Who We Are

Michael G. Tillson III

tillsonMichael G. Tillson III, Chairman and Founder The career of Michael Tillson’s grandfather spanned two eras – although he was deeply involved in horse transportation, he also entered the automobile business. In the next generation, Michael’s father extended the family’s involvement in the world of cars. Michael G. Tillson III, today one of the most highly regarded authorities in the country on classic and sports cars as well as a lover of fine horses, began his career ferrying cars from one of his father’s facilities to another – at the age of 12. The world of very special and exotic cars opened when Michael became associated with the Derham Body Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania – a firm that had crafted the finest custom bodies for chassis supplied by manufacturers such as Packard, Cadillac and Duesenberg. During Mike’s tenure, Derham was still hand-crafting custom work for clients on Philadelphia’s famed Main Line as well as armor-plating limousines for diplomats and dictators. For Michael Tillson, it was then on to the position of service manager for the legendary Ferrari dealer, Algar of Rosemont. Tillson’s encyclopedic knowledge of Ferraris and Alfa Romeos owes much to this experience. By now, he had entered another phase of the automotive scene – he had become a serious and respected sports car racer, appearing regularly on the SCCA and IMSA tracks. He burned rubber at Daytona, Sebring, and Lime Rock as well as courses in Mexico and Canada. Among his treasured memories of this period are the races where he was co-driver with such legends of the track as Innes Ireland, Al Holbert, and Bruce Jennings. In 1997, Michael decided to bring together two of his great loves – classic cars and the world of horses and fox hunting - by staging a benefit Concours d’Elegance at the Radnor Hunt in the rolling country of Chester County, Pennsylvania. In a way, this is a happy synthesis of the two passions that have characterized three generations of the Tillson family – Michael is a governor of the Hunt and an avid horseman. Since then, the Concours has continued to grow and is now a recognized prestige event that showcases the most elegant Packard, Cadillac, Du Pont, Bentley, Duesenberg, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes Benz automobiles from around the nation. The sporting marques that have graced the show field include Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Porsche. His hard work and dedication have produced an event that brings great pleasure to many classic car enthusiasts and has resulted in significant gifts to various charities and, for the past several years, has focused on Thorncroft Equestrian Center and the local troops of the Boy Scouts.

Thomas H. Ross (Tobey)

International Engineering executive with 40 years of involvement in all forms of automobile racing, collecting and restoration specializing in vintage Porsche cars. He was formerly Secretary of the Fairmount Park Vintage Grand Prix and has been associated with the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance since the first show in 1997. Tobey serves as Secretary, Registration Chairman, Judging facilitator, and liaison to the Vintage Sports Car Club of America.

William O'Connell

Involved as a Member of the Fairmount Park Philadelphia Vintage Grand Prix from its inception and a Member of Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance Committee since 1997. An experienced rally master, he is the organizer of the Saturday rally held on the weekend of the Concours and the winner of the first Press On Regardless Rally Award from the Riesentöter Region of the Porsche Club of America. Bill is also a past president of Riesentöter.

Philip Tegtmeier

European exotic car specialist and car show judge. Began his automotive career with the Derham Coach Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania which became ALGAR, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo dealer. Later joined Kirk F. White organization and was involved with sports cars raced by Roger Penske. Handled such exotics as Ferrari 250 GTOs and many one-off Ferraris. Since 1982 nationally recognized classics and vintage car consultant and concours judge. Phil has been the Judging chairman since the first event, and has now taken the role of Judging Chairman Emeritus.

David Gardenhour

David is the consummate auto enthusiast that typifies this concours board, and a valuable resource for other board members with his vast experience in marketing and promotions. He is the sponsorship co-chair and also assists with marketing activities for the event. His passion for cars, and this event, is immeasurable. 

John P. Lawless

John has been Motorcycle Committee co-chair of the Radnor Hunt Concours d' Elegance since 2007. His infatuation with motorcycles and old cars began as a child, a hobby passed down from his father and brother. For more than twenty years, he has been actively involved with racing motorcycles and currently runs a 1961 Norton Manx in vintage competition as well as other motorcycles. John is the creator of the Chadds Ford Classic Motorcycle Auction, and is a published writer in a number of motorcycle magazines. He also organizes the motorcycle exhibit at the Simeone Foundation Museum each summer that precedes the Radnor Hunt Concours.

James B. Francis (Wicker)

Wicker joined the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance Board in 2014 as the sponsorship co-chair. He has been involved with the event over the past few years as a car exhibitor, motorcycle exhibitor and a judge. Wicker’s passion for cars began at age 10 when he attempted to “fix” family cars, a situation that didn’t always turn out well. In sharp contrast, he has recently managed full restorations of automobiles that have been concours winners, primarily Alfa Romeos. For nearly 30 years he has been the President of Tidewater Sales and Distribution Co. which specializes in supplying equipment to petrochemical companies worldwide.

C. Michael Whelan (Mike)

An automotive industry executive whose interest in cars began before he could drive, Mike has worked for Algar Ferrari, Philpenn Imported Cars and other area dealerships. He has judged at the New Hope Automobile Show and the Philadelphia Ferrari Festival, and has a career with Subaru of America, Inc. spanning more than 30 years in various sales and marketing positions. Mike is responsible for the Marketing and Public Relations functions for the event.

Joanne Piraino

Joanne is a seasoned veteran of the promotional items industry who manages the selection and production of the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance items for sale in the Concours Shop, such as the shirts, hats, neckties and other concours branded merchandise. She also oversees the production of trophies for the road rally and the concours classes. Joanne is both an auto enthusiast and a private pilot, and a member of the 99s World Organization of Women Pilots, sharing her love for anything with an engine.

Timothy W. Trexler

If it has wheels, Tim likes it. It started with go-carts, skateboards and bicycles and, in time, included motorcycles, cars and trucks. He is a member of the BMWCCA and the BMWMOA and is a USCF Moto Marshal – one of those guys on a motorcycle in the middle of a bike race. Having attended every Radnor Hunt Concours and volunteering the past few years, he now serves on the Finance Committee as well as being the concours Treasurer. Tim is a First Vice President – Wealth Management for Morgan Stanley.

   

Timothy J. Zupko (Tim)

Tim was a long time volunteer for the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance, and who better to chair that committee than he? He is a classic car enthusiast, and has competed in the Saturday Chester County Road Rally for numerous years. Tim was elected chairman of the Volunteers Committee in 2014 and assists with coordinating the staffing needs of the Logistics Committee as well as the other committees. 

Brian P. Bowie

A retired executive with a major academic healthcare center, Brian now divides his time between consulting and a variety of volunteer activities. Like several other members of the Board, his interest in automobiles took firm hold in his youth, and the attraction to “old cars” may have had its genesis even earlier, when, as a newborn, he was driven home from the hospital in a 1928 Willys Knight! Brian is a member of the Porsche Club of America. He has been a Volunteer at the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance for several years, and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2012.  Along with his son Mark, he is responsible for Parking, MotorSport Park and liaison with car clubs, and the MotorSport Seminar Series on Saturday.

Matthew T. McGeever

Owner of Brent Morgan Motorcars, a specialist service and restoration facility catering to European marques including Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari.  Matthew has raced, shown and rallied cars throughout his automotive career and participated in the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance since 2003.  He serves as the chairman for the Friday Night Barbecue, the VIP Luncheon and the Black Tie Gala, responsible for coordinating the event details.