Orange Coast Concours

The Oaks Polo Field in San Juan Capistrano

Article and Photos by Wally Clark 

ATSC?s 19th Annual Orange Coast Concours (formerly Newport Concours) was held on October 7th at The Oaks Polo Field in San Juan Capistrano. This is 10 acres of grass and is a great venue for a car show. The weather was great and there were lots of flag waving people in attendance, given the fact that the USA started military actions in Afghanistan the same day!

The field had over 250 cars and the diverse selection was superb. Guests of honor were Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney and the event was co-mc?ed by CBS Channel 2 newsman Kent Shocknek.  Honored marque this year was Jaguar, along with special exhibitions of pre-war stock Fords and a celebration of 100 years of Ford Racing cars.  Some of the special Jaguars were the ex-Steve McQueen 1956 XKSS and the ex-Mel Torme 1937 SS100, both compliments of the Petersen Automotive Museum.  There were also two "C" type Jags along with an XK220 on display. In addition to the judged cars, there were car corrals and the Ferrari corral was filled!  This gave everyone a chance to drive their Ferrari and park on the grass near the judged cars on the field. 

Thanks to all FCA members who participated; from bringing cars to being a judge or to just being there!  Also a special thanks to Tom Shaughnessy for help on the podium during the awards ceremony.  John Clinard was very instrumental in arranging the special display of Ford Race cars, which featured several of Carroll Shelby?s personal cars. 

On to the Awards. There were 3 Ferrari classes - 50?s, 60?s, and 70?s:

1948 thru 1959
First1957 250 GT BoanoCarl Steuer
Second1952 225 Sport VignaleMichael Yedor
Third1956 250 GT PrototypeRoger Groves
1960 thru 1969
First1960 250 GT Calif. SpyderMike Grieco
Second1965 275 GTB 6 CarbNeil Afromsky
Third1960 250 GT Ser. II Cab.Doug Curran
1970 thru 1979
First1974 246 GTS DinoDavid Pham
Second1972 365 GTB/4 DaytonaDavid Wilhelm
Third1978 308 GT4 DinoChuck Lamb

Congratulations again to Chuck Lamb for winning the race car class with the McLaren M8D Can Am car that also made great noise during the day!  Best of Show went to a 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Skiff.