It was the perfect combination of beautiful weather and beautiful surroundings along Ocean Drive on Miami Beach to celebrate the Art Deco Festival on January 18th and 19th. Blue skies, pastel buildings, and shining chrome invited thousands of people from all over the world to take a stroll from 5th to 10th Street to see the AACA South Florida Region’s cars lined up as if they owned the place.
We gave out awards each day to the best on the field and the Best of Show. Saturday winners: Best of Show – Kamaredine – 1949 Cadillac, Aurora 1977 – Pontiac Trans Am, Ana and Barry Delphus – 1966 Corvette Stingray, Mark Klien – 1932 Ford Hot Rod, Javier Llanes -1964 Chevy C10, Jose Lugo Ratrod -1957 Mack Truck & Motorcycle, Ronnie O – 1966 TVR Griffith, George Radelat – 1972 TVR, David Rankin 1969 Shelby Mustang and Andreas Wietzke 1935 – 1973 Auburn Speedster.
Sunday winners: Best of Show – Kevin Newman – 1961 Auto Union 1000SP, Mike Arias – 1974 De Tomaso Pantera, Irwin Becker – 1953 Ford Crestline, Bruce – 1955 Volkswagen Beetle, Luis Fernandez – 1959 MGA, Pedro and Pat Fernandez – 1956 Oldsmobile Super 88, Paul Freen – 1973 Lotus Europa Special, Steve Greenblatt – 1967 Corvette 427, Bormey Rodriguez 1959 Ford Galaxie, Andy Sanchez – 1964 Fiat 1500 and Luly and Hank Tester – 1967 VW Karmann Ghia.
Thanks to our show co-chairs Mel Mann and Ira Shapiro, ably assisted by Bob Squier, Guy Lewis, Philip Williams, Conrad Vazquez, Manny and Millie Garcia, Jamie Mann, David Shapiro, and Rudy Rodriguez. Thanks also to the Miami Beach Design Preservation League for putting on this great event, and a special thanks to the men and women of the Miami Beach Police Department; they make it possible to put on this show for the enjoyment of everyone.
By Philip Williams
Photos by Al Padilla, Bob Squier and Philip Williams