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Judges take a look at Jacksonville resident Rodolfo Junco de la Vega’s (right)  yellow Ferrari 275 GTS at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours. The car is the prototype for the classic convertible model.

Jax vehicle collector, publisher dies at 98

Jacksonville automobile collector and Mexican Grupo Reforma newspaper founder Rodolfo Junco de la Vega Jr. died on Oct. 6 at the age of 98, according to relatives and pals.

Remembered as “a difficult newspaperman from Monterrey, Mexico,” pal and Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance founder Monthly bill Warner mentioned it was normally the celebration when Mr. de la Vega frequented the office.

“His heat smile, speedy wit and charming demeanor would captivate the staff, leaving a wake of laughter,” Warner wrote in his notice of the demise.

Mr. de la Vega came to Jacksonville with his spouse Lillian and discovered a metropolis with “a good auto tradition,” Warner said. He also brought his one-off 1953 Ferrari 212 by Ghia, purchased in 1955 from the Ferrari manufacturing unit in 1955. It was a single of a diverse collection of major cars including traditional Maseratis and Alfa Romeos that he would push and display screen at community exhibits like the Ponte Vedra Automobile Exhibit and Amelia Island Concours.