President Ira Shapiro
It is finally December; hurricane season is over, and 2020 will soon be history. We began the year on Ocean Drive in South Beach at Art Deco Weekend with a two-day car show, lots of cars and thousands of visitors. A little more than a month later we gathered at Magic City Casino to host the 2020 AACA Winter Nationals. Before we could catch our breath and rest on our laurels, we were welcoming our friends to Coral Gables for the Rubenstein Law Antique Car & Motorcycle Show on March 8th. This was a great show with plenty of participation considering a week previously we hosted a national car show. And then the world came to a grinding halt as COVID-19 took over. Over the past nine months we have learned to meet on Zoom, wear a mask as an everyday piece of clothing, and watch as our events were cancelled. Our hearts go out to all of you and the more than 250,000 families around the country that have been touched by this horrible pandemic. However, there was one ray of sunshine as the year came to an end. In November we were able to host, along with the Sunshine Corvette Club, Cars in the Garden at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Before I go on, I must thank our officers and Board for giving of their time throughout this difficult year. I also want to thank the chairs of the events that we were able to present: Mel Mann, Bob Squier and Philip Williams for Art Deco Weekend; Manny and Millie Garcia, AACA Winter Nationals Meet; Andy Levy and Tomás Hernández for our Coral Gables Show, and Jean Hawa along with Chico Goldsmith for our Cars in the Garden Show. Without their leadership and all of you that volunteered to work the events, these shows would not have happened or have been as successful as they were.
Looking forward to the end of this year and into next year, the officers and Board all agreed that we would not hold a face-to-face Holiday Party. Concerned with the health and safety of our members, it was decided that we could not gather, stay socially distant, and eat all at the same time. For the new year, the Art Deco Show has been postponed until maybe later in the year by the organizers. We are currently making plans to present Memory Lane and Havana Classics at the Miami International Auto Show in February. Please submit your 1996 and older car for consideration along with your volunteer time sheet. More details to follow. Plans are also in the works to present our Coral Gables Show again in March, and as the year progresses, we will make plans for other events. We are also starting the year with a new member to our Board of Directors: welcome Jorge Feria. A special thanks to Bob Squier for maintaining our award-winning website and Jean Hawa for editing our award-winning newsletter.
A friendly reminder to check out the club website for show and event updates. Check in with our social media, the club’s Facebook page, for event information and event pictures. On our group Facebook page, you can add pictures and stories on that site. And, as always, send your stories to Jean Hawa for inclusion in the club’s newsletter Sidelights.
Enjoy our club newsletter, website, and Facebook page. Stay safe by maintaining social distance, wear a mask in public, and wash your hands often. Friends, we are all stronger than the pandemic. I look forward to being together soon.
Ira Shapiro, President 2020