June in South Florida, the start of hurricane season also heralds the end of official car show season. However, not completely. There are Cars and Coffee events across the region that are hosted all summer long. And some newer events have emerged to close that gap between May and November!
Father’s Day weekend was action-packed (that means two events in one weekend). Now in its second year, the Delray Beach Concours d’Elegance was held on Saturday, June 17th in Old School Square in downtown Delray. Supporting several local charities included the Community Child Care Center of Delray Beach, the Concours was very well-attended, despite the threatening thunderstorms. The cars competing for top honors included historical race cars, a delectable collection of Ferraris and Lamborghinis, and an impressive array of historic tractors and motorcycles. Of course, the largest and most impressive section was the British car area. SFJC club members Warren and Sandra Aplin were there with their spectacular BRG E-Type and George Cole was showing his completely original Mark IV Saloon. Skip Waldman made an entrance with his late model Rolls Royce. Guy Lewis, fresh from Amelia, was showing his 1925 Rolls Royce Piccadilly Roadster, originally owned by Howard Hughes, ultimately earning Best of Show. Congratulations to judges Ruben Verdes and Ira Shapiro and all the organizers for a terrific show, great venue in the heart of Delray. Free to the public, it gave the youngsters a glimpse into the cool world of classic cars.
The next day, Mizner Park in Boca Raton held their 11th annual Father’s Day Classic Car Show. Antique, classic, European Sport and exotics lined Plaza Real. There was a kid’s area where they could explore child-size vehicles, craft vendors as well as the multitude of shops and restaurants that make Mizner Park a destination stop for any trip to Boca. Torrential rain in the morning threatened to dampen the spirits and attendance this year. However, by 9:00 a.m. it was clearing up rather nicely. After a giant mochaccino and piece of chocolate cake we were ready to stroll down the Plaza to join those brave enough to bring out their classic beauties. SFJC member Skip Waldman was showing his late-model Ferrari (top up). We caught up with Mike Cohen from the Gold Coast British Car Club to confer about broadening our membership base. Always a fun event and a great way to spend a Father’s Day!