Thousands of car and motorcycle enthusiasts flocked to the 2012 Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition, Sunday, February 26. Hosted for the sixth year at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the large-scale event featured an unprecedented display of 300 classic and antique cars and motorcycles.
Winning entrants received awards during a special presentation emceed by Tom duPont, owner of duPont Registry magazine. Sunday’s festivities capped a weekend of special events, including a black-tie gala and live auction, a performance by comic/actor Dana Carvey, along with the nostalgic array of vintage vehicles that brought back memories for over 5,000 attendees who roamed the expansive show grounds.
An expert panel from around the country judged some of the finest automobiles and motorcycles ever built. Car talk was everywhere and this was the perfect setting. What was your first car? That was the question posed to celebrities and participants alike. “Mine was a1961 Porche Super 90 Roadster,”says duPont, who also confesses that he wished he had back his 1964Pontiac GTO. “My first car was a 1972 Mercury Capri,” says Ralph Avila with Palm Beach Bentley, one of the sponsors.
The spotlight also focused on more than 30 of South Florida’s palette-pleasing restaurants in the Concours d’ Gourmet Café Pavilion, where guests sampled an assortment of gourmet foods. Notable Broward County favorites included Bonefish Grill, Matteo’s Family Style Restorante Italiano, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Capital Grille, and Frank & Dino’s.
There was also a special tribute to the upcoming 100th Anniversary of Aston Martin and 50th Anniversary of the Shelby Cobra and Shelby American. “The Aston Martin and the Shelby Cobra are automotive icons,” said Rick Case, Founder of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. “They represent years of success and sterling reputations for delivering car-enthusiasts exactly what they crave – fast cars and endurance, respectively.”
Each year, the Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance honors a true leader in the automotive industry for their commitment and contribution to the automobile world and automotive business endeavors. This year the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Carroll Shelby. Shelby’s inspiration and vision have made him the force behind many of the industry’s most beloved automobiles, including the Cobra, Series 1, Ford GT40, Viper, Ford Shelby Mustangs and the Ford GT. He is the only man to ever win Le Mans as a driver, team owner and manufacturer.
Proceeds from gate admissions benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.