Vehicle Selection Committee
Bob is an expert on collector car insurance and it’s his passion for the collector car hobby that began his involvement as a Board Member for the La Jolla Concours d ’Elegance in 2013. He is a longtime member of the Classic Car Club of America. His name is on the wall at the Petersen Automotive Museum for financial contributions made in support of this great Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. He has twice been a featured guest on the podcast CarYeah hosted by Mark Greene. Bob has been on the Docent team led by Wayne Craig at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance. He attends many car auctions, rallies, cars and coffee, and Concours across the country.
Bob along Michael Dorvillier, Amber Anderson, Laurel McFarlane and the great organizing committee of the La Jolla Concours held its first two La Jolla Concours Charity golf tournaments. Both were a huge success in raising needed funds for our charity, the La Jolla Historical Society.
In 2021, Bob was asked by the longtime Chairman of the La Jolla Concours d ’Elegance Michael Dorvillier, to join him as Co-Chairman of the La Jolla Concours d ’Elegance. “Working at Michael’s side we will strive to host a Concours with world-class automobiles and world-class experiences for our sponsors, entrants, and patrons. “Michael and I share a common vision for our Concours d ’Elegance; to have the most amazing automobiles and world-class judging. Our business vision aligns in that our day-to-day focus is continuous improvement upon the execution of our Concours events which benefit our charities”.
Bob Kerner’s practice as an insurance risk manager to ultra-high-net-worth families has spanned the past 21 years, covering all risk transfer needs for a family, anywhere in the world. You can contact Bob at 949 381-8366.
Pebble Beach Concours Docent Chairman, Ironstone Concours Race Car Chairman, Blackhawk Museum Docent, Hagerty Junior Judges Program Leader-Hillsborough Concours and CEO of Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation.
After running the Concours for 9 years Rob is now the Chairman Emeritus of the Hillsborough Concours – the longest continually running Concours in the world. He is the current Treasurer and a past President of “The Candy Store” private vintage car club. A lifetime “gear-head”, he loves collecting, vintage racing and showing cars. Based in the Bay Area, he most recently served as the CEO of the Academy of Art University auto museum.
Robert Escalante, Vice President of Packards International, has a passion of giving back which has led him to plan and serve on advisory and steering committees for Concours, car shows and tours throughout Southern California as well as raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations.
Patrick has been a car enthusiast since childhood. At 15 years old his Dad gave him a 1930 Model A Ford coupe, which he restored and sold to a collector. The next acquisition was a 1967 GTO six-pack four on the floor. Always wanting a Mercedes Benz, at 27 he purchased a 1960 220se convertible. The next Mercedes was a 1970 280sl #903 (midnight blue) which he restored and won 1st in three Concours d’ Elegance competitions. He and his wife, Katy, currently own a 1970 280sl #904 (blue/gray) preservation example. Patrick has judged at the La Jolla Concours for 10 years and feels privileged to be part of the La Jolla Concours team of volunteers.
In the car business for 29 years, and in the current Iconic Coastal Location for 25 years, owner of Cardiff Classics Thomas Billick, (Tom) is honored to serve on the committee this year. “It’s always a privilege to participate in such a prominent event such as the La Jolla Concours.”
Carl and Vicki Zeiger, pictured in front of their 1941 Cadillac, are both car enthusiasts. Carl is on the Board of the Classic Car Club of America Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan and Vicki is on the National Board of the Classic Car of America, headquartered in Chicago, IL. They are also members of the San Diego/Palm Springs and Southern California regions of the Classic Car Club of America.
Into cars since the age of 5 when Keith Wahl’s original car guy role model, his father, brought home a Singer 4 AD Roadster. Keith’s dad had quite the eye for cars since he was 16 years old having owned some pretty cool vehicles. That singer 4AD roadster got traded for a 1954 Jaguar XK 120 M Roadster which remained in the family for 18 years.
Keith likes to say the petrol is in his DNA since the avocation never left him. He has been involved in almost every aspect of the hobby from acquisition to hands on restoration. He has been with the La Jolla Concours for 10 years and was the Chair of the Motor Car Classic. He currently serves on the car Selection committee and assists on the Tour D’Elegance.
Keith has displayed four vehicles over the years at the Motor Car Classic and La Jolla Concours having won 3rd place with his 1962 Mercedes 190 SL roadster. Sold in 2020 just at the onset of the Covid Pandemic, it is now on display at a Mercedes Dealer in South Korea. In addition to his restored 1963 R2 4 speed Avanti he owns a 1947 Triumph Roadster, and 4 additional Studebakers, three of which are supercharged.
Gordon Clark was born in Ely, Nevada in 1939. He had multiple careers and interests over the years, including 20 years with the U.S. Navy, and 30 years as an Air Traffic Controller with the Department of Defense. He also liked to expand his mind and obtained degrees in education, business, art history, and aviation sciences.
Vintage Motorcycles are Gordon’s hobby. He searches for interesting models, restoring some and leaving others as-is for their patina. Currently, he has 18 motorcycles in his collection. Taking long-distance trips on motorcycles and riding with friends are two more benefits of his passion.
Gordon is a member and past President of the San Diego Antique Motorcycle Club and is excited about his sixth year as a judge at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.
Bio coming soon.