The 14th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance looked not only back at our automotive past, but forward to its future. On the show field and in a panel presentation, the event celebrated the 100-year anniversary of Duesenberg. But it also featured the new “30 Under 30 Class” and a focus on the future.
The “30 Under 30 Class” is a concours class open to car owners who are 30 years of age or younger and who have invested less than $30,000 in the restoration of their vehicles, which usually means they have done most of the work themselves.
To help promote the class, and the future of the car-collecting hobby, the Boca Raton schedule included a panel presentation featuring well-known collector, restorer and television personality Wayne Carini, Jason Wenig of The Creative Workshop, and Diane Fitzgerald of the RPM Foundation. One of their messages was to inform parents and grandparents about their options of passing their cars along to their children and grandchildren.
Also new this year at the Florida concours weekend were an exhibit of work by the Automotive Fine Arts Society and the Mecum Auctions “Gallery Exposition,” with vehicles available for purchase in a non-bidding setting.
As usual, the event, which benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, began with the Hangar Party at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport, where cars, motorcycles and aircraft were on display and where more than 25 South Florida restaurants provided tastings.
Comedian Billy Gardell entertained at the Grand Gala Dinner on Saturday evening.
The weekend concluded with the concours, which featured Duesenberg as the marque of the year. Best of Show went to a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO coupe owned by Richard Workman. The Founder Award was presented to a 1932 Stutz DV32 Victoria bodied by Rolston & Co. and owned by Stephen Plaster.
The 15th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for February 19-21, 2021.