Category Archives: Biltmore Way Classic Car Show

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

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Car Show – March 6, 2016

Again the Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Show built on the success of previous year’s shows on Biltmore Way with historic Coral Gables City Hall as a backdrop and was a huge success.  It coincided with the Carnaval on the Mile, the annual street fair celebrating Latin culture, which occupied all of Miracle Mile.

It was a picture-perfect South Florida winter’s day with balmy temps in the upper 70’s and a near cloudless sky.  The usual suspects were there processing entries and parking cars as the participants were out early and in force.  By 11:00, when the gates were closed, we had registered and parked over 80 cars and trucks as DJ Elvis was spinning the tunes of our past.  Because this was a judged show using modified AACA rules, we limited entries to original or restored vehicles only. But that didn’t keep the cars away.  We also saw a lot of loyal friends who love to share their treasures with us, and we also made new friends whom we hope will come to future events and add to the already-impressive roster of fine antique automobiles in the club.

Thanks to Show Chairman Andy Leavy, Jean Hawa, Gary Shanock, Bob Squier, Ira Shapiro, Ron Mitro, Ken Hilton, Jim Lowery, Tomas Hernandez and Philip Williams.  A special thanks to our sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables.

Enjoy the Show.

By Philip Williams

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

First, second and third place were awarded in 11 classes.
1 – Classic Cars 1925 – 1948 American and European
2 – American Production – 1925 -1942
3 – American Production – 1946-1969
4 – American Production – 1970-1991
5 –  Factory High Performance – 1955-1989
6 –  Corvette – All Years
7 – Mustang – All Years
8 – Foreign Cars Luxury – All Years
9 – Foreign Cars Non-sporting – All Years
10 – Foreign Cars Sporting All Years
11 –  Trucks, Work Vehicles, Military Vehicles, Motorcycles – All Years

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Show – March 8, 2015

Dar Pace’s 1934 Packard coupe convertible

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This year’s Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Show built on the success of last year’s show in the shadow of the historic Coral Gables City Hall and under the watchful eye of the statue of the city’s founder, George Merrick. It coincided with the Carnaval on the Mile, the annual street fair celebrating Latin culture, which occupied all of Miracle Mile.

The skies were overcast with the threat of rain, but all we got was a little drizzle towards the end of the show. Compared to our friends up north, it was what makes us glad to live in South Florida. By the time the early-arriving volunteers showed up, we had to get right to work processing entries and parking cars as the participants were out early and in force. By about ten o’clock — when the show was set to start — the street was over half-full. By 11:00 when the gates were closed we had registered and parked over 80 cars and trucks and DJ Elvis was spinning the tunes of our past. Because this was a judged show using modified AACA rules, we limited entries to original or restored vehicles only. But that didn’t keep the cars away. Some were classics of early automotive history including a 1929 Model A; some were shining examples of muscle cars from the 1960’s, and some were one-of-a-kind. We also saw a lot of loyal friends who love to share their treasures with us, and we also made new friends whom we hope will come to future events and add to the already-impressive roster of fine antique automobiles in the club. We had ten classes: American and European Classic Cars 1925-1948; American Production 1925-1942, 1946-1969, and 1970-1990; Factory High Performance 1955-1989; Corvettes, Mustangs, Foreign Production, Foreign Sports, and Trucks, Work Vehicles, and Military Vehicles. Check out the winners in the photos. Trophies were sponsored by Deel Volvo Volkswagen. As usual, this show could not have been done without the help of many of our club members. Thanks to Show Chairman Andy Leavy, Jean Hawa, Gary Shanock, Bob Squier, Ira Shapiro, Ron Mitro, Ken Hilton, John Jones, and Philip Williams. Leading the judges was Ira Shapiro, ably assisted by Keith Ellenburg, Rolf Engelfried, Gary Shanock, Luis Quevedo, Tomas Hernandez, John Jones, Andres Rodriguez, Ron Mitro, Hank Tester, James McCroy, John Layzell, Ken Hilton, Manny Garcia and Al Lieber A special thanks to our sponsors, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables.

Enjoy the Show.

By Philip Williams

Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams