Proposed Changes to the Wally Swift Award

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    I believe that we need to change the criteria for the Wally Swift Award. The problem is the autocross part. Currently, we require that there be at least three cars in an autocross class for any cars in that class to be eligible for the Wally Award. This eliminates a person from consideration because of others not autocrossing their cars. A good example of this was Carl Moon at the last United. He did well in the Concours Popular Vote but, because there were not three cars in his class who did the autocross, he was not eligible for the Wally award. My proposed change would be to have the autocross score part of the Wally Award be the overall finishing position in the autocross, all cars combined. This prevents anyone from being eliminated from consideration just because no one in their class does the autocross and it is actually more “Wally-like”. His accomplishments in the autocross were above those of both Tigers and Alpines. The wording of my proposed rules is below.

    Criteria for the Wally Swift Award

    1) The award is presented at each United to the person (not car) who does the best in the Concours and the Autocross, combined.
    2) He/She must own the car(s) that are entered in the Concours and Autocross and must drive the car(s) in the autocross. It does not have to be the same car.
    3) The person must have been a member of TE/AE prior to the participation in the Autocross or the Concours, whichever is held first.
    4) The award is based on the combined finishing positions in the Concours Popular Vote and Autocross events, using the finishing position (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4…) as the points assigned. The award goes to the person with the lowest total points. In the Concours, the points will be determined by where the car ranks in the Most Popular Alpine or Most Popular Tiger vote and in the Autocross, it will be based on the overall finishing position of the car in the Autocross (not by class). Example: A third in the Most Popular Alpine vote at the Concours and the fourth fastest time overall in the Autocross would be 7 total points. If there is a tie in points, the award goes to the fastest autocross time. If there is no one meeting these criteria, the award is not made for that year.
    5) The award is open to the owners of Tigers and Alpines only. Tigers must have a Ford engine based on the 260-289-302 small block and Alpines must have an Alpine engine. No conversions are eligible.
    6) A person must participate in both the Autocross and the Concours to be eligible.
    7) There will be a perpetual trophy and a personal trophy given to the winner. There will be one perpetual trophy that has a plaque containing all previous winners’ names and will pass from winner-to-winner at each United. The personal trophy will remain with the winner.
    8) Any criteria not covered here will be the decision of the Board and that decision will add to these criteria for future awards.

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