I recently interviewed a former boss, a courageous woman who once hired me as an intern. She’s now affiliated with the Milwaukee Masterpiece, a high-end car show.
Meet Bev Jurkowski, my mentor – and the woman crazy enough to ask me to be a "celebrity judge" this weekend at the show.
OnMilwaukee.com: So how did you get involved in the Masterpiece?
Bev Jurkowski: I’ve been a gear head for a long time. It started with my days at Miller when I worked with the sports marketing group and got to meet race legends like Danny Sullivan (the guy who did a 360 at Indy – not intentionally – and still won the race), and NASCAR greats Bobby Allison and Rusty Wallace. I’ve been involved in car clubs since the 1980s. A few of my friends in the Porsche Club are working behind the scenes for the Milwaukee Masterpiece and they drafted me to join them.
OMC: What can people expect to see when they attend the Masterpiece this year?
BJ: It’s a two-day event. On Saturday, Aug. 23, you’ll see cars and motorcycles shown by anyone who wants to bring a vehicle down to the show field in Veterans Park. Spectators will pick a People’s Choice winner. Saturday is a prelude to Sunday. That’s the real deal when the show field will be occupied by 230 vehicles that the Concours Committee has invited to compete for awards. These vehicles will be judged in 29 different classes. Each class will have a first-in-class winner. Prestige awards will be given as well including the Chief Judge’s award and the granddaddy award – Best of Show.
The lakefront provides the perfect setting for this family friendly event.
OMC: This sounds kind of stuffy.
BJ: Not at all. The people who own these unique vehicles are down to Earth. They’ll talk your ear off if you indicate the slightest interest in their vehicle. Stop and talk with Jack and Annie Bonham of Shawano who will be there with their 1941 Packard 120 Convertible Coupe. Jack spent 14 years working on the restoration.
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