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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.
Photo credits: Maurice Hawa