All posts by Bob Squier

Art Deco Weekend – January 14-15, 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.

 

 

Cars in the Garden – October 29, 2017

South Florida weather can be surprising.  Yes, we get lots of warmth year-round, but we can have sudden storms.  On Saturday, October 28, Tropical Storm Philippe formed and blew through Miami, bringing heavy rain, wind, and even a tornado.  But just as quickly as it came, it went and Sunday, October 29 was clear and perfect for the Cars in the Garden Show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  Antiques and Corvettes were spread out among the exotic plants, and while we had planned for nearly 100 participants, the residual effects of Philippe may have kept some home, and the temporary closure of Old Cutler Road due to debris clean-up from Hurricane Irma may have delayed some arrivals. But we still had 60 cars in the garden, ranging from a 1929 Ford Model A to a 1993 Cadillac Allante and much to admire in between.

Participants voted for their favorite antiques and Corvettes. First and Second Place trophies were awarded by class.  The spectators voted for Best in Show.  Cars in the Garden winners.

Thanks to our volunteers who helped set up and run the show, including show co-chairs Jean Hawa and Chico Goldsmith, Cliff Gibson, Maurice Hawa, Tomás Hernández, Ken Hilton, Gary Shanock, Ira Shapiro, Bob Squier, and Philip Williams. We also thank our sponsors, Elite Investments Holding Company and Koski Insurance. A special thanks is extended to Natalie White, Lori Sellers, and Marnie Valent, the Special Events staff members of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden whose help was invaluable.

Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Lakeland Auto Show & Lake Mirror Concours – October 21, 2017

The Lakeland Auto Show and Lake Mirror Concours is a spectacular show in two parts.  A street show of over 250 original, restored, custom, and hot rods.  In addition there is a Concours show of some of the finest vehicles displayed around the beautiful Lake Mirror.  Eleven of our members had cars in this show. Put this one on your bucket list.

Photos by Tomás Hernandez, Mel Mann, Bob Squier and Philip Williams

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