1954 Cadillac El Dorado takes top honors at Ponte Vedra Auto Show


A 1954 Cadillac El Dorado took top honors at the 2016 Ponte Vedra Auto Show this weekend, claiming the coveted trophy from a field of hundreds of both new and vintage automobiles ranging from the 1920s to today.

The red convertible El Dorado owned by Ed Schenck received the Wells Fargo Best in Show Classic Award at the event, which featured the presentation of 30 trophies in a variety of categories. New this year was a category for golf carts, which shared space alongside displays and booths from local businesses, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and more. The daylong event also featured a memorial tribute to mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Sponsored by the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, the annual Ponte Vedra Auto Show regularly attracts thousands of attendees. This was the first year the event was held at Nocatee Town Center.

Winners of the 2016 Ponte Vedra Auto Show

Wells Fargo Advisors Best in Show Classic: Ed Schenck, 1954 Cadillac El Dorado

Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Best in show newer than 20 years: Dr. Jörg Bober, 2011 Ferrari 599 Alonso

Future Classic Best New Pony Car: Dean Stires, 2015 Ford Mustang GT 50 years Limited Edition

People’s Choice: Larry Wiseman, Chevy Corvette  

Checkered Flag Racecar: Erez Wolf, 2009 Porsche Cayman S

Most Incredible Exterior: Gary Crull, 1972 Volkswagen Fridolin

Most Outrageous Interior: Preston St. John, 1951 Mercury Custom Coupe

Chamber Choice: Alexander S. Watkins, 1945 Ford GPW

Best New Off-Road: Elfrick Gonzalez, 2011 Jeep Sport Wrangler

Future Classic Best New Corvette: Fred Porter, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette

Future Classic Best New Muscle: Derek Yungkurth, 2009 Pontiac G8

Future Classic Award – Euro: Alan Dickerson, 1971 Toyota Crown

Porsche Future Classic: Cynthia Brooks King, 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS

Best Classic Off-Road: Patrick Miko, 1968 Ford Bronco

Most Original Barn Find: Richard Knecht, 1972 GMC Sierra Grande 1500

Judges Favorite Mustang: Daphne Norris, 1965 Ford Mustang

Most Outstanding Mustang: Billy Biggs, 1966 Ford Mustang GT

Judges Favorite Corvette: Georges A. Cottave Jr., 1966 Chevrolet Corvette

Most Outstanding Corvette: Ronnie and Pam Edge, 1957 Chevrolet Corvette,

Best Hot Rod/Replica /Custom: Jimbo Workman, 1955 second series Chevrolet 3100 Pick-up

Best Exotic: Ralph Nuanez, Dodge 2016 Viper AC

Judges Favorite American Muscle: Frank Kolosky, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle

Most Outstanding American Muscle: Andy Musil, 196 8 Pontiac GTO

Judges Favorite Pony Car: Keith Phillips, 1972 Chevrolet Camaro

Most Outstanding Pony Car: Michael Kraft, 1970 Dodge Challenger

Post War Domestic Classic: Mark Becker, 1954 Packard Convertible

Brass & Vintage: Bud Wilson, 1929 Ford Model A

Heritage Porsche: Don Fort, 1963 Porsche Cabriolet GS 2000

Land Rover Best in Show 4x4: Jean-Paul Cottave, 2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R

Mercedes Benz Masterpiece of Intelligence: Jerry Swan, 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS Edition 1

Porsche for the Spirit of It: Simon Gregg, 1972 Porsche 911s