August 16, 2020 KahnMedia

1937 HORCH 853 SPORT CABRIOLET NAMED BEST OF SHOW DURING PETERSEN CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

 The final day of Petersen Car Week Presented by Michelin culminated with the Petersen Concours d’Elegance, and the unveiling of a new Ford GT variant, as well as garage tours from collectors David Lee, Peter Mullin, Dennis Varni, and Doug DeMuro.

  • Petersen Car Week took place August 12–16, 2020 on the Petersen Automotive Museum’s YouTube channel
  • Garnered millions of media impressions
  • Viewed by nearly 40,000 people live and more than 400,000 over the week
  • The Concours received more than 500 submissions from 4 continents and 24 U.S. states
  • Class and award winners:
    • Competition – 1959 Old Yeller II Buick Special owned by Ernest Nagamatsu
    • American Classic – 1936 Chrysler C9 Airflow Coupe owned by Mark Becker
    • European Classic – 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet owned by Aaron Weiss
    • Ferrari Grand Touring – 1962 Ferrari 400 SuperAmerica owned by Revs Institute
    • Hot Rod – 1932 Ford Fordor owned by Bruce Canepa
    • Special Significance – 1910 Thomas Flyer owned by Jim Grundy
    • Post-War Preservation – 1950 Simca 8 Sport owned by Richard Plavetich
    • Post-War Sports – 1961 Carrera Abarth GTL #1008 owned by Bob Ingram
    • Post-War Touring – 1966 Shelby GT350 owned by Mark Lopez
    • Las Vegas Strip Award – 1959 Imperial Speedster owned by Murray Pfaff
    • Drive-In Award – 1959 Buick “LoSabre” custom concept owned by Barry Penfound
    • Most Charismatic – Peugeot Darl’mat owned by Mark Hyman
    • Most Elegant (Open) – 1953 Bentley Graber DHC owned by Gene Epstein
    • Most Elegant (Closed) – 1936 MG SA owned by David Spiegel
    • Best of Show – 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet owned by Aaron Weiss
    • PCH – 1931 Ford Roadster owned by David Martin
  • Judges:
    • Aaron Weiss
    • Beau Boeckmann
    • Bill Warner
    • Bobby Rahal
    • Bruce Meyer
    • Catherine Sutton
    • Chip Ganassi
    • Craig Jackson
    • David Lillywhite
    • David Sydorick
    • Doug DeMuro
    • Ed Welburn
    • Ellen Bireley
    • Franz von Holzhausen
    • Fred Simeone
    • Freddy Hernandez
    • Gordon McCall
    • Jay Ward
    • Jim Grundy
    • Leslie Kendall
    • Lyn St. James
    • McKeel Hagerty
    • Miles Collier
    • Carl Grant
    • Peter Gleeson
    • Peter Mullin
    • Phillip Sarofim
    • Ralph Gilles
    • Rebecca Nguyen
    • Rob Walton
    • Stewart Reed
    • Wade Kawasaki
    • Wayne Carini

LOS ANGELES (August 16, 2020) –  A 1937 Horch 853 Sports Cabriolet, owned by Aaron Weiss, was awarded Best of Show out of more than 100 accepted entrants today during the Petersen Concours d’Elegance. The virtual Concours marked the final day of Petersen Car Week Presented by Michelin, the Petersen Automotive Museum’s digital compilation of the Monterey Car Week events. More than 20,000 viewers tuned in to the museum’s YouTube channel to watch the culminating awards ceremony.

The Concours also featured several other classes, including Competition, American, European Classic, Ferrari Touring, Hot Rod, Movies/TV Screen Used, Special Significance, Post-War Preservation, Post-War Sports, and Post-War Touring. Vehicles were judged by a panel of motorsports legends, collectors, and industry leaders. 

In addition to the Concours, the final day featured the unveiling of a new Ford GT variant, as well as garage tours from collectors David Lee, Peter Mullin, Dennis Varni, and Doug DeMuro.

“Although we could not gather in person this year, we couldn’t have hoped for a better digital event to share our automotive passion,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “From the supportive fans to the incredible partners and participants, our shared love for the automobile helped make Petersen Car Week possible.”

Petersen Car Week Presented by Michelin took place from August 12–16, 2020. The week-long event delivered more than 25 hours of original content from manufacturers, collectors, enthusiast events, and auction houses, which premiered exclusively on the Petersen’s YouTube channel.

Highlights of the week included the debut of the 2021 Ford GT Heritage Edition, a walkaround of the Koenigsegg Gemera with Christian von Koenigsegg, an in-depth interview with Horacio Pagani,  a RUF factory tour, a digital version of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the Future Collector Car Show by ClassicCars.com, and the live Bonhams Quail Auction selling the 1959 718 Porsche RSK. 

Subscribe to the Petersen’s YouTube channel to rewatch Petersen Car Week Presented by Michelin. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum and its exhibits, visit Petersen.org.


About The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation
The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit Petersen.org.