Category Archives: Other Events

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

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

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



24th Annual All British Classic Car Show – February 19, 2017

At the Gold Coast British Car Club’s 24th Annual All British Classic Car show held in Boca Raton the A.A.C.A. South Florida Region was well-represented with five 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 40’s to a fresh off the lot Aston Martin.  This year they were honoring the MG “T” Series –MG-TC, MG-TD and MG-TF. For British car lovers it was a treat.  Here are some of the cars for your enjoyment.

Bob Squier

Dauer Classic Car Museum Trip – August 27, 2016

On Saturday, August 27, members of the AACA South Florida took a road trip to see the Dr. Eddie Dauer’s private collection of antique cars, housed in a private museum.  We were joined by our friends from the Fort Lauderdale Region, and together about 75 of us enjoyed seeing some of the finest examples of cars ranging in age from 1906 to today, all in settings befitting their era: 50’s convertibles at the drive-in, Cadillac limos lined up outside swanky theatres, station wagons – real woodies included – ready to take the family on vacation.  It was a great time as you can see from the photos.

Dr. Dauer is also one of the leaders of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, now in planning for its eleventh year, to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.  Many of our club members participate as judges and exhibitors, and we’re happy to be a part of this worthy cause.

Philip Williams

Photos by Philip Williams, Al Padilla and Bob Squier

Cars and Cigars – June 19, 2016

Cars and Cigars is an annual event at the Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove on Father’s Day. This year about 40 cars turned out with a good number from our club. There would have been more, but rain was in the forecast. Fortunately, it did not materialize; the morning was overcast but by noon it was a gorgeous sunny day.  As you will see there was a variety of cars and lots of car talk among the smoke from the cigars and the barbeque.  All in all it was an enjoyable day.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Peking to Paris Rally Links

Congratulations Ed Beiner and Guido Balocco on completing the rally; finishing in 26th overall – 14th in class and winning a Silver Medal.

Ed is the third member of our club to go on this adventure.  He and his business partner Guido Balocco are driving a 1940 Chevrolet Master Coupe.

In 2013 John Layzell and his son Brett competed in a 1970 Volkswagen Beetle and Dirk de Groen and his wife Alexandra in a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 219.

Here are two links for the Peking to Paris Rally.

Peking to Paris Rally homepage.

Tracking Ed Beiner’s progress – click on car 46

Cuban Nostalgia Event – May 20-22, 2016

Some of our members’ cars were under the light this past weekend. The cars were displayed at the Cuba Nostalgia event and showcased indoors at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center located within the Youth Fair Grounds in Miami.

Cuba Nostalgia is held for three days each year to coincide with May 20th, Cuban Independence Day. This year marked the 18th show held in Miami which was previously held at the Coconut Grove Convention Center and directed by Mr. Leslie Pantin, the event founder.

The show is a cultural exposition in which everything Cuban and the Cuban heritage is celebrated to include food, art and music under a yearly theme. The theme for 2016 was “Cuban Drinks”. The Bacardi Group made sure they provided the famous Mojito, Daiquiris and Cuba Libre drinks to compliment this theme.

The 1950’s era vehicles were spotted throughout the venue complementing the various Latin sponsor sites represented at the show. The cars were presented as a courtesy of South Florida Region A.A.C.A. members: Frank L Garcia’s 1954 Buick Skylark, Guy Lewis’s 1931 Ford Roadster and 1956 Chrysler Windsor, Jose Varela’s 1950 Pontiac 2-door coupe and Al Padilla’s 1954 Buick Roadmaster sedan.

The 1931 Ford took the place of Ozzie Nunez 1955 Oldsmobile Holiday which developed mechanical problems prior to the event. The 1956 Ford Thunderbird was loaned by Sergio Martinez to Al Padilla to be displayed at one of the booths.

These 50’ cars added a dimensional and nostalgic feeling to the Cuban people in exile as they took an imaginary trip back to their native country, serving as a reminder of the automobiles they grew up with and left behind. Hoping you enjoy these pictures as we enjoyed the show.

Story and Photos by Al Padilla