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What's New

II. Restorations in Progress
III. Auctions & Concourses
IV. Ask Tom
V. Upcoming Events
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What's New

Concours d'Elegance at Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida

Regarded as ‘a Concours as good as Pebble Beach, but without the ego,’ the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has quickly grown to be one of the world’s finest, especially considering it’s only celebrating its 11th year. This year’s affair benefits the Community Hospice of Northern Florida and similar to other large Concours, was held at a prestigious location; in this case the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island and adjacent Golf Club of Amelia Island. With this being our first year in attendance, we were pleasantly surprised to find some exceptional entries, and some very interesting categories. With nearly 300 entries in 37 Classes, organization is key, and Chairman Bill Warner and his staff excelled in all aspects.

This year’s Honourary Chairman was racing legend Johnny Rutherford, and was appropriately reunited with his 1974 Indy-winning McLaren M16. Unfortunately without even an ounce of asphalt nearby, Johnny was restricted to doing a very slow victory lap in front of thousands of spectators on lush golf course grass.

With so many classes, where should we begin? Perhaps the ‘Promotional Vehicles’ class was the most fascinating. Where else would you see a Budweiser boat, Twin Zippo Lighters, a can of V8 Vegetable Juice and a white Horse Statue all on four wheels? Somehow the selection committee decided that the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile was too tacky for this show.

A featured marque for this years running, Stanley was represented by 19 spectacular examples of steam power from the early days of automobile engineering. It was a particularly special event to see so many of these temperamental horseless carriages in full operation, considering the average 30 minute startup time. Can-Am racers were also featured this year, and required plenty of lawn for the twenty-three entries; all of which had interesting racing histories to share. In comparison, the Microcar Class was made up of eleven tiny entries but were strategically located beside the motorcycle class so as not to lose them completely in the mix.

The massive retro display caravan GM Futureliner received a lot of attention at one end of the field whereas the many alternative fuel vehicles were crowded at the other. A wind propeller driven 1932 Helicron stood out beside a coal-fueled 1938 Citroen Traction Avant, but it was a turbine-powered 1968 Lotus 56 Indy racer that won best in class and later screamed its way over to receive its award.

Most people would be lucky to see a DuPont on display at a Concours or museum so to see nine of these beauties in one place surely is an exciting occasion. Fittingly, DuPont had their own class and the Best in Show, Concours d’Elegance went to the 1931 Model H Sport Phaeton owned by Richard Riegel, who also won Best in Class and Most Elegant Open Car at Pebble Beach last year.

Best in Show, Concours de Sport went to the 1961 Le Mans winning Ferrari TRI61, which had not been seen in public for many years.

Gran Concurso Internacional de Elegancia

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JCNA Concourse Judge Training in Mexico City

Chief Judge Joanne Pruette Lawson, JCNA Southern Regional Vice President of Northern Florida and co founder of the Jaguar Club of Northern Florida along with Bob Anderson former President of the San Diego Jaguar Club and our own Tom Krefetz also a member of the San Diego Jaguar Club all which are certified judges in conjunction with the judges in training of the Jaguar Club of Mexico were the training judges for Club Jaguar of Mexico’s Concourse judging session.  This two-day course with a classroom setting, training courses given and tests to pass in order to become certified and able to participate in the JCNA rules for Concourse Judging. Classic Showcase was very proud to have been a part of this experience and we would like to thank our good friend and customer Jeff Carlson, a member of the Board of Directors for Club Jaguar for orchestrating our involvement in this entire event.

Upon training and certification, the new judges were divided into three groups; each of the training judges took their group and proceeded to judge in the Grand Concoursa International De Elegance, the largest show in the country all yearThis is an extremely large and elaborate event and it was the 20th anniversary that the Club Jaguar has hosted, with over two hundred cars on the field, with all makes and models of vehicles to be shown. The two categories for the Jaguar concourse judging in this event were; Champion or Driven. The Jaguar Club of Mexico City had its own show within the Grand Concoursa International De Elegance as well as all other marquees that participated. These classics were also judged individually, within their own marquee, as well as in the Grand Concoursa itself. This was a well attended formal event with a guestimated thirty thousand spectators and enthusiasts. There was a lot of enthusiasm, each time a car was driven on the podium they had brass band musicians playing to add to the overall excitement.  Among the many sponsors for this event were various car manufacturers including Porsche, BMW, Lincoln, Ford and of course Jaguar, a main sponsor, which was very present exhibiting the new and exciting XK.  Best of Show was awarded to a Jaguar XK 150 Roadster which Tom Krefetz team had judged.

Feel free to enjoy video from this event.
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Classic Showcase presents coverage from Gran Concurso Internacional De Elegancia Club Jaguar Car Show in Mexico City on May 13th and 14th, 2006.


San Diego Jaguar Club (JCNA Judges Training Session)

Saturday, June 10th 2006 the San Diego Jaguar Club had Concourse training session held at Classic Showcase. There were new attendees hoping to become certified and already certified judges there for a renewal course.  Classic Showcase has hosted this event in past years, we enjoy staying active in all aspects of this great hobby.

"Million Dollar Auction"

RM Auctions and the Learning Channel (TLC) Offer Behind-the-Scenes Look into the World's Premier Collector Car Auction and also Feature Classic Showcase Auctions 1962 Jaguar Series I E-Type at Monterey Auction. Please enjoy!

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Classic Showcase was asked to participate in a brief interview for RM Auctions and The Learning Channel’s “Million Dollar Auction”, a behind the scenes look into the world’s premier collector car auction. 

 On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 8:00pm ET/PT, cable network TLC aired “Million Dollar Auction,” a 90-minute special that gives viewers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the most prestigious collector car auction in the world. RM Auctions’ Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction is hosted each year at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey, CA as part of the prestigious international Pebble Beach Concours weekend. This distinctive TV event showcases the heated anticipation that builds leading up to the sale of more than 180 of the world’s rarest and most desirable vintage motor cars in the world with seven cars selling for more than $1 Million apiece. 
“Million Dollar Auction” was a special opportunity for viewers to get inside access to this incredible sale where the caliber of cars is unmatched worldwide,” says Rob Myers, founder of RM Auctions. “The show is an excellent first look for those spectators who are interested in learning the inner workings of the collector car hobby and will also appeal to experienced enthusiasts who appreciate the history and beauty of these amazing automobiles.”

Classic Showcase was pleased to be apart of this experience and we look forward to every auction event we participate in.

New Virtual Tour Update of Classic Showcase

Please click here to take a virtuarl tour of our facility !
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Customer Restorations In Progress
1967 Jaguar XKE FHC

Our customer’s 1967 Jaguar XKE FHC is currently in the process of being restored to a very high level Show-Driver. This classic is undergoing a comprehensive restoration to be shown in champion Jaguar Concourses. This vehicle is being upgraded with a 5 speed transmission but Classic Showcase is also restoring its original 4 speed transmission to go with the aluminum radiator and exhilery fan. This classic is also receiving 6 inch wheels for driving and 5 inch wheels for showing.
It is currently in the process of assembly and we will have final pictures in our next newsletter.


1948 Ford Woddie Convertible Sportsman

Another customer is currently having Classic Showcase perform a very high level restoration to show-driver on his 1948 Ford Sportsman Convertible. This classic is a two owner car since new. Classic Showcase is using the original colors and equipment to restore this classic


Click here for more information on our restoration facility

Ask Tom

John Watkins, South Dakota

Why are Jaguar E-types getting to be so expensive?

Well John,
The answer is very simple. Supply, demand, quality, and style.
These cars were way ahead of their time when produced in the sixties and they make fabulous driving sports cars today with performance and style. People can really appreciate and relate back to the E-type.

The E-type was way ahead of it’s time, designed with a 3.8 and 4.2 liter engine, six cylinder, 3 SU carburetors, overhead cam, which made them fast performance machines. The XKE is one of the most exciting automobile designs ever created. With a great style and excellent features, everyone can appreciate this classic “timeless design”.

Today, being that there are not that many E-type survivors and the restoration process is increasingly expensive, makes them a highly collectable and desirable automobile.  Restorations are getting more and more expensive these days due to the cost for buying parts and skilled labor. As the Jaguar E-types go up in value so do their parts. Restored E-types are about $100,000.00 plus to start and the market is continuously going to increase.

E-types are here to stay, Series I are most collectable of the series Jaguars with the following Series II and III following. All are great cars to own, drive and enjoy.

Bob Burns, San Francisco

Why do we want to do a restoration at Classic Showcase?


Good question. Attention to detail and the quality that we offer. You have the option to go anywhere but we strive for quality. We offer our collectors a turn key car that they can count on and the process of the restoration will be documented with a DVD movie.

We have a passion when we work on any classic.  Our highly qualified and skilled technicians appreciate and have a keen sense of detail when conducting any restoration. This is what brings Classic Showcase vehicles to the next level. All stages of our restorations are done in our facility from paint, body work, upholstery, assembly, and mechanical. Our record of restorations and satisfaction from continuous customers and collectors qualifies us as one of the best in the business.

Sue Williams, Miami

What does California black plate mean?


California black plate designates the originality of where the vehicle was first registered and purchased. This was used in the 1960’s from the Department of Motor Vehicles. These classics usually followed with a pink slip which was the original title, usually small and pink in color. The titles may have changed during the sale of these classics and upgrades of the DMV titles but the vehicle will always have the black plate if the registration stays current.

Upcoming Events

Dates Location Description
July 11-14, 2006
Bend, Oregon

Jaguar Owners Club of Oregon and XKs Unlimited will proudly host the 2006 Western States Meet “Return to the Forties”. This grand event will be held July 11-14th at the newly remodeled Seventh Mountain Resort (formally the Inn of the 7th Mountain), Bend, Oregon.

Barbara Grayson
Tel: 503-246-8477 Fax : 503-246-8478
July 22, 2006 Oakbrook. IL Bonhams & Butterfields Auction

Bonhams and Butterfields:
Rolls-Royce, Bentley Automobiles & Related Automobilia
Tel. 415-391-4000

August 6, 2006 San Diego, CA

San Diego Jaguar Club
42nd Annual Concours D' Elegance
At the Spanish Landing

San Diego Jaguar Club is having its annual JCNA Concours in Spanish Landing Park, Sunday, August 6, 2006 at 7:30am. Jaguar enthusiasts and collectors are welcome to enjoy the great atmosphere of the cool weather and bay breeze as sanctioned JCNA Concours judges judge some of the finest Jaguars in the county!  The levels of judging are driven and champion.

This event is open to the public and is a great event for the family.
August 6, 2006

Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance

August 17, 2006

Monterey, CA
Monterey Jet Ceter

Christie's Auctions
Tel. 310.385.2600

Monterey Jet Center
August 18, 2006 Monterey Bay, CA

August 18-19





Monterey, CA

Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction

The Portola Plaza Hotel and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California


On August 18-20, the Monterey Peninsula takes a step back in time with the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races. Next year’s event celebrates the storied history of Mazda Raceway Laguna Sea with historic IMSA, Can-Am and Trans-Am race groups, along with a featured marque of Cooper.
August 20, 2006

Pebble Beach
Concours d'Elegance

"Celebrating Automotive Excellence for 56 years"

August 20, 2006

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
Contact Info:
Tel. 310.899.5170
August 25-26 Carlisle, Pennsylvania
September 16-17

Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance

Located at the Rolling Hills Country Club.
October 1, 2006 2006 British Car Day

Feature marque: Rolls-Royce, celebrating it's 100th birthday!

The San Diego British Car Club Council will host the “26th Annual 2005 British Car Day”, at Fairbrook Farm in Bonsall , CA . This is a beautiful setting. All British marques meet in one place for a fun filled day of british car excitement. This is a very special event the entire family will enjoy. Mark your calendar to attend this event. For information visit their website at:


In The Next Issue
What's new
Update from Monterey and Pebble Beach Auction's
Ask Tom
More upcoming events and auctions
Update on restoration in progress


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