I agree. There should be more than enough documentation to prove a wreck. I don't think anyone is suggesting a class for a minor fender bender here. I think a major accident is what we are talking about.
FastSS, what kind of damage did you have and how much $$ is the repair costing you? These could easily be guidelines to go by.
My opinion has never been a popular one on this forum so why should it be now, but I know that I would not want to compete against class of cars that have never had anything more than a scratch buffed out of them knowing mine had been "totalled". This is just common sense.
I was asked yesterday "what about the guy who's car was totalled and he completely rebuilt it -- including a new frame from GM!" Well, IMO, that is no longer a wrecked Impala but a new one.
No, I agree we should not have classes for "prettiest mud flaps" or for "nicest tail pipes" (quoted from converstaion yesterday) but an Impala brought back from the dead is pretty impressive to me.
No one said trophies are necessary here, as I understand that all of the different classes with all of the awards gets rather expensive. At this point it is not a matter of owners attention to detail but the body shops attention to detail. I just think these cars deserve a standing ovation for going above and beyond and coming back for more.
Why do I have such a strong opinion on this topic since my car has never been wrecked?? For no other reason than I am able to put myself in anothers shoes. How would you feel if your car was totalled? I can not imagine how I would feel but I do know that I would be very proud to have her back on the street again.