Susquehanna Valley Stages Successful Inaugural Concours

Susquehanna Valley Stages Successful Inaugural Concours

Story/Photos by Candy Williams, JCNA Publicity Chair
And Bryan Williams, North Central Regional Director

When a small group of Jaguar enthusiasts met last fall at the home of Dave and Kathy Hershey in York, Pennsylvania, their goal was to organize a JCNA affiliate club to share their love of the Marque. Due to the hard work of President Charles Burnside, Treasurer W. Reed Miller and First Vice-President Dave Hershey, the prerequisite members were recruited, the dues collected and the paperwork completed.

Their application was presented at the semi-annual board meeting in Clearwater, Florida, by North Central Region Director Bryan Williams, and the new club received unanimous approval. The Susquehanna Valley Jaguar Club was welcomed into the JCNA family of clubs as their 63rd affiliate.

Just seven months later, the new Susquehanna Valley Jaguar Club (SVJC) took a major leap by staging its first-ever Concours on May 24 as part of the Knights of Columbus East York's annual "Cruise for a Knight Antique and Classic Car Show."

Being centrally located in York, between the existing clubs of Delaware Valley Jaguar Club, Philadelphia, PA; Nation's Capital Jaguar Owners' Club, Washington , DC, and The Jaguar Club of Pittsburgh, SVJC was able to attract Concours participants from all three affiliated clubs in addition to their own members' Coventry Cats. A total of 40 entries made for a very impressive field of Jags among the antiques, classics and new cars on display at the Knights' show.

And the list of Jaguars was extraordinary, including the current reigning JCNA champions: in Class 02, Ron Gaertner's 1953 XK 120 FHC, (Ron's Jaguar also received the Best of Show award at the 2007 Challenge Championship in Indianapolis); in Class 04, John Spillman's 1959 XK 150S OTS; in Class 07, Bryan Edwards' 1974 E-Type, OTS; in Class 10, Wayne Tubbs' 1972 XJ6 and Dave Hershey's 1976 XJ6L Saloon; and in Class C19, Sean Williams' 1983 XJ6 Saloon.

Those who arrived early were delighted to be treated by President Charlie Burnside to donuts and coffee from his company, Maple Donuts. Diane Roupas, SVJC, made sure that the judges were well fed with a delicious lunch. The runners were Michael Hershey and Alex and Anastasia Roupas. Goody bags were donated by Hagerty Insurance and the sweet treats inside the bags were provided by Classic Caramel Co., York.

Jaguar dealer's support was requested and given by L.B. Smith Jaguar of Mechanicsburg, PA. L.B. Smith also displayed a brand-new XF for the participants and public to view. They also sponsored a raffle for the use of a Jaguar for a weekend. Ms. Elaine Cleckner of L.B. Smith entered her own 2007 XK convertible and aptly assisted in the trophy presentations.

SVJC put their own personal touch on the close of the competition by adding first-, second- and third-place Pebble Beach-style" ribbons to the winning Jaguar windscreens. Their owners received the handsome 16-inch JCNA leaper awards that were used this year as the international awards for the 2007 Concours season.

Besides providing all the ingredients for a special Concours, SVJC members put the icing on the cake by making a $400 contribution to the Knights of Columbus charities.
After such a successful inaugural event, the members of the SVJC have a tough act to follow for next year's second annual show.