Mercedes – Benz of Cutler Bay Deering Estate Vintage Auto Display – February 28, 2016

  Greg and Cindy Endres’s 1953 Kaiser Carolina

By Jean Hawa

Our “little laid back” car show grew this year. The thirty seven vintage vehicles, ranging from 1927 to 1959, were on display for one thousand three hundred sixty visitors who came to the 4th Annual Vintage Auto Display at the Deering Estate on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Nine more cars were pre-registered; unfortunately break-downs and other issues prevented them from coming. Also on display was the resident 1950 International Harvester truck.

In contrast of last year’s show, the balmy breezes from Biscayne Bay made the mid-high 60’s to low 70’s temperatures chilly to comfortable. While many visitors and participants wore shorts, several others were wearing jackets.  The overall comment was that it was a perfect gorgeous day to have a car show.

Activities for young and old were plentiful. Car owners submitted photographs of portions of their cars which became clues on paper for a scavenger hunt for children. It was a thrill watching the kids get excited as they matched the photo to the various cars. Even some of the adults joined in on the fun.  The children’s attendance of last year was doubled, 71 to 146. There were old fashion lawn games and plenty of tasty food from Sports Grill.

The car owners and their families enjoyed a leisure day in the 444-acre park that overlooks Biscayne Bay. Besides going on guided historical house tours and natural area tours, they talked with the many visitors about their cars, picnicked, and kicked off their shoes to relax.  Most of all, it was a very pleasant day.

The increased success of the show is due to many factors. I am thankful to all the car owners who brought out their cars. The staff members of the Deering Estate were so helpful with parking and setting up tents for us.  Through the generosity of the Deering Estate, the car owners were able to obtain a one-year membership to the park.   We appreciate the support given by Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay along with the company of its representative Augie Canamero who displayed a beautiful 2016 AMG GT-S 6.3 model.  More information about the Deering Estate, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, can be found at www.deeringestate.org

In a thank you letter from the Deering Estate’s Special Events Coordinator, Jenna Noordhoek stated “the turnout of cars was GREAT and we had an amazing turnout of guests”. Plans for 2017 include additional vintage boats and tractors. Once a date without too many conflicting other events is found, it will be on our calendar. As a reminder it will be a Sunday in the park for pre-1960’s original/restored antiques.

Photos by Jean Hawa, Maurice Hawa, Ron Mitro, Mel Mann and Al Padilla.