18th Annual Newport Beach Concours d?Elegance

Article and Photos By Wally Clark

On Sunday, September 24, 2000, this event was held at a new location, the Oaks Polo Field in San Juan Capistrano. This is not a golf course, but 10 acres of grass and there was a lot of room! The feature this year was Lincoln and the field was full of them. Something new to this event was the car club corrals, and our club made fine use of one, with about 15 cars showing up. There were over 200 cars on the field to be judged along with a special class for muscle cars. One of the highlights of the day was a fly-over by a newly restored WWII F4U Corsair fighter plane compliments of the Chino Air Museum.

On to the Ferraris! There were two classes and they were well turned out. The early class was to 1965 and featured some nice "display" only cars, and I want to thank Garry Roberts, Chuck Betz/Fred Peters and Norbert Hofer for bringing multiple cars. The late class was from 1966 to 1972 and one of the highligted cars was Bill LeMasters 206 dino coupe, which has won numerous awards and has been featured in "Road and Track." There were also two Ferraris in the race car class, a 250LM brought by Symbolic Motors and a brand new 360 Challenge car brought by Mike Grieco of FAI in Costa Mesa.

Now for the winners:

(shown for Randy Reiss) (shown by Wally Clark)
Early -
1st275 GTB Long nose 6 carbGran Touring Classics
2nd250 TDF Comp car Garry Roberts & Co.
3rd250GTL LussoEnzo Motors
Late -
1st246GTS DinoStuart Larman, Cairo, Egypt
2nd365GT 2+2Bill Rose
3rd246GTWes Baum

Best of Show went to Gen. William Lyons 1931 Duesenberg Model J Boat Tailed Speedster.

Thanks to all the club members who brought their cars and served as judges.