President’s Message

President Ira Shapiro

April/May 2021

It looks like the doldrums from the beginning of the year are starting to ease up. Last month, thanks to efforts of Al Padilla and Jorge Feria, our club gathered at Tropical Park in advance of the club’s Tour Back Through Time scavenger hunt. If you did not join us, you missed a lot of fun. With instructions in hand, the participants drove off to see how many of the clues they could decipher, find the location, and take a picture before returning to Tropical Park for the big reveal. The top three winners received gift cards to spend as they so choose. This was a fun and safe way for us to gather and drive our cars.
As more and more of us get vaccinated, being together outdoors is becoming much safer. We have plans brewing for a Sunday Cars and Coffee gathering for the club, and depending on how it is received, we can turn this into a semi-regular event. We are also looking into setting up an Occasional Sunday Drive. The idea is to meet at a convenient location and then head out for a drive that would take us somewhere for a cold (or hot) drink, and then we can all head back home.
 Along with plans for Cars and Coffee and Sunday Drives, I have recently been approached by two organizations to put on car shows. I can assure you that part of the discussions includes the health and safety of our club members and the visiting public. As details and plans start to come together, we will update you.
The Miami International Auto Show scheduled for May 8th – 16th, in an abundance of concern for the health and safety of the viewing public, has officially been rescheduled for October 2021. What this means for us is everyone that has already registered for Memory Lane/ Havana Classics will continue to be registered. I want to thank everyone who registered for both the February and May attempted versions of the show. However, we must continue to solicit cars for the October show. Please consider displaying your car for the October show. Remember, your car needs to be 25 years of age or older for Memory Lane, and for Havana Classics, it needs to have been manufactured before 1960.
As we progress through the year, the Board will continue to create socially safe events for the club. In the meantime, our general meetings will continue to be held via Zoom for all our safety on the third Thursday of the month. Keep an eye out for the reminders sent by Bob Squier.
We have gathered safely a few times so far this year and hope to do so more often as the year progresses. 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 web site, 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 2020 / 2021