President’s Message

President Ira Shapiro

April  2020

I hope this month’s Sidelights finds you all in good health. The coronavirus has put our community and country on hold till things clear up.

To maintain safe practices, our March General Meeting was cancelled. Unfortunately, that cancellation didn’t allow us to crow over the successes of our last two events. So, I will take the time to do so now.  At the end of February our club hosted the 2020 National Winter Meet at Magic City Casino.  The weekend festivities began Thursday night with flamenco dancing and ended Saturday night with the awards banquet. In between, we visited the Dauer Collection, salsa danced and saw more than 170 cars on the show field.  We made new friends and caught up with old ones.  To say the least, the weekend and show was a great success and enjoyed by all who participated.  I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Millie and Manny Garcia as co-chairs of the show, along with the committee chairs and volunteers: Jean and Maurice Hawa, Rick and Diane Ash, Bob Squier, Philip Williams, Tim Merriman, Conrad and Tania Vasquez, Bill Anello, Paul and Joyce Cotner, Jorge and Maria Feria, Alex Fardales, Cliff Gibson, Chico Goldsmith, Tom Grabowski, Ben Harris, Cathy Harvey, Tomás and Yovanna Hernández, Norman Kassoff, Andy Leavy, James and Judy McCrory, Ron Mitro, Cheryl Mullininx, Al and Miriam Padilla, Rudy Rodriguez, and Larry Wechsler.  Thank you for all your hard work and time.  In addition to our members, we had at least a dozen members from the Ft. Lauderdale Region providing assistance on the field, in the merchandise sales, and behind the scenes.  If I left someone’s name off the list, please accept my apologies. Your help was invaluable.

One week later, March 8th, we gathered on Biltmore Way for the Rubenstein Law Antique Car & Motorcycle Show of Coral Gables.  Despite the change to daylight saving time and the ramping gloom of coronavirus, we had a good turnout of cars.  Thank you to Andy Leavy and Tomás Hernández as co-chairs as well as the usual suspects at the show: Bob Squier, Philip Williams, Jean Hawa, Bill Anello and Manny Garcia as our Chief Judge and everyone that stepped up to judge a show field full of wonderful cars.

As we all adjust to the new normal of COVID 19, you’ll find that we have nothing scheduled for April.  It’s time to be with our families safely at home. For May we are working on scheduling our annual club picnic. The plan is to go out to Larry and Penny Thompson Park.  Food and drink will be supplied by the club.  We are hoping that you will bring side dishes and desserts; a team of experienced tasters will be assembled to try your dishes and award winners in both categories.  Start checking your recipes; before you know it will be time to start cooking.

We are living in very trying times; municipal governments have imposed strict procedures to hopefully stop the spread of this pandemic. I will keep you informed through emails and on our website of events and plans as we move through the month. My hope is that we will all be together again in May for the club picnic.  In the meantime, continue to follow these simple precautions: wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, get plenty of rest, eat properly, social distancing; stay six feet away from others. Stay as healthy as possible, protect yourselves and our community. When possible support your favorite restaurants by ordering take-out food.

Stay well, I can’t wait to be with all of you again.

Ira Shapiro, President 2020