Saturday: It was perfect weather: clear skies, temperatures in the 70’s, and a gentle breeze that carried that mix of salt air and cooking from the street vendors and restaurants that line Ocean Drive on South Beach. It was, as they say, a day ordered by the Chamber of Commerce for the Art Deco Weekend Saturday. We also had a good turnout of cars to display – over twenty – and while we’d hoped for more, the ones that came were beautiful and a few of them were exotic. Our judges strolled among them and chose the winners and a Best of Show.
Sunday: If Saturday was the perfect day, Sunday showed us that even the Chamber of Commerce is no match for a weather front. We held out hopes that the line of storms would hold off, and they did, but giving us a taste of what was to come with gusty winds and clouds. Nevertheless, we had a good turnout of original or restored to share with the crowds, and it wasn’t until the stroke of 1:00 p.m. that Mother Nature barreled through with wind and rain. But as with much weather in South Florida, it was over quickly, in time to hand out the trophies for the day’s winners and a Best of Show.
Our thanks to the show chairs Ira Shapiro, Bob Squier, and Philip Williams, and the volunteers who helped with registration, parking cars and answering questions from the guests: Mel Mann, Gabriel Garcia, Manny and Millie Garcia, Jean and Maurice Hawa, Tim Merriman, and Mike Penn along with our corporate supporter, Williamson Automotive Group.