2019 La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Judges

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Chief Judge

Nigel Matthews

Originally from Oxfordshire, England. Nigel has enjoyed the past 44 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 24 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 Private Client Services and brand ambassador for Hagerty Insurance, the Historic Vehicle Association Manager for Canada and a F.I.V.A Scrutineer, having joined the company in 2010.

He has judged at most of the major Concours throughout North America and other parts of the World since 2005. Has written a weekly newspaper column in the Canadian press since 2003 and also articles for a number of magazines worldwide.

Nigel is honored to be a charter member and on the board of directors of ICJAG (The International Chief Judge Advisory Group) which supports serious class judging and focuses on originality and authenticity.

Some of the other notable events he has been involved with more recently include

Class Judge at Pebble Beach since 2005

Class Judge at the Cartier Concours in New Delhi India, 2015

The Master Pieces and Style Concours in Germany 2015-2018

Concorso d’Elegance Florence 2016

Chief Judge Sydney Concours 2017 to Present

The Zoute Grand Prix Concours, Belgium 2018

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Chief Honorary Judge

Ed Gilbertson- Preservation

Ed Gilbertson is Chairman of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group (ICJAG) overseeing the judging for more than fifty shows across the world.  He is President of the Jury for the Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance and is 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 senior member of the selection committee.

He is founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Advisory Council for Preservation of the Ferrari Automobile (IAC/PFA) and is a senior advisor and committee member for the Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens (FIVA) technical commission and the North American Historic Vehicle Association (HVA).  He is also a member of the SAE Historic Vehicle Technical Standards Committee.

Mr. Gilbertson was Chief Judge for the famed FF40 concours in Brussels and Honorary Chief Judge for both the 60th Anniversary and 70th Anniversary of Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.  He also judged at the Louis Vuitton shows in London and Paris and was Chief Judge for the International Legend of the Motorcycle Concours, as well as judging at many other national and international shows.

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.  They have also organized ten multi-marque driving tours. Ed 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 awarded the International Historic Motoring Award for best automobile publication in 2013.

Ed has three degrees and is a retired engineer and professional money manager.  He is also a retired USAF reserve officer.  He and Sherry married 48 years 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 – 4A 100 Years of Bentley

Christian H. Kramer, from Cologne, Germany, has grown up with cars and has been a lifelong enthusiast. He was able to turn his passion for cars into his profession and has worked in the industry for over 20 years as a Classic Car Historian, Value appraiser, F.I.V.A. Scrutineer & Collection advisor.

He is a founding member and Director of Technology of the International Chief Judge Advisory Group which advised Concours organizers around the globe focusing on Originality and Authenticity.

This year he will celebrate his 5th anniversary at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.

Chris is a very active Concours judge all over the world and has frequently served as Chief Judge or Chief Class Judge at many events around the globe. He has recently judged at the following notable events:

21 Gun Salute Concours d’Elegance & Rally, New Delhi, India (Chief Judge)

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (USA)

Sydney Concours d’Elegance (Australia) Assistant Chief Judge & Advisor

Concours d’Elegance Suisse, Geneva (CH)

San Marino Motor Classic, (USA)

Cavallino Classic, USA

Ferrari 70th Anniversary Concours, Maranello (IT)

Judging Team

Chris Minks

Norman Leitman

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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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Chief Class Judge 

John Carlson – 1A American Classics Open 1920-1948 

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

Dr. William Guentzler

Bob Wright

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Chief Class Judge

John Milliken – 1B American Classics Closed 1936-1948 & 2A Cadillac Open and Closed 1902-1918

John Is a former Air Force pilot who saw two tours in Viet Nam (1969 and 1972).  He went on to pursue a career as an airline pilot and spent 28 years with Delta, retiring as Boeing 767 Captain in 2004.  He has been involved in the collector car hobby for some 50 years and has restored over 40 vintage cars with specialty in Pre War American Classics and preference for Convertible sedans from Buick, Cadillac and Packard.  John has many years of judging experience at major Concours events. For the past nine years he has been Head Judge for the SoCal Region of the Classic Car Club of America.  He has also been Head Judge for the Santa Barbara Concours and is still Head Judge for the San Marino Motor Classic, held each year the second week of June. He presently owns a 1939 Buick Roadmaster convertible sedan, a 1941 Cadillac convertible sedan and a very rare, one off 1941 Cadillac Woodie station wagon, built by Coachcraft for cowboy star Charles Starrett, aka The Durango Kid.

Judging Team

Eric Baltzar

Gary Haugley

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Chief Class Judge 

Tony D’Alessandro – 1C Packard Open & 1D Packard Closed 

Tony has been fascinated with Antique cars since he was a child growing up in the Philadelphia area and went to his first car show at 5 years old. He started working at Wilkinson & Sharp Restorations at 16 years old. He was a graduate of McPherson College in the Antique Auto Restoration program in Kansas and founded the C.A.R.S. club there. He also maintained the Smokey Billue Car Museum Collection in McPherson. Tony was mentored by several master craftsman, including Julian Rice from Peggy craft Restorations in Tennessee,  Jim Willems and Stan Wilkinson. Later he worked for Phil Hill at Hill & Vaughn Restorations in Santa Monica, it was there he was exposed to many exotic European cars like Delage, Delahaye, Hispano – Suiza and the Pebble Beach Concours. In 1999, Tony started his own company,  D’Alessandro Designs Antique Auto, specializing in upholstery and restorations in Culver City, Ca. He has earned a reputation for high-end work, Old world craftsmanship and authenticity.

Judging Team

John Fardos

Lynn Farrar

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Chief Class Judge 

Eric Voigt – 2B Cadillac Open 1918-1948 & 2C Cadillac Closed 1918-1948

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

Brad Jenkinson

John Mayeski

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Chief Class Judge

Corena Dusek – 2D Cadillac Open 1948-1968 & 2E Cadillac Closed 1948-1968

Corena Dusek began her career in the automotive industry as Editorial Intern and then Managing Editor of Performance Racing Industry Magazine. She later worked in Advanced Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America, where she inaugurated the company’s first racing program at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Corena shifted the company’s racing focus to an SCCA PRO Rally effort, where Hyundai triumphed for many years. She wrote owner’s manuals for many automotive OEMs including Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Audi. Corena has been judging concours d’elegance events from coast-to-coast since 2003.

Judging Team

Lee Casad

Joy Campanaro

Rodney Manson

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Chief Class Judge 

Hugo Modderman – 3 European Classics 1925-1955 

Hugo’s hobbies are photography and veteran and vintage cars. He participated for the first time in a car rally in 1956, the year in which the PAC (Dutch pioneer automobile club) was founded as his father just happened to have kept a Lancia Lambda, which the German occupier was not interested to confiscate during the war. This was the seed for a long career in restoring and driving cars from a 1904 Gardner Serpollet to a 1982 Lancia Gamma. Hugo’s principal interest lies in cars between 1925 and 1935, focusing on Italian machinery, but he also has a 1933 Horch straight 8 under restoration. Hugo is an ICJAG judge and has judged at Pebble Beach, Palace Het Loo, Salon Prive, Geneva, La Jolla and Schloss Dyck Concours and is a regular participant in the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic, not to mention a number of Mille Miglia’s in his Alfa 1750 GS Touring.

Judging Team

Madan Mohan

Edward De Vaucorbeil

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Chief Class Judge

Al Magallanes – 4B 100 Years of Bentley 

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

Alan Bolte

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Chief Class Judge

Camilo Pardo – 6 Japanese Cars of the 70’s

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

Justin Costello

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Chief Class Judge 

Darwin Ludi – 7 American Sports & Muscle of the 60’s & 70’s

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

Martin Poirier

Michael Pierce

Jim Galvin

David Keech

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Chief Class Judge

Gary Bobileff – 8A Lamborghini 1963-1990

Gary Bobileff has been judging Concours since 1980.  He, and his Company, based here in San Diego, Bobileff Motorcar Company, has also restored Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati cars that have won top awards at Pebble Beach Concours, Villa D’Este, and the Ferrari Nationals, as well as many other Concours, over the past 40 years.

Judging Team

Chris Holl

Jay Mackro

Joe Ventura

 

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Chief Class Judge

Leslie Burd – 8B European Sports & Sedans 1948-1978

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

Ron Miriello

 

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Chief Class Judge

Peter Kjellberg – 9 British Sports & Sedans 1948-1970

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

Wendie Martin

Will Nighswonger

Dan Harmer

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Chief Class Judge

Bob Devlin – 10A German Sports Cars Open 1952-1970 

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

Dirk McBurnie 

Jon Bernardi 

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Chief Class Judge 

Siegfried Linke – 10B German Sports Coupe 1951-1971

The German born Link has judged at Pebble Beach for 33 consecutive years. The Certified Master Mechanic has worked for or with Mercedes-Benz since 1955. He is never far from a friend or client who needs help sorting out a classic car.

As well as judging at events through the USA, he has judged internationally in Australia, Germany, India and Qatar.

He is returning to La Jolla for his fourth year.

Judging Team

Bob Gunthorp

Pat Scruggs

Chuck Pelly

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Chief Class Judge

Mike Haynes – 11 Race Cars Closed Wheel Sports Racers 1950-1986 

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

Nick Gojmeric

Mike Chalfant

 

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Chief Class Judge 

Gordon Clark – 13A Pre-War Motorcycles & 13B Post-War Motorcycles Through 1988

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

Daryl Nelson

Kevin Sisterson