President Manny Garcia with his 1968 Mercury Cougar coupe Dan Gurney Special
It is with mixed feelings that I write this, my last, President’s Message. Soon my term will be up and the new president will take over. Ira Shapiro has been elected the next president of our club and I know he will do a great job for us.
Where am I going you may ask? Not far, I will be serving on the board as Past President and the new Treasurer. Millie, Ira and I are also chairing the 2020 Winter Nationals in Miami and I am running for a position on the National AACA Board of Directors…I certainly hope you voted!
Now to Memory Lane, which was held again this year at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center. Over 40 cars encompassed the exhibit this year. We had antique cars, at both the Havana Classics exhibit and the Memory Lane section. Thank you to the car owners for sharing your treasured vehicles with us and to all the volunteers who stayed with the cars and interacted with the public. This is a great public relations opportunity that further promotes our hobby. Finally, this event would not be possible without our board member and Chairman for Memory Lane for the last 25 years, Mel Mann. He has worked tirelessly along with Co-Chairs Ira Shapiro and Bob Squier, along with the behind the scenes work of Philip Williams to make this show a success. Thank you all!
Our last and final club event this year will be the Holiday party, which will include the induction of the new board members. Check our website for details on these and other upcoming eventshttps://aacasouthflorida.club.
On to next year…The first show of the year and my personal favorite is Art Deco weekend. We park our cars on Ocean Drive and soak in the fun! Come join us!
The AACA South Florida Region is hosting the 2020 Winter National Meet right here in Miami on February 27-29, 2020. The events will be centered around the Magic City Casino. Please volunteer to help us now and during the actual events. Can we count on you? Call me or Millie or Ira and let us know how you want to help. Take on as little or as much as you can; it will be a fun time.
I hope to see you at the club’s upcoming events, come on out, meet fellow hobbyists and make a new friend.
See you down the road!
Manny Garcia, President
A.A.C.A. South Florida Region