Progressive Lunch – November 13, 2021

Getting together again after lock-down.

Food, fun, fine weather, friends, and Fords – at least two Model A’s – made up the journey of the Progressive Lunch from Tropical Park through the beautiful streets and past the historic villages in Coral Gables on the way to the home of Cheryl and Jay Mullininx on Saturday, November 13.  Following the trail laid out by Ira Shapiro, the members of the club saw the Florida Pioneer Village, the Italian Village, Chinese Village, the French Country Village, the French City Village, and the Dutch South African Village, all examples of early 20th Century architecture that reflected the influence of those styles on American residences, all dreamed up by George Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables.  In addition, the club learned new routes through the back roads and relearned how to negotiate the newest vestige of international design: the traffic circle.  Upon arrival at the destination in Palmetto Bay, Cheryl and Jay welcomed us to their spacious home and backyard and a fine luncheon of roasted chicken, beef tenderloin, baked potatoes, salad, and a dessert selection that boggled the mind, not to mention the sugar quotient.

Thank you to Ira Shapiro for providing us with the guide to the homes – and the pre-lunch appetizers – and to Cheryl and Jay for their hospitality.  The thanks of the club was shown by presenting them with a certificate of appreciation and the gift of a spa day for both of them: a relaxing time well-earned.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Jean Hawa and Bob Squier

Starting out

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Deering Estate Vintage Auto Show – January 10, 2021

Our Deering Estate Vintage Auto Show that was postponed due to weather – Hurricane Theta – was rescheduled to Sunday, January 10th.  Weather was also an issue with this show.  The day started with temperatures in the upper 40’s, cold by South Florida standards, but it warmed up rapidly to a beautiful cloudless low 70’s day. We had only twenty-three cars and motorcycles due to COVID-19 restrictions, but still it was held in a beautiful location for displaying our cars  which were surrounded by nature. We got to see manatees bobbing for air and pelicans swooping into the lagoon that leads to Biscayne Bay.

In addition to the helpful direction from Special Events Coordinator Jenna Noordhoek and her staff who set up the tents and helped park the cars, the following South Florida Region club members were instrumental to the success of the show: Assisting Chairwoman Jean Hawa were Ira Shapiro and Philip Williams at check-in; and Al Padilla and Bob Squier providing the photos.

1929 Ford Model A Roadster

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Cars in the Garden – November 22, 2020

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

The Show

Waiting to enter

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Rubenstein Law Antique Car & Motorcycle Show of Coral Gables – March 8, 2020

The day was overcast and windy with a couple of misty rain periods, but the cars were at the show nonetheless. The were 58 cars and trucks ranging from a 1929 Ford Model A to a 1992 Chevrolet Corvette, but no motorcycles. Everyone had a great time, and car talk and tales were shared.  We had a number of visitors from the Carnaval on Miracle Mile stop by, and a number of car show people returned the favor.  Thanks to our sponsor, Rubenstein Law, for making the last show of the club’s season a rousing success.

As usual the show couldn’t have happened without our trusty volunteers. Show co-chairs Andy Leavy and Tomas Hernandez want to thank our trusty volunteers: Philip Williams, Bob Squier, Millie Garcia, Manny Garcia, Jean Hawa, and Ira Shapiro. They also want to thank our judges: Chief Judge Manny Garcia, Conrad Vazquez, Ron Mitro, Bill Anello, George Harvey, Chico Goldsmith, Al Padilla, and Rolf Engelfried.

By Philip Williams
Photos by Al Padilla, Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Best of Show – Tomas & Fernanda’s 1930 Ford Model A Standard Phaeton.

1972 Rolls-Royce

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