2015 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Judges
Dr. Cy Conrad
Dr. Cy Conrad 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. We are proud to have him this year as our La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Chief Judge once again.
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 Honorary Judge
Ed Gilbertson is a lifelong motorsports enthusiast. He has been actively involved in concours judging for 36 years and is a noted authority on judging procedure, proper presentation, and correct restoration.
Ed has been the Chief Judge for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. He has also been the Chief Judge Emeritus for both the Palm Beach Cavallino Classic and the Ferrari Club of America, and served as Chief Judge, Chief Honorary Judge, as well as Grand Marshall for many other concours events across the country.
Also, Ed has been actively involved in several shows in Europe, including Chief Judge for the famed FF40 show held in Brussels, Belgium; and Honorary Chief Judge for the 60th Anniversary of Ferrari Celebration in Maranello, Italy.
Ed is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Advisory Council for Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile (IAC/PFA) which develops and recommends judging procedures and preservation guidelines. He is also a Contributing Editor for Cavallino, the International Ferrari magazine, and has made contributions to many other magazines, and co-authored a book on the Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California.
Assistant Chief Judge
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.
Chief Class Judges
Bart Perry has been involved in the automotive industry for 40+ years. He has contributed work as a photo journalist to popular motorcycle magazines, and has enjoyed 35 years of varied judging experience of automobiles and motorcycles.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Holl has 27 years of judging experience in over 100 shows. Cars have been a major part of his life since he was 15. His first car was a 1967 MGB, bought in 1977. He is the third and final owner. In addition to restoring his MG and several others, he is very familiar with British sports cars of the 60s and 70s. His favorite cars are the Italian sports cars of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. He is a class judge for the Lamborghini Club America at their annual national meet in Monterey at the Concorso Italiano. Having been an avid fan of Italian sports cars, Chris is knowledgable of many Italian marques, including Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Ferrari, Maserati, deTomaso, ISO, and other less-known brands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. William Guentzler
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.
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.
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.
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.
John was a San Diego native until 2007 when he left for a quitter life in Southern Colorado where he resides today. John has been judging automobiles for over 30 years under the tutelage of Dr. Cy Conrad where he has served as Assistant Chief Judge at many Concours events including the La Jolla Concours. In the late 90s, John had an opportunity to serve as the Chief Judge at the Deer Park “Gathering on the Green.” As a Colorado resident, John has been judging local shows and giving presentations on the art of judging to local clubs. Although still working on his business, John finds time to fish the many lakes and rivers in Colorado.
Lee Casad’s “affair” with little cars goes a long way back, starting when he began working at Escondido Imports in the 60’s. Lee and his wife have a collection of the original Classic Mini Cooper Cars, as well several early model Fords. His motto is: “Still plays with cars, even the little ones”. Lee’s entire career has been related to the automotive industry.
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!
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.
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.
Steven Adams Sr. has been a judge for 15 years from Hot Rod Shows to Concours. Over a 50 year period he has collected 9 Model T’s, and 20 other classic cars between the years of 1927 to 1970. Yes, he has worked on all of them! Currently Steve is restoring 2 Fords, a1926 and 1930, and a 1958 Cadillac.
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.
Tom McBurnie’s father presented his mother a new ’40 Packard Custom Coupe when he was born. At age 3 he stood between his father’s legs steering the Packard and from then on, he was hooked. Tom has owned nearly 300 cars and built many more than that. He has owned 13 Speedsters; and raced one Speedster, a 904, and several other Porsches including his current ’89 Speedster.
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.