Concours Members and Affiliates
G. MICHAEL DORVILLIER
CHAIRMAN, LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
The La Jolla Historical Society welcomes back Michael Dorvillier as chair of the 2015 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, one of the Society’s major fundraising events. A Registered Principal and Financial Advisor with Symbio Financial Partners and LPL Financial, Michael is a passionate antique car collector who is committed to the ongoing success of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Michael moved to New Hampshire in 1979. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1989 and relocated in Southern California to start his professional career. He lives in La Jolla and is the father of two wonderful children, Madeline and Blake.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LA JOLLA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Heath Fox is the Executive Director of the La Jolla Historical Society. He received an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and a BS in Business Finance from Virginia Tech, and is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute and the Harvard Business School executive education programs. He previously served as the Deputy Director for Operations at The Broad Art Foundation; Assistant Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego; Director of Administration at the San Diego Museum of Art; and Associate Director of Administration at the Museum of Photographic Arts. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel.
VICE CHAIRMAN, LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
Harry serves as the Vice Chairman of the La Jolla Concours. His primary responsibilities include all non-fundraising activities including class formation, the selection committee, judging, field placement and the awards ceremony.
He was honored to be elected and serve for two terms on the National Board of Directors of the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA). As a National Board member, Harry was one of three members that was selected to judge the Preservation Class automobiles. He was also active in the development of the processes for judging Preservation Classes. Harry is a Master Judge with the CCCA. As a CCCA Master Judge, he has participated as the Chief Class Judge at concours events throughout North America. For ten years Harry was responsible for the Pebble Beach Concours awards ceremony as the “Ramp Guy”. He was also an active member of the board and is presently on the steering committee for the Dana Point Concours. He was also responsible for the development of the children’s judging program for Packard’s International which is still actively used today.
For over twenty years he has participated at the top levels of the Classic Car hobby. He has a special affinity to CCCA Full Classics and has collected and enjoyed marques such as Packard, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Pierce Arrow and Cadillac. His classics have been shown at the Pebble Beach Concours, at the Amelia Island Concours, and about over a dozen other concours events throughout North America.
La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and the La Jolla Historical Society are thrilled to welcome back Keith Martin as emcee of this year’s show. “In 2012 the event raised it’s bar significantly. It has all the requisite pieces in place to move up the ladder of nationally known concours. The setting is spectacular, almost Pebble Beach-esque,” says Keith.
In addition to being the founder and publisher of the monthly Sports Car Market and Corvette Market magazines, Martin’s columns on collecting and reviewing of exotic cars have appeared in The New York Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, Road & Track and other publications. His Keith Martin on Collecting series, published by Motorbooks International, includes books on Ferrari, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Austin-Healey, MG and Triumph, as well as two editions of Keith Martin’s Guide to Car Collecting.
In 2011, Martin and eBay Motors released a proprietary web-based value-tracking tool, the Collector Car Price Tracker, the first real-time collector car price guide in the world. On television, Martin’s most recent show is What’s My Car Worth, now showing on the Velocity channel (formerly Discovery HD Theater). For eleven years, he was an analyst at the Barrett-Jackson auction for Speed Channel. Known for his incisive knowledge of collector cars coupled with a warm sense of humor, Martin is the morning host for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, emcee of Concourse Italiano and the Keels and Wheels Concours in Houston, and the co-emcee, along with Edward Herrmann, of the Kirkland Concours, in Washington.
The Harley-Davidson or classic collectible car stands proud with the sun reflecting in its polished chrome. Every detail is perfection, right down to the reflections. Admirers are often surprised to discover that the image before them is not a photograph, but a Scott Jacobs painting. In 1993, Scott became the first officially licensed Harley-Davidson artist and still proudly holds that honor. Added to that list are: Chevrolet, Ford, Mattel, Marilyn Monroe Estates and Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Scott began his career in art, not with his painting, but by buying a failing gallery at 19 with money he had saved from working odd jobs. At 21, Scott had the cash and customer base to open Reflections On Canvas Gallery in Westfield, N.J., a gallery that met with much success. Scott’s images can be seen on a variety of objects from limited editions graphics to Franklin Mint Collector plates, coffee mugs, beach towels, clocks and many others. 2010 saw the release of his second book, The Art of Scott Jacobs – The Complete Works.
HONORARY CHIEF JUDGE
The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is honored to have Ed Gilbertson return as our honorary chief judge for the second year in a row. Ed Gilbertson has been the Chief Judge for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance since 1999. He previously served as our Ferrari Chief Class Judge for 15 years.
Mr. Gilbertson has been actively involved in concours judging for 36 years and is a noted authority on judging procedures, proper preservation, and correct restoration. He is also Chief Judge for the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic and the Legend of the Motorcycle International Concours and Chief Judge Emeritus of the Ferrari Club of America. He was Honorary Chief Judge for the 60th Anniversary of Ferrari in Maranello, Italy, and Chief Judge for the famed FF40 show in Brussels, among many others.
He is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Advisory Council for Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile (IAC/PFA) and is a Contributing Editor for Cavallino, the international Ferrari magazine. He also co-authored a book on the Ferrari Spyder California. He has served as regional director of the Ferrari Club of America, as president of the Ferrari Owners Club, and is a member of many other car clubs.
DR. CY CONRAD
We are honored that Dr. Cy Conrad was invited to judge at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Dr. Cy Conrad has been judging concours for approximately 46 years, the last 36 years as 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.
Dr. Conrad has authored articles on Concours and Judging for several magazines including a column entitled “Conrad’s Comments” for Collector Car New; articles for Auto Afficiado, the Bentley Drivers Club Newsletter; The Rolls Royce Owners Club and Silver Coast News. In addition, he has created & 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 the Pebble Beach Concours.