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Cadillac & LaSalle Club
Potomac Region
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Capitol Cadillac / CLC Potomac Region
Annual Fall Car Show:
Dazzling DeVilles
October 29-30, 2011

By Vince Taliano
Photos by
Berkeley Edmunds, Franklin Gage, Bill Hilliard,
Sandy Kemper, Chuck Piel, Dan Ruby and Michael Veilleux


Dazzling DeVille owners with their Certificates of Appreciation

77 pre-registrations!  That’s what we received, which by the way is an all-time record.  With those many pre-registrations, we were looking at a record turnout; even more cars than the 115 cars we had for the Fabulous Fleetwoods event the year before.  All we needed was nice weather, but a funny thing happened the day before the show.  It snowed!  Not just flurries, but accumulating snow, especially in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia, as well as parts of Maryland.  Richard Sills commented that the last time there was accumulating snow in October in Lancaster, Pennsylvania was 1973!  And the time before that was 1940!  Bob Crimmins and Jeff Montgomery trailered Bob’s 1955 Coupe DeVille from New Jersey Friday to beat the snow storm.  Unfortunately, quite a few of the pre-registered attendees were unable to attend due to the freak storm.  But, we thank those folks for their support and to show our appreciation, we mailed them their certificates of appreciation (DeVille owners) and commemorative programs after the show.

In spite of the stormy weather, Past CLC President Richard Sills and Shelley Chadick welcomed over 40 out-of-town guests and Potomac Region members to a “Pre-Show” night dinner in the restaurant of the Holiday Inn (see pictures below).  Quite a few Valley Forge Region members drove their daily drivers instead of their pre-registered classics as a result of the snow in the Northeast.  However, Jeremy & Smokie Crews drove thru sleet and rain from Richmond, VA in their original 1962 Eldorado Biarritz to attend.   CLC President Lars Kneller and his wife Jaunda flew in from Indiana and CLC Northeast Regional Vice President Andy Zizolfo and his wife Allene came down from New York to participate.  Alan Clark, CLC Grand National Photographer, came from California to join us.  There was plenty to eat and drink and the conversations were lively.
 



 


 


While attendees were enjoying the camaraderie at the Holiday Inn Greenbelt, dealership preparations were well underway as Henry, Dan & JoJo Ruby delivered tables and supplies and prepared the coffee pot and Danish while the staff of Capitol Cadillac moved vehicles from the front parking areas and cleared the show field. 

By Sunday morning, the storm was gone but the winter-like temperatures were still in the area (probably in the mid 30s).  By 8:00 AM, the crew of volunteers had arrived to begin registering and parking the cars.  As the case with previous shows, a show vehicle was on site and ready to be parked before 8:00 AM!  It quickly warmed up to the mid 50s with only a slight breeze.  As a result, 62 cars arrived to participate in the event including 20 Dazzling DeVilles ranging from 1955 to 1970.  There were cars driven to the show from five states, representing four different CLC regions (seven regions counting the CLC members who attended without their cars).  It was a terrific gathering of exceptional automobiles.

DJ Mikey Veilleux of Music Madness officially opened the show at 10:00 AM with the playing of our National Anthem.  Before long, the showroom and show field were filled to near capacity. The Dazzling DeVilles on display are listed below.

J. Roger

Bentley

1955

Coupe DeVille

Brinklow MD

Bob

Crimmins

1955

Coupe DeVille

Manalapan NJ

Dan

O'Flaherty

1956

Sedan DeVille

Ft Lauderdale FL

Randy

Edison

1959

Coupe DeVille

Washington DC

Paul

Habicht

1959

Sedan DeVille

Glen Arm MD

Sandy

Kemper

1959

Coupe DeVille

Silver Spring MD

Jerry & Helen

Gordon

1961

Sedan DeVille Short Deck

Pikesville MD

Tom

Pollutri

1962

Sedan DeVille

Wilmington DE

Mark E.

Brodsky

1964

DeVille Convertible

Chevy Chase MD

Debbie

Taylor

1965

Coupe DeVille

Frederick MD

Dudley

Peters

1967

Coupe DeVille

Friendship MD

Ron

Renoff

1968

DeVille Convertible

Severna Park MD

Jeffrey

Seifert

1968

DeVille Convertible

Rockville MD

Mark E.

Brodsky

1969

Coupe DeVille

Chevy Chase MD

Mark E.

Brodsky

1969

DeVille Convertible

Chevy Chase MD

Mark E.

Brodsky

1970

DeVille Convertible

Chevy Chase MD

Cheney & Berkeley

Edmunds

1970

DeVille Convertible

Annapolis MD

Cheney & Berkeley

Edmunds

1970

DeVille Convertible

Annapolis MD

R. Scot

Minesinger

1970

DeVille Convertible

Fairfax Station VA

Dan

Mullane

1970

DeVille Convertible

McLean VA

 

Tom Pollutri’s
1962 Sedan Deville

Sandy Kemper’s
1959 Coupe DeVille

 

Paul Habicht’s
1959 Sedan DeVille

 

Mark E. Brodsky’s
1964 DeVille Convertible

  Ron Renoff’s
1968 DeVille Convertible
 

Roger Bentley’s
1955 Coupe DeVille

Dan O’Flaherty’s
1956 Sedan DeVille

 

Mark E. Brodsky’s
1969 Coupe DeVille

 

Mark E. Brodsky’s
1969 DeVille Convertible

 

Randy Edison’s
1959 Coupe DeVille

R. Scot Minesinger's
1970 DeVille Convertible

 

Bob Crimmins’
1955 Coupe DeVille

Following the Potomac Region’s current practice, the judging was done by the owners of the cars registered in the show (peer judging), except for the Dealer’s Choice Award and Car Show Coordinator Award.  Throughout the day, many of the owners could be seen walking among the cars with their pencils and ballots in hand.  When the deadline for voting was reached, over 70% of the attendees eligible to vote had submitted a ballot.

Before the awards program began, the Potomac Region’s Auctioneer Extraordinaire George Boxley auctioned off the original painting by Dan Reed of the 1949 Coupe DeVille that was the basis for our show’s dash plaque (pictured right).  This is an acrylic on canvas painting, 16 x 20, mounted in a pecan wood frame, something that can be displayed and treasured forever.  The painting was created especially for the 2011 Fall Capitol Cadillac Show featuring the Dazzling DeVilles.   Dan chose to feature the landmark first year Coupe DeVille because of its significance, and he chose to recreate the color scheme used in the 1949 advertisement, Triumph Blue body with a Horizon Blue roof. 

After the auction, CLC Past President Richard Sills, who served as the Master of Ceremonies, began the awards presentation.  He began by providing a brief, but informative history of the DeVille history and the automobiles produced under that marque.  Each of those pre-registered DeVille owners, whose car was featured in the commemorative program, was presented with a framed certificate of appreciation for being a part of the Dazzling DeVilles event.  Then he introduced Potomac Region Director Vince Taliano who thanked Daniel Jobe and Capitol Cadillac for hosting this remarkable show.  Vince also acknowledged the club members and other individuals who tirelessly helped with the production of the show. 

 

Following the drawing, as Richard described each of the cars, Daniel Jobe presented the awards for the first, second and third place winners in each of the classes and the awards for Best Pre-War (Monroe Dorsey’s 1938 Cadillac Series 60 Special), Best Post-War (Paul Habicht’s 1959 Sedan DeVille) and Best of Show (Randy & Susan Denchfield’s 1935 LaSalle Convertible Coupe). 

 

In addition, Daniel Jobe presented his choice for the Dealer’s Choice Award to Jeremy & Smokie Crews for their 1962 Eldorado Biarritz, Debbie Piel announced that George & Rita Boxley’s 1960 Series 62 Coupe won the Ladies’ Choice Award donated by Brenda & Jim George, and Henry Ruby presented his Car Show Coordinator Award, a framed $100, to Preston Waters’ 1966 Calais Coupe.  Lastly, Richard asked for the audience’s help in identifying the car that was registered and driven – not trailered – the longest distance to participate in the show.  Dick Parsons of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania edged out Jeremy & Smokie Crews from Richmond, Virginia.

In this competitive group of high-quality cars, these were the award winners:

CLASS

1st PLACE WINNER

2nd PLACE WINNER

3rd PLACE WINNER

Class A: 1949 – 1959 Coupe and Sedan DeVilles

 

Paul Habicht
1959 Sedan DeVille
Glen Arm MD

J. Roger Bentley
1955 Coupe DeVille
Brinklow MD

Bob Crimmins
1955 Coupe DeVille

Manalapan
NJ

Randy Edison
1959 Coupe DeVille

Washington
DC

Class B: 1960 – 1970 Coupe and Sedan DeVilles

 

Jerry & Helen Gordon
1961 Sedan DeVille Short Deck
Pikesville MD

Dudley Peters
1967 Coupe DeVille
Friendship MD

Tom Pollutri
1962 Sedan DeVille

Wilmington
DE

Mark E. Brodsky
1969 Coupe DeVille
Chevy Chase MD

Class C: 1964 – 1970 DeVille Convertibles

 

 

Mark E. Brodsky
1970 DeVille Convertible
Chevy Chase MD

Ron Renoff
1968 DeVille Convertible
Severna Park MD

R. Scot Minesinger
1970 DeVille Convertible
Fairfax Station VA

Mark E. Brodsky
1964 DeVille Convertible
Chevy Chase MD

Mark E. Brodsky
1969 DeVille Convertible
Chevy Chase MD

Class D: 1902- 1942 Cadillac

NO CARS IN CLASS

Class E: 1927 – 1940 LaSalle

Randy & Susan Denchfield
1935 LaSalle Convertible Coupe
Chevy Chase MD

Vern Parker
1939 LaSalle Sedan
Vienna VA

 

Class F: 1946 - 1958 excluding DeVilles

Richard Sisson
1954 Eldorado
Potomac MD

Rick Mahan
1948 Fleetwood
Lanham MD

Chris Overcash
1956 Series 62 Sedan
Warrenton VA

Class G: 1959 - 1964 excluding DeVilles

 

 

Jeremy & Smokie Crews
1962 Eldorado Biarritz
Richmond VA

George & Rita Boxley
1960
Series 62 Coupe
West River MD

Henry Sittner
1964 Fleetwood
Fulton MD

Preston Waters
1966 Calais Coupe
Upper Marlboro MD

Class H: 1971 – 1976  

 

 

Ronnie Hux
1974 Coupe DeVille
Avondale PA

Harry Goins
1976 Eldorado Convertible
Alexandria VA

Lynn Gardner
1975 Sedan DeVille
Arlington VA

Tom McQueen
1974 Sedan DeVille
McLean VA

Class I: 1977 – 1986 

Harry Yarnell
1978 Eldorado
Perryman MD

Rob Robison
1985 Eldorado

Yorklyn
DE

 

Class J: 1987 – 1996

 

 

 

Jim Hartnett
1992 Brougham
Kensington MD

Ron Neff
1991 Coupe DeVille

Alexandria
VA

Jeff & Nola Gurski
1996 Fleetwood

Potomac Falls
VA

Mary Moscati
1993 Sedan DeVille Spring Edition
Upper Marlboro MD

Class K: 1997 – Current

Ron Neff
2000 Eldorado

Alexandria
VA

Dick Parsons
2004 DeVille
Mount Joy PA

William Harvey
2004 DeVille DTS
Upper Marlboro MD

Class L: Commercial Vehicles
 

Ati Kovi
1994 Fleetwood Presidential Limo
Potomac MD

 

 

Class M: Modified Vehicles
 

Monroe Dorsey
1938 Cadillac Series 60 Special

Bowie
MD

Scott Milestone
1939 Cadillac Series 75 Limo

Germantown
MD

Debbie Taylor
1965 Coupe DeVille
Frederick MD

BEST PRE-WAR
(1942 and Earlier)

Monroe Dorsey
1938 Cadillac Series 60 Special

Bowie
MD

BEST POST-WAR
(1946 to Present)

Paul Habicht
1959 Sedan DeVille
Glen Arm MD

BEST OF SHOW – OVERALL

Randy & Susan Denchfield
1935 LaSalle Convertible Coupe
Chevy Chase MD

DEALER’S CHOICE AWARD

Jeremy & Smokie Crews
1962 Eldorado Biarritz
Richmond VA

LADIES CHOICE AWARD 

George & Rita Boxley
1960
Series 62 Coupe
West River MD

CAR SHOW COORDINATOR’S AWARD

Preston Waters
1966 Calais Coupe
Upper Marlboro MD

LONG DISTANCE AWARD 

Dick Parsons
2004 DeVille
Mount Joy PA

At the finale of the awards ceremony, a special cake was presented to Henry Ruby from his family and friends to celebrate his 75th birthday, which fell on the day after the show. 

After cake, the weekend of CLC fellowship drew to a close.  The Potomac Region extends its utmost appreciation to Daniel Jobe, President of Capitol Cadillac, who has made the facilities of his 77-year-old dealership fully available to the Potomac Region for its semi-annual car shows since 1992.  And the Region thanks the many CLC members who attended the Dazzling DeVilles.
 


Newest Cadillacs at the show
 

DeVille Convertibles

Harry Goins'
1976 Eldorado Convertible
 

Cheney & Berkeley Edmunds’
1970 DeVille Convertible

George & Rita Boxley's
1960 Series 62 Coupe
 

Daniel Jobe's
1941 Woody Wagon

Monroe Dorsey's
1938 Cadillac Series 60 Special

Randy & Susan Denchfield's
1935 LaSalle Convertible Coupe
 

Ronnie Hux's
1974 Coupe DeVille
 

Daniel Jobe's
1978 Eldorado with Factory T-Tops

Rick Mahan's
1948 Fleetwood
 

Bill Hilliard's
1969 Eldorado

Mary Moscati's
1993 Sedan DeVille Spring Edition
 

Capitol Cadillac
75 years+
Happy Birthday, Henry!!
 

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