Memory Lane and Havana Classics – November 6 – 15, 2015

This year’s Memory Lane exhibit at the Miami International Auto Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center continued the theme from the last three years:instead of one display of the best of our club’s cars, Telemundo 51 built an amazing replica of a square in Old Havana, complete with musicians, food vendors, a cigar roller, and of course classic automobiles cruising through the night. Our club brought out some of the most iconic and beautiful samples of the classic cars from the 1930’s to the 1950’s – stately Ford Phaetons, jaunty Chevrolet roadsters, sleek Mercedes-Benz convertibles, Chrysler behemoths, and the iconic Buick Roadmaster woodie wagons — that harked back to the days of mojitos and panatelas and when American iron was the king of the road in Cuba.

But Old Havana wasn’t our only venue. On the other side of the convention center, we had an exhibit of twelve classics ranging from a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette with less than 500 original miles to a beautifully understated Rolls Royce Corniche.  Let the pictures do all of these car justice.

Memory Lane 2015 drew huge crowds at the auto show and it was a joy to see people’s faces light up – as well as their cameras – when they recognize a car from their past. This quality display is not possible without the AACA members who were willing to share their cars and put in long hours at the show. Thanks to those who helped with the set-up: Mel Mann, Ira Shapiro, Philip Williams, Ken Hilton, Bob Squier and the many car owners who stayed on to help after their cars were in place and cleaned. We also owe a huge thank you to the volunteers who took turns watching over the cars during the ten days of the show.  Bob Squier, co-chairman and volunteer coordinator, particularly wants to thank all those members who heeded the call for volunteers even though they didn’t have a car in this year’s display.  The support they showed for our club is to be commended.

This year Mark Becker of the Amelia Island Concours d’Eleagnce gave the Chairman’s Choice Award to Dr. Eddie Dauer’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster. Taking home the trophy for the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance was Larry Epstein’s 1935 Ford Phaeton.  Choosing the Best of Show is always difficult, but after carefully looking over the other entries the show chairmen chose Michael Merlo’s 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396.

Photos by Bob Squier, Mel Mann, and Philip Williams

Top honors went to Larry Epstein’s 1935 Ford Phaeton,  Dr. Edward Dauer’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon and Mike Merlo’s 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.


Dr. Edward Dauer with the Boca Raton Concours de Elegance Award for Larry Epstein’s 1935 Ford Phateon.


Dr. Edward & Joanne Dauer being presented the Amelia  Island Concours Chairman’s Award for there 1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon from Mark Becker, Vice Chairman of Amelia Concours.


Mike Merlo’s 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS received the Charlie Sebastian Memory Lane Best of Show award.