Aug 19 2014

Chrysler’s Chrysler Awarded First in Class at Pebble Beach


Chrysler's Chrysler made a spectacular debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance winning "First in Class" in its category: American Classic Closed.

More details and videos will be posted during the upcoming week.

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick


2014 Pebble Beach: Concours d'Elegance begins with Dawn Patrol

Los Angles Times

By Charles Fleming

August 17, 2014

 

Long before dawn, the faithful came to gather in the darkness on the 18th green of the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links and wait for the arrival of the vintage automobiles that have come to compete in the Concours d'Elegance car show.

On a cool, calm morning, dressed in dark blazers and baseball caps, the most fanatic of the collector-car crowd stood by the sea, having paid $250 for the privilege of drinking predawn coffee from paper cups and waiting on the storied course.

Some had come as early as 4 a.m., the first of a crowd that would grow to 600 before the sun began to rise and the cars began to roll.

When they did, it was to a burst of cheers, applause and flashbulbs, as the first car in the private parade — a 1910 American Underslung Traveler Toy Tonneau — rolled onto the grassy field.

The 1910 American would go on to compete in the Antique category, one of dozens of collectible niches as specific as "Early Steam Cars," "Pre-War Preservation" and even "Eastern European Motorcycles."

All 200 or so of the classic cars would also be eligible for the "Best in Show" award.

Tom Goyne had driven from Denver in a pickup truck, hauling his 1902 White Model B Stanhope Steamer. Dressed in a period "duster," Goyne said he had purchased the antique car eight years ago and performed almost all of the restoration work himself.

It was not his first Concours. He had come in 1958, 1960 and 1962 with a classic Packard, and again in 2009 with a 1910 White steamer.

Keeping a car like his requires considerable attention, he said, plus a duster to keep the engine oil from splashing on your clothes.

"You have to work at it," he said. "These are really messy cars."

Down a few aisles, and a few decades, was Howard Kroplick, who had come to the Concours with a 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-15 LeBaron Town Car. 

Known as the "Chrysler Chrysler," Kroplick said, the car had been tailor-made by LeBaron for Walter Chrysler, as a gift to his wife, Della.

Kroplick acquired the chauffeur-driven vehicle in 2012, and spent considerable time and money restoring its tiger maple and leather interior — and figuring out how to operate what he believed to be the automobile industry's first set of power windows and door locks.

The Chrysler wore a bright green ribbon on its hood, signifying that it had participated in — and completed — an 85-mile Concours road rally earlier in this annual Monterey Car Week.

All of the cars competing must be in complete working order, with windshield wipers, turn signals and even cigarette lighters all functioning.

But the green ribbons are used as a tie-breaker, in case two automobiles receive the same number of votes by judges for the best in their class. Those cars that completed the 85-mile run win in case of a tie.

More than 700 cars applied for entrance to the Concours d'Elegance, attendees said. But only 200 or so were granted admittance.  

It was Kroplick's first time at the show. Gazing around at his competition — two vintage Cadillacs, two Packards, and another Chrysler, all build between 1930 and 1941, and all restored to perfection — he said he didn't necessarily expect to win.

"I'm hoping to have fun!" he said. "It's an honor just to be here on the lawn."

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Heading to the ramp to accept a trophy

In the winner's circle.

A very proud owner.

The First in Class Trophy.



Comments

Aug 18 2014 Ariejan Bos 3:18 AM

Congratulations with this truely great and admirable job!! It got the prize you (and your team of course) deserved grin

Aug 18 2014 Mike Esposito 6:53 AM

Howard,

Congratulations!  The car looks great!

Aug 18 2014 Greg O. 7:13 AM

Huge congrats on the win Howard! I think most of your regular readers were confident that you would be first in class after following the restoration process updates and the meticulous labor involved in bringing the car back to life. Beautiful job on the car and win!

Aug 18 2014 Ken Harris 9:30 AM

Congratulations!  It was worth all the effort that you and your “crew” put in!

Ken

Aug 18 2014 Mike Cain 9:51 AM

Congratulations Howard! This is a special automobile and a well deserved award. Can’t wait to see your Chrysler on display here on Long Island where it spent much of it’s life. Enjoy that trophy!

Aug 18 2014 jim 11:22 AM

Wish I went with you
Congradulations from all the car guys on long island.
Lets adk mangano for that building and run a museum for long islanders
Jim barnes

Aug 18 2014 Walt Gosden 1:36 PM

It was a long haul to have this magnificent car restored to it’s condition as new. A completely authentic restoration. My thanks to you and Roz for stepping up to save and preserve this great machine. Sincere congratulations on the award and recognition at the world’s premier car event. We are so proud of what you have done and I am glad that the judges at Pebble Beach also recognized this as well.

Aug 18 2014 BOB BARAUSKAS 2:49 PM

NOT SO LONG AGO, WHEN YOU HAD PURCHASED THE “BLACK BEAST”, ONE WOULD THINK THAT LIFE DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS. YOU HAVE GONE SO FAR BEYOND THAT CONCEPT, AND PROVEN, YES LIFE DOES GET BETTER. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, ROZ AND YOUR TEAM THAT MADE THIS HAPPEN. THRU YOUR RESTORATION UPDATES, YOU HAVE TAKEN MANY FRIENDS ALONG WITH YOU. REGARDS, BOB

Aug 18 2014 S. Berliner, III 5:31 PM

I TOLD you so!  I am SO pleased for you both!  (Glad you had wipers.)  Sam, III

Aug 18 2014 Marty McNamara 6:19 PM

Congrats Howard and Roz.      PS_ I think you did good to wear the CHRYSLER hat instead of the Kroplick Killers hat.

Aug 18 2014 Vera Stecher 6:58 PM

WOW !!  warmest congratulations on a well-deserved distinguished achievement !
Please send a closeup photo of the trophy.
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Vera, a closeup of the trophy has been added above.

Aug 18 2014 Steve Lucas 11:49 PM

Congratulations to you and everyone connected with this magnificent effort; truly an outstanding achievement! Can’t wait to see the Chrysler in person.

Aug 18 2014 Ted 11:50 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!! and thanks to you the history of Chrysler’s Chrysler continuous

Aug 19 2014 frank femenias 10:56 PM

Yes! Congratulations Howard and Roz on this super rare and difficult achievement. Incredible work by all. That car looks great. Hope to see her soon.

Aug 24 2014 Howard Kroplick 9:25 PM

From Gerry R.

Congratulations. Roz is first in class too. Great photos!

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