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  1. Terra

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    BREAKING NEWS FROM THE CARMEL PINE CONE

    October 4, 2021, 5:10 p.m.

    DOUG FREEDMAN, FOUNDER OF CONCOURS ON THE AVENUE, DEAD AT 72

    Dear Readers,

    Doug Freedman, who founded the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue with wife Genie in 2007 and made the town a Car Week destination in the process, died of a heart attack over the weekend at the age of 72.

    The Atlanta, Ga., resident dreamed of presenting a downtown celebration of cars since the couple's first visit here in 1987, and their tenacity and dedication led to its launch and helped turn it into one of Car Week's most popular events.

    The Freedmans made the Cypress Inn their home base for several weeks each year to organize and present the Concours on the Avenue, which has raised more than $450,000 for The Carmel Foundation, a nonprofit serving members age 55 and older.

    We will have more information about Mr. Freedman's life and his passing in this week's Pine Cone. And we will continue to update you whenever there are important developments.

    Paul Miller, Publisher
    paul@carmelpinecone.com
     
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  3. TTR

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  4. jgcferrari

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    Very sad, such a nice guy and he put together one of the coolest events on car week
     
  5. Marcel Massini

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    Doug was a very quiet, discreet and friendly man. A true enthusiast.
    In the late 1980s he had traded his extensive Ferrari literature collection to Jacques Swaters/Garage Francorchamps in Brussels, Belgium, and received an F40 for this.

    RIP.

    Marcel Massini
     
  6. Nembo1777

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    Very sad news. I met Doug only once when he sought me out at the Cavallino Classic years ago, Keith Bluemel introduced us, Doug wanted to start a magazine focused on Concours and asked me if I was interested in being the editor, I was flattered but am a track person far more than into Concours so I declined. He was very gracious. Not sure if his plans went ahead. I gather he did a lot for the Ferrari community in the US via the club. RIP.
     
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  8. Marcel Massini

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    Doug was a former President of the Ferrari Club of America and also a Concours Judge at many shows.

    Marcel Massini
     
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  9. DWR46

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    Shocked, another good friend gone. Doug entrusted me to help restore his 250 GT Cabriolet in the 1980s and Genie, Sue and I became good friends. He was a true enthusiast and spent a year or so working at Garage Francorchamps to organize and catalog Swaters document collection.
     
  10. Lanikai

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    Doug also organized the National Meet in Atlanta in 1999. Some believe this was one of the best National Meets ever staged. True or not, Doug loved the club and was tireless in his support. Doug's F40 lives on at Ferrari of Atlanta as part of the Wettach family collection.
     
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    One of my favorite memories of Doug is tied to his inaugural Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue:
    It was quite amazing how by Tuesday (day of the show), he seemed to have somehow memorized every entrants (or presenters) face & first name that even if you weren’t near your car and just briefly came across him in the midst of crowded show or in the busy dining room reserved for (absolutely amazing) complimentary breakfast/lunch/dinner for all, he would immediately acknowledge/greet each and everyone by their (first) name.
    Even if you've never met him before, it made one feel like you've been friends for ages.
     
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  13. Terra

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    100% agree. I attended that 1999 FCA National Meet.
     
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  15. Lusso123

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    Very sad & shocked. Doug was a long time friend, and of course a great enthusiast. :( RIP
     
  16. Jack-the-lad

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    I did not know him but based on the comments here I wish I had.

    Condolences to his many friends.
     
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    Doug was an amazing guy and a fantastic organizer. Whatever he did, it was first class and done to perfection. I worked with/for him at the 1989 FCA National Meet in Atlanta and he actively supported my events when I was active in the Southeast Region. He and Genie were a great couple and I am sorry for her loss. We have all lost a good friend.
     
  18. redfred84

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    Doug was an excellent organizer, and promoter. Lots of class, and lots of fun. Hopefully his Concours on the Avenue in Carmel can continue in his memory.
     
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  19. GBTR6

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    Perhaps rename it to Paul Freedman Concours on the Avenue Carmel. Might be very fitting. Or have the main trophy after him.

    Perry
     
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    Great idea.
     
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  21. GBTR6

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    I was very fortunate to be out there in 2013, and went to the Carmel Concours. It was fantastic. I never get to see the cars many of you see, or even actually own, in person. I also got to the Historics at Laguna Seca. I want to try and get there again someday. Goodwood is on the bucket list, but that may not happen.

    Perry
     

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