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NCRS Updating Judging Manual

Larry Jewett - August 13, 2012 11:57 AM


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A volunteer from the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) recently visited the MY Garage Museum & Retail Store with a mission to inspect Mid America Motorworks’ 1954 Pennant Blue Corvette. The Corvette is being used as a guide for updating the NCRS Technical Information Manual & Judging Guide for Corvettes years 1953-1955. The Corvette was chosen as one of three low mileage Corvettes to help update this handbook.
Troy Pyles of St. George, Utah, a member of NCRS and early Corvette restorer, volunteered to take on the task of looking at these original Corvettes in order to improve and ensure accuracy of the handbook, as well as add any detail that may be missing. Pyles’ first stop was Boston, Massachusetts, to meet with the 1953-1955 Corvette judging jeader, David Brigham. Brigham shared all the knowledge of those specific years of Corvette that he could before sending Pyles to Mid America Motorworks as his first stop. Pyles spent an entire day at the MY Garage Museum & Retail Store, scouring the car for all date codes and numbers of original parts.
The MY Garage Museum 1954 Corvette is one of only 300 cars that are Pennant Blue with a Shoreline Beige interior. The convertible Corvette has only 3,087 original miles on the odometer and maintains the original paint, upholstery, hoses and wires. It is still registered to the original owner with an original title date of 11-9-1954.
Pyles will visit Pendleton, Indiana, and Blue Springs, Missouri, to inspect two more low mileage Corvettes before he completes his journey to update the handbook. Once finished, Pyles plans to write articles describing general information about his trip and detailed information about what he learned about the 1953-1955 Corvettes.
MY Garage Museum & Retail Store is located on Mid America Motorworks Corporate Campus in Effingham, Ilinois. The museum and store is open seven days a week free of charge. In addition to thousands of automotive collectibles and memorabilia, the museum showcases a rotation of 20-25 prototype, rare and racing cars from Mike Yager’s private collection.