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