13TH ANNUAL BOCA RATON CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
Presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation, the 13th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance was held February 22-24 in Boca Raton. The weekend of festivities kicked-off on Friday night with the DuPont Registry Live Hangar Party at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport. Guests perused an impressive selection of cars, motorcycles and private jets, while enjoying an open bar and food from over 20 South Florida restaurants. The highlight of the night for guests was the chance to rub elbows with celebrity guests, Jay Leno and Indy 500 Champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Saturday night was the Grand Gala, Live Auction and Show. Guest enjoyed a cocktail reception, followed by a sit down dinner and the presentation of the National Automotive Manufacturer Lifetime Achievement Award to Mercedes-Benz USA President & CEO, Dietmar Exler, National Automotive Dealer Lifetime Achievement Award to Rick Hendrick, Chairman and Owner of the Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports and National Automotive Racing Lifetime Achievement Award to Ryan Hunter-Reay, as well as a stellar performance by one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country, Jay Leno.
Sunday morning kicked-off with a private Q&A brunch hosted by Jay Leno and Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars. Once the show field opened, guests experienced an automotive showcase like not other, featuring over 200 cars and motorcycles from an array of time periods. Auto enthusiasts also had a chance to view the Marques of the Year, Bentley Motorcars. The “Best of Show Award” was presented to a 1937 Bugatti 57S Coupe owned by Richard Workman from Windermere, FL. Additionally, the “Founder Award” was presented to a 1933 Isotta FraschIni Tipo 8A, a 2-door Sports Tourer owned by Stephen Plaster from Lebanon, Missouri.
Celebrity Judge Jay Leno joined an expert panel of judges including Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable, Steve Moskowitz, Executive Director of AACA and Jay Quail, CCCA Executive Director. Additionally, Grand Marshal Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars joined the group for another stellar year along with Master of Ceremonies Bill Rothermel and Tom duPont, who selected the finest vintage, antique, classic and exotic vehicles based on period, presentation and style.