Celebrating
     2015 SPECIAL AWARDS AND TROPHIES
         
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William K. Victor Best of Show Concours d'Elegance
Sponsored by CCI Design

1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Roadster
Owner - Brent Merrill
Toronto, Ontario, CAN

Bill Victor had been one of the longest standing driving forces behind the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance. Since its earliest days as the Midwest Concours d'Elegance, he held numerous positions ranging from Concours Chairman, Car Selection Chairman, Chief Judge and on to his many years as Master of Ceremonies. No one involved with the show had a broader or deeper knowledge of all vintages and makes of automobiles than Bill. His advice and contributions to making this show what it is today have been invaluable and it is for this reason that since 2009 the Best of Show trophy has been named in his honor.
         
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Best of Show Esprit de Sport
Sponsored by CCI Design

1928 Auburn 8-88 Boattail Speedster
Owner - Richard Harding
Beavercreek Twp., OH

One trophy awarded to the sporting vehicle that best exemplifies the spirit of performance and sports motoring.
         
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Will Sherman Automotive Art Show - First Place
Sponsored by Bill & Gayle Sherman

Artist - Dan McCrary
Charlotte, NC

First place trophy, awarded in the loving memory of Will Sherman, as chosen by the Art Show Judges Committee.
         
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Ambassador Award - Hagerty Youth Judges’ Choice
Sponsored by Hagerty Collector Car Insurance

1965 Volkswagen Beetle
Owner - Peter Boettcher
West Chester, OH

One trophy, presented by the youth representative of the American Juvenile Arthritis Organization, judged by a panel of youth judges sponsored by Hagerty Collector Car Insurance.
         
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Best of Featured Marque – Mercedes-Benz
Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, Mercedes-Benz of West Chester

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A
Owner - Joseph F. Cantore
Oakbrook, IL

One trophy, awarded at the discretion of the Concours judges and committee.
         
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Antique - through 1924
Sponsored by Miami Corporation

1913 Renault Type DM/Touring
Owner - Jerry & Nancy Huffman
Churchville, NY

Best Of Class
         
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Pre-War Vintage - Non-CCCA, 1925 -1942
Sponsored by Cigar Car & Gun Club

1941 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible
Owner - Ron Mihalek
Richfield, OH

Best Of Class
         
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Pre-War Classic, Early - CCCA, 1925 -1934
Sponsored by Leahy Consulting, Inc.

1928 Auburn 8-88 Boattail Speedster
Owner - Richard Harding
Beavercreek Twp., OH

Best Of Class
         
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Pre-War Classic, Late - CCCA, 1935 -1948
Sponsored by Michael Gehrig, Attorney at Law

1947 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
Owner - Don & Mary Kay Poinsette
Hilton Head Island, SC

Best Of Class
         
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Collector - Foreign, 1946 -1975
Sponsored by Precision Motorcars, Inc.

1957 Aston Martin DB MkIII Coupe
Owner - Peter Conover
Oak Park, IL

Best Of Class
         
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Collector - American, 1946 -1968
Sponsored by Carl and Diane Iseman

1950 Muntz Jet Convertible
Owner - David K. Hans
Barrington, IL

Best Of Class
         
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Collector - Asian
Sponsored by Queen City Electric

1992 Acura NSX
Owner - David Grubbs
Miamisburg, OH

Best Of Class
         
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Sports - Classic through 1959
Sponsored by Dr. Steven J. Reubel, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

1954 S.I.A.T.A. 200 CS Coupe
Owner - Walter Eisenstark
Yorktown Heights, NY

Best Of Class
         
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Sports - Contemporary, 1960 -1975
Sponsored by Quality Automotive

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
Owner - Otto Takacs
Amelia, OH

Best Of Class
         
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Racing - All years
Sponsored by Eyink & Leahy Group, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

1957 Kurtis 500SX "Caballo II"
Owner - Thomas Shaughnessy
Oceanside, CA

Best Of Class
         
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Future Classic - 1995 -Present
Sponsored by NJB Automotive, LLC

2013 Aston Martin V12 Zagato
Owner - Eddie Manelis
Chicago, IL

Best Of Class
         
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American Performance, 1961-1971
Sponsored by Edgewater Sports Park

1970 Ford Mustang Sportsroof Boss 302
Owner - Richard DeWeese
West Chester, OH

Best Of Class
         
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Motorcycles - through 1975
Sponsored by Beverly Corsmeier / Coldwell Banker West Shell

1938 Triumph Speed Twin
Owner - H. C. Morris
Winchester, KY

Best Of Class
         
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Featured Marque – Mercedes-Benz, Pre-War: All Models
Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, Mercedes-Benz of West Chester

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A
Owner - Joseph F. Cantore
Oakbrook, IL

Best Of Class
         
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Featured Marque – Mercedes-Benz, Post-War Sports, Early: 1955 -1971
Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, Mercedes-Benz of West Chester

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
Owner - Dr. Wellington C. Morton
St. Johns, FL

Best Of Class
         
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Featured Marque – Mercedes-Benz, Post-War Sports, Late: 1972-1999
Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, Mercedes-Benz of West Chester

1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL
Owner - Gary & Marianne Cunningham/Sarazin
Troy, MI

Best Of Class
         
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Featured Marque – Mercedes-Benz, Contemporary Sports: 2000 - Present
Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, Mercedes-Benz of West Chester

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG
Owner - John A Botsford, MD
Indian Hill, OH

Best Of Class
         
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Featured Marque – Mercedes-Benz, Post-War Coupes & Sedans, Early: 1949 - 1976
Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, Mercedes-Benz of West Chester

1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB Limousine
Owner - Guy Lewis
Pinecrest, FL

Best Of Class
         
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Featured Marque – Mercedes-Benz, Post-War Coupes & Sedans, Late: 1977 – Present
Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati, Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell, Mercedes-Benz of West Chester

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Cabriolet
Owner - Michael F. Gehrig
Cincinnati, OH

Best Of Class
         
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Special Display – 70th Anniversary of the VW Beetle
Sponsored by Cincinnati Volkswagen Club

1952 Volkswagen Type I Beetle
Owner - Richard Reischman
St. Clairsville, OH

Best Of Class
         
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Special Display – 60 Years of the Thunderbird
Sponsored by Roy & Jackie Sweeney

1957 Ford Thunderbird
Owner - Jim Wikel
Greenwood, IN

Best of Class
         
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Special Display – Future Cars from the Past
Sponsored by Barrett Jackson Endorsed Insurance

1952 Muntz Jet Convertible
Owner - William Sipko
Windber, PA

Best of Class
         
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Cincinnati Mayor’s Cup


1928 Hupmobile Century E-4 Sedan
Owner - Kim R. Little
Lexington, OH

One trophy, awarded at the discretion of the Mayor of the City of Cincinnati
         
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Chairman’s Choice


1954 Chevrolet Corvair
Owner - Mike Terry
Greenwood, IN

A trophy awarded at the discretion of the Concours Chairman
         
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Mercedes-Benz Club of America Award
Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Club of America

1908 Mercedes Grand Prix
Owner - Indianapolis Speedway Museum
Indianapolis, IN

One trophy, awarded by the Mercedes-Benz Club of America
         
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Drivers Award
Sponsored by Performance Alignment

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
Owner - The Ingram Collection
Durham, NC

This trophy is awarded to the vehicle that is found to be the most desirable car to be driven on the day of the show. To be eligible, the owner must be willing to take the presenter, Dave Sheehy, for a drive in the chosen vehicle.
         
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Founder’s Trophy


1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
Owner - Tom Stegman
Cincinnati, OH

One trophy, awarded by Mrs. Helen Williams, to the vehicle best exemplifying the spirit of the original Concours d'Elegance, an event for car enthusiasts who love to drive their cars.
         
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Howard Rapp Award - Best Porsche
Sponsored by American Modern Insurance Group

1961 Porsche 356B Carrera Abarth GTL
Owner - The Ingram Collection
Durham, NC

         
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Jack O’Connor Trophy (Best Style & Elegance, Open Coachwork)
Sponsored by Nordstrom Kenwood Towne Center

1931 Cadillac Model 370A V-12 Roadster
Owner - Michael Lebovic
Gormley, ONT

As one of the founders of this event, Jack O'Connor orchestrated the "car" part of the first shows. His contacts in the old car hobby ran broad and deep. Jack loved open cars. He owned well over 100 different cars, almost all convertibles or roadsters. This award is given, in Jack O'Connor's name, to the open car that best represents his lifelong love of automobile style and elegance.
         
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E.P. Lunken Trophy (Best Ferrari)


1966 Ferrari Dino 206 SP
Owner - James L. Jaeger
Cincinnati, OH

One trophy, awarded to a Ferrari in memory of Ebby Lunken, noted Ferrari racer, enthusiast and long time supporter of the Concours.
         
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R.C. Fogle Trophy (Judges Choice)
Sponsored by The Fogle Family

1936 Auburn 852 Boattail Speedster
Owner - Charles and Diane Mistele
Bluffton, SC

R.C. Fogle was active with this event as head judge and committee member from 1988 until his passing. R.C. loved all types of automobiles. His vast collection remains today as proof of his passion. Able to find beauty in all, he could never limit himself to just one marque. His collection includes models from the 1920's to the 1960's and includes both American and European models. This award is given in R.C.'s name, as Judge's Choice, to the outstanding car that represents both superior craftsmanship and style.
         
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Samuel Adams Award (Most Elegant Closed Coachwork)
Sponsored by Boston Beer Company

1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith
Owner - R.H. Grant, III
Dayton, OH

Samuel Adams Boston Beer Company has been an active sponsor of the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance. Founders Jim Koch and father Charles Koch of Cincinnati, avid collectors of classic era automobiles, present the Samuel Adams Trophy to the most elegantly styled closed-car.
         
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Best British Sports Car
Sponsored by Dayton Wheel Concepts

1953 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupe
Owner - James F. Causey
Philo, IL

Being a manufacturer of new and restored historic wire wheels, Dayton Wheel Concepts of Dayton, Ohio sponsors this trophy on behalf of the great British passion for the sports car.
         
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Jim Ibold FIVA/Historic Vehicle Association Preservation Award
Sponsored by FIVA/Historic Vehicle Association

1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe Murphy
Owner - Greg Ornazian
Troy, MI

A.James Ibold, known to most of us as "Jimmie", preserved and showed pre-war Alfa Romeo racing cars. This award is sponsored by the Historic Vehicle Association, the North American affiliate of FIVA (Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens), and is presented in Jimmie’s honor to the most well-preserved vehicle.
         
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William Niemeyer Trophy (Best Alfa Romeo)
Sponsored by The Niemeyer Family

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition
Owner - Ron Swift
West Chester, OH

One trophy, awarded by the family to their favorite Alfa Romeo in memory and in honor of William Niemeyer.
         
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Herb Krombholz Pre-War Sports Trophy
Sponsored by The Krombholz Family

1923 Kissel Model 6-45 Gold Bug Speedster
Owner - Ronald L. & Esther Hausmann
Bloomfield, MI

Awarded annually to the best pre-war sports car, in honor of Herb Krombholz, longtime supporter and participant in the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance.
         
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Award for Best Interior
Sponsored by Addison Auto Interiors

1920 Paige 6-42 Sedan
Owner - Jerry & Cathy Arthur
Zionsville, IN

One trophy, awarded at the discretion of Jim Kowalczyk, president of Addison Auto Interiors.
         
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Award for Outstanding Engineering
Sponsored by The Frantz Family

1933 Dymaxion .
Owner - Lane Motor Museum
Nashville, TN

One trophy, awarded at the discretion of the Concours judges and committee
         
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Bill Hess Award for Design Excellence


1937 Cord 812 Beverly
Owner - Gregory Thomas
Maineville, OH

Bill Hess' legacy with Hess & Eisenhardt is characterized by a dedication to design and building of quality custom automobiles. One of the most advanced stylists in the business, his customers included Presidents, actors and kings who chose his vehicles for their beauty and quality. He believed that a company that produced a quality product would endure. It is for that accomplishment that this award is given for design excellence.
         
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Best Packard
Sponsored by The Citizens Motor Car Co., America’s Packard Museum

1930 Packard 745 Roadster
Owner - Gene & Sally Perkins
Greenwood, IN

This award is presented by The Citizens Motor Car Co., America’s Packard Museum to an outstanding example of this historic marque.
         
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The Carl H. Lindner, Jr. Trophy (Best Rolls-Royce / Bentley)


1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer
Owner - B. Scott Isquick
Pepper Pike, OH

Carl Lindner was a long time supporter and sponsor of the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance as well as a long time aficionado and collector of the legendary carmaker, Rolls-Royce which also encompasses Bentley vehicles. Carl's love for these fine automobiles was shown by the numerous models he had displayed at the Concours over the years. This ongoing trophy presented each year to the most outstanding example of a Rolls-Royce or Bentley in Carl's honor.
         
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Bill Rudd Memorial Corvette Trophy


1956 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Owner - Zachery Bomkamp
Milford, OH

Over thirty years ago a small group of people, including Bill Rudd, started the first Concours d'Elegance with a twofold purpose. First, it was an event to raise monies for the many worthwhile activities of the Arthritis Foundation. Secondly, it was an opportunity for local car collectors to socialize and share their interest in cars. Bill and his family have managed the entry gates of the Concours ever since. Bill's favorites were the Corvettes, particularly the earlier straight axle cars. Bill succumbed to the effects of his severe arthritis in 2007. We honor his 30-year participation by presenting the annual Bill Rudd best Corvette Award… an award that continues to be selected by the Rudd family.
         
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Ron Halbauer Best Jaguar Trophy
Sponsored by Jaguar Club of Greater Cincinnati

1954 Jaguar XK-120 OTS
Owner - Ron Schotland
Skillman, NJ

One trophy, awarded annually to the best Jaguar at the Concours, in memory of Ron Halbauer, avid Jaguar collector and JCNA member.
         
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Cincinnati Art Museum Artistic Beauty Award
Sponsored by The Cincinnati Art Museum

1922 Haynes 75 Tourister
Owner - Jeff & Mary Ellen Griffin
Kokomo, IN

One trophy, awarded to the vehicle which possesses the most artistic beauty in the judgment of the representative of The Cincinnati Art Museum, H.E. Akel Biltaji, Mayor of Amman, Jordan
         
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Cincinnati Magazine Automotive Style Award
Sponsored by Cincinnati Magazine

1931 Duesenberg J Rollston Convertible Victoria
Owner - John C. Klein
Indianapolis, IN

One trophy, awarded to the most stylish vehicle in the judgment of the representative of Cincinnati Magazine
         
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People’s Choice


1938 Packard 1608 Twelve Convertible Sedan
Owner - Edward W. Stifel, III
Triadelphia, WV

One trophy, awarded to the vehicle obtaining the most votes in public balloting.