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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

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Ralph Thiele’s 1962 Pontiac Bonneville

Art Deco Weekend Classic Car Fest – Saturday, January 14, 2017

A few brief showers and Miami traffic may have slowed the start of the Art Deco Weekend car show on Saturday, January 14, but by 10:30 we had over 50 cars ranging from an amazing 1939 Lincoln Zephyr to a Ford Model A that would have been better suited on “The Beverly Hillbillies” lined up on Ocean Dive.  The Saturday show was open to cars of all shapes and sizes and degrees of customization from 1992 and older.  They blended right in with the festive crowd and street performers.  Take a look at the photos and imagine yourself behind the wheel of any of these beauties.

Thanks to show chairman Mel Mann for being our guiding light and to Bob Squier, Philip Williams, Ira Shapiro, Chico Goldsmith, Guy Lewis, Millie and Manny Garcia, 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

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1939 Lincoln Zypher custom
Bill Niessen recieves his Best of Show Award from Mel Mann and Ira Shapiro
Bill Niessen recieves his Best of Show Award from Mel Mann and Ira Shapiro

 

 

Art Deco Classic Car Fest Sunday, January 17, 2016

 Elpidio Padilla’s 1954 Buick Roadmaster Riviera 72R

Unlike Saturday, the second day of Art Deco Weekend Car Fest started out overcast and windy with the threat of heavy rain and wind.   For once the meteorologists got it right.   Four of us were parked on Ocean Drive around 8:15 when the heavens opened up and it poured for about 20 minutes.  It then turned into a beautiful partly-cloudy day.  In the end about 27 brave souls and their cars showed up to what turned out to be a great show. We again lined up along Ocean Drive from 8th Street down to 5th Street.

Ira Shapiro, Philip Williams and I would like to thank everyone who came out and made this a great show.  We would also like to thank the volunteers who manned the gate, registration table and helped park cars – thank you Jean Hawa, Guy Lewis., Cindy and Greg Endres, and Ken Hilton.   I forgot to thank Mel Mann, who was attending his eldest son’s wedding this weekend, for all of his effort in attending the many meetings leading up to the show.  It made our two day stint all the easier.  Thanks Mel.

Enjoy the photos of the show.
Photos by Bob Squier, Philip Williams and Elpidio Padilla.

Art Deco Classic Car Fest Saturday, January 16, 2016

Guy Lewis’s 1936 Ford Cabriolet

Despite a foggy start on Saturday the Art Deco Weekend Car Fest was blessed with beautiful sunny day without a cloud in the sky. About 60 cars, trucks and motorcycles lined up along Ocean Drive from 10th Street down to 5th Street.  It was a great day.  Ira Shapiro, Philip Williams and I would like to thank everyone who came out and made this a great show.

We would also like to thank the volunteers who manned the gate, registration table and helped park cars – thank you Tomas Hernandez, Cindy and Greg Endres, Ken Hilton and Guy Lewis.  While we’re in a thanking mode we need to mention the support we received from the Williamson Cadillac.

Enjoy the photos of  the show.
Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Art Deco Weekend – January 17 – 18, 2015

John Layzell’s 1925 Alvis SC 12/50 roadster

When people ask club members which of our shows is the best, we like to say “all of them.”  It’s true; we like to think that every show we do makes the cars the stars and adds a touch of class and nostalgia to the place and time.  But it’s hard to top the pure star power and class of having almost two hundred beautiful vehicles shining in the brilliant sunshine next to the iconic Art Deco architecture of world-famous South Beach.  And 2015’s event was no slouch when it came to brilliance and beauty.

Saturday dawned clear and cool for the parade of cars.  Both members and non-members of the AACA South Florida Region participated, including antique as well as modern convertibles; after all, we needed to transport all the celebrities, politicians and the Miss Art Deco beauty queens.  After the parade, the cars lined up from 5th Street to 8th Street representing the broad spectrum of antiques, including modifieds and customs, adding a colorful splash to the scene.  The parade and show was open to all cars and included everything from a Ford Model A, a magnificent 1939 Lincoln Zephyr custom to a shiny red 1960 Cadillac with the legendary tailfins.  Twelve trophies were awarded to the best and the brightest.

Our second show on Sunday was for original or restored antique cars only.  Even the most optimistic forecast for great weather and a good turn-out were well below the target: the day was clear and pleasantly cool, and the total number of cars that lined up on Ocean Drive surpassed 90.  A team of judges went through all the cars, and thirteen trophies were awarded to a hefty contingent of British sports cars, Corvettes, muscle cars, and some chromed beauties from the 1950’s.  Trophies went to some really beautiful and rare cars.  Show Chairman Mel Mann extends his thanks to all of the volunteers who worked with him to make this event so successful, including co-chairs Ira Shapiro and Bob Squier and Philip Williams.  We, the volunteers, wish to thank Mel Mann for his organizational skills and boundless energy.  We’d also like to thank our generous sponsors: Williamson Automotive Group and Silver Cars All-Audi Rental.  We could not do the show without their support.  It should also be noted that the club honored the men and women of the Miami Beach Police Department for the great job they did in making the whole event safe and carefree.  We are grateful for their service.

We have a lot of pictures of the cars and the events.  There were food vendors, performance artists, stilt walkers and costumed characters, thousands of spectators and, of course, our antique automobiles framed against the Art Deco architecture that is the hallmark of this historic section of Miami Beach.  If you could not join in on either day, you missed out on one great weekend of fun.  The pictures that follow should give you an idea of what you missed.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams