The entrant experience takes a leap forward for the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance with the naming of Paul Ianuario as Chief Judge for the event, slated for May 2 through 5, 2013. In this role, Ianuario will oversee the highly-competitive judging process, including selecting judges and assigning vehicle classes.
'I am honored to be chosen as the Chief Judge for the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance,' said Ianuario. 'It took a lot of discussion with Concours founder Dean Kessel and director of events Brian Barr for me to come to the decision to accept this position, but I am very confident that this event will be a success – it has all of the elements to make it so and I hope that my consultation and assistance will only enhance it further.'
Hailing from Duncan, SC, Ianuario is a retired engineer with more than 45 years of experience working for companies such as Michelin Tire and his own company, SLR Support Services, which provides consulting and support for museums and vehicle-related events. Ianuario is also Curator of the BMW Zentrum museum in Spartanburg, SC, a Director of the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA, and is on the steering committee of the newly-opened LaMay Museum in Tacoma, WA. He also works for a variety of additional museums around the world, as well as consulting on collector-vehicle events.
But Ianuario's not just a judge. He's also the owner of an eclectic collection of several dozen automobiles, many of which are award-winning thanks to his meticulous nature. He regularly exercises many of these cars, which include a 1910 Chalmers Detroit, a 1912 Hudson, a 1941 Lincoln Continental, and a 1948 Chrysler Town and Country, at a variety of vintage events.
Over the years, Ianuario has won a variety of awards for his contributions for preserving automotive history, including the prestigious Lee Iacocca Award in 2008, for demonstrating an 'extraordinary dedication to the classic car hobby through vehicle preservation, club participation, and is one who has unselfishly assisted and encouraged others in perpetuating an 'American Automotive Tradition.''
'To have Paul Ianuario as the Chief Judge of the Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance is an incredible accomplishment,' said Dean Kessel, founder and CEO of the Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance. 'His depth of knowledge, resources, and contacts in the industry will elevate our Concours to a true top-tier U.S. event.'
Paul Ianuario is a retired engineer who spent more than 30 years in the automotive-supplier industry and has degrees in engineering, mathematics and physics.
The last 20 years of his engineering career were spent with Michelin Tire Corporation. During this time he and his family lived for a while in Tours, France, where he became fluent in French. Paul’s love of the automobile, its related use and history, began at an early age and are an integral part of his lifestyle even today.
After retiring from Michelin in 1996, Paul started his own business. He is the president of SLR Support Services, Inc., which provides consulting services and support for museums and vehicle- related events. One of his first customers was BMW. He was involved in the installation of the exhibits at the BMW Zentrum and has been under contract with them for the last 16 years.
He is currently an AACA Museum Director for the second time, having initially served as Director of Interior Concepts prior to the Museum’s construction. He is also on the Steering Committee for the LeMay Museum, which is presently under construction in Tacoma, Washington. He does work for museums across the USA and in Europe, as well as providing consulting services for many collector-car-related events.
Paul owns an extensive collection of rare and historically significant automobiles which he meticulously maintains. His personally restored vehicles have won some of the most prestigious National Awards, as well as Concours awards, in the collector-car world.
He is a Master CCCA judge as well as an AACA judge and has long been recognized for his judging abil-ity. Each year he is invited to be a Concours judge at events such as the Pebble Beach Concours, the Meadow Brook Concours, the Amelia Island Concours, the Radnor Hunt Concours, the Hilton Head Concours, the Louisville Concours, and more.
Paul is a member of many marque clubs and a number of National and International societies such as the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Society of Automobile Historians. He is the past “Executive Director” of IAGMASEP, which represents 80 automotive training schools in the USA and around the world.
Paul is the recipient of the prestigious Lee Iacocca Award for his contributions to preserving automotive history.
When he is not working on a museum, restoring or showing one of his cars, judging at a Concours or some other type of automotive event, Paul loves driving vintage cars. He has participated in the Mille Miglia road race in Italy nine times.
He was a member of the BMW Mobil Tradition winning teams in the years 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. He enjoys driving in touring events like the Glidden or Reliability tours. Paul is also friends with a number of former SCCA, IMSA, and NASCAR national driving champions.
Over the past 45 years Paul has owned a wide variety of American and European automobiles. The cars he has owned range from the pre-teen era to the post-war period and encompass many existing makes as well as extinct ones. His collection is eclectic.
Paul resides in Duncan, South Carolina, with Dinky, his wife
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