The weather forecast for Sunday, June 18, 2017 called for a 50 to 60 percent chance of thunderstorms over Coconut Grove, so that might explain why the turnout – at least in terms of antique cars – was lower than expected at the annual Cars and Cigars Father’s Day Celebration at The Barnacle, the oldest house still standing in Miami-Dade County. But like a lot of weather forecasts, this one didn’t mention that the 50 percent chance also meant that it could have been a beautiful morning, and it was. The skies were blue with light cirrus clouds and a nice breeze off Biscayne Bay, so the thirty or so cars that came onto the lawn in front of The Barnacle had a great setting for the annual show.
The cars that came ranged from 1929 Ford Model A – two of them, in fact – to a 1992 (or so) Cadillac Allante and many fine examples of domestic and foreign, sports, muscle, sedan, and wagon, and a couple of beautifully restored ‘60’s era Volkswagen mini-busses fully equipped for a road trip to the Keys or to Woodstock. Live music leaned heavily on the classics from the ‘70’s, hot dogs and burgers served as lunch, and of course some fine samples of cigars, hand-rolled, were filling the air.
The other 50 percent of the weather forecast came true around 2:00 p.m. when wind gusts started to rock the palms and a rain squall blew in off the bay. But by that time, everyone had had a great time and even if the day was cut short, it was still a lot of fun.
Story and Photos by Philip Williams