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Summer 2005
Quarterly Newsletter

Volume VII


What's New

Throughout the summer we will continue to organize and customize our facility. In the paint & body area located in our south wing we have installed a divider/curtain wall and an additional fresh air system. This is extremely exciting for us as it allows the separation of the dusty portion of the restoration process. High quality restoration is what we ultimately strive for at Classic Showcase. However, in order to produce the award winners that we do our facility must be equally as clean as the cars that we produce. It really is about enjoying what we do and when your heart and soul are deeply into what you do, the outcome is excellent and the feeling is great. In addition, we recently purchased a state of the art TIG Miller welding machine. The technology of this machine features a cool-on-demand with torch detection; the cooler is inside the machine and has a customized arc start. This will make the welding process much more precise and the finished product much more efficient. “Whistle while you work”, that is our motto at Classic Showcase and the reason why we installed a stereo system with speakers throughout our facility. Happy employees, a well-organized working environment, outstanding classic cars and good music… what a delightful combination!





In May, The 11 th Annual Muckenthaler Motor Car Show of Concours-Quality Automobiles took place. The Jaguar Club of Los Angeles held its own JCNA sanctioned Concours d' Elegance event and we are pleased to announce that we took “Best in Class” for our 1961 Jaguar XKE. There were approximately 30 Jaguar E-types that were entered. Ours is truly a beautiful example of an E-type. With its bronze exterior, biscuit interior and a tan hood, (both hard and soft tops) equipped with its original heritage certificate of authenticity is a gem of a car.

The Muckenthaler Motor Car Show is a well attended annual event. There are many beautiful classic automobiles, a fine art exhibit, food and fun for the entire family. Participants include individual owners and car club enthusiasts. If you would like more information on this event you can go to: www.muckenthaler.org . Be sure to mark your calendar so you do not miss this event next year.

In June, the historic Stanley Hotel, located near Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado hosted The Rocky Mountain Jaguar Club's 2005 Concours D'Elegance, a JCNA sanctioned event. With the 14,000 ft Rocky Mountains as a backdrop this event is a spectacular time. Classic Showcase was honored with 1 st Place, Best Jaguar in Class obtaining 99.86 Points for our 1962 Jaguar XKE OTS E-Type. A magnificent show car, silver exterior and black interior, fit to perfection, this car is as sophisticated as they get.


Upcoming Events
July 16, 2005 Jaguar Concours Judging Training Session

The San Diego Jaguar Club members will have the opportunity to attend a Judging Training Session strictly for Jaguar Concours Judging, instructed by Chief Judge – Dick Cavicke at Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California. Upon completion of the training session the Judges become certified and are eligible to Judge the Concours d' Elegance at Spanish Landing Park , located at the bay in San Diego , in August. (Information on the Concours d' Elegance at Spanish Landing Park is listed below)

August 14, 2005 41st Annual JCNA Sanctioned Concours d'Elengance at Spanish Landing Park on San Diego Bay

THE SAN DIEGO JAGUAR CLUB with the generous support of
Jaguar Clubs of North America, Cush Jaguar and Jaguar Cars, Ltd. CELEBRATES ALL JAGUARS. This is a fun and entertaining event by the Bay. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery!
Listed below is a schedule of events.


7:30 AM - Judging Field open to Entrants
9:00 AM - Judges' Meeting
9:30 AM - Judging Begins
11:30 AM - Judges' Lunch
12 Noon - Lunch
2:00 PM (approx.) - Awards Presentation

Concours Chair - Hazel Beck, 858-638-0011, hazelbeck@att.net
Chief Judge - Dick Cavicke, 858-456-0849, f8driver@pacbell.net

August 17th - 21st The 55th Anniversary of the world renowned Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Since the very first Pebble Beach Road Race and Concours d' Elegance fifty-five years ago, automobile aficionados and classic car enthusiasts, look forward and wait for this event all year, this is like Christmas to them. Hotels book up rapidly, people will book hotels 100 miles away just to attend this event. This of course is a sanctioned, very formal, extremely recognized and colossal event. If you have never been, we recommend you mark your calendar, this is a must see! For ticket information on this event you can call 877 693-0009 or visit their website at www.pebblebeachconcours.net ~ Listed below you will find a schedule of events.

August 18, 2005 8th Annual Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance

Only open to participating cars in Sunday's Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance, it will commence at 8:30am at the Polo Field in the Del Monte Forest in Pebble Beach . Approximately 50+ miles, this tour will wind its way through a 17-mile Drive in Pebble Beach. This year the tour follows a new route inland and upland, taking in the scenic Tehama and Monterra areas before lunch in Carmel and then returning to the Polo Field. For information on this event please visit www.pebblebeachconcours.net

August 18, 2005 Christies Exceptional Motorcars Auction

First of six auctions to be held this weekend, preview begins August 15 th thru the 17th.
Star car : 1961 Ferrari 250 GT “Breadvan” Berlinetta, customized by Count Volpi. Prior to its customization it was a 250 SWB (chassis 2819 GT), it was specifically designed to beat the GTO. At the 1962 Montlhery it finished 3 rd , ahead of nine GTO's.
6pm at Monterey Jet Center , in Monterey , CA
Information call: 310 385-2600

August 19, 2005 1st Annual Pebble Beach Retro Auto

This is a debut exhibition of innovation and tradition. Featuring the finest accoutrements for the automotive aficionado, celebrating the motoring lifestyle it will feature the latest luxury goods and technological tools available. This exhibition will be open from 9:00am – 6:00pm.

Note: Free entry with Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance pass.
August 19, 2005 Concorso Italiano

At Black Horse Golf Course, Monterey Bay – Seaside 9:00am – 5:00pm

Featured marque: Alfa Romero

"A celebration of Italian style," Concorso Italiano embraces all cultural elements of Italian style, such as music, cuisine, fashion and travel tourism. Concorso Italiano has celebrated Italian automobiles and style at Bayonet/Black Horse Golf Course since 2003. In 2004, Concorso saw world-record turnouts of Ferraris and other Italian marques, and looks forward to this year's celebration. This event is not just about cars, it is not an event where judges labor over and under cars looking for minor imperfections. It is about people, renewing acquaintances, making new friends and sharing a common interest. Trophies are awarded in non-judged categories. Judged competitions are frequent within individual marque clubs, but at the sole discretion of each. The ultimate goal of the organizers is to create an atmosphere so rich with Italian culture; you will be convinced you spent the day in your favorite Italian city. Concorso Italiano celebrates Italian style! For information visit their website at: www.concorso.com

August 19th - 21st Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Laguna Seca

The 32nd Annual Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races Presented by Chrysler.

On August 19-21, the hills around Monterey will once again echo with the sounds of racing cars from a bygone era. This is a premier historic automobile event in North America. This year's featured marque is Chaparral, part of an overall tribute to "Great American Specials" that is paying homage to American ingenuity in the very early days of big-time motor racing.

August 19, 2005 Bonhams & Butterfields Auction

At Quail Lodge in Carmel , CA . Preview August 17th – 18th . Automobilia, fine jewelry, timepieces and more from the Barney Oldfield Collection.

Information call: 415 391-4000

August 19th - 20th RM Montrey Sports and Classic Car Auctions

At Portola Plaza , Fisherman's Warf – Monterey , CA .
Star car: 1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, DB4GT 0199/L
Preview begins August 18th -20th. This is the largest and only two-day auction of the weekend.

There will be a VIP Reception on August 18 th from 7-9pm.
Auction hours on the 19th and 20th 5:30pm to 12:00am
Information call: 519 532-4575 or visit their website at: www.rmauctions.com

August 21, 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

At the Lodge at Pebble Beach, on the 18th Fairway - Pebble Beach

Exhibiting prewar and postwar automobiles along with the latest in concept car designs, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is the premiere concours in the world. This is an outdoor event on one of America 's most beautiful locations, the famed 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Three major Concours d'Elegance sponsors will generously donate cars to benefit three central coast charities. The Annual Automobile Drawing which will be held during the Concours d'Elegance Awards Presentation, Sunday, August 21, 2005--need not be present to win.   Attire should be comfortable and practical for picnicking and walking. Styles range from dressy to casual. Temperatures are often very cool in the morning and evening, with warm temperatures during the day. Therefore, wearing layers is recommended.

Information call: 831 622-1700 or visit their website at: www.pebblebeachconcours.com
August 21, 2005 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

At the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center 6 pm
Star Car : The first of ten 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyders, S/N 09437.
Preview : August 18th – 20th 9:00am to 5:00pm and August 21st 9:00am to Noon.

This is a perfect way to wind down this exciting weekend and last chance to raise your paddle and get a gleaming new toy to put in your trailer.
For information call: 310 899-1960 or visit their website at: www.goodingco.com

September 17, 2005
Tour D'Epicure Road Rallye
September 18, 2005
Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance
  Located at the Rolling Hills Country Club. For more information please go to www.pvconcours.com or call 866-522-7746
September 21st - 25th 2005 JCNA Challenge Championship

Within the Championship are the Slalom Rally and Concours d' Elegance and many other exciting events. This Championship takes place every two years. This year the Championship is presented by the North Georgia Jaguar Club and held at the Chateau Elan, Braselton , Georgia . On Friday the 23rd, from 8am to 12:30pm, Classic Showcase will host a JCNA Rally and lunch.

Considered to be a beauty pageant of the automotive sort, this event exudes Southern Hospitality and Horsepower. People come from all over the continent to compete in this Rally. The Chateau Elan Winery and Resort is forty-five minutes north of Atlanta. It consists of 3,500 acres, imitating an old-Europe like setting with well manicured grounds, a truly amazing event and panorama. If you own a Jaguar, we suggest you join the Jaguar Club in your area and attend this event. For more information on the event you can call 480 998-9686. For information on Chateau Elan Resort you can call 800 233-9463.

October 2, 2005 2005 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: www.sandiegobritishcarday.org



How to prepare your car for an upcoming car show.

The very first thing you need to do is decide what type of show you want to attend. The judging can vary from originality, authenticity, restored and concourse. Others are judged on what has been customized and modified. When a vehicle is being judged for its originality and authenticity the car needs to look as it did when it first rolled out of the factory. If your car is being judged in a modified, hot rod or custom show then you need to prepare your vehicle for that type of show. For example you may want to chrome all parts of the car and components. Modify and upgrade all stock components, etc. If you enter in a show based on the restoration of your vehicle, then you need to have your car and all of its components restored to perfection. A ground up restoration is recommended and all parts on the vehicle need to be re-chromed. The car should look original and stock.

A general car show is open to various marques and models which are all shown on one field. A car club show is open to all car club members.

A concourse show has written rules and regulations governing the judging and structure of the event. Each Marque is judged along with numerous other marques of the same kind. Another type of judging is “people's choice” this means that the public or participants will vote on the car of their choice and the car will not be judged for correctness, authenticity or originality.

The most popular times of the year for showing your car are during the spring, summer and fall. Before you compete in a show, do your homework. Study your car, take notes and become aware of what is original and what is authentic on your classic.

Once you decide on the type of show that you will be attending you then need to prepare your classic car accordingly.

Remember, in any type of show the cleanness of the vehicle is very important.

Which ever way you decide to show your car, overtime you can always improve and restore your classic car and enter many shows.

You may also want to think about attending a show as a spectator first, before showing. This will help you learn how the judging takes place and how people prepare their vehicles before showing. You will also meet people, form friends and learn from them. You should also look into a local car club of your make. If you become a member of this club you can participate in their activities. Most clubs will publish a newsletter which will have a calendar of events. Some of these events should include up coming car shows that you may want to participate in. By doing this, it will help you to get more familiarized with your vehicle make and you can watch other examples of the same make and model being shown. Bring your camera, as you observe other vehicles being shown and take pictures of components and features on the cars that you like. Then you can restore or upgrade your vehicle to a similar look.

Your financial commitment to this hobby is your next concern.

You don't have to make a large investment in order to show your car. You can attend with your car and still enjoy, have fun as well as learn about your car and showing. As your budget for your hobby increases you can improve your cars overall condition for competing in shows.

There are several types of people that show their vehicles. The first type of participant is a novice or a beginner, this is someone who is just happy to be apart of the event, they mingle amongst other competitors not so serious about the show. They are not there to win an award. This person wants to improve and learn at each show and has the desire to better his or her vehicle.

An intermediate participant is someone who has had more experience at shows and takes them a little more seriously. This person is more committed to showing his vehicle. They want their car to compete well against others. They don't expect to win first place or best in class but would like to take an award home.

Then, there is the advanced participant. This is someone who is very serious about competing in these events and wants to be the best or close to it. This person has one goal in mind and that is to take home the trophy. Most of these participants will trailer their vehicles which are commonly refered to as “Trailer Queens.” This person will research and study their car to ensure that their classic is as correct and standard as possible. They will always have their car improved for the next competition.

Important items to bring to a show for your car.

For obvious safety reasons most shows require you to bring a fire extinguisher. This is a requirement in their judging rules and regulations. I also bring one per vehicle and display it in the trunk or outside the vehicle by a rear tire.

Bring any and all original literature, photographs and important information pertaining to your car or its authenticity. Bring any and all original tools, spare tire, jack, owner manual and build sheet.


What to bring to the show to make it an even greater experience.

Folding picnic table
Ice cooler
Food and Drinks
Sun block
A hat

Overall, attending a show is a great experience. It is a great way to meet new people and make lasting friends that share the same passion and enjoy every minute of the event. These events help you to learn more about your vehicle's history and correctness. You can learn to improve the condition of your car and have it ready for the next judging event.

We will continue to provide you with informative pertaining to car shows in future newsletters. Enjoy and Good Luck!



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