In the rearview: The 2017 Ponte Vedra Auto Show

1936 Chrysler C-9 Airflow Coupe takes top prize


Although she tried, not even Hurricane Irma was able to stop the 15th annual Ponte Vedra Auto Show from taking place last year in Nocatee.

Presented by Fields Auto Group and organized by the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, the event — which was postponed from its original date due to historically inclement weather — was held Sept. 24 at Nocatee Town Center and attracted roughly 3,500 attendees.

A total of 31 awards were up for grabs at last year’s show, and of the more than 150 classic and collectible cars featured at the event, it was the 1936 Chrysler C-9 Airflow Coupe owned by Mark Becker that took home the coveted award of “Wells Fargo Advisors Best in Show Classic”. Other winners of note included Rob Sewell’s 1997 Porsche Carrera S, which won the “Porsche For the Spirit of It!” award; Chris Baldwin’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, which received the “Most Outstanding Pony Car” award; and Richard Scharer’s 2017 Maserati Granturismo Sport Coupe, which drove off with the “Best Exotic” award.         


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 Lovejay, 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


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