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Memory Lane – October 5-13, 2018

Memory Lane 2018 will go down in the record books as part of the first Miami International Auto Show in the newly-renovated Miami Beach Convention Center.  After more than two years of work and the interruption of Hurricane Irma, AACA South Florida brought forth some of the finest cars in our club, including a 1958 Mercedes Benz 300 D ‘Adenauer’ that was owned by both Fulgencio Batista and Fidel Castro, although it’s not clear that they shook hands on the deal.  Also on display was a 1994 Ford Mustang Cobra, the pace car of the 1994 Indianapolis 500.  The amazing part of its story is that the odometer turned over 1,000 miles on the way to the show.

As in years past, the Havana Classics were a separate part of the show in its own setting and included a 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Phaeton, a 1947 Chrysler New Yorker, a 1950 Matchless G9 motorcycle, a 1954 Buick 72R Roadmaster, a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, a 1959 Oldsmobile 98, and as previously noted, the 1958 Mercedes Benz 300 D ‘Adenauer’.  Every one of these cars evoked memories of Havana in days gone by.  All that was missing was a mojito in hand and the cry of the gulls over the Malecon.

Memory Lane took up two areas on the main floor of the center and provided room for the crowd of over 600,000 estimated visitors to see their automotive past, be they teens envious of the muscle cars of the ‘70’s and 80’s like the Shelby GT-350, AMX, and Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z Z-28; British invasion fans of the English sports cars such as the Austin-Healey and MG; movie buffs who wanted to go back to the future in their 1981 DeLorean, the die-hard Mustang and Corvette denizens, the tasteful stylings of Rolls-Royce and Volvo, and even the families remembering summer vacation treks in the 1988 Pontiac Safari station wagon.  For those who prefer wind in their hair (assuming they still have some) and maybe bugs in their teeth, there were motorcycles to remind them that you meet the nicest people on a Honda.  There was even a reminder of the old Cold War with a Fiat 126 P, the P standing for Poland, the land of its birth.  The 1,000 mile Mustang Cobra was followed by its little brother; a 1994 Indy Pace Car Mini Replica go-kart for kids of all ages.  In all, twenty-nine cars took up the floor and caught the attention of the crowd.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped set up the show and get it ready, and to those who made the effort and took the time to come to Miami Beach to help keep an eye on the cars and answer the questions of the visitors.  The show could not go on without you.  And of course a big thank you to show chair Mel Mann, who coordinates it all, and co-chairs Ira Shapiro, Bob Squier, and Philip Williams.  We may have missed 2017, but we more than made up for it this year.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Bob Squier, Philip Williams, Bob Mayer, Ira Shapiro, and Mel Mann

Memory Lane – September 10-18, 2016

This year the Memory Lane exhibit at the Miami International Auto Show was back in an old familiar setting: Hall D at the Miami Beach Convention Center where the first Memory Lane show was displayed.  This year we have a great collection worthy of the tradition, including a 1935 SS 1, the predecessor of the Jaguar, a 1959 Jaguar Mark IX, a 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am, a 1931 Ford Model A Phaeton, and the newest member of the antique community, a 1992 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. Take a look at all of them.  Thank you to all the members who displayed their cars.

To our volunteers, thank you for your time spent watching over our members cars during the show, and a special thank you to Ken Hilton for being there every day as our security supervisor.
– Bob Squier Volunteer Coordinator

By Philip Williams
Photos by Ira Shapiro, Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Here are the award winners.  There are three awards – only one to a vehicle. One from the Amelia Concours D’Elegance; one form the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, and Best of Show from the South Florida Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.  Here they are.

The Amelia Concours D’Elegance winner a 1935 Swallow Coach Building – SS1 Coupe.melchrisMel Mann accepts the award for owner Eduardo Zavala from Chris Brewer, Director of Public Relations.

The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance winner a 1959 Jaguar Mark IX.melguylarryGuy Lewis accepts the award from Larry MacPherson while Mel Mann looks on.

The South Florida Region winner a 1980 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo Pace Car owned by Carlos Heredia.1980-pontiac-trans-am-2

The rest of the show.

Memory Lane and Havana Classics – November 6 – 15, 2015

This year’s Memory Lane exhibit at the Miami International Auto Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center continued the theme from the last three years:instead of one display of the best of our club’s cars, Telemundo 51 built an amazing replica of a square in Old Havana, complete with musicians, food vendors, a cigar roller, and of course classic automobiles cruising through the night. Our club brought out some of the most iconic and beautiful samples of the classic cars from the 1930’s to the 1950’s – stately Ford Phaetons, jaunty Chevrolet roadsters, sleek Mercedes-Benz convertibles, Chrysler behemoths, and the iconic Buick Roadmaster woodie wagons — that harked back to the days of mojitos and panatelas and when American iron was the king of the road in Cuba.

But Old Havana wasn’t our only venue. On the other side of the convention center, we had an exhibit of twelve classics ranging from a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette with less than 500 original miles to a beautifully understated Rolls Royce Corniche.  Let the pictures do all of these car justice.

Memory Lane 2015 drew huge crowds at the auto show and it was a joy to see people’s faces light up – as well as their cameras – when they recognize a car from their past. This quality display is not possible without the AACA members who were willing to share their cars and put in long hours at the show. Thanks to those who helped with the set-up: Mel Mann, Ira Shapiro, Philip Williams, Ken Hilton, Bob Squier and the many car owners who stayed on to help after their cars were in place and cleaned. We also owe a huge thank you to the volunteers who took turns watching over the cars during the ten days of the show.  Bob Squier, co-chairman and volunteer coordinator, particularly wants to thank all those members who heeded the call for volunteers even though they didn’t have a car in this year’s display.  The support they showed for our club is to be commended.

This year Mark Becker of the Amelia Island Concours d’Eleagnce gave the Chairman’s Choice Award to Dr. Eddie Dauer’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster. Taking home the trophy for the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance was Larry Epstein’s 1935 Ford Phaeton.  Choosing the Best of Show is always difficult, but after carefully looking over the other entries the show chairmen chose Michael Merlo’s 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396.

Photos by Bob Squier, Mel Mann, and Philip Williams

Top honors went to Larry Epstein’s 1935 Ford Phaeton,  Dr. Edward Dauer’s 1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon and Mike Merlo’s 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

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Dr. Edward Dauer with the Boca Raton Concours de Elegance Award for Larry Epstein’s 1935 Ford Phateon.

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Dr. Edward & Joanne Dauer being presented the Amelia  Island Concours Chairman’s Award for there 1953 Buick Roadmaster Estate Wagon from Mark Becker, Vice Chairman of Amelia Concours.

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Mike Merlo’s 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS received the Charlie Sebastian Memory Lane Best of Show award.