During the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d' Elegance Wayne and Bernie where invited by Paul to spend some time with Roy Sjoberg.
Roy H. Sjoberg was named Executive Engineer-Viper Project in February 1989. In that position, he created and managed the Project Team for the development & production of the Dodge Viper. The "Platform Team" concept envisioned by Sjoberg (to bring the Viper to production) became the corporate-wide organizational structure for Chrysler.
There was some terrific stories about the inception of the Viper and Roy's recruitment to Chrysler!
We not sure if everyone know's Paul Ianuario backstory. Paul is a retired engineer who spent more than 40 years in the automotive supplier industry and has degrees in engineering, mathematics, and physics.
Our discussion on the patio at The Ritz ran the gammit from mothballed factories to CNC machining and CFD testing.
Paul is going to be the Chief Judge at the Inaugural Greenbrier Concours d'Elegance, so of course there was a healthy amount of discussion about all aspects of Concours judging ranging from car selection and assignment to classes to filed layout and weather contingencies.
Paul is the president of SLR Support Services, Inc. His company provides consulting services and support for museums and vehicle related events. Paul was under contract for twenty years as Curator of the BMW Zentrum and recently stepped down from this position. He was an AACA Museum Director and served eleven years in that capacity.
Bernard Martin interviews Ralph Gilles who is the Head of Design at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Ralph spends some time going through the history of the Alfa Romeo marque, discusses the development of the 2017 Alfa Romeo Guilia, and finishes up the interview with an thank you to the Alfisti Vintage Racing community.
Alfisti have been keeping the brand alive in the North America during their 20+ year hiatusand Ralph admires Brandon Adrian's very rare and early 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider 750F. This is the actual car that won (1st in Class Winner) at the F.I.A./ARCF 12-Hour 1957 Sebring, Florida International Grand Prix of Endurance for the Amoco Trophy and was 2nd in class in the 1958 Sebring 12-Hour the following year. This is one of if not the most significant Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider's in the world with a early F.I.A. competition history and it was the FIRST Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Spider with a International racing win at a maior International F.I.A. event in the world. (F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship). This car is the 'Real' and only original 'Sebring' Spider
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.'
Some of the stories, pictures and articles that we have been included in over the years.