2016 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Judges

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Chief Judge

Nigel Matthews

Originally from Oxfordshire, England. Nigel has enjoyed the past 41 years living in Vancouver, British Columbia where he worked as a red seal designation licensed automotive technician and member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, repairing and restoring Rolls- Royce and Ferrari automobiles.

The past 21 years of his lifelong automotive career has been in the classic and exotic car insurance industry as a specialty vehicle damage appraiser, underwriter, and ten years as the Administrator of the British Columbia provincial government collector and vintage vehicle licensing and insurance programs. He is currently the Global Director of Client Services for Hagerty Insurance, the Historic Vehicle Association Manager for Canada and F.I.V.A Scrutineer, having joined the company in 2010.

He has judged at most of the major Concours throughout North America since 2005 and for the past 13 years has written a weekly classic car column in the Canadian press. He has also written for a number of magazines.

Some other notable events he has been involved with include:
The Pinehurst Concours North Carolina Chief Judge 2015- Present
The Canadian Concours Vancouver (Luxury SuperCar Weekend) 2010- Present (Chairman & Chief Judge)
Pebble Beach Concours California 2005-Present
The Cartier Concours New Delhi India 2015
Masterpieces and Style Germany 2015

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Chief Honorary Judge

Ed Gilbertson  

Ed Gilbertson is Chairman of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group (ICJAG). He is also Chief Judge Emeritus for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, and the Ferrari Club of America. He continues to serve Pebble Beach as an honorary judge and member of the selection committee.

He is founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Advisory Council for Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile (IAC/PFA). He is also a senior advisor and committee member for the Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens (FIVA) technical commission and the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA), and a member of the SAE Historic Vehicle Technical Standards Committee.

Mr. Gilbertson was Chief Judge for the famed FF40 event in Brussels and was Honorary Chief Judge for the 60th Anniversary of Ferrari in Maranello, Italy. He also judged at the Louis Vuitton shows in London and Paris, as well as many other national and international concours events.

In addition to their concours activities, he and his wife Sherry have helped organize international reunion tours for the Ferrari 166MM, Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, Ferrari 250 GTO, and Alfa Romeo 8C. He is a former Regional Director for the Ferrari Club of America and past President of the Ferrari Owners Club.

He is a contributing editor for Cavallino magazine and co-authored a book on the Ferrari 250GT Spyder California. He was also a contributing author for The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles published by the Simeone Foundation in 2013.

Ed and Sherry Gilbertson have been married for 45 years and have owned many significant sports cars, hot rods and motorcycles. When not assisting with events, they can often be found enjoying their vehicles on the backroads of California.

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Assistant Chief Judge

Lee Daub

Lee Daub has had a lifetime love affair with the automobile, from pre-war Silver Arrows to Detroit Muscle.  Having been involved in the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance since 2008, Lee looks forward to the amazing occasion every year.

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Chief Judge Emeritus

Dr. Cy Conrad

Dr. Cy Conrad held the title of Chief Judge at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance for over 10 years. He has been judging Concours events for approximately 45 years and has spent 35 of those years as a Chief Judge at many different shows. Initially, Dr. Conrad served as the Chief Judge for the Deer Park Concours. His reputation led to being invited to serve as the Chief Judge for Palm Springs; Palm Desert; Rancho Mirage; San Diego Auto Museum; Le Cercle (Los Angeles / Beverly Hills); Rancho Santa Fe; visiting guest Chief Judge for the Bentley Drivers Club Concours in London, England; Del Mar; and the La Jolla Motor Car Classic, now the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. Further, he was a guest seminar presenter and Chief Judge for the Reno (Nevada) Hot August Nights for several years. He was chosen to be a judge at Pebble Beach in 2012 and this past February, Dr. Cy Conrad was Chief Judge at the Palm Springs Desert Classic.

Dr. Conrad has authored articles on Concours and Judging for several magazines including a column entitled “Conrad’s Comments” for Collector Car News; articles for Auto Aficionado, the Bentley Drivers Club Newsletter; The Rolls-Royce Owners Club Silver Coast News, etc. In addition, he has created and presented Judging Seminars and Pre-Judging Seminars on concours judging. Dr. Conrad has written a Concours Judging Handbook that has been fully embraced by concours judges everywhere, including Ed Gilbertson of Pebble Beach.

Chief Class Judges

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Steve Snyder – 2A American Classic 1925-35

Steve Snyder is a second generation car collector and founder of Vault Classic Cars, a Classic Car dealership. He is a past Director of the CCCA SoCal Region, a CCCA Master Judge, and has 15 Years judging experience at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. 

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Eric Voigt – 2B American Classic 1936-48

Eric Voigt has been involved in the car world for many decades. He is a CCCA Master Judge, Past Director of CCCA SoCal region, and the Head Judge for the CCCA 2010 Annual Meeting. Frequently, he has served as Head Judge for CCCA SoCal and San Diego regional Grand Classics. Eric has been active in the CCCA for over 30 years.

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Jim Stranberg – 3A European Classic 1925-35

After many years in the restoration business, working in other shops, I opened High Mountain Classics in Colorado, where for the last 25 years I have lived and worked but sold the business in 2011.  My shop specialized in Bugattis and other French cars, such as Delahayes, Talbots and Delages.  Since 1988 I have been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance and have also judged at the Santa Fe Concorso, Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance, and the Louisville Concours d’ Elegance. 

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David Woodhouse – 3B European Classic 1936-48

David Woodhouse has over 30 years of judging experience in Southern California. He has experience with CCCA Classics, primarily European and has a strong interest in Bugattis. He has contributed to several books on automotive history, and was a masthead writer and columnist for Vintage Motorsport magazine from 1992-2008. He served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Automotive Museum for 20 years, and was a National Director of the Society of Automotive Historians for a 3 year term 2009-2011.

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David Cooper – 3C French Curves: Celebrating French Coachwork

David Cooper founded Cooper Technica, Inc. in 1989 to restore rare and valuable pre-war and early post-war European cars, in the tradition of fine artisans and old world craftsmanship. Cooper personally oversees all aspects of research, analysis, restoration and assembly in his two studios in Chicago and Lyon, France.  Cooper apprenticed under a master craftsman for 11 years after a decade in engineering and marketing in the corporate world. He is a third generation trained fabricator, machinist, and machine designer. He is also a published automotive historian, lecturer, writer and consultant to museums, collectors and investors.  He judges at Concours d’Elegance across America and  is Chairman of the forthcoming Concours d’Elegance of Chicago. 

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Norman Leitman – 4A Bentley 8 Liter & Rolls-Royce Phantom III

Norman Leitman, a retired art dealer and psychotherapist, has been involved with old cars since he was a teenage customizing editor of two hot rod magazines. He has been involved with and judged for the Classic Car Club, and the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Clubs, both in the U.S. and England.  Since 1975, Norman has owned at least one Rolls-Royce or Bentley.

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Chris Minks – 4B Rolls-Royce & Bentley All Others Through 1966

Chris Minks is currently the owner of the restoration and service company, One Eight Zero.  His business conducts Pebble Beach level restorations, builds exotic and high performance engines, and performs specialized engine and chassis tuning. His business also services and maintains a vast array of classic, exotic, and race sports cars.

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Brian Pollock – 5A Ferrari V12 Through 1990

Brian Pollock has been a car enthusiast from an early age. He drove Healeys and Jags in his early twenties. Brian has been a class judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for 27 years. 

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Gary Bobileff – 5B Ferrari All Others Through 1990

Gary Bobileff, owner of Bobileff  Motorcar Company in San Diego has been in the Ferrari and Lamborghini service and restoration business since 1970.  Gary has restored many cars that have won top awards at Pebble Beach, Ville D’Este, and other concours world-wide. Gary and his wife Maggie have one son, Philippe. In his free time, he is a strong supporter of our Military, Wounded Warriors and Special Olympics.

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Vince Manto – 6A SoCal: Wagons, Woodies & Campers 1925-65

Vince Manto has owned many collector/vintage automobiles and motorcycles over the years.  The list includes Italian, English, and German models, but primarily American finned cars from the 50’s.  He is a “car guy”. Vince has been a part of Dr. Cy Conrad’s judging teams for well over 20 years; and hopefully will be for many more years to come.

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Tony D’Alessandro – 6C Kaiser Darrin, Nash Healey, & Daimler SP250

My work has won many Best of Show, 1st in class, Special awards including Best of Show at Pebble Beach. Have 40 years’ experience working in the restoration field in all phases and a wide variety of vehicles. Current specialty is upholstery and restoration. Experienced at Paint, upholstery, woodwork, fabrication of missing parts, engine, metalwork, lead work, diamond tufting( with horse hair stuffing)and more. Further information can be found on my website, dalessandrodesigns.com . Knowledge of originality on many different makes, versatile.

Judging Team:

  • John Hernandez
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Michael Pierce – 7A Corvette Through 1970

Michael Pierce began his lifelong interest in cars when his next door neighbor brought home a new Corvette in 1954. Since then, he has collected, shown, restored, judged and driven Corvettes and American Muscle cars throughout the US and Australia.

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Ned Scudder – 7C American Sports & Muscle All Others Through 1975

Ned was the Shelby American Automobile Club Head Judge from1982-1993, until he resigned in order to devote more time to Cobra Registry work. He has judged at various Concours and is mainly an expert in the AC/ Shelby Cobra arena. He has been the Shelby American Automobile Club’s Cobra Registrar, Historian, and Representative since 1978. He has secondary expertise in 1965-1966 Shelbys and Mustangs.

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Leslie Steven Bird – 8A Lancia

 Scrutineer, Federation Internationale Des Vehicules Anciens (FIVA) 

Concours Judge, Pebble Beach Concours, and various regional concours in North America, as well as FIVA Judging

Professional engine builder 

 Les has been involved in the old car hobby for almost his whole life. His passion has been postwar Italian cars since the age of ten when he caught the ABARTH disease from his dad.  In 1992 he personally restored a car for the Pebble Beach Concours where it won a class award. Since 1993 he has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours.  After a career in Public Health he began working at Epifani Restorations as a professional engine builder specializing in the unique Abarth Bialbero engines as well as many others. He has served in a volunteer capacity for FIVA for the past 7 years as a Scrutineer where he inspects applicant cars for FIVA certification. Les maintains a full home machine shop to work on his own projects in his spare time. 

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Paul Sable – 8B Coachwork by Ghia

Dr. Sable is a university professor, an automotive historian, writer, collector and overall car enthusiast. He has been a Chief Judge or has judged at nearly every Concours in the USA. He collects Hybrid cars of the ‘50s and has owned Dual Ghia, Hudson Italia, Nash Healey, Facel Vega and others. He is known as the Ghia expert and is currently conducting researching on home built cars of the ‘50s. He is part of the founding group of a new Concours in Hershey, PA- The Elegance at Hershey. 

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Dr. William Guentzler – 8C Italian Sports All Others Through 1975

Dr. Guentzler is a Professor Emeritus from the College of Engineering at San Diego State University and President of Forensics International, an expert witness service for attorneys.  He has judged numerous car events over the last 30 years while his other company, Motorsports International, is well known for its expert European restorations. 

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John Carlson – 9A Aston Martin DB Models

John Carlson is the current CEO of the National Association of Automobile Club of Canada Corporation, and the past National President of the Vintage Car Club of Canada. He has an extensive career in vintage automobile judging, is a senior and master judge for a number of organizations such as the Classic Car Club of America, in which he has been a member since 1982.

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Chris Erickson – 9B British Sports All Others Through 1975

Chris Erickson has spent the last 35 years completely fascinated by cars and is especially fond of the British cars and trucks. Growing up, his brother Charles did restoration work. Each time he came over to visit Chris in the US he would bring a different car. It would be a Bentley, Jaguar XKE, MGB, Morgan or even a Marcos. The D.C./Northern Virginia area was the perfect setting for British cars. Sir Donald Healey would visit the family when he made it to the area for a quick visit. Chris has spent the last 5 years judging with Dr. Cy Conrad in the La Jolla, Del Mar and Desert Concours and this weekend is serving as team captain in addition to serving as the Chairman of the Tour d’Elegance.

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Bob Devlin – 10A Porsche 356

Bob Devlin has judged Pebble Beach for 25 years and has worked with Ferrari Club of America events for 20 years. He has published 2 books and 125 articles, all automotive related, and his expertise lies with Ferrari 356 Porsche/Corvette, 1962 Post-War Custom Work.

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Chris Kramer – 10B Mercedes Benz 300SL

Chris Kramer has judging experience at the following, Jewels in the Park – Dyck Castle Classic Days, Germany FIVA A category event, as the Chief Judge at Masterpieces & Style, Germany FIVA A category event, various Concours d’Elegances in Europe, the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours, and the 2013 The Quail for HVA. He is a licensed FIVA expert and scrutineer, who as a scrutineer works directly with the following national FIVA authorities, Germany ADAC, USA HVA, and UK FBHVC.

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Bob Gunthorp – 10C Mercedes Benz Ponton 1953-62

Bob Gunthorp first began his career with Mercedes-Benz vehicles in 1967 when Heinz Gietz hired him as a mechanic for Mercedes-Benz of San Diego. From MBCA, he went to work for an independent Mercedes, Porsche, and VW shop. In May of 1970, he purchased his first two Mercedes, the first one was a 1961 220SEb Sedan which he still owns today. In 1973, he started working for Mike Rudin Inc., a factory authorized Mercedes-Benz service center. He later started a part time used Mercedes-Benz parts business. In 1974, Bob joined the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, San Diego Section, and in 1979 began to collect Mercedes vehicles. At this time, there are 19 Mercedes in the collection. He has never considered himself the owner of these vehicles, but rather the “care taker” of them for future generations. 

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Peter Kjellberg – 10D German Sports All Others Through 1975

Owns the Swedish Car Clinic in Harbor City, which was started 32 years ago. Specializes in the service and used car sales of European cars in our 16000 sq.ft shop with 14 hoists.

Judging Team:

  • Will Nighswonger
  • Jim Galvin
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Mike Haynes – 11A SCCA Vintage Racers

Mike Haynes was born in Newhaven, Sussex, England. He has 50 years experience in restoring primarily European cars in England and the United States. In both of these countries, he has also raced Cortina’s. Cheers!

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Leigh and Leslie Keno – Preservation

Globally recognized experts in the world of art and antiques and two of the most visible and passionate appraisers on the Emmy-nominated PBS hit, Antiques Road Show, for two decades, Leigh and Leslie Keno have been equally immersed in the ownership, preservation and restoration of classic cars from a very young age. They enjoy racing and rallying historic cars and serve as judges, moderators and panelists at prestigious historic automobile events across the country, including: judges for over a decade at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance; moderators and panelists at the annual Pebble Beach Symposium; Leslie speaking on “The Importance of Preservation” at the Bugatti Owners Club of America’s Inaugural Luncheon as well as participating in the 2013 and 2014 Historic Vehicle Association summit.
In 2012, Leigh gave a presentation as part of the Simeone Foundation’s seminal symposium, The Stewardship of Historically Important Automobiles. The event resulted in the eponymous book, which was awarded the International Motoring Awards “Book of the Year” in 2013 and for which Leslie and Leigh were honored to have contributed a chapter. They are Co-Managing Directors of the Historic Motor Car Investment Fund, founded in 2014, which invests in important, limited edition Historic Cars. The Fund includes models from the very best, highly coveted European marques. Keno Brothers Fine Automobile Auctions was founded in 2015, and, in addition to a strong belief in transparency in the automobile auction world, one of the companies goals is to raise awareness in the field about the importance of preservation and to spread awareness across the globe that historic cars are, in fact, true works of art.

Chief Motorcycle Judges

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Marc Lemieux

Marc Lemieux is currently the President of the San Diego Antique Motorcycle Club. He resides in Clairemont with his wonderful wife Donna, a garage full of old motorcycles , 3 German Shepherds, and a Pit Bull who makes a really impressive doorbell.  He grew up in Los Angeles pumping gas at his father’s service station and reading every car and motorcycle magazine he could sneak into his textbooks at school.

When Marc was ten years old, he awoke on Christmas morning to discover a yellow Honda Trail 90 in the living room and he was all in.  However, to his great disappointment, his father wouldn’t let him ride it by himself for another year.

This is Marc’s fifth year volunteering at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.  He offers a huge thank you to the Organizing Committee for providing him with the opportunity to make so many friends who share his passion for beautiful machinery. 

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Gordon Clark

Gordon Clark was born in Ely, Nevada in 1939. He had multiple careers and interests over the years, including 20 years with the U.S. Navy, and 30 years as an Air Traffic Controller with the Department of Defense.  He also liked to expand his mind and obtained degrees in education, business, art history and aviation sciences. 

Vintage Motorcycles are Gordon’s hobby.  He searches for interesting models, restoring some and leaving others as-is for their patina.  Currently, he has 18 motorcycles in his collection. Taking long distance trips on motorcycles and riding with friends are two more benefits of his passion.

Gordon is a member and past President of the San Diego Antique Motorcycle Club, and is excited about his fifth year as a judge at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.

Motorcycle Judges

Kasey Doolin

Ted Holtaway

Tim Johnson

Paul Lima

Bill Silver

Kevin Sisterson

La Jolla Motor Car Classic Judges

Randy Begin

Craig Conley

Dave Ham

Ralph Jungk

Robert Merril

Jim Scudder

Keith Wahl

Gene Werst

Martin Wilson

John Visconsi

Jan Zverina

FIVA preservation judging criteria can be downloaded via the documents below

FIVA  Preservation Judging Criteria

FIVA Preservation Judging Form – Auto