Concours Workshop for Competitors and Judges

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September 8, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bosley Car Museum
899 Waimanu St
Honolulu, HI 96813

The Concours Workshop is a two part session to help competitors and judges prepare for the Hawaii Concours d’Elegance at the 6th Annual Okakopa Hoʻolauleʻa.

The Competitors Session is for car owners who want to learn how to prepare their vehicles to be judged well in competition. Participants will learn how to prepare their entries for show day. Information about how judges evaluate and score vehicles will be provided.

The Judges Session is for those who are interested in learning how to judge at premier level cars shows, particularly the Hawaii Concours d’Elegance at the Sixth Annual Okakopa Hoʻolauleʻa.

Our Competition Committee will also distribute information to help prepare for the show.

The Concours Workshop will be led by Jon Bernardi, a member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America Concours Committee. His biography below.

The fee to attend the Concours Workshop is $20, which helps to cover the cost of food, beverages, materials and related project expenses.

The Hawaii Concours d’Elegance at the 6th Annual Okakopa Hoʻolauleʻa will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2018 at the Waimanalo Polo Field.

2018 Concours Workshop

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018

Location: Bosley Car Museum, 899 Waimanu Street


Competitors Session 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Judges Session 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration form at the bottom of this page.



Jon Bernardi, Concours Workshop instructor
Jon Bernardi

Growing up in Illinois farm country, an affinity for machinery was part and parcel for Jon. But practicality, at least while young, was thrown in for good measure. During high school he worked as a driver for a friend who bought and sold used cars. Some were kind of fun, think Corvette, and some were just horrible, think clapped out Chevrolet BelAir. Once out of high school he graduated to a hand-me-down 1962 green Oldsmobile four-door sedan! This helped with the first year of college, but then it was time for a little less practicality – a 1966 blue Ford Thunderbird.

College came on full bore, graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering form the University of Illinois. This was followed by a succession of Corvettes: a yellow 1974 T-Top, a 1967 convertible, and then an orange 1977 T-Top.

But engineering influence kept pushing Jon toward Mercedes. His first jump was a 1985 190 E 2.3, the “Baby Benz.” That kept the fever going, but his real target was always a W113 Pagoda. Unfortunately, they were not so easy to find in that time period, and he wound up with a 1980 450 SL. That was a superb cruiser and handled duties through thirteen (!) years in Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio.

But the Pagoda would not be denied, and he finally found one about five miles from where he lived in Ohio; having been restored by Pete Lesler. This now gave Jon the full blown push into the intricacies of concours. The car is a beautiful Signal Red 250 SL with the trophy hardware to back it up. It is now happily retired from show duty and serving as a striking and fun weekend car.

Pagoda fever is not to be taken lightly. In 2011 he happened to be in the right place, at the right time, with just enough funds to buy a very original 1970 280 SL being sold by its second owner. This one is DB 904 Dark Blue with red leather.

To help expand his experience he has been involved with the restoration/refurbishment of several MB cars: a 1958 190 SL and a 1967 250 SL.

Jon is a 33-year member of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America. Along with showing his 250 SL, he has been involved in concours judging since 2003 and is a member of the MBCA concours committee. He is certified to teach concours judging for MBCA. As a part of MBCA he has judged at StarFest, Gemütlichkeit, Mid-America Concours d’Elegance and the Pittsburgh Vintage Gran Prix. Being in southern California, he has expanded his judging experience to the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, MotorCars on Main (Coronado) and the Hillsborough Concours.

He is heavily involved with the world-wide Pagoda Group: as the editor of their newsletter, Pagoda Notes and their semi-annual magazine Pagoda World. A regular contributor to the on-line forum, he serves on the board of directors for the group. His niche in the group is with MB reference materials: books, manuals, advertising brochures, parts manuals, dealer brochures, paint books and more.

Having fun on both sides of the concours field.

Concours Workshop Registration

Use this form to signup for the September 8th workshop.

Select the session you'd like to attend.

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