1936 Chrysler C-9 Airflow Coupe wins top honors at Ponte Vedra Auto Show


A 1936 Chrysler C-9 Airflow Coupe received the Wells Fargo Advisors Best in Show Classic at the 2017 Ponte Vedra Auto Show this past weekend, claiming one of the event’s most coveted prizes.

Owned by Mark Becker, the acclaimed automobile was one of more than 150 classics and collectables on display at the 15th annual event hosted by the St. Johns County (SJC) Chamber of Commerce at the Nocatee Town Center.

In addition to Becker and his coupe, Rob Sewell received the “Porsche for the Spirit of It!” award for his 1997 Porsche Carrera S, and Mitt Layton won the award commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Shelby Super Snake with his 1968 Shelby GT500KR. In total, participants vied for 31 awards at the Auto Show, which was presented by Fields Auto Group. The event, which ultimately hosted about 2,800 visitors, was originally scheduled for Sept. 10 and postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

“Despite having to reschedule, we are very proud to have been able to host this event for the community and everyone who visits to see these incredible automobiles,” said Isabelle Rodriguez, president and CEO of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to our partnership with Fields Auto Group and our other great sponsors, this Auto Show has been our best yet.”

To find out more about the Ponte Vedra Auto Show, visit www.pvautoshow.com or call the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Ponte Vedra Beach (PVB) Division at (904) 285-2004. To find out more about the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, visit www.sjcchamber.com. The Ponte Vedra Auto Show is funded in part by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.


Winners of the 2017 Ponte Vedra Auto Show:

Wells Fargo Advisors Best in Show Classic - Mark Becker, 1936 Chrysler C-9 Airflow Coupe
Porsche For the Spirit of It! - Rob Sewell, 1997 Porsche Carrera S
Best in Show Off-Road - Steve Rand, 1969 Citroen Mehari
Best in Show 50th Anniversary of the Shelby Super Snake - Mitt Layton, 1968 Shelby GT500KR
Best in Show 70th Anniversary of the Ferrari - Duke and Melanie Steinemann, 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB
Best in Show 50th Anniversary of the Camaro - Rick Mills, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Lexus Pursuit of Perfection - Craig Dion, 1980 Datsun by Nissan 280 ZX
Porsche Heritage Trophy - John Lovejoy, 1965 Porsche Cabriolet
Pre War Classic - George and Maureen Beebe, 1935 Ford Deluxe Woodie Station Wagon
Post War Classic Domestic - Jerry Richter, 1950 Mercury Monterey
Post War Classic Euro - Michael Losey, 1949 MG TC EXU
Most Outstanding Pony Car - Chris Baldwin, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Judges Favorite Pony Car - Scott Maycott, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Most Outstanding American Muscle - Rich Dizinno, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Convertible
Judges Favorite American Muscle - Marc and Regina Premil, 1970 Dodge Coronet 500
Best Exotic - Richard Scharer, 2017 Maserati Granturismo Sport Coupe
Custom Car Award - Buzz and Sarah St. Johns, 1932 Ford Roadster
Checkered Flag Racecar Award - Darek Stennes, 1965 Ford Shelby GT 350
Most Outstanding Corvette - Michael Lucas, 1967 Chevrolet Corvette
Judges Favorite Corvette - Ronnie and Pam Edge, 1956 Chevrolet Corvette
Most Outstanding Mustang - Mike Smith, 1966 Ford Mustang
Judges Favorite Mustang - Mark Greer, 1966 Ford Mustang
Most Original/Barn Find  - Edward Witlen, 1959 MG MGA
Best Classic Off-Road – Robin Springer, 1951 Willy's M38
Porsche  Future Classic  - Bryan Barker, 2016 Porsche GT4
Future Classic Euro - Kevin Robert Cook, 2017 Mercedes Benz C43 AMG
Future Classic – Best New Pony Car - Luis Perez Jr., 2017 Chevrolet Camaro Fifty
Future Classic – Best New Corvette – Michael Simpson, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Future Classic – Best New Muscle Car - Steve Luty, 2003 Mercury Marauder
Future Classic - Best New Off-Road - Brian Webber, 1988 Honda Acty
Chambers Choice Award  - Tom Hindle, 1985 Citroen 2 CV Charleston