By: Araceli Lopez
The Concours d’ Elegance at Shoreline Park was held on August 3rd. This Concours event was very bittersweet for the Lopez family, as this was the 5th year as Concours Chairs for my father and me, and it was also our last year organizing and conducting this event as a family. Nevertheless, the Lopez family looked forward to this event for many months with anticipation and excitement. Many people came out and gathered to enjoy our event and the day. The weather was absolutely perfect. The sun was shining bright and there was a slight San Diego Bay breeze. It was a great feeling being told by everyone that they were having a great time enjoying the event and loving the weather!
In total, there were 45 beautiful Porsches featured in various divisions. Porsche of San Diego even attended with their own goodie store and displayed the new Cayman and Panamera!
The Display Division was comprised of 10 Porsches, including Rich Fatuzzo’s always popular 2008 Boxster Spyder, Doug Dill’s 1973 911E, and Mike Avitt’s 1999 Carrera.
The largest Division was Wash & Shine, with a total of 13 Porsches. This division included Ted Myrus’ 1964 356, Gregg Stavros’ super clean 2007 997, and Jim DeMocko’s 1978 924.
The Street Division contained 10 Porsches, including Yolanda Borner’s fancy 1961 356, Dick Douglass’ 1965 356 from SBR, and Dale Sommerfeld’s 2007 997 Turbo.
The prestigious Full Concours Division included 4 Porsches, featuring Steve Vining’s 1975 911S and Paul Young’s 2006 997S, among others.
The Ubergang Division consisted of 3 Porsches, including Karen Nedza’s 2008 Cayman (I will have my own Cayman one day!) and Concours 1st timer Rafael Gomez’s 2012 911CS2.
The smallest division was Unrestored with 2 Porsches. Doc Pryor and Linda Cobarrubias attended with their 1997 993 and even brought their “fur babies” to enjoy the day.
Thank you to all of our participants! It was great seeing everyone again and meeting new friends. Congratulations are once again in order to all of our winners!
The Best in Class Winners were Bill Clevenger in Wash & Shine with his 1963 356 from GPX, Joe Nedza in Street with his 1963 356, David Walker in Full Concours with his 1970 914, Michael Harris in Ubergang with his 2008 Cayman, and Doc Pryor & Linda Cobarrubias in Unrestored.
I would like to express a big thank you to all of our Judges for their hard work. Special Thanks to Joe Nedza as our Head Judge! Thank you to those who volunteered to be judges on such short notice. Thanks to Rich Fatuzzo for being our event photographer. Also, thank you so much to our volunteers who assisted with unloading all of the equipment, setting up, ramp watch, car placement, judge timing, score sheet running, breaking down and reloading our U-Haul at the end of the event. Thank you to El Rodeo for once again providing us with delicious Mexican food that everyone enjoyed. Thank you to our spectators for coming out to our event! My family and I look forward to being participants and spectators in the future.
A huge special thanks to my dad, Steve Lopez, for being my partner in crime for the last 5 years in organizing the Concours events. I know that at times I am not nice…but thanks for always allowing me to pretty much “call the shots.” To my mom and sister, Maria and Anysse, thank you for being our severely underpaid busy laborers, who have assisted us with new ideas, and for picking up the slack. After all the ups and downs of organizing, these events actually do bring us closer together as a family! Finally, thank you to the San Diego region of the Porsche Club of America for allowing us to serve you as the Concours Chairs. It has been our honor and we have enjoyed every moment!
The Concours winners are as follows: