All posts by Bob Squier

Cars and Cigars – June 17, 2018

On a hot and humid (in other words summer in South Florida) Father’s Day Sunday, 39 car enthusiasts ventured out to the Cars and Cigars Car Show at the Barnacle State Park in Coconut Grove.  Our club had a strong showing with 12 cars.  We also had club members come by as spectators.  Besides the cars and the great views, you could take a tour of the historic 1891 Barnacle House.  To enhance the experience, there was live folk music and a lunch of hotdogs and hamburgers.  As usual with car shows, there was the fine art sitting behind your car in the shade, talking to people who had questions or stories to tell, and of course catching up with friends and making new ones.  All in all it was a great day.

Story and photos by Bob Squier

Annual Picnic – May 5, 2018

Once again the members of the AACA South Florida Region gathered for the annual picnic, this time at Larry and Penny Thompson Park. Again we scheduled it for May so that there was less chance of rain and it would be cooler. This year it didn’t work out as well with temperatures in the mid-80’s, lots of humidity and on-again-off again drizzle.

Nevertheless, nearly 50 club members showed up for the fun, the food, and the company.  A few brave souls brought out their antique cars, but most came in their daily drivers.

This year’s picnic was a catered affair under the chairmanship of Manny Garcia, Millie Garcia and Tomas Hernandez who also brought the table decorations.   Our members contributed by heaping two tables with a wide assortment of side dishes and desserts, all up for prizes and judged by an impartial panel of tasters.

Taking top honors for the side dishes were: 1st place, Bob Squier’s Cucumber Salad; 2nd place George Harvey’s Corn Casserole. Top honors for desserts went to: 1st place Elena Williams’ Chess Bars; 2nd place Diane Ash’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.  In addition to the food competition member awards were given for Longest Drive – Amy Axelrod from Delray Beach; Eldest Member – Carlton Bahn- (also a member since 1955); Oldest Antique Car – Paul Cotner – 1931 Model A Roadster; Newest Member – John Houlsby (joined two months ago); Newest Antique Car – Ira Shapiro- 1993 Cadillac Allante.

Thanks again to all who helped with the picnic, and all the members who by being there made this a very enjoyable event.

Post and Photos by Bob Squier

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Car Show – March 4, 2018

Oh what a day!  The weather couldn’t have been finer if the Coral Gables Visitor Bureau had ordered it.  The cars couldn’t have been better if the club selected them for the show.  We had 60 cars and one motorcycle registered for the show, and another 35 cars or so showed up on Sunday.  Some the cars we have seen before, but quite a few were making their first appearance.  With Carnaval on the Mile going strong on Miracle Mile, we had hundreds of spectators, many of whom were taking selfies alongside the gleaming cars displayed in front of Coral Gables City Hall.

As always, a show like this takes a lot of planning and preparation.  Guided by Show Chairman Andy Leavy, it came off without a hitch thanks to the helping hands of Philip Williams, Bob Squier, Jean Hawa, Ron Mitro, Tomas Hernandez, Luis Quevedo, Mel Mann, Gary Shanock, Ira Shapiro and Bill Anello.

This is our annual judged show going by AACA rules, and thanks to Head Judges Manny and Millie Garcia and their able team of judges Larry Wechsler, Maurice Hawa, Alex Fardales, Ed Raabe, Tomas Hernandez, Ron Mitro, Bill Anello, Luis Quevedo, Tim Merriman, and Tom Graboski, awards were handed out to the best in each class plus Best Pre-War and Best Post-War.

This is the 13th edition of the show and the best one yet. Here are some photos to enjoy.

Photos by Jean Hawa, Mel Mann, Bob Mayer, Al Padilla, Bob Squier and Philip Williams

 

12th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance – February 25, 2018

What a day – what a car show.  Excuse me, what a Concours d’Elegance.  The field was filled with 240 cars from early 1900’s to 1975: foreign and American, muscle cars and not-so-muscle cars, convertibles, coupes, sedans race cars, beach cars, amphicars, motorcycles, and a boat.  There were models I’ve seen at many car shows and models that I’ve never seen other than in photographs.  If you didn’t come away with your car appetite sated then you weren’t paying attention.  Here are some photos and a link to photos taken by the event photographer.

Photos by Bob Squier and Jean Hawa

Boca Raton Event Photographer’s Photos

 

25th Annual All British Classic Car Show – February 18, 2018

At the Gold Coast British Car Club’s 25th Annual All British Classic Car show held in Boca Raton the A.A.C.A. South Florida Region was well-represented with four cars in the show along with eight others from the local British Car Club of Miami which came up in a caravan from Miami.; a 61 mile journey. There were many fine British cars from the 30’s to a fresh off the lot Aston Martins.  This year they were honoring the Lotus: Super 7, Elan, Elise and Europa. For British car lovers it was a treat.  Here are some of the cars for your enjoyment.

Bob Squier

Art Deco Weekend – January 13-14, 2018

It was the perfect combination of beautiful weather and beautiful surroundings along Ocean Drive on Miami Beach to celebrate the Art Deco Festival on January 13th and 14th.  Blue skies, pastel buildings, and shining chrome invited thousands of people from all over the world to take a stroll from 6th to 10th Street to see the AACA South Florida Region’s cars lined up as if they owned the place.

Thanks to our show co-chairs Mel Mann and Ira Shapiro, ably assisted by Bob Squier, Guy Lewis, Philip Williams, Cindy Endres, Manny and Millie Garcia, Chico Goldsmith, Gary Stump, and Tomas Hernandez.  Thanks also to the Miami Beach Design Preservation League for putting on this great event, and a special thanks to the men and women of the Miami Beach Police Department; they make it possible to put on this show for the enjoyment of everyone.

Philip Williams

Photos by Bob Squier, Philip Williams, Mel Mann, Ira Shapiro, Al Padilla, and West Peterson.

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Holiday Party – December 2, 2017

Our Holiday Party was held at the 94th Aero Squadron this year.  Forty-six of our members filled the room with conversation and laughter while a slideshow of our many events rolled in the background.  President Ron Mitro awarded our Member of the Year Trophy to Jean Hawa and turned over the gavel and steering wheel to incoming President Manny Garcia.  Manny’s first act as president was to thank Philip Williams for his many contributions to the club and to thank the members for coming to the party and encouraging them to participate often in the club’s activities.  Then we got down to the serious business of eating.  Table by table members went to the buffet and came back with plates heaped with an array of delicious foods.  After everyone had finished dessert the new board was sworn in.  We than formed a circle of chairs, grabbed the presents we brought, and passed them around every time the word “and” was said in a theatrical reading by Ken Kurtz of A Visit from St. Nicholas.  We had lots of laughs and good times.

Happy Holidays
Bob Squier

Deering Estate Vintage Auto Show – November 5, 2017

On a spectacular late fall day in South Florida the Deering Estate opened its grounds for an auto show for pre-1960 cars, trucks and motorcycles.  As you will see we had a variety of vehicles from the 1920’s to the 1950’s.   The cars vehicles were parked on the high ground near the house because of an expected “king tide” at 10 A.M.  The sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, put two fine examples their current models on the field making a startling contrast between old and new.  Everyone had a good time talking cars and touring the house and grounds.

This free show entitled registered owners and one adult admission to the show and the Deering Estate, and up to two food vouchers. Drivers will also receive a one year couple’s membership to the Deering Estate.

Photos Bob Squier

 

Progressive Dinner – November 4, 2017

The annual Progressive Dinner may change venues – that’s the whole idea – but the food and the friendship is always good.  On Saturday, November 4, we started out at the home of Philip Williams with a selection of appetizers – shrimp, cheese, and deli nibblers – then onward to the home of Cheryl and Jay Mullininx for a sumptuous dinner around the pool.  The menu started out with a mixed green salad followed by a buffet of beef tenderloin, chicken pot pie, potatoes au gratin, and a green bean casserole. All of them were homemade and delicious.  The desserts were too numerous to list here, but if you counted on cheesecake, ice cream, apple pie, lemon cake, and an assortment of cookies, you’d be off to a good start.  There were door prizes for the lucky ticket holders, but best of all it was a fun time with good friends, which is one of the reasons we like to get together and share a meal.

Photos by Bob Squier

Only three members brought their oldies to the dinner.