Mother Nature has run the gamut on weather for the Cars in the Garden Show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden: hot and humid, rainy and windy, even the close pass of a tropical depression. On Sunday, January 30, 2022, she gave us the cold shoulder with early-morning temperatures hovering in the low 40’s. But the sky was beautifully clear, the lawn was soft, not muddy, and those of us who braved the cold were bundled up like our northern friends in gloves and stocking caps and put on a great show with over fifty antiques and Corvettes spread out among the beautiful garden. By noon the thermometers were edging up to more customary South Florida winter weather, and when the trophies were handed out for Best in Class and the Best of Show awards were handed out to Frank Rubino for his 1947 Allard M1 and Stephen Greenblatt for their 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, we all had had a great time.
Thanks to show chairs Jean Hawa and Chico Goldsmith and volunteers Gary Shanock, Maurice Hawa, Larry Wechsler, Cheryl Mullininx, Mille Garcia and Tomas Hernandez for making this once again our most bucolic and picture-worthy show.
Photos by Al Padilla, Philip Williams and Bob Squier
Although Covid-19 and the weather conspired to stop the show, it went on with a slightly diminished cast. It was good to get out and meet with old friends and see some “new” cars as well as welcome some new members of both AACA South Florida and the Sunshine Corvette Club. Thank you, Co-chairs Jean Hawa and Chico Goldsmith, for your efforts in getting the show staged despite the restrictions. Also a thank you goes out to Gary Shanock and Philip Williams for handling registration, and to Bill Anello, Ira Shapiro, Bob Squier and Chico Goldsmith for helping with parking the cars.
Photos by Diane Landers Preuss, Ira Shapiro, Bob Squier and Philip Williams
We have had Cars in the Rain, Cars in the Post-Hurricane Clean-up Traffic Jam, even Cars in the Fog. But for the 2019 Cars in the Garden show at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden on Sunday, October 27, it was Cars in the Steamroom as we were treated to a warm and muggy day with plenty of sunshine and a gentle breeze to alleviate some of the humidity. Thanks to Co-chairs Jean Hawa and Chico Goldsmith, AACA South Florida Region and the Sunshine Corvette Club brought out over 75 antiques and Corvettes to the paradise of the tropical gardens and welcomed hundreds of visitors, many with kids in tow and in costume to take part in the festivities.
We wish to thank Hector Gonzalez of Mr. Joseph Fine Dry Cleaning for his support of our show.
We also have to thank the many volunteers who made it happen: For the Antique Show Maurice Hawa did show setup and parking. Philip Williams and Gary Shanock handled the registration table. Luis Quevedo, Tomas Hernandez, William Anello, Gary Stump, Ira Shapiro, and Bob Squier directed the cars to their parking area, and Jean Hawa brought bagels and coffee and awarded the trophies. Frank Jacobs, Cliff Gibson, Perley Richardson and Larry Carman helped with the Corvette Show setup and parking. Diane Preuss, Pam and Chuck Schumacher helped with voting tabulation, and Ron Mitro helped with trophy setup and presentation. Additionally we need to thank Luis Quevedo for his fund raising efforts.
Best of show Corvette: 1979 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Miguel Garcia.
Best of Show Antique: 1967 Austin Healey 3000 owned by Bob Squier.
By Philip Williams
Photographs by Al Padilla, Bob Squier and Philip Williams