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1928 Gardner takes Best of Show at 2016 Des Moines Concours

DES MOINES – The Des Moines Concours d’Elegance awarded Best of Show to a 1928 Gardner 85 on Sunday, September 11th, 2016. The car led a field of Class Winners that included well-known makers like Cadillac and lesser-known ones like Economy.


The 1928 Gardner 85 is owned by Robert and Kim Gardner of St. Paul, Minnesota. The owner is not related to the Gardner family that manufactured the automobiles. Through his extensive research into the manufacturer, Gardner developed and now manages the Gardner Owners’ Registry and holds the self-imposed title of “official historian” for the marque.

Full List of Class Winners

Best of Show

 1928 Gardner 85 owned by Robert and Kim Gardner, St. Paul, MN

Full Classics

  •  First Place: 1928 Gardner 85 owned by Robert and Kim Gardner, St. Paul, MN
  •  Second Place: 1924 Packard 143 Fleetwood, Don and Jean Hanson, Rochester, MN
  •  Third Place: 1923 Paige-Detroit 6-70 Sport Phaeton, John Quam, Montara, CA


  •  First Place: 1957 Cadillac Brougham owned by Gus Frics, Omaha, NE
  •  Second Place: 1965 Cadillac DeVille Convertible, Rich Willis, Waukee, IA
  •  Third Place: 1934 Cadillac V16 Town Car, David Mitchell, Geneseo, IL


  •  First Place: 1966 AC Cobra 427 owned by Susan Wahlert, Dubuque, IA
  •  Second Place: 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Chris Mulvihill, Chicago, IL
  •  Third Place: 2006 Ford GT, Bob and Nonie Doty, Van Meter, IA

Vintage Motorcycles

  •  First Place: 1935 Morgan Sports owned by Stephen Meyers, Ames, IA
  •  Second Place: 1967 BMW Model R60/2, Robert Maloy, Ankeny, IA
  •  Third Place: 1986 Honda Model Z50R, Randy Sobotka, Urbandale, IA

Brass Era Antiques

  •  First Place: 1909 Economy Model G owned by Brady and Emily Mann, Roanoke, IL
  •  Second Place: 1901 Sears Model K, Don and Dick Pauley, Clear Lake, IA
  •  Third Place: 1916 Rauch and Lang Brougham, Bob and Vicki Gerdes, Burlington, IA

Nickel Era Antiques

  •  First Place: 1918 American La France Firetruck owned by David and Leone Junck, Ogden, IA
  •  Second Place: 1931 Ford Deluxe Tudor, John and Rosemary McClain, Altoona, IA
  •  Third Place: 1924 Franklin Speedster, Tom Chandler, Elkader, IA

Streamline Era Antiques

  •  First Place: 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Sport Sedan owned by O.J. and Pat Tomson, Mason City, IA
  •  Second Place: 1936 Ford 72-A, Dr. Gary Nutt, Des Moines, IA
  •  Third Place: 1940 Chrysler Traveler, John and Alice Bolen, Runnells, IA

Post War Collectibles

  •  First Place: 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon owned by Dean and Becky Archer, Ankeny, IA
  •  Second Place: 1952 MG TD, Hank and Sandy Wood, Des Moines, IA
  •  Third Place: 1951 Ford Country Squire, Steve and Martha Davis, Des Moines, IA

Space Age Collectibles

  •  First Place: 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W30 owned by Daniel and Nydia Curtis, Oak Grove, MN
  •  Second Place: 1956 Ford Thunderbird, Tim and Karanel Larson, Burlington, IA
  •  Third Place: 1968 Ford Mustang 65B Coupe, Martin and Tari Rupp, Weeping Water, NE
  •  Special Recognition: 1958 Dodge Regal Lancer, Randy Guyer, Minnetonka, MN


  •  First Place: 1913 Hudson 6-54 owned by Carl Cedergren, Stillwater, MN
  •  Second Place: 1936 Railton Boattail Speedster, John and Agnes Williams, Cedar Rapids, IA
  •  Third Place: 1954 Hudson Hornet, John and Robyn Forkner, Spring Hill, KS


  •  First Place: 1961 Dodge Dart Phoenix owned by Brent Manson, Minneapolis, MN
  •  Second Place: 1950 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, Max Bowman, Des Moines, IA
  •  Third Place: 1926 Buick Club Roadster, Frank Cownie, Des Moines, IA


  •  First Place: 1946 Ford Pickup owned by Marilyn and Wayne Blackmon, Tulsa, OK
  •  Second Place: 1949 International Harvester KB-3, Brian and Micholyn Fajen, West Des Moines, IA
  •  Third Place: 1974 Mazda Rotary Engine Pickup, Dr. David Suarez, Ames, IA


  •  First Place: 1930 Ford Model A PU #77 owned by Harold Gutnick and Butch Smith, Pleasantville, IA
  •  Second Place: 2015 Epperson Modlite #46z, Ed and Jane Zehm, Ames, IA
  •  Third Place: 1937 Chevy Business Coupe #777, Harold Gutnick and Butch Smith, Pleasantville, IA

Each award was presented by a child from Children’s Cancer Connection.

About Des Moines Concours


The Des Moines Concours™ is a premier automotive exhibition held at the internationally recognized John and Mary Pappa john Sculpture Park Sunday, September 10th, 2017 in downtown Des Moines. The Concours will present an invitation-only exhibition of more than 150 vintage and classic motor vehicles, selected to celebrate the fine art, design evolution and amazing innovations of motor vehicles through the years, as well as the talented designers and engineers who created them. The event is free to the public.

Proceeds from the 2016 Des Moines Concours d’Elegance will benefit Children’s Cancer Connections in providing programs and services to children battling childhood cancer.

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