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