As if you needed another reason to visit Boca Raton, FL in the winter, the palm tree-filled community on Florida’s east coast adds another attraction – a Concours d’Elegance event. In its 9th year, the Boca Raton Concours, the second of more than 30 d’Elegance celebrations held throughout the year, has raised millions of dollars for a worthy cause, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. This year, Boca celebrated the Cadillac as its featured marque and the 50th Year Anniversary of the Mustang.
On Saturday, prior to the Concours, three automotive seminars were held, including one on the All American Hot Rod. Hosted by Wayne Carini, this seminar provided information about belly tank streamliners, 1930s Ford coupes and roadsters, and Wayne’s personal 1933 Ford Auburn Special, which raced in the forest of Pebble Beach before the building of the Laguna Seca track.
On Sunday, the day of the Concours, the fairway of the Boca Raton Resort and Club was a target-rich environment, complete with sunny skies, towering palm trees, and a mosaic of colorful cars ranging from the Great Gatsby era, to big fins of the 1950s, to the Muscle Car, and even a section of hot rods. Although it was difficult to choose from all the premier classics on the show field, the Best of Show was awarded to a 1930 Minerva 80138 AL, a rare Belgium ultra-luxury automobile that utilized special sleeved-valve engine design in its straight-8 layout. The People's Choice award went to a 1965 T-5 Pony car. Ford wasn't allowed to use the name Mustang in Germany, so for European sales, these Stangs were badged as T-5s. Other standouts in a field of star vehicles included a huge number of fabulous Cadillacs, the one-off 1964 CERV 2 (Chevrolet mid-engine research car), a beautiful 1958 Dual Ghia, a super valuable 1967 Ferrari 275 NART, a real deal 1963 Shelby Cobra, and a 1931 Bentley – the car that beat the Blue Train. For this one day, many of the 200 spectacular cars, some from museums, others from private collections, traveled cross country to celebrate the history of the automobile. This was a unique opportunity to see and hear the sounds of these works of art from the past. For more photos, visit our gallery.