With the passing of Carl Steig, we have lost a true gentleman with an encyclopedic knowledge of Cadillacs, and a steadfast devotion to the CLC and its principles.
Judging is a subject that often gives rise to controversy, but no one ever questioned either the integrity or the knowledge that Carl brought to his responsibilities as Chief Judge. When awards were given out at our Grand National Meets, there was always a disclaimer that they were "subject to audit" -- because if Carl determined after the fact that some mistake had been made in the tallying of the scores, he wanted to make sure he could correct it. Once in awhile, someone who had received a second or third prize at a GN award ceremony would get a letter in the mail later, stating that after the judging sheets were re-checked, his car actually won a higher award -- and that higher award would be sent to the member, and his car would receive the appropriate recognition in the official list of GN winners.
My first introduction to Carl occurred at a GN meet back in the '80s, before I served in any position with the national CLC. One of the cars entered for judging was a freshly restored 1959 Eldorado Biarritz, which gleamed and glistened in every place one could look. When the award winners were called in that class, the 1959 Biarritz took a second place award, and a well preserved original Cadillac received the first place award. The owner of the freshly-restored car was crestfallen at not winning a 1st place award, and approached Carl to ask whether some mistake had been made. Carl was fully prepared for the inquiry. He graciously told the owner that his car was very beautiful, and complimented him on all the work he had done. But, he pointed out, "your car is shiny in many places where new Cadillacs were not shiny in 1959", and our Club's standards are based on authenticity. In other words, the car had been "over-restored", and as a result, it suffered some deductions. I remembered thinking that this result would happen in very few, if any, other clubs -- because over-restored cars winning the top awards was the usual way of the world at that time. This experience provided a positive picture of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club and what it stands for, and Carl's commitment to authenticity made a strong impression. (In the interest of full disclosure, the car that won the 1st place in that class was mine. That is why I remember this so well, but that is not the point of the story.)
In addition to his long run as CLC Chief Judge, Carl was a Past President of both the CLC and the CCCA, as well as a long-time judge at the prestigious Pebble Beach concours. It is difficult to think of anyone who has made a greater contribution to our hobby. We will miss Carl greatly.