Maybe we all should have seen this coming, but here we are in the middle of an unprecedented National Health Emergency. The COVID-19 Virus is a serious matter and, as we write this in the middle of March, it looks as if our treasured freedoms like gathering and attending great events like the Desert Scale Classic have to be set aside for the sake of our common good. When the Desert Scale Classic Management Team learned we had to cancel our traditional live Event here in Phoenix, we immediately started brainstorming to come up with a way to keep the show going. But how the heck do you do that in the middle of a pandemic, where we have to hunker down and isolate ourselves for a while? (Not that car modelers mind either hunkering down or isolating.) The fact is, for fifteen years we have all enjoyed the annual gathering of model car crafters known as Desert Scale Classic! Frankly, we were bummed that it was looking like we wouldn't be able to host our Sweet 16Event at all.
We considered alternative dates and alternative venues (who knows how long this virus quarantine might go on, or if we would have to cancel yet again?). Then we hit on a somewhat wild and crazy idea – “If we can't count on a live venue, let’s just do DSC in a Virtual Venue, as a Virtual Championship, all online!”
There were some blank looks exchanged at first, but then we realized - we can do this! We have the capability of pulling this off! Maybe even extend the reach of DSC, giving others who usually can’t travel to Phoenix an opportunity to participate.
How are we going to make this work?
Once you register for the show, we will send you information and instructions with which you can upload a set of photos for each model you enter. You can even add information about you and your Entry. There isn’t a limit to the number of models you can enter, (there is a small fee for each of course). As with any ordinary competition, there are some rules outlining eligibility, categories,definitions,and parameters. And, just like in the live and in-person DSC Model Car Championship, we will continue with all the usual categories and awards. Even our recently announced DSC Tag Award is on board.
All Entries will appear on this website in the dscV16 Virtual Championship Gallery, arranged by category and published as they arrive. Each Entry will be represented in a folio of five to eight digital photo images provided by its builder. Entrants' names will be hidden from view.
Entries need not be professionally photographed, or even photographed using an expensive camera and lighting equipment. A decent cell phone camera will do! We will publish some tips and hints right here on the website to help you take good quality photos.
We know this is going to be a little different. The Desert Scale Classic and dscV16 staff will do whatever we can to support your participation.
The deadline for Competitor Registration and Entry submissions is 11:59 p.m. MST, Friday, May 1, 2020. Entries will remain on dispaly in the dscV16 Virtual Championship Gallery throughout the Event. Awards will be announced Friday, May 22, 2020.
But the big question is: "Are you game?".
If so, sign-up, join us OnLine at the dscV16 Virtual Venue Model Car Championship in this grand effort to bring a little cheer and enjoyment to your home - as we weather this storm together.
All of us here at the dscV16 and Desert Scale Classic and Cactus Car Modelers wish you and your families well, and we pray for good health for all.
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