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Pebble Beach Names New Chief Judge

Posted by on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in News, Pebble Beach

At the conclusion of the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 19, Ed Gilbertson will retire as Chief Judge, and Chris Bock, celebrating his 50th year at the event, will step into that esteemed role.

“The success of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is directly linked to the quality of cars on our show field and the manner in which they are judged,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Ed’s dedication to the proper judging of each car and the preservation of automotive history is unparalleled, and we thank him for his outstanding service. Chris has devoted much of his life to cars and this Concours, and we know he will make certain that cars continue to be judged in a fair and accurate manner.”

Mr. Bock, who resides in Nevada City, Calif., attended his first Pebble Beach Concours back in 1963 at the young age of 18. A decade later he was appointed a Class Judge, and he has continued to serve among the judges over the years, often acting as Chief Class Judge for American Classics. He also oversees Field Operations and serves on the Selection Committee that vets possible entries. Bock has been an entrant on five occasions in the past. He has also served as President and National Head Judge of the Classic Car Club of America and editor of “The Cormorant” for The Packard Club.

“I am honored to oversee a team of judges that includes the foremost automotive experts of our day,” said Bock. “And I will do my best to continue the strong system of judging that sets this Concours apart from others.”

Back in 1972, under the oversight of Co-Chairmen Lorin Tryon and Jules “J.” Heumann, the Pebble Beach Concours was the first to establish a two-tiered judging system: cars in a given class are assessed initially by Class Judges with expertise on their particular marque and era, and cars must win their class in order to go on to compete for Best of Show. Honorary Judges and special panels of Class Judges determine other special award winners.

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