Classic Showcase Spring Newsletter


Gran Concurso Internacional de Elegancia
22nd Annual Gran Concurso Internacional de Elegancia

April 17, 2007 a committee of judges was on its way from San Diego to Mexico City. The committee was composed of Tom Krefetz, Harvey Williamson, Pete Rieth, of the San Diego Jaguar Club, Curtis Arndt, Chairman of the Austin Healey Concours, and Eduardo Palermini an expert restorer connoisseur. They were in route for Club Jaguar of Mexico’s 22nd annual Gran Concurso Internacional de Elegancia. The event field for the concours was an old Equestrian field in Dos Rios of Huixquilucan, which is in the middle of the mountain country setting with a beautiful green surrounding about 10,000 feet above sea level.

Concourse Winner

The concours began with a group of Jaguar enthusiasts years ago who wanted to share their passion with the community. It grew more each year, and it is now the largest event of its kind in Mexico. The show has attracted many other clubs including Porsche, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Triumph, MG, Fiat, Ferrari, Mustang, Corvette, Chrysler, Micro Cars, and Volkswagen. Besides the JCNA concours, the event also includes a general concours comprised of the various car clubs’ own choice. A best of show is chosen from all of the vehicles as well. Many automobile manufacturers sponsor this event, which helps fund Club Jaguar’s other events. A large portion of the proceeds is also donated to a local charity. Club Jaguar is an active, very social club, and they go on Saturday drives to have breakfast as a group driving an hour outside the city. They plan rallies and events to drive and enjoy their Jaguars. This is a wonderful organization that shares mutual interests in cars as well as friendship. Club Jaguar catered this event for their club and was a very good host to the judging committee and guests.

The awards ceremony was very festive and special. It was well attended and began with a fashion show with local models in beautiful spring apparel. Concours Chairman Emeritus Enrique Villa with Club Jaguar Mexico President Alejandro Isoard Viesca bestowed the awards and made presentations to the audience. The 1952 Jaguar XK 120 FHC a very original example of an XK that underwent a no expense spared frame up restoration in 2007, won “Best of Show” at the event. Tom Krefetz summarizes the event saying, “This is an event we all look forward to every year. Everything about it is fantastic. There are long days with a lot to do, but the time goes quickly. What we come back with are memories and continuing friendships.” This was Tom’s third year of attending, organizing, training, and judging at the Gran Concourso in Mexico City.

~1967 Jaguar XKE Series I 4.2 OTS~
Classic Showcase is performing a complete restoration on this vehicle. This very rare and collectible 1967 Jaguar XKE Series I 4.2 OTS features 3 SU carbs, 4-speed, dual exhaust, and disc brakes. This XKE is an excellent example of one of the most desirable Jaguars in the XKE series. Features that make this one of the most desirable of all the series are a fully synchronized 4 speed transmission, covered headlights, toggle switches on the dash, comfortable reclining bucket seats, center console, and arm rest. This E-Type is going to be offered by Gooding & Company exclusively at Pebble Beach this August. We recommend becoming a registered bidder with Gooding & Company so you can add this beautiful automobile to your collection. In our future issue we will bring you updates on how this classic did at the auction.

~1965 Jaguar XKE Series I 4.2 FHC~
No expense is being spared to restore this 1965 Jaguar XKE Series I 4.2 FHC in this incredible restoration. The craftsmanship is superb as well as the fit and finish. This E-Type is going to be offered at Bonhams & Butterfields’ annual auction at the Quail Lodge Concours, August 15. You should become a registered bidder with Bonhams for your chance to buy this amazing XKE. We will bring you updates on this classic's progress in the "next issue" of our newsletter and how we did at the Concours.

~1957 XK140 MC DHC~
Classic Showcase is performing a complete restoration on this vehicle for one of our Southern California collectors. This spectacular "Carmen Red" XK with 40,000 original miles had never been painted or taken apart. Classic Showcase is restoring this vehicle and keeping it 100% authentic. This is a very rare and collectible XK140 Roadster This matching numbers vehicle is an excellent example of one of the most desirable Jaguars in the XK series. We will bring you updates on this classic's progress in the "next issue" of our newsletter.

Update from Previous Issue
Q: "Tom, let’s consider a high-end driver level restoration for my car."

Mark Smallwood, Salt Lake City, Utah

A: “Mark, with a high-end driver level restoration, we would be doing the following: repainting the car (not show quality paint but still very good quality), replace the interior as needed, re-chrome the chrome as needed, replace the rubber and seals as needed, and go through all of the systems. After we do a compression test and inspection to the engine, we will determine the extent of the mechanical rebuild. All systems will be gone through – making the car dependable and enjoyable to drive, attractive, and good looking in its aesthetic appearance. The goal in mind will be keeping this within your allocated budget. Please let us know what your budget would be for this project.”

Q: "Tom, I have a 1965 Jaguar XKE that has been in my garage for 20 years, and I would like to get an estimate on having you restore it. How would we go about that?"

Jim Peterson, Austin, Texas

A: “Jim, the first thing that we need you to do is go to our website to determine if you want a driver, show-driver, or show car restoration to your Jaguar. If you send us detailed photos, pictorially showing the car inside and out – with all the good and bad parts of the car, we will try to give you ball park estimate depending on the level of restoration that you choose. There are three unknowns that we have to wait till we see in order to determine the estimate. 1 – When the body is stripped to bare metal, we can see if there is bad damage or rust that needs repairing. This is additional. 2 – When we rebuild the mechanical components, if there is bad damage that is not normal for the restoration process, this would be additional. 3 – If there are parts missing that we normally restore, such as seats and consoles, or air cleaners, this would also be additional. We can still give you a pretty good estimate without the unknowns. Then once the car is in our facility and we do a thorough inspection, we would report back to you.”

Q: "Tom, we have been following Classic Showcase, at the auctions, for years. We want to know if we can buy a restored car directly from Classic Showcase or if it is best to buy from the actual auction."

Tom Novak, Boston, Massachusetts

A: “That is up to you. We are available to purchase from directly or if you want a car restored, we can restore a car to suit your needs and specifications. Sometimes people enjoy buying at the auction because of the impulse and excitement of the situation. We would encourage you to do so if you desire. If the auctions mention our name, then you can bid with confidence that you are buying a quality car. Bid with confidence at the auction or feel free to e-mail and we could discuss the car of your dreams.”

Stay tuned for a further updates.


JCNA 50th

The Western States 2008 is coming July28th through August 2nd. JCNA members from all over North America are being invited to join this 50th Anniversary of Jaguars Club of North America. The event will be hosted by the Rocky Mountain Jaguar Club and will be held in Grand Junction. Classic Showcase will be sponsoring the Rallye or Tour through Colorado National Monument to the Two Rivers Winery (12:00-1:00 Lunch at Two Rivers Winery Wednesday, July 30th, 9:00-12:00). There should be over 100 Jaguars for the Concours d’Elegance at Lincoln Park on Friday, August 1st and a second optional Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, August 2nd. To check event information please go to

Schedule of Events

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Registration in Hospitality Suite
Beverages and appetizers will be provided. You are on your own for dinner. There are several restaurants close by.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Registration in Hospitality Suite

(Includes lunch for everyone)
New Jaguars will be available for test drives
An XK may even be available for slalom

Horse back ride, Raft/Float Trip (no white water) or bus to the Rodeo
5:30 pm BBQ dinner7:00 Rodeo Fruita

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

or Tour through Colorado National Monument to the Two Rivers Winery
12:00-1:00 Lunch at Two Rivers Winery

Welsh Jaguar
Bus to Gateway Canyons Auto Museum
3:00-6:00 Tour Gateway Canyons Auto

6:00-8:00 Dinner at the museum; limit 150 people

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

6:13 a.m. Sunrise Catered Breakfast at the National Monument (very breathtaking)
8:00-12:00 Car Cleaning
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-5:00 All White Dress Croquet Tournament

Old West Casino Night
6:30 Cash bar
7:00 Dinner
8:30-11:30 Old West Casino Night

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Western States 2008 Concours d’Elegance at Lincoln Park

7:00 Continental Breakfast
7:00-9:00 Car Cleaning
9:00-10:00 Judges Meeting
10:00-3:00 JCNA Judging
(Includes lunch for everyone)
3:00-5:30 On your own
5:30-6:30 Cash bar
6:30 8:00 Dinner
8:00 Awards

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Rocky Mountain Jaguar Club Concours d’ Elegance at The Doubletree Hotel

7:00 Continental Breakfast
7:00-9:00 Car Cleaning
9:00-9:30 Judges Meeting
9:30 2:00 JCNA Judging
(Includes lunch for everyone)
6:00-10:00 Cash bar, Dinner and Awards


Austin Healey Conclave "Healeys on the Bay"
Sprite 50th Anniversary

June 29 - July 4

Sheraton Hotel &
Marina on Harbor Island,
San Diego, California, USA

CA Central Coast Jaguar Drivers Club
Gathering of Friends Laguna Park Concours

July 13, 2008

San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Jaguar Owners Club of Oregon Concours
July 19, 2008

Evergreen Avaition Museum , McMinnville, Oregon, USA


CA S.D.J.C. 44th Annual Concours d'Elegance
July 20

Spanish Landing Park ,
San Diego, California, USA

JCNA Western States 2008
This event will celebrate JCNA's 50th Anniversary. Classic Showcase will sponsor the Rally. It will be a spectular event for all clubs and members of JCNA. We encourage you to attend this event. Don't miss it!
July 28 to August 1

Grand Junction, Colorado, USA

30th Annual Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance
August 3

Meadow Brook Hall
and Grounds Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA

WA Jaguar Drivers and Restorers Club
Concours D'Elegance Marymoor Park

August 8 to 9

Redmond, Washington, USA

Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours
August 11 to 12

Carmel, California, USA

Quail Lodge Concours
Bonhams & Butterfields’
annual auction

August 15

Carmel, California, USA

oncorso Italiano

Concorso Italiano
August 14th & 15th
Marina Airport, California, USA

Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
August 15 to August 16

Monterey, California, USA

Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races
August 15 to 17

Monterey, California, USA

Gooding & Co. Auction
August 16 and 17

Pebble Beach, California, USA

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
August 17

Pebble Beach, California, USA

Palos Verde

Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance
September 19 - 21

Founder's Park
at Trump National Golf Club,
Palos Verdes, California, USA

26th annual Newport Beach Concours d'Elegance
September 28

St. Regis Monarch Beach in
Dana Point, California, USA

2nd annual Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey auction
October 10

Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA

British Car Day

29th Annual San Diego British Car Day
Sunday, October 5

San Diego, California, USA


The Niello Concours at Serrano
October 5

Gold River, California, USA

Avila Beach

Avila Beach Concours d'Elegance
Oct 23-26th

Avila Beach, California, USA
Hilton Head

Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival
October 30 - November 2

South Carolina, USA

  • Check and change fluids as needed
  • Check gasoline if old, drain and replace
  • Charge battery, check or replace as needed
  • Check pressure on all tires, don't forget the spare
  • Check make sure that bolts and suspension points are tight
  • Check radiator anti-freeze level and note the color of the fluid. It should be a bright green. If not, it may need changing.
  • Check engine performance for possible need of a tune up,
    carburetor and timing adjustment
  • Perform a full vehicle detail

  • The next Classic Showcase newsletter will include:

  • Update on the Monterey / Pebble Beach week
  • JCNA Challenge Championship
  • Palos Verdes
  • More updates on current restorations
  • Ask Tom


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