Category Archives: Cars in the Garden

Cars in the Garden – October 28, 2018

We have had Cars in the Rain, Cars in the Post-Hurricane Clean-up Traffic Jam, even Cars in the Fog.  But the 2018 Cars in the Garden show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden was none of the above: nothing but a perfectly clear sky, cool morning temperatures, low humidity, and a gentle breeze to make it a day that encapsulates what makes showing cars in Florida the envy of clubs around the country.  Thanks to Jean Hawa and Cliff Gibson, AACA South Florida and the Sunshine Corvette Club brought out over 70 antiques and Corvettes to the paradise of the tropical gardens and welcomed hundreds of visitors, many with kids in tow and in costume to take part in the festivities.

We wish to thank Hector Gonzalez of Mr. Joseph Fine Dry Cleaning and Mike Dion of Dion Generator Solutions for their support of our show.

We also have to thank the many volunteers who made it happen: For the Antique Show Maurice Hawa did show setup and parking. Philip Williams and Gary Shanock handled the registration table. Luis Quevedo, Tomas Hernandez, William Anello, Ken Hilton, Gary Stump, Ira Shapiro,  and Bob Squier directed the cars to their parking area, and Jean Hawa brought bagels and coffee and awarded the trophies.  Frank Jacobs, Cliff Gibson, Perley Richardson and Larry Carman helped with the Corvette Show setup and parking.  Diane Preuss, Pam and Chuck Schumacher helped with voting tabulation, and Ron Mitro helped with trophy setup and presentation.  Additionally we need to thank Cliff Gibson and Luis Quevedo for their fund raising efforts.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Cars in the Garden – October 29, 2017

South Florida weather can be surprising.  Yes, we get lots of warmth year-round, but we can have sudden storms.  On Saturday, October 28, Tropical Storm Philippe formed and blew through Miami, bringing heavy rain, wind, and even a tornado.  But just as quickly as it came, it went and Sunday, October 29 was clear and perfect for the Cars in the Garden Show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  Antiques and Corvettes were spread out among the exotic plants, and while we had planned for nearly 100 participants, the residual effects of Philippe may have kept some home, and the temporary closure of Old Cutler Road due to debris clean-up from Hurricane Irma may have delayed some arrivals. But we still had 60 cars in the garden, ranging from a 1929 Ford Model A to a 1993 Cadillac Allante and much to admire in between.

Participants voted for their favorite antiques and Corvettes. First and Second Place trophies were awarded by class.  The spectators voted for Best in Show.  Cars in the Garden winners.

Thanks to our volunteers who helped set up and run the show, including show co-chairs Jean Hawa and Chico Goldsmith, Cliff Gibson, Maurice Hawa, Tomás Hernández, Ken Hilton, Gary Shanock, Ira Shapiro, Bob Squier, and Philip Williams. We also thank our sponsors, Elite Investments Holding Company and Koski Insurance. A special thanks is extended to Natalie White, Lori Sellers, and Marnie Valent, the Special Events staff members of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden whose help was invaluable.

Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Cars in the Garden – October 30, 2016

Cars In The Garden, our show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Sunday, October 30, became Cars In The Rain as a stubborn rain front settled in over South Florida over the weekend.  But 44 brave souls from AACA South Florida and the Sunshine Corvette Club showed up and we welcomed them between the light showers.  By 11 a.m. the clouds gave way to a light overcast and even an occasional ray of sunshine, and if the numbers were decreased, the spirit and fun that comes out at every show shone through.

The participants and the visitors chose their favorites from the antiques and the Corvettes.  Best in show for the Corvettes went to James Carenza for his 2005 Corvette, and the Best in Show for the Antiques went to Marcel Hoinville for his 1936 Railton.

Thanks go out to the show chairs, Jean Hawa and Cliff Gibson, and thanks also to the volunteers who helped get the cars checked in, the field set up and cars parked, including Chico Goldsmith, Gary Shanock, Tomas Hernandez, Jim Lowery, Bob Squier, Gary Stump, Ira Shapiro, Luis and Maria Quevedo, and the staff and volunteers at Fairchild who make us welcome and keep such a beautiful setting as a reminder of the natural wonders that living in South Florida has to offer.

Enjoy the pictures; you don’t even need an umbrella.

Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier

Best of Show – Antiques1936railton1936 Railton Straight 8 Tourer

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Jean Hawa – James Carenza – Ron Mitro

The rest of the show – ENJOY!

Cars in the Garden – October 25, 2015

Photos below the story.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, one of the premiere preserves of rare and exotic tropical plants and trees in the world, doesn’t sound like the place for a car show with over 100 antiques and Corvettes.  But on Sunday, October 25, as the sun came up over the gardens, all manner of antique cars from AACA South Florida and Corvettes from the Sunshine Corvette Club glided in under the boughs and leaves and parked throughout the garden in settings that mutually enhanced the cars and the foliage.  We were blessed with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 80’s and a nice breeze.  We here in South Florida hope this kind of weather will last until late spring because this show marks the beginning of our very busy winter car show season.

A big thank you goes to the following: Registration – Philip Williams,  Ira Shapiro, Maria Quevedo,  and Gary Shanock;  Show field layout and signage – Maurice Hawa;  Antiques Parking – Maurice Hawa, John Jones, Bob Squier, Luis Quevedo, Jon Weiss;  Corvette Parking – Cliff Gibson;  Counting ballots – Jean Hawa and Chico Goldsmith; Refreshments – Jean Hawa.  And, of course, thanks to Jean Hawa and Chico Goldsmith for co-chairing the event.

We had a wonderful time enjoying the weather, the garden, the cars, and the people.   Awards were given for the antique cars by decade and for the Corvettes by series.  There also was a People’s Choice award voted on by the spectators who came to see the cars and the garden.  Best of Show for Antiques went to Sam Huttig with his 1911 White; Best of Show for Corvettes went to Mark Tenzer for his 1960 Corvette.

We’re sorry if you missed it.  What follows are photos of the cars and the venue in no particular order for your enjoyment.

If you have photos of the show that you would like to share;  please email them to Bob Squier.

Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Best of Show – Antique1911-White-Touring-GA

1911 White Touring GA BestAntique

Show Co-chairpersons Chico Goldsmith and Jean Hawa with winner Sam Hutting and his son William.

Best of Show – Chevrolet Corvette1960-Chevrolet-Corvette

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Show Co-chairpersons Chico Goldsmith and Jean Hawa with winner Mark Tenzer.

 The rest of the show.