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PCA-OCR 2019 Porsche Concours

Story by Norm Follis and Steve Fairbanks
Photos by Jim Storms , Gary Ambrose, Alex Grant, Marcia Salans, Monica Asbury, and Joe Barnet


The Spring of 2018 offered a real challenge to the newly formed Concours Team. After several successful concours held at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, the decision was made to search for a new venue for the 2019 OCR Concours. Our task was to locate a site, if possible, in central Orange County, and most importantly it must have a grass field. We immediately began our search, making calls and site visits to Seal Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Tustin, and Lake Forest; all to no avail.

Either car shows were not allowed on their grass fields or since we were working with a tight budget, we were quoted out of our price range.  Finally, in September, one of our Club members, Mark Beuhler, through a contact he had with the City of Dana Point, let us know that Sea Terrace Park was available in June 2019 and the site problem was solved!


The early morning sky of Concours Day was gray and the previous day, while Field Marshall Bob Kahn and his volunteer team were marking the field, we experienced periods of light drizzle. However, as Concours Day progressed, we enjoyed a beautiful day with no drizzle, much to the delight of all the owners of those perfectly detailed Porsches in the judged group.

A new OCR record was set for pre-registration, with a total of 156 people pre-registering combined with over 90 additional cars entering on the day of the event for a total of over 230 cars on the field throughout the day! Opening ceremonies began promptly at 9:00 a.m. with our Master of Ceremonies, Sandy Schwartz introducing a USMC Color Guard from Camp Pendleton. As the Colors were being presented, Ms. Sheri Vasquez, with a beautiful voice, sang our National Anthem. Joe Muller, Dana Point Mayor; was next with his welcoming comments. Our Club President, Barry Michaels, presented an award of appreciation to Michelle Larsson, representing Circle Porsche, for her support and for Circle Porsche’s contributions to our Club activities. I presented a “Porsche Excellence” Award to Johnnie Mansfield, Head of Marketing for PIRCH, for their generous sponsorship.

After the Judge’s meeting was over, the judges went to locate their assigned cars. There was an OCR record number of judged entries, 48 Porsches, registered in the judged group which included 356’s, and 2019 models. As the judging continued, spectators walked the field admiring the many different models on display, including a special “914 Corral” set up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic 914 Porsche. Those that were hungry took advantage of the Taco Stand, where three different flavors of delicious tacos were sold. Chef Zamora and her 11- year-old son, Sebastian, did an outstanding job servicing the hungry crowd.

The picnic competition set a new record for entrants this year and proved to be a very popular attraction as people walked by admiring the many varied creative ways entrants displayed their picnic displays.

The eagerly awaited Awards Ceremony drew a large crowd as trophies were presented to the various class and division winner by Head Judge, Steve Fairbanks. There was a total of 48 Concours Entrants and 47 showed up with one no-show. There were 3 on-field challenges before judging started which required changes / additions in both Division and Class; which was a bit unusual and resolved to the entrant’s satisfaction between Dick Douglass (Zone 8 Concours Co-Chair), myself, and the owner. Congratulations to Chuck Bartron, the winner of the Joe Nedza / Mayor’s Trophy.

Two of the more unusual cars were a 1971 911-T Black Sportomatic owned by Guy Finlan, and a 1955 Silver 550 Spyder that was #75 in production, and valued at around $4M from European Collectibles, entered by Tim Rivera.

Winners & Sponsors

The 2019 PCA Zone 8 Concours Division Winners are:

Christopher Casler
1958 356A Speedster
Chuck Bartron
1984 930
Bill Clevenger
2011 Boxster Spyder
Special Categories:
Tim Rivera
1957 356A Speedster
Robert Young
1965 911 Coupe
Wash & Shine:
David Witteried
2003 Boxster S


Our event sponsors offered a wide selection of various automotive products and services. I would like to give special thanks to the following sponsors:

Circle Porsche of Long Beach
Cape Auto Repair
Cooper’s Classy Car Care
Hagerty Insurance
Sierra Madre Collection
So Cal Classic Car Storage
Aero Products
Lilly Gum Drops
Glistening Perfection
Image Options
Justin Whittman

Concours Committee:
Monica Asbury – Board Member
Steve Fairbanks – Head Judge
Bob Kahn - Field Marshall
Dan Pittman - PR
Mark Wallace - 2018 Chair
Bev Gould - Scoring
James Alton & Carolyn Follis - Registration
Larry Kaprielian - Site Planning
Norm Follis - Chair

Special Guests
Sheri Vasquez, National Anthem
Mayor Joe Muller
USMC Color Guard - Camp Pendleton

Special Thanks
With great appreciation, thanks to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make the 2019 White Glove Concours such a success!

Winners: Picnic Contest

1st Place : Pam and Tom Gray
Display Name/Theme: Proudly Pink
Inspiration: Pam and Tom (mostly Pam) incorporated just about anything and everything pink into her spectacular, masterfully well-thought out ‘delicious’ Proudly Pink display, from her pink ‘basket,’ to flamingos frolicking off to the side, right down to the edibles on their picnic plates. Pam and Tom’s almost matching pink attire and colorful windshield decor won the judges over. It was a clear runaway for first place. Well done! Go Pink!

2nd Place : Russell and Rosche
Display Name/Theme: Tobin James Liquid Love - A Tribute to Bob Savic
Inspiration: An inviting display of gourmet delights consisting of meats, cheeses, fruit and wine! A beautiful array articulately laid out on a custom Tobin James blanket. The display transformed guests into the winery! A very relaxing display!

3rd Place : Dick Sartor
Display Name/Theme: Macadamia “Nut” / Hawaiian
Inspiration: Third place was a tough decision, but because Dick used his entire Porsche to integrate into his Hawaiian-themed display, he was deemed 3rd Place winner. His Porsche color is Macadamia Brown, which was the theme that he managed to carry through to his attire, coconut shaped cups filled with Pina Coladas, to his pineapple sunglasses, Hawaiian Leis, Hawaiian ‘hood’ shirt and of course, Macadamia nuts!  An A-Z display!

Honorable Mention: Ken and Jeanne Johnson
Display Name/Theme: Road Trip
Inspiration: What a fun display. Who hasn’t taken or wanted to take a trip down Route 66?! The Johnsons certainly captured the feel and essence of a road trip with their patriotic table dressing and flags, s’mores, “Route 66” signage and ‘roady’ atmosphere.  Are we there yet?

Honorable Mention: Mark Kovaletz
Display Name/Theme: 31st Anniversary
Inspiration: If first place was everything pink, the Kovaletz’s had everything burgundy! Indeed a fine wine display to celebrate their 31st Anniversary. Their display personafied the finest table in a restaurant with a butler, table cloth with matching burgundy chairs, a vintage picnic basket, and a beautiful red rose centerpiece.  A first class ensemble worthy of any Maitre D’s attention.

Honorable Mention: Mike Gugert
Display Name/Theme: Targa Run
Inspiration: Mike and team have the picnic contest spirit. A repeat winner and annual contestant who always puts on a great display. Mike brought the Targa California run to the Dana Point White Glove Concours! Even his dog was sporting the Targa California logo! Another creative, spirited Gugert display!


This story and photos can be found in the August 2019 Pando on pages 12-19

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