Category Archives: Biltmore Way Classic Car Show

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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Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Car Show – March 4, 2018

Oh what a day!  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 60 cars and one motorcycle 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 Hawa, Ron Mitro, Tomas Hernandez, Luis Quevedo, Mel Mann, Gary Shanock, Ira Shapiro and Bill Anello.

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, Alex Fardales, Ed Raabe, Tomas Hernandez, Ron Mitro, Bill Anello, Luis Quevedo, Tim Merriman, and Tom Graboski, awards were handed out to the best in each class plus Best Pre-War and Best Post-War.

This is the 13th edition of the show and the best one yet. Here are some photos to enjoy.

Photos by Jean Hawa, Mel Mann, Bob Mayer, Al Padilla, Bob Squier and Philip Williams

 

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Car Show – March 5, 2017

With historic Coral Gables City Hall as a backdrop the Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Show was a huge success.  It coincided with Carnaval, the annual street fair celebrating Latin culture.

It was a near picture-perfect South Florida winter’s day with balmy temps in the low 70’s, near cloudless skies, and wind…oh the wind.  This kind of day brought out 85 cars and a truck that we should count twice. Many of the members’ cars have been seen before, but are still crowd favorites.  We also had quite a few first-timers from both members and non-member making this an exciting show for both participants and spectators alike.

We also fielded a large force of judges who had their hands full picking first, second and third place winners in 11 classes. Judges included: Head Judge Manny Garcia, Larry Wexlar, Tom Graboski, Rudy Rodriguez, Hank Tester, Millie Garcia, Dar Pace, Marvin Freedman, Steve Greenblat, Danny Hernandez, Cindy Endres, Gabriel Garcia, Eduardo Zavala, Martin Roca, Carlos Heredia, Jaime Del Valle, Michael Arias and Tim Merriman. 

The usual suspects were there processing entries and parking cars as the participants were out early and in force. Thanks to Show Chairman Andy Leavy, Mel Mann, Jean Hawa, Gary Shanock, Bob Squier, Ira Shapiro, Tomas Hernandez, Danny Hernandez, Luis Quevedo  and Philip Williams.  A special thanks to Guy Lewis for showing three magnificent Mercedes-Benz cars from a bygone era right next to the new generation presented by our sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables.

Enjoy the Show.

Photos by Bob Squier

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Car Show – March 6, 2016

Again the Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Show built on the success of previous year’s shows on Biltmore Way with historic Coral Gables City Hall as a backdrop and was a huge success.  It coincided with the Carnaval on the Mile, the annual street fair celebrating Latin culture, which occupied all of Miracle Mile.

It was a picture-perfect South Florida winter’s day with balmy temps in the upper 70’s and a near cloudless sky.  The usual suspects were there processing entries and parking cars as the participants were out early and in force.  By 11:00, when the gates were closed, we had registered and parked over 80 cars and trucks as DJ Elvis was spinning the tunes of our past.  Because this was a judged show using modified AACA rules, we limited entries to original or restored vehicles only. But that didn’t keep the cars away.  We also saw a lot of loyal friends who love to share their treasures with us, and we also made new friends whom we hope will come to future events and add to the already-impressive roster of fine antique automobiles in the club.

Thanks to Show Chairman Andy Leavy, Jean Hawa, Gary Shanock, Bob Squier, Ira Shapiro, Ron Mitro, Ken Hilton, Jim Lowery, Tomas Hernandez and Philip Williams.  A special thanks to our sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables.

Enjoy the Show.

By Philip Williams

Photos by Bob Squier, Philip Williams, Al Padilla, and Mel Mann

First, second and third place were awarded in 11 classes.
1 – Classic Cars 1925 – 1948 American and European
2 – American Production – 1925 -1942
3 – American Production – 1946-1969
4 – American Production – 1970-1991
5 –  Factory High Performance – 1955-1989
6 –  Corvette – All Years
7 – Mustang – All Years
8 – Foreign Cars Luxury – All Years
9 – Foreign Cars Non-sporting – All Years
10 – Foreign Cars Sporting All Years
11 –  Trucks, Work Vehicles, Military Vehicles, Motorcycles – All Years

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Show – March 8, 2015

Dar Pace’s 1934 Packard coupe convertible

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This year’s Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Biltmore Way Classic Show built on the success of last year’s show in the shadow of the historic Coral Gables City Hall and under the watchful eye of the statue of the city’s founder, George Merrick. It coincided with the Carnaval on the Mile, the annual street fair celebrating Latin culture, which occupied all of Miracle Mile.

The skies were overcast with the threat of rain, but all we got was a little drizzle towards the end of the show. Compared to our friends up north, it was what makes us glad to live in South Florida. By the time the early-arriving volunteers showed up, we had to get right to work processing entries and parking cars as the participants were out early and in force. By about ten o’clock — when the show was set to start — the street was over half-full. By 11:00 when the gates were closed we had registered and parked over 80 cars and trucks and DJ Elvis was spinning the tunes of our past. Because this was a judged show using modified AACA rules, we limited entries to original or restored vehicles only. But that didn’t keep the cars away. Some were classics of early automotive history including a 1929 Model A; some were shining examples of muscle cars from the 1960’s, and some were one-of-a-kind. We also saw a lot of loyal friends who love to share their treasures with us, and we also made new friends whom we hope will come to future events and add to the already-impressive roster of fine antique automobiles in the club. We had ten classes: American and European Classic Cars 1925-1948; American Production 1925-1942, 1946-1969, and 1970-1990; Factory High Performance 1955-1989; Corvettes, Mustangs, Foreign Production, Foreign Sports, and Trucks, Work Vehicles, and Military Vehicles. Check out the winners in the photos. Trophies were sponsored by Deel Volvo Volkswagen. As usual, this show could not have been done without the help of many of our club members. Thanks to Show Chairman Andy Leavy, Jean Hawa, Gary Shanock, Bob Squier, Ira Shapiro, Ron Mitro, Ken Hilton, John Jones, and Philip Williams. Leading the judges was Ira Shapiro, ably assisted by Keith Ellenburg, Rolf Engelfried, Gary Shanock, Luis Quevedo, Tomas Hernandez, John Jones, Andres Rodriguez, Ron Mitro, Hank Tester, James McCroy, John Layzell, Ken Hilton, Manny Garcia and Al Lieber A special thanks to our sponsors, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables.

Enjoy the Show.

By Philip Williams

Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams