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Three years ago a gentlemen attended one of our planning meetings to see how he could help a community car show. Now three years later this gentleman, G. Michael Dorvillier, has helped catapult the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance into one of the largest concours in Southern California. His passion and continual drive has been key to turning this from a community car show to the La Jolla d’Elegance and a celebration of three days of incredible motoring events. Under the tutelage of our Chairman, last year the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance was named one of the top three events to attend in the world by Octane Magazine.
Michael Dorvillier is a major force behind the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and has a passion for these beautiful masterpieces. He grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and spent his earlier adulthood in New England but opportunity brought him to America’s Finest City.
Michael has spent many years building a very successful career as a Registered Principal and Financial Advisor with LPL
Financial and is also the founding partner of Symbio Financial Partners.
As a passionate antique car collector, Michael Dorvillier has made a five-year commitment to chair and oversee the expansion of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, which supports the La Jolla Historical Society and the Monarch School for Homeless Children. With his leadership, once again the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will showcase some remarkable antique cars at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park at the La Jolla Cove with events all weekend.
Q&A with G. Michael Dorvillier
To whom/what do you attribute your passion for classic cars?
As a child I was always attracted to old cars and in high school I would buy old cars and fix them up as it was all I could afford. I have always had a passion and a respect for old cars. My first car was a Ford Pinto Station Wagon and you could see the ground through the floor boards. In high school my brother was restoring a Dodge and I was really impressed by his abilities and thought it would be cool to do some day. That is when I got my first real car that I was able to fix up which was a Triumph Spit Fire . I was never as good as my brother, Andy, so in college I started purchasing exotic cars oversees and would ship them over, have people fix them up and sell them for a nice profit and drive cool cars.
You have committed to Chairing the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance for a total of 5 years. What goals do you have for your tenure?
My goal is to have an event that is world class and to make this an event that would showcase La Jolla to the world. We have such a spectacular village here and I would love to show off this town to the best of the best in the car world.
How would you like to envsion the LJCDE in another decade on the 20th Anniversary?
I would like to see the event become a week-long event that is sold out at end of the prior year’s show, bringing the best of the best from automobiles, sponsors and vendors into the village.
What is the most memorable automobile you have seen at the show and what made it special?
A 1955 Oldsmobile Star Fire Convertible is my dream car. My favorite car from the show was from the Petersen Museum. It is special because of its grace and artistic shape; that was an incredible feat at that time.
What is your favorite day of the weekend events?
It is the day of the Concours. The entire team works so hard for 365 days of the year and it is just for that 365th day. It is always such a sense of satisfaction to see it come together.
If you were not the Chairman, what committee would you sit on?
I would be on the entertainment committee. That does not exist? I would create it then. I enjoy seeing all the pre-parties and day of events come together. It is very satisfying.
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