Jaguar Club Of Ohio 36th Concours d'Elegance

Jaguar Club of Ohio's 36th Annual Concours d'Elegance

By D. Bryan Williams
North Central Region Director

On Saturday, Aug. 2, the Jaguar Club of Ohio (JCO) held its 36th annual Concours d'Elegance on the picturesque grounds of Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. As in past years, the show was held in conjunction with the Northeastern Ohio British Car Council's British Car Day. This show is a great example of how to present a first-class Concours for the benefit of participants, the general public and charities.

Bob and Lois Barbero were hard at work selling raffle tickets months before the event. The purchase of a ticket entitled you to a chance to win a 3/4 carat diamond from Vivid Jewelers or two coach airline tickets to anywhere in continental United States or Canada. Ticket purchasers also received the benefit of knowing that they were helping the JCO's charities, the Providence House, a crisis nursery for babies and children, and the Goodrich-Gannett Community Center. The club annually donates thousands of dollars to these deserving charities.

Friday evening was a time to relay and join with old and new friends at the hospitality mixer at the newly remodeled Fairfield Inn & Suites. Name tags were provided for all that attended. The Concours co-chairpersons, Carol and Paul Neidert and Lois and Bob Barbero, made sure there were plenty of heavy hors d'oeuvres including wings, pizza, stuffed mushrooms and more that went well with various wines, beer and soft drinks. For dessert were several types of cookies and a JCO-logo sheet cake with yellow and chocolate batter. Participants' registration materials and goodie bags were available for the show. The Hagerty Insurance goodie bags had a very nice selection of sponsor-provided products including Meguiar's Quick Wheel detailer, Griot's Speed Shine, Armor All Ultra shine Wash & Wax, Purell Sanitizer & Moisturizer and XKs Unlimited pens. A really nice touch that JCO gives to the participants each year is a poster to commemorate the show. This year's poster is of club member Dick Barkdull's 1971 white series 3, V12 2+2 affectionately known as "Moby Dick". In the background of the poster is the Kehoe Center for Advanced Learning at North Central College in Shelby, Ohio. The building was designed to replicate the exterior of the Governor's Mansion in Williamsburg, VA.

The show day was a very pleasant mid-eighties, cloudless day. The Concours cats were arranged in class order on the grass grounds of the college. The Jaguars ranged from XK-120 to the new XK. A few of my favorites included a series 1 E-Type OTS in a stunning Opalescent Golden Sand, a 1959 Mk 1 3.4 L automatic in white with a new blue interior and a series 1, 3.8 OTS E-Type in black with wide white wall tires. Paul Cusato, the show's chief judge, enlisted the help of judges from several JCNA clubs as well as his own club. The judges progressed through the classes in a professional, yet friendly manner. Throughout the day, numbers were drawn for door prizes. I believe most everyone came away with a prize. Everyone entered into the Concours was also eligible for a British Car Day award.

Adjacent to the Concours cars were the British Car Day participants. A very nice selection of Triumphs, MGs, Aston Martins, Morgans and Rolls Royces were present.

The awards on the field were emceed by Les Connolly. The first-place awards were the JCNA 16-inch leaper awards and second and third place awards were handsome wall plaques. After the show, several people reconvened back at the Fairfield Inn to have dinner and debrief the events of the day. Not wanting the day to end, a few Jaguar Association of Central Ohio members, Jaguar Club of Pittsburgh members and a member of a Florida club ventured down the road to Bahama Breeze for some Froo Froo drinks.

The planning, hard work and attention to detail were evident throughout the weekend. Co-chairpersons Lois and Bob Barbero and Carol and Paul Neidert, chief judge Paul Cusato, club president Mike Meyer and all the people involved with this event should be very proud on putting on a first-class event; an event that was very enjoyable to the participant and the general public and still benefited local charities.

A hearty "WELL DONE" and "THANK YOU" for a great show.