The wonderful people without whose help there would be no Concours.
The wonderful people who organize and run the Concours.
At the age of 13 years my passion for cars began. I was detailing one car a day for my father to sell and being paid $50.00 for each car. During the same period of time, my father’s uncle, who owned a wrecking yard, starting me in the art of rebuilding starters, generators and distributors and re-grooving tires (those of you old enough will know what that is). At the ripe old age of 15 I was recruited to campaign a 1964 Chrysler Melrose Missile at local and national drag strips. The car won many NHRA championships. From 1969 thru the late 70’s I was racing motorcycles for World Honda at Laguna Seca, Indianapolis, Lime Rock and many other tracks.
In more current times, I have been involved in procuring automobiles for major motion pictures, 2010 Giants Victory Parade in San Francisco, Veterans Day and Christmas Parades. I am the Logistics Coordinator for the Spirit of ’45, an organization that benefits WWII Veterans. My role there is to source out vintage cars for their parades and events. I provided cars for countless numbers of High School Homecoming Parades and many local car shows. Most recently worked with the City of Menlo Park to bring Classic Cars to their ongoing Block Party. The addition of the Classic Cars brought attendance from 2,000 to 7,000.
My experience working on Concours level events includes seven years working on the Palo Alto Concours with two years as Associate Executive Director, under the leadership of Hal Schuette, Executive Director. I Developed and produced a first class automobile show at the Dolce Hayes Mansion. I was on the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance committee as Field Logistics Director
Although always an enthusiast, Buzz Marston started his ownership of Corvettes with his first being a 1994 Corvette coupe of the 4thgeneration Corvettes. Soon went on to step up to the Corvette ZR1 of the nineties and on to own 5th, 6th and now 7th generation Corvettes. Thirteen Corvettes in all, but also very involved in the Corvette and car club communities. Buzz has served on the Board of Directors of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY since 2004 and was Chairman of the Board from 2010 – 2012. Buzz has also served on the Board of Directors of the Western States Corvette Council as Public/Sponsor Relations Director from 2001 until 2014 and was ascended to President of WSCC in September 2014 to present.
Buzz Marston has led the Corvette involvement in a number of Concours events and other large car events in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas and is a huge supporter of the Alameda Point Concours d’Elegance. Buzz and his wife Ruth live in Los Gatos CA and Queen Creek AZ and is owner of Motorsport West in Los Gatos.
Dave Buchanan, Alameda Concours founding member and executive consultant, is a retired business CEO who enjoys collecting and restoring vintage cars. His passion is racing his vintage 1956 Alfa Romeo Spider.
Dave’s collectible cars have appeared at Pebble Beach, Italy’s Villa D’Este Concorso, Alameda, Hillsborough. His 1928 LaSalle won Best in Show at the 2003 Palo Alto Concours. His Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet completed a 4 ½ year renovation in 2017, then went on to win many awards including Best of Show.
Myles H. Kitchen’s interest in cars began as a child building model cars in northern Kentucky, and is still going strong. During his career as an electrical/electronics engineer and entrepreneur in Chicago and in Silicon Valley, he designed electronics and technology for the auto industry, Today, Mr. Kitchen owns a consultancy assisting start-ups to Fortune 100 firms alike on all aspects of Automotive Electronic technology, most recently involving the areas of artificial intelligence technologies for autonomous vehicles, and cybersecurity testing and protection.
In 1976 he crewed briefly on the UOP Shadow F5000 team at Riverside CA, and in 1977, he crewed on the 2nd place finisher at the 24 Hours of Lemans, the Renault Mirage of Vern Schuppan and Jean-Pierre Jarier. From these experiences and inspiration from Lemans team driver, Sam Posey, Kitchen went on to become an accomplished vintage racing driver and instructor as a three-time champion of the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) Seniors Tour, under two-litre GT class in 94, ’95, & ’96 in his 1965 Lotus Cortina Mk1. He’s raced Formula Fords, and ran in the Jim Russell Formula Mazda series. He’s also the only person known to have campaigned a Lamborghini Countach in a sanctioned race in North America (1997 Palm Springs Vintage Grand Prix), and he has also piloted a 1964 Falcon in the 24 Hours of Lemons series.
He’s a past President & Director of the Ferrari Club of America, Pacific Region, and can be seen at many West Coast car events. He’s a lifetime member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, a former member of the Motor Press Guild, and has been active in numerous marquee car clubs and industry organizations.
His voice has been heard as emcee and commentator not only here at the Alameda Point Concours, but also at Concorso Italiano in Monterey, Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance, Marin-Sonoma Concours d’Elegance, Avila Beach Concours d’Elegance, San Luis Obispo Concours d’Elegance, the Danville d’Elegance, and more. He also has an interest in vintage guitars, and has played in various garage bands on and off since the 60’s.
His first car was a 1965 Mustang fastback. His favorite car is his 1995 Ferrari F355GTS, and his dream car at the moment is a Ferrari F488 Spider. Other interesting cars he has owned include vintage Mustangs, Shelbys, Lotuses, Jaguars, Ferraris, and Austin Mini Countryman Estate woodies.
Myles and his wife Donna (and their two Italian Greyhounds) reside in Aptos, CA.
In his 30-plus year career, Ron Kimball has been recognized as one of the world’s premiere automotive photographers. He has succeeded in capturing strikingly detailed images of vehicles dating back to 1897 and has one of the most comprehensive image collections in the industry. He has accomplished great feats in photography including running Ron Kimball Studios, a highly successful photography studio, and opening a stock photography agency, Kimball Stock. Both of which service the print and digital needs of ad agencies and publishers around the world. The company’s million-strong image collection includes all of Ron Kimball’s automotive photography as well as animal photography from other high-profile wildlife and domestic animal photographers.
Headquartered in Mountain View, CA, Ron Kimball Studios and Kimball Stock continue to photograph vehicles for and license to top clientele around the world, including advertising agencies, book publishers, greeting card companies, calendar companies, and many more.
My name is Ryan DeRespini and I am in charge of Field Security and day of Registration. I have been a member of the Alameda Point Concours d’Elegance since it was “just an idea” in the Alameda Police Chief’s Office. I have been with the Alameda Police Department since 2004 and am currently assigned as the Traffic Unit Sergeant. I was in the permit and planning stages of this event from the second Steve and Kathy Pedone started bragging about its potential.
I have been a gear head since I was three and sat in my grandpa’s 1927 T Bucket. I have a 1969 Chevrolet C/10 pickup I proudly display at the event and hope I can inspire my 4 year-old son to be just as crazy about automobiles as me some day.
My name is Kim DeRespini and I am the Volunteer Coordinator. I got involved with this event in 2017 after my son, Ryan, told me what a great Concours this was. Like Ryan, I grew up around cars with my dad and have been to more car events than I can remember. My first car was a 1968 Pontiac Firebird and I currently drive a 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer Super Sport. While likely not a Concours trophy contender, I’m proud to be a mother of three, grandma of five, and still have a 400 horsepower daily driver!
If you see me on the field, we can always use more volunteers! Please come say hello!
Gil has been involved in the Concours community for many years. He was the Executive Director of the very successful Palo Alto Concours for ten years, chaired the Media Volunteer Group at the Pebble Beach Concours for a number of years, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Marin/Sonoma Concours. He is presently an advisor/consultant at the Alameda Point Concours.
He has shown his cars at every level of competition, including a class win at the Pebble Beach Concours. He is an accredited SCCA judge for the Italian Sports and Racing class, a Ferrari judge (308/328 class) and an Honorary Judge at numerous events. He has owned Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Alfa Romeos, Mercedes Benz and even American Classics. He and Vicki now live in Santa Clara, CA
Susan Rabin, who sings the National Anthem for the Alameda Concours, is a singer, playwright, actress, as well as a practicing attorney. She earned B.S. and M.A. degrees from Northwestern University. Susan portrayed Mama Rose in the Alameda Civic Light Opera production of GYPSY, and has recorded and toured internationally with “Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks.”
Her plays, Aunt Lakie’s Not Coming to Dinner and NOSEJOB performed in San Francisco. Susan’s musical play, RAINBOW, was produced by the Mill Valley Center for the Performing Arts. Her new comedy JIVE will premiere this coming July 7 – 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
Susan is married to vintage racecar driver, car collector, and board member of the Alameda Concours, Dave Buchanan.
Born in San Francisco and raised in San Bruno, Roy Riccetti is a native Californian who grew up as part of the West Coast hot rod scene. Much more comfortable building and working on mechanical things than driving, he started out by purchasing a boat and outboard motor that needed work when he was 12. From there he progressed to building or helping to build and drive street rods, destruction derby cars, drag race cars, go karts, stock cars, race cars, autocross cars and many Corvettes.
After spending time in college, Roy joined the Coast Guard, working on small boats, before settling in San Mateo and marrying the love of his life, Barbara. To support his “auto addiction”, Roy worked as a construction engineering project manager and Manager of Corporate Real Estate, 40 years of which was with the Facilities Division of Varian Associates, Inc., in Palo Alto. As a second job, he and Barbara rebuilt, rallied and autocrossed various sports cars including Austin Healeys, Mustangs and Corvettes.
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Roy finally purchased a 308 Ferrari a couple of years ago, which is now being successfully shown at Concours events around the area. Roy belongs to the Ferrari Club of America and the Gilroy Elks.
Roy’s experience working on Concours level shows includes time with the Palo Alto Concours, working the Media Tent with the Pebble Beach Concours and working Registration and field layout for the Marin Concours and the Alameda Point Concours
Jona Steenbrink is a creative director and designer with over a decade of telling stories and designing engaging user experiences under his belt.
Jona lives in Santa Cruz, California, which pretty much feels like his spiritual home. Originally from Sweden, he has lived in Egypt, South Africa, The Netherlands, England, Denmark, and Belgium, and in assorted cities on the US East Coast. It would be nice to think that exposure to such a wide range of cultural experiences has informed his design sensibilities. Nice, but probably nonsense.
When Jona isn't working, he's either spending time with his wonderful family, playing the beautiful game, or writing about himself in the third person.