This is not a joke. While the rest of us go on with our normal 9-5 jobs there are Auto Glass Technicians all over the country honing their skills to become the best of the best. In the world of Automotive glass replacement there is one competition that reigns supreme, The Auto Glass Technician Contest. The event, which is touted as the “Olympics” of Auto Glass Replacement, is co-sponsored by Auto Glass Repair and Replacement magazine (AGRR), the largest auto glass magazine in the world, and the Independent Glass Association. In case you can’t tell this is a big deal in the auto glass world.
This years Auto Glass Olympics were held November 1-3 in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the event competitors go up against regional champions from all over the US in front of live audiences. In the individual bouts contestants must install a windshield on a car in accordance with Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards Council (AGRSSC) Standard 002-2002. As each competitor completes an installation their work is scrutinized by a panel of four judges. Each competitor starts with a total of 110 points. Points are then deducted for errors in technique, safety or the installation process itself. The field is eventually weeded down from twenty-nine competitors to four finalists who have impressed the judges with their windshield installation abilities. Before a champion can be crowned the four remaining contestants must test their skills with a final task; the removal and reinstallation of a backlite.
This year Robert (Rob) Grace of Cindy Rowe Auto Glass, Harrisburg, PA., won the gold medal. Grace was given a $5000 purse, his gold medal, a large trophy, and most importantly the esteemed title of “World’s Best Auto Glass Technician”.
Hey Rob, you think you could do my MG when your schedule frees up?