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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 of Cutler Bay Deering Estate Vintage Auto Display – February 28, 2016

  Greg and Cindy Endres’s 1953 Kaiser Carolina

By Jean Hawa

Our “little laid back” car show grew this year. The thirty seven vintage vehicles, ranging from 1927 to 1959, were on display for one thousand three hundred sixty visitors who came to the 4th Annual Vintage Auto Display at the Deering Estate on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Nine more cars were pre-registered; unfortunately break-downs and other issues prevented them from coming. Also on display was the resident 1950 International Harvester truck.

In contrast of last year’s show, the balmy breezes from Biscayne Bay made the mid-high 60’s to low 70’s temperatures chilly to comfortable. While many visitors and participants wore shorts, several others were wearing jackets.  The overall comment was that it was a perfect gorgeous day to have a car show.

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 a thrill watching the kids get excited as they matched the photo to the various cars. Even some of the adults joined in on the fun.  The children’s attendance of last year was doubled, 71 to 146. There were old fashion lawn games 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 pleasant day.

The increased success of the show is due to many factors. I am thankful to all the car owners who brought out their cars. The staff members of the Deering Estate were so helpful with parking and setting up tents for us.  Through the generosity of the Deering Estate, the car owners were able to obtain a one-year membership to the park.   We appreciate the support given by Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay along with the company of its representative Augie Canamero who displayed a beautiful 2016 AMG GT-S 6.3 model.  More information about the Deering Estate, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, can be found at www.deeringestate.org

In a thank you letter from the Deering Estate’s Special Events Coordinator, Jenna Noordhoek stated “the turnout of cars was GREAT and we had an amazing turnout of guests”. Plans for 2017 include additional vintage boats and tractors. Once a date without too many conflicting other events is found, it will be on our calendar. As a reminder it will be a Sunday in the park for pre-1960’s original/restored antiques.

Photos by Jean Hawa, Maurice Hawa, Ron Mitro, Mel Mann and Al Padilla.

 

Mercedes- Benz of Cutler Bay Deering Estate Vintage Car Display – March 15, 2015

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Continuing with the “Sunday in the Park theme”, twenty-nine vehicles, ranging from 1928 to 1954, were on display for the seven hundred thirty-two visitors who came to the 3rd Annual Mercedes- Benz of Cutler Bay  Deering Estate Vintage Car Display  at the Deering Estate at Cutler on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Nine more cars were pre-registered, unfortunately break-downs and other issues prevented them from coming. Also on display was the resident 1950 International Harvester truck.

Even though it was five days before the end of winter, it felt like the beginning of summer. The balmy breeze from Biscayne Bay made the mid-high 80’s temperature comfortable. Many of us gravitated to the shaded picnic tables as we ate lunch. Floating manatees provided extra enjoyment for those who walked over to the 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. There were old fashion lawn games, an old fashioned cake-walk, a pop-corn dispenser, and plenty of tasty food from Sports Grill. Two additions to the event were the Miami-Dade County Library bus and the Tandem Teens, a group of talented teenagers who dressed in period clothing while dancing and singing period music for everyone. 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 day.

The success of the show is due to many factors. I am thankful to all the car owners who brought out their cars. The staff members of the Deering Estate were so helpful with parking and setting up tents for us. Through the generosity of the Deering Estate at Cutler, the car owners were able to obtain a one-year membership to the park. Publicity for the show was fantastic. Along with brochures that were mailed to Deering Estate members, notices were printed in the Florida Villager, The Miami Herald Neighbors, and the Deering Estate website. We appreciate the support given by Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay along with the company of its representative Augie Canamero who displayed a new G-Class SUV Wagon. More information about the Deering Estate, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, can be found at www.deeringestate.org.

After receiving many compliments about the car show, the highlight came the following Thursday when the headlines of the front page of The Neighbors read “A Day of Vintage Fun and Rides” and showed a huge picture of the owner of a 1954 Jaguar showing off the engine to another car owner. On the inside were additional photos and a lead to more photos online at MiamiHerald.com.

Jean Hawa
Photo credits: Maurice Hawa