteries are very acceptable and highly recommended. 

  5. The clutch cable retaining clip on the engine mount stud may be relocated so as to allow the cable to be configured in a smooth continuous curve without an inflection point.

  6. The bracket securing the exhaust crossover pipe to the transmission mounting boss may be removed.

  7. The three high pressure fuel hoses may (and should) be replaced with modern black rubber coated "fuel injection" hose with modern EFI clamps. (This modification is highly recommended for safety.)

  8. A fire extinguisher may be installed and is recommended. The installation shall not limit ingress/ egress nor impinge on the comfort of the four seating positions.

  9. 1976 models may have active amber rear turn signals/emergency flashers as long as the installation is
    engineered to OEM standards

 

ARTICLE VII


RESTORED CLASSES ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES


An entry is considered to be restored if more than 50 percent of the normally visible painted bodywork, excluding the wheels, has been repainted, exclusive of repainting accomplished under the manufacturer's warranty.

The judges must distinguish between "over-restoration" and "non-authentic" restoration. It is common for restorers to over-restore a car. Examples include: 

1. Improving the surface quality and fit of body panels and trim

2. Improving the visual quality of the paintwork

3. Painting a large originally unpainted component, such as the axle housing, to prevent the formation of surface corrosion, as long as the color blends with surrounding OEM components.

4. Painting or plating an uncoated small component such as a fastener with a corrosion resistant coating.
(Note: Chrome plating is considered to be a decorative coating.)

Over-restoration shall not cause either the addition or subtraction of points.


Non-authentic restoration goes beyond the limit of over-restoration and includes actions such as:

1. Plating a component that was originally painted.

2. Chrome plating a component that was not chrome plated by the manufacturer.

3. Substitution of parts that deviate substantially from OEM or OEM equivalent parts.

Non-authentic restoration shall be subject to deduction of points or may be cause to reclassify the vehicle to the
Custom Class.


3. Any oil filter or air filter, generally available to the public and correctly designated by its manufacturer to be suitable replacement for the '75 and '76 122 cubic inch EFI engine, is acceptable, however, a Delco oil filter is highly recommended.

4. Any conventional wet cell lead acid battery, generally available to the public and correctly designated by its manufacturer to be a suitable replacement for the HV77 body style, is acceptable; however, batteries that are gaudy in color or labeling are subject to a deduction. Plain black batteries with minimal labeling or current Delco replacement batteries are very acceptable and highly recommended.

5. The clutch cable retaining clip on the engine mount stud may be relocated so as to allow the cable to be configured in a smooth continuous curve without an inflection point.

6. The bracket securing the exhaust crossover pipe to the transmission mounting boss may be removed.

7. The three high pressure fuel hoses may (and should) be replaced with modern black rubber coated "fuel injection" hose with modern EFI clamps. (This modification is highly recommended for safety.)

8. A fire extinguisher may be installed and is recommended. The installation shall not limit ingress/egress nor impinge on the comfort of the four seating positions.

9. 1976 models may have active amber rear turn signals/emergency flashers as long as the installation is engineered to OEM standards.


ARTICLE VIII

RESTORED CLASSES ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES


An entry is considered to be restored if more than 50 percent of the normally visible painted bodywork, excluding the wheels, has been repainted, exclusive of repainting accomplished under the manufacturer's warranty.

The judges must distinguish between "over-restoration" and "non-authentic" restoration. It is common for restorers to over-restore a car. 

Examples include:


1. Improving the surface quality and fit of body panels and trim

2. Improving the visual quality of the paintwork

3. Painting a large originally unpainted component, such as the axle housing, to prevent the formation of surface corrosion, as long as the color blends with surrounding OEM components. 

4. Painting or plating an uncoated small component such as a fastener with a corrosion resistant coating.
(Note: Chrome plating is considered to be a decorative coating.)

Over-restoration shall not cause either the addition or subtraction of points.


Non-authentic restoration goes beyond the limit of over-restoration and includes actions such as:


1. Plating a component that was originally painted.

2. Chrome plating a component that was not chrome plated by the manufacturer.

3. Substitution of parts that deviate substantially from OEM or OEM equivalent parts.


Non-authentic restoration shall be subject to deduction of points or may be cause to reclassify the vehicle to the
Custom Class.

All Cosworth Vegas were finished at the factory with pigmented acrylic lacquer. Reflow during oven baking brought out the depth and gloss on metal finished surfaces. Field refinishing acrylic lacquer products require buffing to bring out the depth and gloss. Modern single stage enamel finishing systems dry to a high depth and gloss, similar to buffed acrylic lacquer. This is consistent with over-restoration. A finishing system that does not reasonably match the original depth and gloss shall be considered to be non-authentic.

 

ARTICLE IX


MODIFIED CLASSES ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES


CVOA strongly encourages its members to maintain their Cosworth Vegas in original condition, however, it is recognized that some owners wish to improve them. The modified classes allow some modifications, however, modifications are limited to only those which are designed to improve function, performance, reliability, or durability, and a significant attempt to use OEM components and hardware, wherever possible, should be evident. 

Entrants must list modifications and the reason for each on the Entry Form. The provisions of Article VII apply, and the following non-exclusive list of modifications is allowed. Some have been documented in CVOA publications.


1. Removal of emission control equipment.

2. Cold air induction to the production air cleaner

3. Oil cooler and/or oversized radiator

4. Substitution or addition of an electric radiator fan

5. Aftermarket sunroof

6. "Monza" brakes and/or a brake vacuum booster

7. An oil pressure gage in the clock pod and/or auxiliary gages

8. Aftermarket shift linkage

9. Suspension bushings, springs, and anti-roll bars provided the ride height complies with Article VI

10. Auxiliary road lighting

11. Exhaust system pipes, muffler, and routing from the header outlet to the tail pipe outlet

12. Delco style vacuum advance control

13. Power steering

14. Air Conditioning

15. Non factory spoilers, front or rear

16. Non factory window tinting

Wherever possible, modifications should blend with the OEM components. Modifications will not add to the
score, however, modifications that show evidence of less than OEM quality engineering, materials, or workmanship or excessive use of aftermarket components and hardware shall be subject to a deduction.


ARTICLE X


CUSTOM/UNLIMITED CLASS JUDGING GUIDELINES


A Custom class vehicle is any original Cosworth Vega that has been "customized" or modified beyond the lim-
its of the modified guidelines (Article IX). In general, any Cosworth Vega equipped with ONE or more of the
following will automatically be in Custom Class:


1. Weber carburetors or any fuel delivery other than original EFI
2. Non Cosworth wheels
3. Non original color
4. Non Cosworth engine
5. Painted bumpers
6. Painted window trim


An Unlimited class vehicle is any vehicle, not originally built as a Cosworth Vega, that is powered by a
Cosworth Vega type engine.


Due to the wide variety of vehicles eligible for the Custom/Unlimited class, objective judging is very difficult if
not impossible. For this reason, the judges are allowed to evaluate subjectively without using the Scoresheet
and should take into account the following major considerations:

1. Quality of engineering
2. Quality of workmanship
3. Aesthetic appeal
4. Enhancement of the Cosworth Vega image

 

ARTICLE XI


BONUS POINTS


Up to 10 bonus points may be awarded for five original type Goodyear BR70-13 Custom Steel Gard Radial
Wide Tread tires in "as new" condition. Points will be prorated on the basis of tread wear and overall condition.
Tires that are worn to the wear bars or are otherwise considered to be unserviceable due to deterioration will not
be eligible for bonus points.


For unrestored classes only, one point per 10,000 miles of odometer reading shall be awarded. The maximum
award is 10 points for odometers reading over 100,000 miles. Odometer readings that have been tampered or
are believed to be non-authentic shall not receive bonus points.


For vehicles driven to the event under their own power, one bonus point per 100 one-way miles distance from
the vehicles normal domicile shall be awarded up to a maximum of 10 points. Judges may adjust claimed mile-
age based upon road atlas mileage for a convenient and direct route.


Up to 10 bonus points shall be awarded for historical documentation. Historical documentation includes window stickers, broadcast sheets, original sale, sales and financing contracts, registration certificates, maintenance
and repair records, pictures conveying historical information, and other records that document the vehicle's history. The material must be presented in an organized and attractive, easy to read format such as ring binders and bound file folders. Loose documents in envelopes and folders are not acceptable and will not be evaluated for bonus points. The material shall be placed in the luggage compartment and the entrant must allow the judges to handle the material for review. Plastic protector sheets for delicate documents are highly recommended.


ARTICLE XII


SCORING


Scoring is based on a point deduction system from a 400 point "perfect score" plus bonus points. Judges will
use the most current Scoresheet and the following scoring guidelines:

1. Minor discrepancy (1/2 to 1 point). Examples:
    a. Missing or incorrect fastener, retainer, or clip
    b. Minor paint flaw or body flaw noticeable on close inspection

2. Significant discrepancy (2 to 4 points) Examples
    a  Improperly routed harness or line
    b. Improper replacement component, or minor part missing
    c. Paint or body flaw noticeable on a "walk around inspection"

3. Major discrepancy (5 or more points) Examples:
    a. Significant missing part
    b. Significant body damage or paint flaw noticeable from a distance
    c. Any discrepancy that creates a potentially unsafe or unreliable condition

Judges shall determine the recommended deductions and bonuses, but will not tabulate the score. Upon comple-
tion of all judging, the judges or designated representatives shall tabulate the scores by subtracting deduction
points and adding bonus points. As a minimum, one person shall tabulate the score, and a second person shall
thoroughly check the work of the first. Both the tabulator and checker shall initial the Scoresheet.

Entrants shall receive their Scoresheet after the presentation of awards. Entry Forms for all officially judged entries shall be maintained indefinitely by the Club Registrar. Entry Forms and Scoresheets for unofficially judges vehicles
shall be returned to the member.


ARTICLE XIII


AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
First, second, and third place class awards shall be granted, so long as there are at least three entries in the class.
Entrant, dash number (or other description for entries other than Cosworth Vegas), and score should be published in Cosworth Vega Magazine

 

ARTICLE XIV


JUDGE'S REPORT
Within thirty days of a national concours, the Chief Judge shall submit a report to the Executive Committee with any recommendations for changing or amending the Concours Guidelines. This report will be published in the next issue of Cosworth Vega Magazine. After allowing a reasonable amount of time for member comments, the Executive Committee shall vote on the recommendations or refer them to the Directors for vote by mail. It is also highly recommended that the Chief Judge write an article for the Magazine citing common deductions and suggested  corrective action.


ARTICLE XV


AMENDMENTS


The Concours Guidelines may be modified either by changing the body of the document or adding an amendment. The following amendments are recognized.


1. [7/27/01] Approximately one-third of Cosworth Vega production was shipped from Lordstown without radio equipment, however, over 90 percent were equipped with RPO U76 windshield antenna. For vehicles not equipped with factory installed radio equipment, radio, tape, and speaker equipment that is typical of OEM or aftermarket equipment installed by dealers or aftermarket installers at or shortly after the time of initial delivery shall not be subject to deduction on unrestored or restored vehicles, as long as the installation is done to OEM quality engineering and workmanship standards. An exterior mast radio antenna is acceptable as long as the vehicle was not originally equipped with U76, and the installation is up to OEM engineering and workmanship standards.

2. [7/27/01] The following accessory parts available from Chevrolet at the time Cosworth Vegas were originally sold are recognized as suitable for restored or unrestored cars:

       A. Front air dam, part number 3965776 -- must be unpainted on black cars or be painted to match body
            color on 1976 models OEM finished in a color other than black.

        B. One piece rear spoiler, part number 3965772 (Note: This is not the three piece "Astre spoiler".) painted to                 match body color.

        C. Door wind wings, part number [994531].

        D. Fast ratio steering gear assembly, part number 7819935

3. [7/27/01] Engine or transmissions without a stamped abbreviated VIN are considered to be warranty or service replacements not subject to deduction.

4. [7/27/01] Missing three piece bright trim at the base of the grille and headlight bezels on 1976 models shall not receive a deduction, as long as there is no evidence that it was ever installed.

5. [7/27/01] Date coded parts are considered to be original as long as the date code precedes the vehicle build date by no more than six months.


CVOA Concours Entry Form

(Sample)

EVENT DATE: July 28, 2001 OFFICIAL USE ONLY:
Class:__________________
Grand total score:________
Class placement:_________
Entrant name:___________________________________ Model year: __________ Dash no.: _________
Address: ______________________________________ VIN: ________________ Build date:_________
City/state/zip: ___________________________________ Paint code:__________ Trim code:_____________
Phone:_________________________________________ Tonawanda eng. no.:_______ EFI sys. no.:_______
Original selling dealer/location/date:____________________________________Acquried new or used:______
Requested class:
1. Unrestored___ 2. Modified unrestored___ 3. Restored___ 4. Modified restored___
5. Custom (cosmetics and Webers) ____ 6. Unlimited (Cosworth powered vehicles)___
One way miles entry is driven to event under its own power: _______Odometer reading at event: __________
Year/make/model (Unlimited class only): ________________________________________________________
Factory installed options:
___ AK1 Color keyed seatbelts ___ G80 Positraction axle ___ U63 AM radio
___ A01 Tinted glass ___ JBB2 Cloth seats ___ U69 AM/FM radio
___ A20 Swing-out windows ___ M75 5-speed transmission ___ U76 Windshield antenna
___ B37 Color keyed floormats ___ UA1 Heavy duty battery ___ U80 Rear speaker
___ B39 Door edge guards ___ UM1 8-track tape w/AM radio ___ VBB2 Vinyl seats
___ CF4 SkyTrends sunroof ___ UM2 8-trk. tape w/AM/FM st. ___ YF5 California emissions
___ C49 Rear window defogger ___ U58/U27 AM/FM stereo radio ___ ZJ9 Auxiliary lighting
Chevrolet accessories, dealer installed or aftermarket radio/tape/speaker equipment:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
Modification(s): Reason(s):
1. _____________________________________________________________ ________________________
2. _____________________________________________________________ ________________________
3. _____________________________________________________________ ________________________
4. _____________________________________________________________ ________________________
5. _____________________________________________________________ ________________________
6. _____________________________________________________________ ________________________
Ownership history, Name: Location(s): Dates:
1._________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________
2. ________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________
3. ________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________
I CERTIFY THE ABOVE INFORMATION IS COMPLETE AND CORRECT TO THE BEST OF MY
KNOWLEDGE:
Signature of entrant:_________________________________________________________ Date:___________