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Camee Edelbrock is a third generation “Car Guy” who has been attending races, car shows and automotive events since she was a kid. Her grandfather, Vic Edelbrock Sr., founded the Edelbrock Equipment Co. in 1938 and her father, Vic Jr., took over the business in 1962, when Vic Sr. passed away at the age of 49. Camee joined the family company after graduating college where she led the advertising and public relations department. As a company spokesperson, she appeared on Overhaulin’, Rides, Hot Rod TV and on the radio for Car & Driver. Camee enjoyed competition like previous Edelbrock generations. She raced on water skis, in boats and finally in vintage cars. Camee is honored to join the Benedict Castle Concours team where she can work with fellow car guys to raise much needed funds for Teen Challenge. As a good friend of Nicole Meguiar, she knows first-hand the difficulties of dealing with addiction. Combine this with her Christian faith and it’s a perfect fit for a long-time automotive enthusiast.
Having grown up watching Great Uncle “Dyno” Don Nicholson win NHRA drag racing championships, Don developed a passion for cars and speed at an early age. He’s built and raced cars since before he had his driver’s license and continues to this day. After a ten year career at Meguiar’s, Don founded Elevate, creating Performance and Styling parts for newer Volvos. He’s currently restoring his parent’s 1967 Impala SS (the first car they bought new!). Don helps with administrative activities for the Benedict Castle Concours.
Gary and Kathy Garner
Kathy got interested in cars at a very early age helping her older brother work on cars, and was introduced to drag racing. She worked at the Orange County International Raceway in Irvine, CA as a bracket girl for many years where she got to meet many of the drag racing legends. She has always had a passion for hot rods. Gary got a job right out of high school as a welder and fabricator learning tube bending skills. He started building custom exhaust systems and off road buggy chassis. He also built and raced an off-road car for many years during the 70’s & 80’s. Gary is the current president of the HB Car Club of Huntington Beach, CA, a 501-C non-profit organization where Kathy also serves on the board. Gary and Kathy have “his” and “hers” 1932 Ford hot rods that they take to many car shows and cruise nights around Southern California. Years ago they met Nicole Meguiar and were introduced to Teen Challenge and the Benedict Castle Concours Car Show where they have had active roles planning and promoting the show for the past four years.
Michael grew up in Detroit at the height of the Muscle Car era, and his father was an engineer at Chrysler. So, while you’d expect him to be a Mopar Muscle fan, his real love is classic European sports cars. His engineer father grew up in Europe and told stories of the Silver Arrows, Alfa Romeos, Maseratis, Jaguars and Ferraris racing on the great circuits of Europe. That led to Michael diving into the history of European sports car and Grand Prix racing, as well as that of the great coachbuilders of the pre-War era. If you see a classic Alfa Romeo Spider carving up the local mountain roads in Southern California, stop him and say hi! Michael assembles a large judging team each year to support his role as Chief Judge of the Benedict Castle Concours.
Paul has more than 25 years of experience in Supply Chain and Operations Management and has worked primarily in the aerospace and defense industry. His love of cars started back in high school when he rebuilt his first engine in auto shop, and he has not stopped since then. He has become a Ford Mustang fanatic and currently owns a ‘65 Coupe, a ‘66 Convertible and a 2015 GT. His love of cars goes way beyond just Mustangs though. He attends and participates in over 40 car shows a year and became a Meguiar’s Ambassador with his 1965 Mustang Coupe in 2017. He is currently the President of the Orange County Mustang Club and been on the club’s Board of Directors for several years and the Executive Advisor to the HB Car Club. He has served on several car show boards and committees including the Benedict Castle Concours.
As a teenager in high school Sandee was a cheerleader and to this day she is still cheering her way through life. She got the “car bug” while working as the Vendor Coordinator for the Grand National Roadster Show. Through the years, her love for cars and “car people” grew as she attended many car events in Southern California. She says she was born to do what she does as an Event Manager for Fairplex where she manages most of the car events at the Pomona facility. Her love for people and talent for problem solving makes her a valued volunteer. You will find her cheering for the beautiful cars on the grounds at the Benedict Castle Concours.
Von Hot Rod
Von Hot Rod was destined to be in the automotive industry. His dad Ben “The Rod Father” Valdez was a Drag racer and sprint car driver. As a kid Von soon found himself wrenching on hot rods. In High school he had already put his plan in motion to open his own hot rod shop. At 22 years of age Von opened up Hot Rod’s of Norco, one of Southern California’s largest hot rod shops which he owned for twenty years. As a Christian, Von felt a tugging on his heart to work with teens which lead him to work with Teen Challenge. Von now travels the world and shares his story and his Hotrod Pinstriping art. With his experience in Event Management, Von Hot Rod helps produce the Benedict Castle Concours.