President’s Message

President Ira Shapiro

July – August

This month our country is celebrating the two hundred forty fifth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence from the English crown. At the same time our club is celebrating its independence of the quarantine. More and more of our community is re-opening, and we are taking advantage of that. Last month we held our first Cars and Coffee at a local restaurant with 15 collectible cars, ranging from a genuinely nice 1955 Chevy built in Venezuela along with a couple of station wagons, Corvettes, Mustangs, a LaSalle, a Road Runner, two little British cars, and others. It was a great gathering of old friends and new friends. Keep an eye out for an invitation to join us again this month.
Last month was also a busy month for several of our members who received national recognition for their cars; look for the article in this issue of Sidelights. Additionally, our own Manny and Millie Garcia received their Senior Master Judges Award. Congratulations to all the award recipients.
Plans have firmed up for the July 18th Inaugural MiMo Car Show, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the North Beach Band Shell. Go to our website and register your car. We will have room for 50 to 60 cars. Remember all cars must be 25 years and older, original condition or restored. Cars of the late fifties and early sixties will be highlighted, but all our members are welcome. Later in the year, we will be back at the Miami International Auto Show. Opening night is October 16th and runs through October 24th.  We want your car; please consider displaying it in either Memory Lane or Havana Classics. Remember, your car needs to be 25 years of age or older for Memory Lane. For Havana Classics, it needs to have been manufactured before 1960.
In other good news, I have asked the Board to find a place for us to hold our monthly general meeting as well as the year-ending Holiday Party. As we progress through the year, the Board will continue to create socially-safe events for the club. Before we have a holiday party, all of us will get in our cars to enjoy a Progressive Dinner. So, as we continue to gain independence from the closings imposed by COVID-19, we will work on more ways to gather, enjoy our hobby and be with our friends. Keep an eye out for the reminders from Bob Squier on our website and Jean Hawa in Sidelights.
We have gathered safely several times so far this year and will do so more often as we work our way through the second half of the year. Stay in touch with what is happening in the club by reading this publication, our club newsletter Sidelights, edited by Jean Hawa. You can also stay in touch through our club’s website www.aacasouthflorida.club, edited by Bob Squier, or join and follow the club Facebook page, South Florida Region Antique Automobile Club of America Group. As a member of the group, you can post car hobby-related items. Stay in touch. As the year moves forward and more people get vaccinated, we will continue to gather more often.  I look forward to seeing all of you either via Zoom or at the next socially distant event. Be safe and have fun!
Ira Shapiro, President 2021