Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cars On the Lawn

Updated.

Today is the 6th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. It’s a three-day affair with cars, parties, and dinners with celebrities at prices that represent a substantial portion of my annual income. But I get to attend for free because, as I have for the last five years, I am judging the cars for the awards. This year I’m doing American Production 1960-1975 Open, which should include some amazing examples of American automotive exuberance.

It’s also fun to infiltrate an event that harkens back to the days when I hung out with the WASP crowd at country clubs and summer cottages on the lake and when cars like these were parked in the driveways. I promise to be on my best behavior — after all, this isn’t Occupy Boca — and I’ll be dressed appropriately for judging: blue blazer, white shirt, classy tie, slacks, and nice shoes. I can pull it off; I studied this life form for a long time.

I’ll have pictures later.

Update: Below the fold are just a few of the fine examples of antique cars that were at the Boca Concours d’Elegance today.

1903 Cadillac

1918 Dodge (with original owner?)

1923 Kissel

1930 Stutz

Stutz hood ornament

1934 Packard

1941 Cadillac

1942 Lincoln Continental

1957 Pontiac Star Chief

1960 Edsel Ranger convertible – one of 79 built.

1964 Studebaker Avanti

1966 Ford Mustang GT

The People’s Choice award — voted on by the visitors — was the 1942 Lincoln Continental. The Best of Show award — voted on by the judges — went to a 1939 Bugatti 57C.