Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Car Show – March 3, 2019

What a day it was. The weather couldn’t have been finer if the Coral Gables Visitor Bureau had ordered it.  The cars couldn’t have been better if the club selected them for the show.  We had 58 cars and three motorcycles registered for the show, and another 35 cars or so showed up on Sunday.  Some the cars we have seen before, but quite a few were making their first appearance.  With Carnaval on the Mile going strong on Miracle Mile, we had hundreds of spectators, many of whom were taking selfies alongside the gleaming cars displayed in front of Coral Gables City Hall.

As always, a show like this takes a lot of planning and preparation.  Guided by Show Chairman Andy Leavy, it came off without a hitch thanks to the helping hands of Philip Williams, Bob Squier, Jean and Maurice Hawa, Tomas Hernandez, Mel Mann, and Millie and Manny Garcia.

This is our annual judged show going by AACA rules, and thanks to Head Judges Manny and Millie Garcia and their able team of judges Larry Wechsler, Maurice Hawa, Peter Lacau, Al Padilla, Hank Tester, Tomas Hernandez, Ron Mitro, Tim Merriman, and Tom Graboski, awards were handed out to the best in each class plus a tie for Best in Show.

Best In Show – A tie
1950 Ford Custom – Larry Epstien
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air– Ralph Thiele

Other Winners:

Classic Cars 1925 – 1948 – American and European
1st – 1935 Swallow Coachbuilding (Jaguar) SS – Eduardo Zavala
2nd – 1929 Ford Model A – Ray Hoffman

American Production – 1925-1942
1st – 1931 Ford Model A Victoria
2nd – 1936 Cord

American Production – 1946-1969
1955 – Chevrolet Bel Air – Nivado Mora
1955 – Chevrolet Bel Air – Mike Merlo

American Production – 1970-1994
1st – 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Commemorative Edition – Conrad Vaquez
2nd – 1984 Oldsmobile 98 Regency Brougham – John Houlsby

Factory High Performance – 1955-1994
1st – 1987 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z Z28 – Robert Brice
2nd – 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass – Domingo Concepcion

Corvette – All Years
1st – 1971 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 – Mel Mann
2nd – 1968 Chevrolet Corvette – Eduardo Padron

Mustangs – All Years
1st – 1994 Ford Mustang Indy Pace Car – Bob Mayer
2nd -1966 Ford Mustang GT 2+2 – Jessica Lovio-Rodriguez

Foreign Cars Luxury – All Years
1st -1985 Mercedes-Benz R107 – Maria Gonzalez-Pacheco
2nd – 1994 Mercedes-Benz C320 – Al Lieber

Foreign Cars Non-Sporting – All Years
1st 1968 Volkswagen Beetle – Michael Rose
2nd – 1983 Austin Mini Cooper – Gary McDonald

Foreign Cars Sporting – All Years
1st 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Peter Housman
1985 Porsche 911 Targa – Maria Gonzalez-Pacheco

Trucks, Work Vehicles, Military Vehicles, Motorcycles – All Years
1st – 1960 Velocette LE 260 – Mark Sepulveda
2nd – 1970 Honda CT-70 – Mark Sepulveda

This is the 14th edition of the show and the best one yet. Here are some photos to enjoy.

Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier – Al Paldilla – Philip Williams – Mel Mann

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