All posts by Bob Squier

Cars and Cigars – June 18, 2017

The weather forecast for Sunday, June 18, 2017 called for a 50 to 60 percent chance of thunderstorms over Coconut Grove, so that might explain why the turnout – at least in terms of antique cars – was lower than expected at the annual Cars and Cigars Father’s Day Celebration at The Barnacle, the oldest house still standing in Miami-Dade County.  But like a lot of weather forecasts, this one didn’t mention that the 50 percent chance also meant that it could have been a beautiful morning, and it was.  The skies were blue with light cirrus clouds and a nice breeze off Biscayne Bay, so the thirty or so cars that came onto the lawn in front of The Barnacle had a great setting for the annual show.

The cars that came ranged from 1929 Ford Model A – two of them, in fact – to a 1992 (or so) Cadillac Allante and many fine examples of domestic and foreign, sports, muscle, sedan, and wagon, and a couple of beautifully restored ‘60’s era Volkswagen mini-busses fully equipped for a road trip to the Keys or to Woodstock.  Live music leaned heavily on the classics from the ‘70’s, hot dogs and burgers served as lunch, and of course some fine samples of cigars, hand-rolled, were filling the air.

The other 50 percent of the weather forecast came true around 2:00 p.m. when wind gusts started to rock the palms and a rain squall blew in off the bay.  But by that time, everyone had had a great time and even if the day was cut short, it was still a lot of fun.

Story and Photos by Philip Williams

Cuban Nostalgia – May 19-21, 2017

Again all things Cuban celebration was held on May 19, 20 and 21th (Cuban Independence Day weekend) at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fairgrounds. The exhibition included history, food, music, art, and lots of memorabilia.  For its 19th year, the theme was vintage cars. The venue was accented with cars that would have been seen on the streets of Havana in days of old and even today provided by members and friends of AACA South Florida Region.  Thanks to the organizers who made this possible to keep the heritage and culture of Cuba alive for future generations.

Story by Al Padilla
Photos by Al Padilla and Frank Garcia

Annual Picnic – May 6, 2017

Once again the members of the AACA South Florida Region gathered for the annual picnic at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park. We scheduled it for May so that there was less chance of rain and it would be cooler.  This year it worked perfectly with temperatures in the low 80’s, low humidity and clear skies.

Nearly 50 club members came out for the fun, the food, and the company.  We saw quite a few antique cars because it was a dry sunny day.  Even Mel brought out his 1967 Chevrolet Corvette; which means there was no rain to be seen within the tri-state area

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 Cindy Endres’s potato salad; 2nd Place Cheryl Mullininx’s deviled eggs; and 3rd Place Bob Squier’s cucumber salad.  Top honors for desserts went to: 1st Place Carolyn Thiele’s Chocolate Eclairs; 2nd Place Carlos Alem’s key lime squares, and 3rd Place Maria Quevedo’s blonde buns

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

By Bob Squier
Photos by Bob Squier, Al Padilla and Philip Williams.

We had a good showing of cars and a great group to celebrate our annual picnic.

Classics on the Key Car Show for Cystic Fibrosis – April 2, 2017

The Cystic Fibrosis Walk and Classic Car Show at Virginia Key Beach.  It is a great cause and brought closer to home because Delaney, the granddaughter of one of our members, suffers from cystic fibrosis. The  best of class trophies were framed prints by Delaney.  The best of show and Delaney’s choice awards were original artwork by Delaney. It was a great day and if you were lucky enough it was quite an honor to be a winner and all the better to help her win.
Bob Squier



5th Annual Deering Vintage Auto Show – March 12, 2017

Thirty-three pre-1960’s cars graced the great lawn at the 5th Annual Deering Estate Vintage Auto Show on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Ranging from a 1920 Ford Model T to a 1959 Edsel Corsair CV, the vintage cars were a crowd pleaser to the over one thousand visitors.   Also on display were the resident 1950 International Harvester truck, an antique wooden boat, and a beautiful Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Cabriolet brought by our supporter Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay.

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 fun watching parents guide their children to search for a specific feature of a car.  The kids got so excited when they matched the photo to the various cars on their own.  There were old fashion lawn games, miniature car racing 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 relaxing Sunday in the park. The overall consensus was that it was a perfectly gorgeous day to have a car show.

Submitted by Jean Hawa
Photos by Maurice Hawa

Mercedes-Benz Biltmore Way Classic Car Show – March 5, 2017

With historic Coral Gables City Hall as a backdrop the Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Show was a huge success.  It coincided with Carnaval, the annual street fair celebrating Latin culture.

It was a near picture-perfect South Florida winter’s day with balmy temps in the low 70’s, near cloudless skies, and wind…oh the wind.  This kind of day brought out 85 cars and a truck that we should count twice. Many of the members’ cars have been seen before, but are still crowd favorites.  We also had quite a few first-timers from both members and non-member making this an exciting show for both participants and spectators alike.

We also fielded a large force of judges who had their hands full picking first, second and third place winners in 11 classes. Judges included: Head Judge Manny Garcia, Larry Wexlar, Tom Graboski, Rudy Rodriguez, Hank Tester, Millie Garcia, Dar Pace, Marvin Freedman, Steve Greenblat, Danny Hernandez, Cindy Endres, Gabriel Garcia, Eduardo Zavala, Martin Roca, Carlos Heredia, Jaime Del Valle, Michael Arias and Tim Merriman. 

The usual suspects were there processing entries and parking cars as the participants were out early and in force. Thanks to Show Chairman Andy Leavy, Mel Mann, Jean Hawa, Gary Shanock, Bob Squier, Ira Shapiro, Tomas Hernandez, Danny Hernandez, Luis Quevedo  and Philip Williams.  A special thanks to Guy Lewis for showing three magnificent Mercedes-Benz cars from a bygone era right next to the new generation presented by our sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables.

Enjoy the Show.

Photos by Bob Squier

Ocala A.A.C.A. Winter Meet – February 25, 2017

The South Florida Region was well represented at the Winter Meet in Ocala, Florida held on February 25, 2017.  The day started out foggy, but by mid-morning the sun was shining down on the many wonderful vehicles from around the country, and among them were 13 cars from our club. Although many of the vehicles are of the makes and models seen at many of the shows the quality was truly superior.  It was a wonderful show as you will see in the photos that follow.

Bob Squier
Photos by Bob Squier, Luis Fernandez, Bill Thiele and Andy Leavy

24th Annual All British Classic Car Show – February 19, 2017

At the Gold Coast British Car Club’s 24th Annual All British Classic Car show held in Boca Raton the A.A.C.A. South Florida Region was well-represented with five 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 40’s to a fresh off the lot Aston Martin.  This year they were honoring the MG “T” Series –MG-TC, MG-TD and MG-TF. For British car lovers it was a treat.  Here are some of the cars for your enjoyment.

Bob Squier

11th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance – February 12, 2017

At the 11th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, the A.A.C.A. South Florida Region was well-represented with four cars in the show and  on the judging teams with 17 of our members judging in 26 classes comprised of some 182 cars.  Once we finished our judging assignments we were free to look over the whole field.  We saw many fine cars from all eras of automotive history.  The Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg display was a real treat.   Here are some of the cars for your enjoyment.

Photos by Bob Squier, Chris Williams, John Layzell, Ira Shapiro, Peter Lacau, and Mel Mann

Art Deco Weekend Classic Car Fest – Sunday, January 15, 2017

The rain stayed away, the sky was partly sunny, and by the time we closed the gates we had more than 70 vehicles in place to once again shine on Ocean Drive for the second day of the Art Deco Weekend car show.  The Sunday show is limited to 1992 and older original or restored cars, but that doesn’t limit the beauty and style that shows up including some of the finest cars in South Florida.  These are worthy of any national show; many of them have received awards from such places as the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance and the Lake Mirror Classic.  Included in the show were fine examples of British sports cars, American muscle, exotic and rakish cruisers, Art Deco-inspired phaetons, and of course Corvettes, Mustangs, T-birds, and even the denizen of Suburbia: the wood-grained station wagon.

Thanks to show chairman Mel Mann for being our guiding light and to Bob Squier, Ira Shapiro, Guy Lewis, Greg and Cindy Endres, Jean Hawa, Philip Williams and Ken Hilton for helping get the cars checked in and in place.  A special thanks as always to the Miami Beach Police Department for providing the security and support as they do each year.  Also a very special thank you to Williamson Automotive Group for being our proud sponsor.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier, Philip Williams and Mel Mann

If you missed it, enjoy the virtual show.

Best of Show

Ralph Thiele’s 1962 Pontiac Bonneville