Published: August 14, 2009
WHERE ELSE can a 44-year-old Good Humor Ice Cream truck win honors than at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue? The show, organized by Doug and Genie Freedman to spotlight spectacular cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles not seen at most other Concours Week venues, celebrated its third year with unprecedented crowds and a record number of entrants Tuesday.
“It was huge and beyond our expectations,” Doug Freedman said. “I think that was a big surprise to everyone.”
The roughly 200 vehicles entered for judging made up the largest field, by far, in the short history of the event. The growth resulted from last year’s two-day COTA being compressed into one day this year.
Freedman praised the quality of the entrants, including the Best of Show-winning 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa owned by Jon and Mary Shirley of Medina, Wash., and the people who made the free event run smoothly as hundreds of spectators wandered through the downtown streets that made up the show field.
“While it’s hard work, it’s also great fun,” he said of the Concours on the Avenue, which featured everything, from a 1940 Cadillac 7553 Town Car and a 1949 Willys Jeepster convertible, to Berkeley resident Peter Read’s beautiful 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT with body work by Zagato, and the sleek 1987 Porsche 962-C racer presented by Steve Schuler and Terry Healy of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.
In addition to the first-, second- and third-place awards given in each of about two dozen classes, 15 Major Awards were bestowed in the afternoon, with winners driving onto the ramp at San Carlos and Ocean to receive their praise and Tiffany trophies.
Among them was Redwood City resident Kevin Enderby, who received The Sue M. McCloud Mayor’s Cup “for the individual that best represents the spirit of motoring and of the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue,” in his 1984 Ferrari 308 GTS.
The 1965 Ford F-150 Good Humor Ice Cream Truck owned by Los Angeles residents Celesta Pappas-Bosés and Scott Bosés took The Sam Garrett Ocean Avenue Motor Club Award “for the entry that best represents the hard-to-define fun factor.” Read’s Aston Martin won The Michael Furman Artist’s Choice Award “for the entry that exudes design and aesthetic excellence that satisfy an artist’s eye,” and Healy and Schuler’s exquisite Le Mans racer won The Chamber of Commerce Trans Atlantic Pacific Cup “for the entry that best represents speed, whether in a straight line, around a track or on the street.”
Carmelite John Kerby-Miller’s 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster won The Michael G. Tillson III Radnor Hunt Cup “for the entry that has been sympathetically restored.” Burlingame resident Cliff Hansen’s 1959 Corvette with Scaglietti-designed body won The Robert “Charlie” Mast Automotive Magazine Award “for the entry that a magazine would most like to describe for its readership.”
Finally, hotelier Denny LeVett presented the Best of Show award given in his name to former Microsoft President Jon Shirley for his Ferrari Testa Rossa, which features a Scaglietti-designed pontoon body “that shook the world” when it debuted.
“We’re thrilled with the results, straight across the board,” said Freedman.
He also reported positive responses from downtown shops several of which won awards in the Concours in the Windows display contest and said he hopes the day raised a lot of money for The Carmel Foundation, the show’s beneficiary, which has received almost $150,000 since the COTA began in 2007.
Many more Concours Week events on the Monterey Peninsula are happening through Aug. 16. For details, see our special section.