The eighth annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation raised more than $1 million dollars for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Hosted for the eighth consecutive year at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the event took place February 21-23, 2014 and featured an amazing weekend of philanthropy, comedy and of course, a stellar automobile and motorcycle display all to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
Founded by Rita and Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive Group and under the direction of Event Chair Jamie McDonnell along with Honorary Chair Mike Jackson, the Boca Raton Concours grows each year bringing together new supporters, introducing exciting new event components and showcasing even better exotic, classic automobiles and motorcycles, and this year was no different. This year’s Concours showcased the history of Mercedes-Benz through the years with a tremendous line up of memorable vintage automobiles.
Friday kicked off the weekend of events with the duPont Registry™ Live Hangar Party at the Boca Aviation. More than 1,500 guests attended the Hangar Party where they experienced select tastings from more than 20 of the best South Florida restaurants and eateries, and indulged in an array of fine wines and spirits. Guests also perused a fine selection of exotic and classic airplanes, motorcycles, boats, motor coaches, automobiles, and business and private jets, including Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers and his display of custom bikes, along with luxury vendor displays featuring jewelry, fine art and more.The event featured several local vendors who cater to a sophisticated clientele. I was especially impressed with Allied Kitchen and Bath, who displayed 24kt gold bathroom fixtures made in France. They are located at 616 W Oakland Park Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale (Ph: 954-564-1611).
Saturday, Grand Marshal Wayne Carini moderated “The Collector Car Market”– “The Past Five Years, and The Five Years to Come” seminar with panelists Tom duPont, Dave Kinney, Bill Rothermel and Dr. Paul Sable attended by a packed house of collector car enthusiasts. That evening, more than 700 guests attended the Gala Dinner Auction & Show which included a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by the Dinner & Live Auction featuring a performance by renowned comedian and entertainer Wayne Brady.
The Gala Dinner began with the presentation of the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award to Mike Maroone, President and COO of AutoNation, and the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance Award of Excellence to The Revs Institute for Automotive Research Inc. featuring the Collier Collection. Following the awards presentation, a stellar live auction took place giving guests the exclusive opportunity to bid on luxurious packages and one-of-a-kind exotic items money cannot buy, all benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Following the live auction, Brady took the stage for a laugh-out-loud, memorable performance.
Sunday concluded the weekend’s festivities with the Automobile & Motorcycle Exhibition spanning all eras on the newly renovated and expanded showfield at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. More than 4,000 guests from around the world experienced an automotive showcase like no other, featuring cars and motorcycles from a wide range of time periods. An expert panel of judges, led by Grand Marshal Wayne Carini, Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable, Honorary Judges John Carlson, Mark Lizewskie, Steve Moskowitz and Jed Rapoport were responsible for selecting the finest vintage, antique, classic and exotic vehicles based on period, presentation and cleanliness.
The awards ceremony highlighted each winner as they drove to the judge’s booth to receive their trophy. Winning entrants received their awards during a special presentation emceed for the seventh year in a row by Tom duPont, owner of duPont Registry magazine and world renowned car collector, who has officiated awards ceremonies at some of the nation’s largest Concours events including Pebble Beach and Amelia Island along with Bill Rothermel, automotive historian and freelance writer for various national and international automotive and club publications, who served as Master of Ceremonies, announcing descriptions of each winner automobile. Best in Show Automobile was awarded to The Premier Collection for the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special and Best in Show Motorcycle was awarded to Jack Wells of Lake City, FL for his 1934 Brough Superior 11-50 with 1938 Alpine Grand Sport Petrol Rube side car.
Once the show kicked off, guests were invited to walk through the Automobile Art Show and Vendor Row featuring vendor tents such as the 2014 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance tent offering hats, commemorative Concours program magazines, and posters and pins from previous years event’s and this year’s event. Guests also enjoyed a selection of gourmet food, wine and cocktails from more than 30 of South Florida’s finest restaurants at the Concours d’Gourmet Pavilion.
“Rita and Rick Case began this event seven years ago for two reasons,” said Jamie McDonnell, Event Chair of the Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance. “One was to unite car enthusiasts from around the world and two was to support a much deserving charity; the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Now, a marvelous eight years later, I am thrilled to say that not only is the Boca Raton Concours thriving but it has become, in a short eight years, the fastest growing and most charitable Concours in the world.”
The eighth annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance could not have been made possible without the support of its sponsors: Audi Coral Springs; Audi Lighthouse Point; AutoNation; BB&T Center; Bentley Palm Beach; Boca Aviation; Boca Raton Resort & Club; duPont Registry; Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale; Hagerty Insurance; JM Family Enterprises; JR Dunn Jewelers; Lamborghini Palm Beach; Mercedes-Benz USA; Neiman Marcus; Rick Case Automotive Group; Rolls-Royce Palm Beach; Sky Limo Air Charter; The Collection; Ulysse Nardin; Wheels Up and more.
All to benefit a deserving cause, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, the entire Boca Raton Concours team is comprised of a group of about 200 volunteers who dedicate their personal time to the planning and execution of the event. With no paid promoters, producers or staff, all the proceeds go to serve more than 12,700 youth that attend the 12 Boys & Girls Clubs in Broward County.
Plans are already underway for the ninth annual Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL. Save the date for February 20-22, 2015, and visit www.bocaCDE.com for updates.
Jamie McDonnell, Boca Raton Concours Event Chair, Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers and Ryan Hunter-Reay, professional American race car driver at the Gala Dinner & Live Auction (Photo Credit: Robert Stolpe)