La Jolla Concours d'Elegance 2016 recap

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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 2016 La Jolla Concours presented by LPL Financial raised the bar for world class soirées and world class automobiles. This elite automotive inspired event transformed La Jolla into a weekend playground with a remarkable automobile showcase, fabulous shopping, five-star accommodations and unforgettable culinary experiences.

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The BMW Tour d'Elegance offered over 200 attendees a once in a lifetime experience to cruise along San Diego's most scenic freeways to visit one of a kind collections and mingle with other car enthusiasts. The Tour d'Elegance kicked off at Chuck Spielman's Only Yesterday Museum where entrants were given aa very rare and unique opportunity to see one of the most incredible collection of automobiles as well as view spectacular military artifacts. The tour then departed to the USS Midway for a private showing along with a military air display with sky divers baring LPL Financial and BMW flags landed on board the USS Midway during a presentation. The tour then traveled to the San Diego Air and Space Museum for a private tour of rare specimens of aircraft history before concluding with a delicious lunch at Il Fornaio Restaurant in Coronado.

The 2016 La Jolla Concours d'Elegance concluded its 12th year on a high note on April 10th, 2016 with incredible automobiles set along the picturesque shores of La Jolla. The astounding automobiles were curated by the expertise of a dedicated, all-volunteer committee led by Chairman G. Michael Dorvillier and Vice Chairman Harry Clark. The show saw over 10,000 attendees over the course of the day.

The 138 automobiles and motorcycles that competed in the La Jolla Concours d'Elegance were proudly displayed on the lawn of Ellen Browning Scripps Park. In addition, there were 94 automobiles and motorcycles displayed on Coast Boulevard for the La Jolla Motor Car Classic. From the French Curves of Buggattis and Delahayes, to incredible one-of a kind automobiles, American classics, vintage racers and more, this year's La Jolla Concours d'Elegance was a treat for the senses. Blue skies over the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean, and crisp ocean breezes made for perfect weather and a clear take off for the flyover of vintage airplanes by Allen Airways.

The Best of Show trophy and French Curves Class winner at the Sunday, April 10, 2016 La Jolla Concours went to an extraordinary example of "French Curves", this year's Concours theme. The streamlined 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Disappearing Top Convertible with its elegant flowing lines, is owned by Ken & Ann Smith of La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe, CA and truly exemplifies the very best of those marvelous golden years of automotive design. It's a one-off piece unique creation by famed coachbuilders Figoni & Falaschi of Paris, France, considered by many to be the finest of the period.

The 2017 La Jolla Concours d'Elegance is on course to produce the most extravagant and elegant affair yet. Save the date for a weekend of beautiful cars, world class parties; April 7th - April 9th, 2017.

2016 La Jolla Concours d'Elegance Specialty Winners

Best in Show
1936 Delahaye, Ken and Ann Smith 

Most Outstanding Post-War
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, Bill and Linda Feldhorn

Most Outstanding Pre-War
1931 Chrysler Phaeton, Aaron and Valerie Weiss

San Diego Automotive Museum Director's Choice Award
1953 Estate Wagon, Russel Hook and Bruce Marquand

La Jolla Historical Society Preservation Award
1960 Silver Cloud Saloon, Alan Tarkington 

HVA Award for Best Preserved Vehicle
1941 Ford Model II A Delux Station Wagon, Dr. J. Craig Venter 

This Car Matters Award for a Well Preserved Car of Historical Significance
1977 Volkswagen Sedan III Two Door, Dr. J. Craig Venter 

The Spirit of Motoring Award
1951 Jaguar XK 120/LTI, Tom Krefetz

People's Choice Award
1939 Delahaye, Peter and Merle Mullin and the Mullin Automotive Museum

Phillip Wichard Memorial Trophy
1939 Delahaye 165 Cabriolet, Peter and Merle Mullin and the Mullin Automotive Museum

Chairman's Award
1954 Plymouth Explorer, Petersen Automotive Museum

Honorary Judges Choice Award
1929 Packard 645 Phaeton, Chris Collins

Aubrey Taylor Award of Excellence for Best Upholstery
1930 Marmon, Sue Marcione

LPL Summit Most Elegant Award
1937 Bugatti Type 57, Paul Emple

Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence Award
1959 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet, L. Philip Lutfy, M.D.

2016 La Jolla Concours d'Elegance Class Winners

  • 2A - American Classics 1925-1935
    1931 Chrysler Imperial CG Dual-Cowl Phaeton, Aaron and Valerie Weiss
    1929 Ruxton Model C Roadster, The Margieand Robert E. Petersen Collection
    1934 Packard Dietrich Convertible, Tom O'Hara
  • 2B - American Classics 1936-1948
    1937 Lincoln Model K V-12 Limousine, John Ellison Jr.
    1936 Packard V12 1408 Convertible Sedan, Carl Zeiger
  • 3A - European Classics 1925-1948
    1931 Bugatti T-40A Roadster, Jim and Sharon Stranberg
    1934 Bugatti Type 57 Four Door Pillarless, John Adams 
  • 3B - French Curves
    1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Disappearing Top Convertible, Ken and Ann Smith
    1931 Bugatti T-50 Roadster, Ivan Zaremba and Jon Feiber
    1939 Delahaye 165 Cabriolet, Peter and Merle Mullin
  • 4 - Rolls-Royce and Bentleys Through 1966
    1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Lightweight, John R. Miller
    923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Salamanca, John Ellison Jr.
    1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith Convertible, Bill Habeger
  • 5 - Ferrari
    2003 Ferrari Enzo Coupe, Bill Ceno
    1985 Ferrari 288 GTO Coupe, Bill Ceno
    987 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe, Barry Walker
  • 6 - SoCal: Wagons, Woodies, and Campers
    1953 Buick Estate Wagon, Russel Hook and Bruce Marquand
    1941 Ford Super Deluxe Woodie, Bill Roper
    1967 VW Bus 13 Window Walk Thru Deluxe, Ron Bornstein
  • 7A - American Sports and Muscle: Corvettes Through 1970
    1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, Darwin and Patricia Ludi
    1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Jack Dyer
    1957 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Stephen M. Hedrick
  • 7B - American Sports and Muscle: All Others Through 1975
    1968 American Motors AMX Two Door Hard Top, Mark Melvin
    1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk Coupe, John Boccardo and Derek Esplin
    1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, Daniel Miley and Emory Bishop
  • 8A -Italian Sports: Lancias
    1968 Lancia Flaminia SS, John Boccardo
    1970 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Coupe, Edward S. Levin
    1959 Lancia Appia Berlina, Bill O'Sullivan
  • 8B - Italian Others: All Others Through 1975
    1975 Lamborghini Urraco Two Door Coupe, M. Gene Ondrusek
    1962 Alfa Romeo Touring Spider, Richard and Kristin Markell\
  • 9A - British Sports: Aston Martin DB Models
    1967 Aston Martin DB6 Saloon, Judith A. Chappell
    2003 Aston Martin DB7 GT Coupe, Jason Fisher
    1957 Aston Martin DB MKIII Sports Saloon, Dr. J. Craig Venter
  • 9B - British Sports: All Others Through 1975
    1964 MGB Roadster, Charles Fulop
    1964 Triumph Spitfire Convertible, Barry Connally
    1972 Jaguar XJ6 Saloon, Mike Zavos and Jennifer Hanson
  • 9C - British Sports: Jaguar E-Types 1961-1974
    1961 Jaguar E-Type Roadster, Stephen Russell
    1974 Jaguar XKE Roadster, Charles "Skeets" Dunn
    1967 Jaguar XKE Roadster, Tom Krefetz
  • 10A - German Sports: Mercedes-Benz 300SL
    1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, Bill and Linda Feldhorn
    1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, Lawrence Speidell
    1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, Helmut Reiss
  • 10B - German Sports: Mercedes-Benz Ponton 1953-1962
    1959 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet, L. Philip Lutfy M.D.
    1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Cabriolet, Paul Colony
    1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Sun Roof Coupe, L. Philip Lutfy M.D.
  • 10C - German Sports: All Others Through 1975
    1977 Volkswagen Sedan III Two Door, Dr. J. Craig Venter
    1976 Porsche 911 Ferry Signature Edition Coupe, Joseph DeMeo
    1988 Porsche 911 Turbo, Gerardo Mancebo
  • 11 - Race Cars: SCCA Vintage Racers
    1964 Bobsy Porsche SR-3 Sports Racer, Donald Anderson
    1960 Alfa Romeo Coupe, Kaid Marouf
    1934 Ford Geisen Spl. Roadster, Gordon Wangers

2016 La Jolla Motor Car Classic Specialty Winners

Best Paint Color
2003 Nomad, Ray Hamel

Most Fun Car I Would Like To Drive
1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera Coupe, Anthony Barabas

2016 La Jolla Motor Car Classic Winners

A-U American Unmodified
1st - 1960 Chevrolet Impala Two Door Hardtop, Peter Wilde
2nd - 2008 Callaway Corvette Roadster, Wayne Poe
3rd - 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car Convertible, Steve Schulman and Troy Kahle

A-M American Modified
1st - 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint Convertible, Frank Rositani
2nd - 2002 Corvette/Nomad, Ray Hamel
3rd - 2003/1953 Corvette, Ray Hamel

F-U Foreign Unmodified
1st - 2001 BMW Z8 Roadster, Ted A. Lange Sr.
2nd - 1977 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera Coupe, Anthony Barabas
3rd - 2006 Spyker C8 Spyder Roadster, Rick Birkenstock

F-M Foreign Modified
1st - 1960 Austin Healey Sprite Roadster, William Mayer
2nd - 1985 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL Sedan, Jonathan White

2016 La Jolla Concours d'Elegance and La Jolla Motor Car Classic Motorcycle Winners

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance Preservation Award
1908 Indian Twin Board Track Racer, Dr. J. Craig Venter

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance Judges Choice Award
1973 Vincati 1200CC, Mitch Talcove

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance Motorcycles
1st - 1927 BMW R42, Mark Leonard
2nd - 1967 BMW R695, Tom Armstrong
3rd - 1952 BMW R 67/2, Phil and Mary Blackburn

La Jolla Motor Car Classic Motorcycles
1st - 1942 Cushman, Josh Riddell
2nd - 1972 Honda CB 100, Don Stockett
3rd - 1972 Honda CL350 Blue Flying Dragon, Don Stockett

La Jolla Concours

100% of net proceeds raised at the 12th Annual La Jolla Concours d'Elegance benefited local 501(c)3 non-profits, the La Jolla Historical Society, which preserves the history of La Jolla, and the Monarch School Project, which educates students who have been impacted by homelessness. For more information on the Concours, please visit or call 619-233-5008.

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