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Art Deco Weekend – January 18-19, 2020

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

Saturday’s Show

Sunday’s Show

Art Deco Weekend – January 19-20, 2019

The weather in South Florida is one of its great attractions, especially in January when the news is full of heavy snow and bitter cold up north, but sometimes it can exact its price for its benefits by planning to deliver rain and wind on at least one day of the annual Art Deco Weekend on Ocean Drive on Miami Beach.  But that does not stop the show, and true to form, if one day was perfect, at least one part of the other day was made to test the waterproofing on the cars that participated in AACA South Florida’s contribution to the festival.

Saturday, January 19 was Chamber of Commerce perfect: mild temperatures and a gentle breeze off the ocean for the more than fifty cars that lined Ocean Drive.  Choosing the best was not easy among the wide variety of originals, modifieds, customs, and just plain fun vehicles on display.  The trophies went to Juergen Eisermann, Dylan Lorick, Lou Tassi, Evan Kolodny, Henry Mead, James Wright, Ana Martinez, Marvin Friedman, Jose Valero, Robert Brice and the Miami Beach Police Department for their 1955 police car.

All week leading up to the show, the team had been watching the weather predictions, knowing that many times the forecast would change in our favor.  This time, though, the weather gods were on target and the front of heavy rain passed over Miami Beach on Sunday, January 20, just as the show was opening.  But that did not deter the devoted hobbyists, and by 10:30 the rain tapered off and by 11:30 the sun was out, giving us the day we’d knew we’d have.  While the numbers were fewer, the cars were outstanding.  Once again the trophy decisions were tough, but they were well-earned.  Congratulations to Peter Lacau, Dirk de Groen, Eduardo Zavala, Marcel Hoinville, Gordon Gelrod, Jay Mullininx, Steve Greenblatt, Hank Tester, Clive Taylor, Patrick Mayer, and Jorge Martinez.

A show like this does not go on without the tireless guidance of the show chairmen: Mel Mann, Ira Shapiro, and Bob Squier.  They were ably assisted by Philip Williams, Rudy Rodriguez, Guy Lewis, Tomas Hernandez, Jean Hawa, Gary Shanock, Gary Stump, Al Padilla, Timothy Merriman, and Manny, Millie, and Gabriel Garcia.  This show would not be possible without the sponsorship of Grundy Insurance, represented by Jeff Broadus, and Williamson GMC Buick Cadillac.  We would also like to acknowledge the Miami Design Preservation League, without whom the festival would not take place, and the Miami Beach Police Department, who made it an enjoyable and safe weekend.  Thank you one and all.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier, Al Padilla, Mel Mann, Bob Mayer and Bernie Ruder

Saturday

Sunday

Art Deco Weekend – January 13-14, 2018

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 13th and 14th.  Blue skies, pastel buildings, and shining chrome invited thousands of people from all over the world to take a stroll from 6th to 10th Street to see the AACA South Florida Region’s cars lined up as if they owned the place.

Thanks to our show co-chairs Mel Mann and Ira Shapiro, ably assisted by Bob Squier, Guy Lewis, Philip Williams, Cindy Endres, Manny and Millie Garcia, Chico Goldsmith, Gary Stump, and Tomas Hernandez.  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.

Philip Williams

Photos by Bob Squier, Philip Williams, Mel Mann, Ira Shapiro, Al Padilla, and West Peterson.

Saturday

Sunday

Art Deco Weekend Classic Car Fest – Sunday, January 15, 2017

The rain stayed away, the sky was partly sunny, and by the time we closed the gates we had more than 70 vehicles in place to once again shine on Ocean Drive for the second day of the Art Deco Weekend car show.  The Sunday show is limited to 1992 and older original or restored cars, but that doesn’t limit the beauty and style that shows up including some of the finest cars in South Florida.  These are worthy of any national show; many of them have received awards from such places as the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance and the Lake Mirror Classic.  Included in the show were fine examples of British sports cars, American muscle, exotic and rakish cruisers, Art Deco-inspired phaetons, and of course Corvettes, Mustangs, T-birds, and even the denizen of Suburbia: the wood-grained station wagon.

Thanks to show chairman Mel Mann for being our guiding light and to Bob Squier, Ira Shapiro, Guy Lewis, Greg and Cindy Endres, Jean Hawa, Philip Williams and Ken Hilton for helping get the cars checked in and in place.  A special thanks as always to the Miami Beach Police Department for providing the security and support as they do each year.  Also a very special thank you to Williamson Automotive Group for being our proud sponsor.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier, Philip Williams and Mel Mann

If you missed it, enjoy the virtual show.

Best of Show

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Ralph Thiele’s 1962 Pontiac Bonneville

Art Deco Weekend Classic Car Fest – Saturday, January 14, 2017

A few brief showers and Miami traffic may have slowed the start of the Art Deco Weekend car show on Saturday, January 14, but by 10:30 we had over 50 cars ranging from an amazing 1939 Lincoln Zephyr to a Ford Model A that would have been better suited on “The Beverly Hillbillies” lined up on Ocean Dive.  The Saturday show was open to cars of all shapes and sizes and degrees of customization from 1992 and older.  They blended right in with the festive crowd and street performers.  Take a look at the photos and imagine yourself behind the wheel of any of these beauties.

Thanks to show chairman Mel Mann for being our guiding light and to Bob Squier, Philip Williams, Ira Shapiro, Chico Goldsmith, Guy Lewis, Millie and Manny Garcia, Ken Hilton for helping get the cars checked in and in place.  A special thanks as always to the Miami Beach Police Department for providing the security and support as they do each year.  Also a very special thank you to Williamson Automotive Group for being our proud sponsor.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier, Philip Williams and Mel Mann

If you missed it, enjoy the virtual show.

Best of Show

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1939 Lincoln Zypher custom

Bill Niessen recieves his Best of Show Award from Mel Mann and Ira Shapiro
Bill Niessen recieves his Best of Show Award from Mel Mann and Ira Shapiro

 

 

Art Deco Classic Car Fest Sunday, January 17, 2016

 Elpidio Padilla’s 1954 Buick Roadmaster Riviera 72R

Unlike Saturday, the second day of Art Deco Weekend Car Fest started out overcast and windy with the threat of heavy rain and wind.   For once the meteorologists got it right.   Four of us were parked on Ocean Drive around 8:15 when the heavens opened up and it poured for about 20 minutes.  It then turned into a beautiful partly-cloudy day.  In the end about 27 brave souls and their cars showed up to what turned out to be a great show. We again lined up along Ocean Drive from 8th Street down to 5th Street.

Ira Shapiro, Philip Williams and I would like to thank everyone who came out and made this a great show.  We would also like to thank the volunteers who manned the gate, registration table and helped park cars – thank you Jean Hawa, Guy Lewis., Cindy and Greg Endres, and Ken Hilton.   I forgot to thank Mel Mann, who was attending his eldest son’s wedding this weekend, for all of his effort in attending the many meetings leading up to the show.  It made our two day stint all the easier.  Thanks Mel.

Enjoy the photos of the show.
Photos by Bob Squier, Philip Williams and Elpidio Padilla.