1954 Cadillac El Dorado won ‘Best in Show Classic’


Automobile lovers of all kinds converged upon Nocatee Town Center last year for the 2016 Ponte Vedra Auto Show.

Organized by the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Ponte Vedra Beach Division, the event featured nearly 200 classic and new cars in a variety of models. While a total of 30 trophies were awarded in various categories, the star of the show was a 1954 Cadillac El Dorado. Owned by Ed Schenk, the pristine red convertible drove away with the coveted Wells Fargo Best in Show Classic Award.

The event also had a somber note to it, as it marked the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A special memorial tribute was made to commemorate the first responders who rushed to help and the thousands of lives lost during the tragedy.


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, 1968 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