South Florida weather can be surprising. Yes, we get lots of warmth year-round, but we can have sudden storms. On Saturday, October 28, Tropical Storm Philippe formed and blew through Miami, bringing heavy rain, wind, and even a tornado. But just as quickly as it came, it went and Sunday, October 29 was clear and perfect for the Cars in the Garden Show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Antiques and Corvettes were spread out among the exotic plants, and while we had planned for nearly 100 participants, the residual effects of Philippe may have kept some home, and the temporary closure of Old Cutler Road due to debris clean-up from Hurricane Irma may have delayed some arrivals. But we still had 60 cars in the garden, ranging from a 1929 Ford Model A to a 1993 Cadillac Allante and much to admire in between.
Participants voted for their favorite antiques and Corvettes. First and Second Place trophies were awarded by class. The spectators voted for Best in Show. Cars in the Garden winners.
Thanks to our volunteers who helped set up and run the show, including show co-chairs Jean Hawa and Chico Goldsmith, Cliff Gibson, Maurice Hawa, Tomás Hernández, Ken Hilton, Gary Shanock, Ira Shapiro, Bob Squier, and Philip Williams. We also thank our sponsors, Elite Investments Holding Company and Koski Insurance. A special thanks is extended to Natalie White, Lori Sellers, and Marnie Valent, the Special Events staff members of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden whose help was invaluable.
Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams