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LA auto enthusiasts excel at S.F. Concorso

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Blue ribbon > Los Alamos residents Gerry Strickfaden and Clark Thompson entered their vintage vehicles

The Southwest’s premier gathering of rare and exotic cars was at The Club at Las Campanas outside of Santa Fe on the last weekend in September.
Three Los Alamos racers, restorers, and owners of vintage vehicles showed very well against other cars from throughout the nation.
Events for the weekend included the Concorso’s signature driving event “Mountain Tour” for street-legal cars from vintage 1907 to current and the judged “concours d’ elegance.”
Judging and public viewing of the Concorso was Sept. 29. In the Race Car class, the 1962 Lotus 23, received the blue ribbon from racers and judges Sir Stirling Moss and Norman Dewis. Gerry Strickfaden, of Los Alamos, meticulously restored the Lotus 23 from the ground up over the last five years.
Also entered in the Race Car class was the 1967 Corvette owned by Clark Thompson of Los Alamos. He has been developing and racing ‘Ol Blue for about 40 years, racing in Sports Car Club of America closed road courses, as well as National Council of Corvette Clubs and Porsche Club autocrosses and time trials. It is a family sport for the Thompsons as his wife Lulu also has driven the car in Lady’s classes and the grandchildren now travel with them to many events.
Lee Arellano of Los Alamos was also there with one of most iconic Camaros ever built by General Motors.
His 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS/RS-896 graced the American Iron class.