Category Archives: Vizcaya Village Car Show

Vizcaya Farm Village Car Show – April 24, 2022

What a contrast between a rainy February 13th and a sunny April 24th!  Yes, that was the difference between the washed-out car show ten weeks ago and the most recent very successful car show at Vizcaya Farm Village.  Twenty-four antiques graced the perimeter path of the historic site which was adjacent to the weekly farmers market. Except for one vehicle, the antiques ranged from 1916 to 1968. A 1973 International Harvester was allowed beyond the accepted pre-1969 age limit because James father, William Deering, was the founder of the Deering Harvester, which produced tractors and trucks. The company merged with the Cyrus Hall McCormick Company eventually becoming the International Harvester Company.

In 1916, the Vizcaya Village was built alongside the Villa Vizcaya of James Deering. Its purpose was to make Vizcaya self-sufficient. The 180 acres of land contained eleven buildings which were purposed to house staff, vehicles, and farm animals. Most of the land was used to grow fruits and vegetables for the family, guests and staff’s consumption. Greenhouses provided fresh flowers to adorn the Villa and provide for multiple gardens.

Show Chair Ira Shapiro executed an extremely informative guided tour around the Village which highlighted the biography of James Deering, the architectural planning of the buildings and gardens, the effects of hurricanes and 1929 Stock Market Crash, and the purpose of the buildings inside the Village.

As with any car show, it takes several volunteers to assist with the execution of the event. Beginning with Show Chair Ira Shapiro, thank you for requesting an invitation to hold the show. Thanks to all the car owners who brought out their show cars, Bob Squier for creating the windshield cars, greeting the participants, and taking photographs, Tomás Hernández for helping place the cars, Maurice and Jean Hawa for transporting the club equipment, Conrad Vazquez for manning the information table, and Manny and Millie Garcia for providing the doughnuts and coffee.

By Jean Hawa
Photos by Bob Squier

Vizcaya Village Car Show – February 13, 2022

The Vizcaya Village Car Show on Sunday, February 13, went off despite the weather.  A cold front was moving across the state with the threat — more like a promise — of rain all morning. Even with the conditions not looking good, eight cars showed up and endured a steady rain from about 9:00 to 10:30 before everyone agreed to call it a day. As you will see in the photos below, it was mostly the older cars in the club showed up. It was a show for cars manufactured 1968 and older.  The 1988 Pontiac 6000 Safari belonging to Philip Williams is the club’s show materials transport – signs, chairs, registration information and the much-needed tent. Millie and Manny Garcia showed up with café con leche and various Cuban delights for the show participants.  Thanks to all who brought their cars out and to Bob Squier and to Jean and Maurice Hawa who helped the show chairman Ira Shapiro make the best of a wet and gray day.

Bob Squier
Photos by Jean Hawa and Tomas Mettler