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In a whole other life I did a lot of restorations for people who wanted to have the car without the work so I would agree with you.
What they could do is have a class for documented self-restoration. There will always be parts of the job that amateurs may not be good at or able to do but if they can show that they did the greater part of the job then that should garner more votes than a vehicle that was professionally restored.
I guess the idea behind it is same as that with women's chess tournaments. Historically, because it's a male dominated field, this allows women to get into tournaments, win some prizes, and encourage more participation from women. After a few years or decades of doing this, I assume they'd just do away with women specific versions (both for chess and for car competitions).
Went to mom's last night as she wanted me to look at an email from her granddaughter. She had tried the link but it did not work.
When I look at it, the first think that struck me was the subject was "From (granddaughter's name)".
The in the body it said "Good afternoon (mom's email address)" then had a link followed by my niece's email at the bottom.
Now my niece would have said "Hi, Grandma!" At the very least.
So full virus scan of computer, which thankfully showed no problems.
Well mom is 87 and normally will not open an email that looks odd, but one from her granddaughter, she thought would be safe.
Until a series of injuries, my father, at 83, could wipe his HDD and reload Windows, office, Lotus Notes, Dragon Speak, etc etc etc. He even was starting to mess with Open Office . . . . and sent much too much email.
Also, after I once found his browser screen (literally) half hidden by tool bars, I taught him the wonders of malware scans and how to use the Spybot advanced mode to eliminate junk from his startup group.
It's all, in no small part, a mind-set as to what you can/cannot do, or perhaps often what one should/should-not do for their age.
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein
"As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error." - Weisert
"If you are searching for perfection in others, then you seek disappointment. If you are seek perfection in yourself, then you will find failure." - Balboos HaGadol Mar 2010
at 83, could wipe his HDD and reload Windows, office, Lotus Notes, Dragon Speak, etc etc etc. He even was starting to mess with Open Office . . . . and sent much too much email.
MANY moons ago when I actually thought IT support was a great job choice,
I had a customer which I loved to help. He was 89 (At the time) and could write his own (Very basic) website in pure HTML. The only time he bothered IT Support was when his hardware had issues, and only when he could not 'reach it'. Although the funniest was the way he hid his porn from the Mrs. He actually renamed it to hobby related titles (Such as Beetle Crank Shaft spec, and then change the file type to something like .xlsx or .ppt
My FIL used to have so many toolbars that he had about 2 inches of viewable browser space. I told him he was an idiot and preceeded to fix it for him and also told him that he actually doesn't need any of the B.S. toolbars. He enjoys the internet a lot more now.