2018 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Judges

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Chief Judge

Nigel Matthews

Originally from Oxfordshire, England. Nigel has enjoyed the past 42 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 22 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 14 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 46 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- 10A Mercedes-Benz 190SL 1955-1963

Chris is a Charter member and Director of Technology of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group which focuses 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 Concours at Schloss Dyck in Germany (Chief Judge)
21 Gun Salute Concours d’Elegance & Rally, New Delhi, India (Chief Judge)
Sydney Concours (Australia) Assistant Chief Judge & Advisor
Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance (USA) Chief Class Judge
Concours d’Elegance Suisse, Geneva (CH) Chief Class Judge
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (USA) Class Judge
Ferrari 70th Anniversary Concours, Maranello (IT), class judge
Zoute Grand Prix ( Belgium) Chief Class Judge

Judging Team
Siegfried Linke 
Pat Scruggs

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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 – 1A American Classics 1920-1935

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:
Gary Haughley
Rodney Manson

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John Carlson – 1B American Open & Closed 1936-1948

John Carlson is the President / CEO of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada Corp. He is a Director for the International Chief Judges Advisory Group (ICJAG). John is a certified Master Judge for the NAACC and the Classic Car Club of America. He is a Pebble Beach Concours judge and the Chief Judge for the Arizona, Cobble Beach, Crescent Beach and several other Concours in North America. He is a Motorsports Hall of Fame member and is a Lee Iaccoca Award recipient. 

Judging Team:
Justin Costello
Joy Campanaro

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John Milliken – 2A Lincoln Open 1917-1967

Former US Air Force pilot who saw two tours in Viet Nam (1969 and 1972). Retired from Delta Air Lines in 2004 after 28 years as pilot where he flew as Captain on L-1011, MD11 and Boeing 767. Been in car hobby for over 40 years. Has restored over 40 collector cars with specialty in American Classic cars, particularly from Cadillac, Buick and Packard. Has many years experience as judge in major concours events. For the past eight years I have been Chief Judge for SoCal Region of Classic Car Club of America. Was also Chief Judge for the Santa Barbara Concours in 2010 and is also the Chief judge for the upcoming San Marino Motor Classic to be held on June 10th at Lacey Park in San Marino. Presently owns the rare one off 1941 Cadillac Station Wagon (Woodie) by Coachcraft, a 1941 Cadillac Convertible Sedan and the 1939 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Sedan on display today at this show. I live in Westlake Village with wife, Leslie and we have one son, Pierce, named after a 1936 Pierce Arrow John once owned.

Judging Team:
Bob Wright
Will Nighswonger
Chuck Pelly

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Eric Voigt – 2B Lincoln Closed 1917-1969

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 
Corena Dusek

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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:
Jim Stranberg
Christoph Grohe
J. Philip Rathgen

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Normal Leitman – 4 Rolls-Royce & Bentley 1919-1966

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 Minks
Chris Holl
Johnathan Mayeski – Junior Judge

Christopher Dugan – 5A Ferrari 365 GTB/4 1968-1973

Judging Team:
Steve Kittrell
Lance Coren

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Jay Mackro – 5B Ferrari All Others 1949-1990

Jay Mackro started out building models and reading “Hot Rod Magazine” as a kid, but his fascination with cars really took off when he built a Model A hot rod at the age of 16. As he grew up, his automotive interests evolved from American, to British, to European. At present, his garage holds four Alfa Romeos (1963 Giulia spider, 1966 Giulia Sprint GT, 1967 Duetto, 1991 164L), and a 1970 BMW 2800 CS. He has extensively restored and maintained all of these cars (as well as many that have come and gone) and knows how to recognize a proper restoration. 

Judging Team:
Lynn Farrar
Ron Miriello

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Camilo Pardo – 6 Japanese Cars 1948-1970

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 creative energy. This creativity is evident in his large, brightly colored oil paintings 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 Contemporary Furniture Fare in New York. 

Judging Team:
Richard Carlson
Joe Ventura
Dennis Little

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Michael Pierce – 7A Chevrolet Camaro 1967-1973

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 Fardos
Jim Galvin
David Keech

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Darwin Ludi – 7B American Sports & Muscle All Others 1953-1975

Darwin Ludi has been an American Muscle Car and Corvette enthusiast for over 55 years. Darwin is a Life Member of the National Corvette Museum, National Corvette Restores Society, Bloomington Gold.  In addition, Darwin has been a judge for the GTO Association of America at its National Conventions. Darwin has owned muscles cars from the 60’s and 70’s including those made by Plymouth, Chevrolet and Pontiac. Most recently Darwin became a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America.  Darwin owes his involvement in the La Jolla Concours d’ Elegance event to Dr. Cy Conrad who invited him to judge the event over the past several years. In his spare time, Darwin serves as a counselor at both the California and New Mexico State American Legion Boys State sessions.  A Navy veteran supporting future leaders. 

Judging Team:
Tim Allen
JC Dumas
Martin Poirier

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Leslie Burd – 8 Italian Sports Cars 1918-1975

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:
Gary Bobileff
Dr. William Guentzler 
Jack Brown

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Alf Magallenes – 9A MG (through MGTF) 1929-1955

Over 30 years of automotive experience specializing service restoration of British and Mercedes vehicles that have produced several restorations that have won best of shows and many 1st places. One of my restorations has been published in a restoration guild book:The Original Triumph TR4/4A/5/6.”  

Judging Team:
Bart Perry
Frank Perez

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Peter Kjellberg – 9B British Sports Cars All Others 1948-1975

Peter 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:
Brad Jenkinson
Alan Bolte
Dan Harmer

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Bob Devlin – 10B Porsche 356 1950-1965

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 McBride
Scott Saier – Junior Judge

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Bob Gunthorp – 10C German Sports Cars All Others 1948-1980

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.

In May of 1970 he purchased his first two Mercedes. The first one was a 1961 220SEb sedan that he still owns today.

In 1979 he started collecting Mercedes vehicles. At this time there are 19 Mercedes in the collection. He has never considered himself as the owner of these vehicles but rather the “care taker” of them for future generations.

Judging Team:
Lee Cassidy
Wendie Martin

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Mike Haynes – 11 Race Cars 1929-1979

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. 

Judging Team:
Mike Chalfant
Nick Gojmeric

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Gordon Clark – Chief Motorcycle Judge

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 sixth year as a judge at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.

Judging Team:
Kasey Doolin
Ted Holtaway
Daryl Nelson
Kevin Sisterson