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MIDFLORIDA Auto Show and Lake Mirror concours – October 20, 2019

In the twenty years of the MIDFLORIDA Auto Show and Lake Mirror Concours in Lakeland, they’ve never been rained out.  That’s quite a record for a car show in Florida.  This year, even with the formation of Tropical Storm Nestor in the Gulf of Mexico bringing heavy winds and rain from the Panhandle to Tampa, the show would go on.  By Friday night with the show less than twelve hours away, Nestor came through and brought the threatened wind, rain, and even a few tornadoes in some areas.  And the next morning, it was more of the same: torrential downpours and gusty winds.  But the folks who planned the show had a Plan B: move all the cars into three local parking garages.  It worked beautifully.  And true to Florida’s changeable weather, the skies cleared around 10:30 and it became a bright sunny day after all.  Anyway, the day ended with this rainbow over Lake Mirror and we all had a great time, even those of us who had to turn back due to mechanical difficulties and find alternative transportation (thank you, Bob Squier). Thanks to all our club members who came and made it a great show. And congratulations to those of you who took home trophies and ribbons.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Al Padilla, Bob Squier and Philip Williams

13th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance – February 24, 2019

Leading up to the show, the weather forecast was predicting a 60% chance of rain.  As often happens with weather predictions, it was wrong.  Except for being unseasonably warm, it was a perfect day for the 13th Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance.  The field was filled with 120 cars from the early 1900’s to 1975: foreign and American, muscle cars and not-so-muscle cars, convertibles, coupes, sedans race cars, and a separate area filled with motorcycles.  As it’s been every year, there were marques and models most of us have only seen in photographs.  They are much more impressive in person. Enjoy the photos and next year come out and see these beauties in person.
Here is a link to the Official Photos of 13th Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance.

Photos by Bob Mayer, Mel Mann, Bob Squier, and Chris Williams

MIDFLORIDA Auto Show & Lake Mirror Concours – October 20, 2018

There are certain car events that may have a formal name, but they’ve become known and legendary by a simple word or phrase: Pebble Beach.  Amelia.  Meadowbrook.  Add to that Lake Mirror in Lakeland, Florida.  It started out nineteen years ago as the Lake Mirror Concours and has evolved into the MIDFLORIDA Auto Show and Lake Mirror Concours with over 75 antique and classic vehicles on the Lake Mirror Promenade that also included motorcycles and wooden boats, and a street show in downtown Lakeland with over 500 cars from hot rods to classics and everything in between.  It has become a go-to destination for many AACA South Florida members with cars on the Promenade and on the streets of Lakeland.  It’s also seen as a warm-up for the Amelia Island event the following March with vehicles that could take home the prize from that prestigious event.

But most of all it’s just plain fun.  This October AACA South Florida put in a strong appearance with everything from a prize-winning Mercedes-Benz 600 to a one-of-a-kind Healey Silverstone and many other cars from our membership.  We also spend time at some of the various informal social events (in other words, trying out the local restaurants), and just enjoying the scenery of a nice town in central Florida that welcomes thousands of visitors with a smile and great weather.

Attending this year’s show were members Mel Mann, Guy Lewis, Dirk de Groen, Frank Rubino, Martin Roca, Eduardo Zavala, and Nivardo Mora who displayed their cars on the Promenade.  John Layzell, Philip Williams, Mike Arias, and Jay Mullininx displayed their cars in the street show.  Other members who attended were Maurice and Jean Hawa, Andy Leavy, Ed Raabe, Tomas Hernandez, Mike Penn, Bob Mayer, Ira and Susan Shapiro, and Alex Fardales.  Bob Squier was there judging cars on the Promenade for the fourth time.

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

Cars and Cigars – June 17, 2018

On a hot and humid (in other words summer in South Florida) Father’s Day Sunday, 39 car enthusiasts ventured out to the Cars and Cigars Car Show at the Barnacle State Park in Coconut Grove.  Our club had a strong showing with 12 cars.  We also had club members come by as spectators.  Besides the cars and the great views, you could take a tour of the historic 1891 Barnacle House.  To enhance the experience, there was live folk music and a lunch of hotdogs and hamburgers.  As usual with car shows, there was the fine art sitting behind your car in the shade, talking to people who had questions or stories to tell, and of course catching up with friends and making new ones.  All in all it was a great day.

Story and photos by Bob Squier

12th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance – February 25, 2018

What a day – what a car show.  Excuse me, what a Concours d’Elegance.  The field was filled with 240 cars from early 1900’s to 1975: foreign and American, muscle cars and not-so-muscle cars, convertibles, coupes, sedans race cars, beach cars, amphicars, motorcycles, and a boat.  There were models I’ve seen at many car shows and models that I’ve never seen other than in photographs.  If you didn’t come away with your car appetite sated then you weren’t paying attention.  Here are some photos and a link to photos taken by the event photographer.

Photos by Bob Squier and Jean Hawa

Boca Raton Event Photographer’s Photos


25th Annual All British Classic Car Show – February 18, 2018

At the Gold Coast British Car Club’s 25th Annual All British Classic Car show held in Boca Raton the A.A.C.A. South Florida Region was well-represented with four cars in the show along with eight others from the local British Car Club of Miami which came up in a caravan from Miami.; a 61 mile journey. There were many fine British cars from the 30’s to a fresh off the lot Aston Martins.  This year they were honoring the Lotus: Super 7, Elan, Elise and Europa. For British car lovers it was a treat.  Here are some of the cars for your enjoyment.

Bob Squier

Lakeland Auto Show & Lake Mirror Concours – October 21, 2017

The Lakeland Auto Show and Lake Mirror Concours is a spectacular show in two parts.  A street show of over 250 original, restored, custom, and hot rods.  In addition there is a Concours show of some of the finest vehicles displayed around the beautiful Lake Mirror.  Eleven of our members had cars in this show. Put this one on your bucket list.

Photos by Tomás Hernandez, Mel Mann, Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Cars and Cigars – June 18, 2017

The weather forecast for Sunday, June 18, 2017 called for a 50 to 60 percent chance of thunderstorms over Coconut Grove, so that might explain why the turnout – at least in terms of antique cars – was lower than expected at the annual Cars and Cigars Father’s Day Celebration at The Barnacle, the oldest house still standing in Miami-Dade County.  But like a lot of weather forecasts, this one didn’t mention that the 50 percent chance also meant that it could have been a beautiful morning, and it was.  The skies were blue with light cirrus clouds and a nice breeze off Biscayne Bay, so the thirty or so cars that came onto the lawn in front of The Barnacle had a great setting for the annual show.

The cars that came ranged from 1929 Ford Model A – two of them, in fact – to a 1992 (or so) Cadillac Allante and many fine examples of domestic and foreign, sports, muscle, sedan, and wagon, and a couple of beautifully restored ‘60’s era Volkswagen mini-busses fully equipped for a road trip to the Keys or to Woodstock.  Live music leaned heavily on the classics from the ‘70’s, hot dogs and burgers served as lunch, and of course some fine samples of cigars, hand-rolled, were filling the air.

The other 50 percent of the weather forecast came true around 2:00 p.m. when wind gusts started to rock the palms and a rain squall blew in off the bay.  But by that time, everyone had had a great time and even if the day was cut short, it was still a lot of fun.

Story and Photos by Philip Williams

Cuban Nostalgia – May 19-21, 2017

Again all things Cuban celebration was held on May 19, 20 and 21th (Cuban Independence Day weekend) at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fairgrounds. The exhibition included history, food, music, art, and lots of memorabilia.  For its 19th year, the theme was vintage cars. The venue was accented with cars that would have been seen on the streets of Havana in days of old and even today provided by members and friends of AACA South Florida Region.  Thanks to the organizers who made this possible to keep the heritage and culture of Cuba alive for future generations.

Story by Al Padilla
Photos by Al Padilla and Frank Garcia

Classics on the Key Car Show for Cystic Fibrosis – April 2, 2017

The Cystic Fibrosis Walk and Classic Car Show at Virginia Key Beach.  It is a great cause and brought closer to home because Delaney, the granddaughter of one of our members, suffers from cystic fibrosis. The  best of class trophies were framed prints by Delaney.  The best of show and Delaney’s choice awards were original artwork by Delaney. It was a great day and if you were lucky enough it was quite an honor to be a winner and all the better to help her win.
Bob Squier