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St. John’s, Pebble Beach set their seminar schedules


1904 Pope-Hartford Model B on display at Pebble Beach in 2015 | Larry Edsall photo
1904 Pope-Hartford Model B on display at Pebble Beach in 2015 | Larry Edsall photo

The Pebble Beach and Concours d’Elegance of America have announced the lineups for informational seminars to be presented in conjunction with their respective and upcoming events.

On Saturday, July 30, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan, the Hagerty Seminar Series will offer two panel presentations.

The first, from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. will focus on “Pony and Muscle Car Valuation” and will feature Colin Comer of Colin’s Classics Automobiles, Donnie Gould of Auctions America, Ken Lingenfelter of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, and Dave Kinney of Hagerty Price Guide.

The second, from 10 until 11 a.m., is a “Design Summit” with Michael Simcoe, newly appointed global design chief at General Motors; Moray Callum, vice president of design at Ford; and Ralph Gilles, head of design at FCA (Chrysler).

From 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the Concours d’Elegance of America presents a panel on the “Design and Development of the 2005-2006 Ford GT,” moderated by Chris Theodore, former vice president of Ford Product Development, with Bill Clark, body manager for the Ford GT; Curt Hill, manager of powertrain, chassis design and program development, as well as David and Andrea Robertson of Robertson Racing Team, who will talk about their independent effort to take the GT to Le Mans.

The Robertson’s race car will be among those on display Sunday at the concours.

In mid-August, under the banner of the Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will offer seminars at the Inn at Spanish Bay during a three-day lead up to the concours.

The forum, sponsored by AIG and its TDC Risk Management partner, begins Thursday, August 18, at 3 p.m. with “The Racing Legacy of the Ford GT40,” featuring drivers Chris Amon, Dan Gurney, David Hobbs, Jacky Ickx and Brian Redman.

Friday, August 19, at 10:30 a.m., Jay Leno and Donald Osborne present “Assess & Caress” as part of the Jay Leno’s Garage television series, followed at 12:30 p.m. by an Estate Planner’s Perspective: “Mistakes with High-End Collections,” featuring high net worth estate planner Christopher Erblich.

At 2 p.m., Indianapolis 500 winners Bobby Rahal and Danny Sullivan discuss “The Evolution of Racing at Indy.”

Saturday, August 20, at 11 a.m., “Life in the Pits” is the subject for a panel with Nick Mason, Jochen Mass and Stirling Moss, with Alain de Cadenet as moderator.

At 12:15 p.m., a preview of A Moment in Time, a movie about Jaguar racer and test driver Norman Dewis, will be presented.

At 1 p.m., “Classic Car Matchmaking 101: Advice for First-Time Vintage Car Buyers and Collectors” will include Alex Finigan of Paul Russell & Co.; Steve Serio, president of Lotus Motorsports/Aston Martin; and Travis Okulski of Road & Track digital, with moderator Spike Feresten, former writer for Seinfeld, Late Show with David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live, and current host of Esquire Network’s Car Matchmaker.

Finally, at 3 p.m., “Know When to Hold ‘Em” features McKeel Hagerty, Packard collector Ralph Marano, Amelia Island concours founder Bill Warner and author Matt Stone, with Wayne Carini as moderator.

The seminars are free, but seating is limited to 200 per presentation and can be made through the forum website.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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