2017 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
Concorso d’Elegance Florence (Italy) Class Judge 2016
Sydney Concours (Australia) Chief Judge 2017

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Chief Honorary Judge

Ed Gilbertson- Preservation

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 Operations

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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Assistant Chief Judge Field Operations

Christian H. Kramer- 10B Mercedes-Benz

Chris is a Charter member and Director of  Communications of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group which focusses on Originality and Authenticity. He has been a lifelong car enthusiast and works in the industry for over 20 years as a Classic Car Historian, Value appraiser, F.I.V.A. Scrutineer & Collection advisor.

He has judged at many Concours events throughout the world and is presently judging at the following other notable events:

Masterpieces & Style at Dyck Castle in Germany (Chief Judge)
21 Gun Salute Concours d’Elegance & Rally, New Delhi, India (Chief Judge)
Zoute Grand Prix ( Belgium) Joint Chief Judge / Chief Class Judge
Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance (USA) Chief Class Judge
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (USA) Class Judge
Sydney Concours (Australia) Assistant Chief Judge & Advisor

Judging Team
Bob Gunthorp
Corena Dusek
Pat Scruggs
J. Philip Rathgen

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Chief Judge Emeritus 

Dr. Cy Conrad- Preservation

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.

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Steven Snyder- 2A American Classics (1925-1948)

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.

Judging Team
Webb Smith
Gary Haughley

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Tom Scheil- 2B Packard to 1932

Tom acquired his first antique car, a 1931 Chrysler rumble seat coupe, in 1962 soon after graduation from college as a civil engineer. He still owns the Chrysler, and over the years has acquired two Packards, a 1934 and a 1949, and a 1968 Rolls-Royce. A longtime member of CCCA, AACA, Pl, and the RROC, Tom is a past director of the Classification Committee of the CCCA Metropolitan Region and past member of the CCCA Board of Directors Southern California Region.

Judging Team
Bob Wright
Will Nighswonger
Rodney Mason

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Eric Voigt- 2C Packard to 1933-1958

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.

Judging Team
Tony D’Alessandro
Justin Costello
John Jondall

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David Cooper- 3 European Classics (1925-1948)

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.

Judging Team
Siegfried Linke
Hugo Modderman

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Norman Leitman- 4 Rolls-Royce & Bentley 

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.

Judging Team
Chris Holl
Chris Minks

Junior Shadow Judge
Jonathan Mayeski

Christopher Dugan – 5 Ferrari

Judging Team
Steve Kittrell
Lance Coren
Lynn Farrar

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Camilo Pardo- 6 Modern Supercars

Camilo moved to Detroit at the age of 10 and had by that age developed a fascination with 60s and 70s era sports cars and modern art. After graduating from Detroit’s prestigious design school Center for Creative Studies in 1985, Camilo was hired by Ford Design Center in Dearborn Michigan. Camilo is a serious, multi-faceted artist with incomparable cre- ative energy. This creativity is evident in his large, brightly colored oil paint- ings on canvas.This includes a large production of Automotive Fine Art. The same quality of creativity reaches a line of fashion design, that he describes as advanced fashion concepts. These fashion pieces have been created for auto shows and runway exhibits. Camilo’s industrial design reaches into sculptural furniture design, that has made the rounds from main art galleries in Metro Detroit, Italy, Japan, and the Contempory Furniture Fare in New York

Judging Team
Richard Carlson
Joe Ventura

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Michael Pierce- 7A Corvette

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.

Judging Team
John Hernandez
John Fardos
Jim Galvin

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Dr. Mark Moskowitz- 7B American Sports & Muscle 

Mark Moskowitz MD is a retired surgeon, racer, and car collector. He is director and curator of The Museum of Automobile History (pvt.) and manages the estate of renowned automotive artist, Carlo Demand.. He serves on the board of directors of Carolina Motorsports Park and is Vice Chairman of the board of directors of The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He is a frequent contributor to Sports Car Market and American Car Collector.

In the past 12 months, Dr. Moskowitz has been privileged to judge Concours events at Boca Raton, Pinehurst, Hershey (the Elegance), Cobble Beach, Hilton Head, Santa Fe, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Monticello.

Judging Team
Tim Allen
J C Dumas
Martin Poirier

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Dr. Paul Sable- 8A Coachbuilt by Pininfarina

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.

Judging Team
Dennis Little
Chuck Pelly

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Leslie Burd- 8B Italian Sport Cars

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.

Judging Team
Jack Brown
Gary Bobilef
Dr. William Guentzler

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Chris Erickson- 9A Austin Healey 100 & 3000

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.

Judging Team
Alan Bolte
Dan Harmer

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Richard Cavicke- 9B Jaguar

Richard Cavicke has been Chief Judge of the San Diego Jaguar Club from 1990-2012. His expertise in Jaguar’s has led him to be current Chief Judge of Jaguar Clubs of North America. He has also been a long time owner and restorer of 2 Jag XK120’s and one E-type.

Judging Team
Bart Perry
Alf Magallanes

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Peter Kjellberg – 9C British Sports

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
Roger White
Frank Perez

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Bob Devlin- 10A Porsche 

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.

Judging Team
Jon Bernardi
Dirk McBurnie

Junior Shadow Judge
Scott Saier

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Mike Haynes- 11 Race Cars

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!

Judging Team
Nick Gojmeric
Mike Chalfant
Lee Cassidy