The following is an industry press release ...
BOCA RATON, FL (February 16, 2017
) – The annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation has raised nearly $10 million to date for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Hosted for the 11th consecutive year at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the event took place February 10-12, 2017 and attracted more than 7,000 attendees all to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
1956 Ariel Square Four with Garrard Sidecar, Lisa & Leo Schigiel- Miami Beach, Fla.
The event featured 201 spectacular automobiles and 56 fantastic motorcycles on display raised national eyebrows with the world’s largest and rarest collection of Auburns, Cords and Duesenberg’s (ACD), was the event Marques of the Year valued at over $30 million with 35 vehicles. “This was the first time for Auburns, Cords and Duesenberg’s of this quality have been shown, other than their annual reunions in Auburn, Indiana. This included 12 Auburns, 13 Cords and 10 Duesenberg owners. This was the rarest gathering of certified Auburns, Cords and Duesenberg’s,” says Chairman of the ACD Florida Citrus Meet, Joel Givner.
ACD club members enjoyed a scenic ocean driving tour with their vehicles from Boca Raton to the “Winter White House”, Mar-a-Lago Club, the crown jewel in Palm Beach as they enjoyed a High Tea where they had a chance to catch a glance at First Lady Melania Trump.
The Sunday, February 12th festivities during the Concours d' Elegance Automobile & Motorcycle Exhibition presented by the Rick Case Automotive Group spanned all eras on the Boca Raton Resort & Club showfield. Guests from around the world experienced an automotive showcase like no other, featuring 201 vehicles and 56 motorcycles from an array of eras. An expert panel of judges, including; Grand Marshal Wayne Carini, Chief Honorary Judge Jay Quail, Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable, Honorary Marque Judges Laura Brinkman, Executive Director/CEO of the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and Mark Tomei, President of the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Club, and Master of Ceremonies Bill Rothermel and Tom duPont introduced and awarded the class winners.
The Best of Show Automobile Award went to a 1928 Auburn 8-115 Speedster, owned by Barbara and Al Mason. “This was a fantastic event and the best Concours d’ Elegance we ever attended,” says Barbara and Al Mason.
The Best of Show Motorcycle Award went to a 1956 Ariel Square 4 with Garrard sidecar owned by Leo and Lisa Schigiel.
Friday, February 10th kicked off the weekend of events with the duPont Registry™ Live Hangar Party presented by Ulysse Nardin at the Boca Raton Airport. Guests experienced gourmet tastings from more than 25 of South Florida’s finest restaurants and indulged in an array of fine wines and spirits. Guests also perused a selection of exotic cars, motorcycles, private jets, premier vendors and more.
Saturday, February 11th showcased a collector car auction by “The Finest,” featuring over $5 million in antique and classic cars at the Boca Raton Resort and Club with an evening gala dinner, live auction and show. The dinner began with the presentation of the coveted Automotive Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to Marc Cannon, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Communications & Public Policy for AutoNation, and Dave Zuchowski, previous CEO to Hyundai. Following the awards presentation, an exciting live auction took place which featured one-of-a-kind trips and experience packages, luxury jewelry, and more. Following the live auction, headline comedian Jeff Foxworthy took the stage for a laugh-out-loud, memorable performance.
Founded by Rita and Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group and under the direction of Founding Chairman James E. McDonnell, IV and Honorary Chair Mike Jackson, the Boca Raton Concours grows each year, bringing together new supporters, introducing exciting new event components and showcasing the best of the best in exotic and classic automobiles and motorcycles, and this year was no different. “Now, an astounding 11 years later, I am thrilled to say that not only is the Boca Raton Concours thriving but it has become, in a short time, the fastest growing and most charitable Concours in the world,” said Rick Case.
Last year when Jay Leno attended the event he said, “The Boca Raton Concours is like the East Coast Pebble Beach, Boca and Pebble Beach are probably the two biggest in the country and most prestigious.”
Plans are already underway for the 12th annual Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, scheduled for February 9-11, 2018. Visit www.bocaCDE.com for updates.
Best of Show
1956 Ariel Square Four with Garrard Sidecar, Lisa & Leo Schigiel- Miami Beach, FL
Best in Class—1922 Gillet Touriste, Noel Pauwels- Davie, FL
Post-War Domestic thru 1965
Best in Class—1947 Schwinn Whizzer, Scott Garber- Weston, FL
Post-War British thru 1965
Best in Class—1950 Vincent Meteor, Melissa Ebbs- Boca Raton, FL
Post-War Japanese thru 1970
Best in Class—1969 Honda CB750, Mike Ennis- Plantation, FL
Post-War European thru 1965
Best in Class—1952 Moto Guzzi Astore 500, Lisa & Leo Schigiel- Miami Beach, FL
Post-War Domestic 1966-1975
Best in Class—1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR, Mark Adams- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Post-War British 1966-1975
Best in Class—1973 Triumph Hurricane, Mark Bromley- Homestead, FL
Post-War Japanese 1971-1975
Best in Class—1972 Honda CB750 K2, Garry Linne- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Post-War European 1966-1975
Best in Class—1974 Ducati 750 Sport, Alberto Sisso- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Racing Motorcycles (All Years)
Best in Class—1971 BSA B50MX, Tom Ewing- Naples, FL