Mercedes - Benz  of  Coral  Gables
Classic  Cars  on  the  Mile  Show

March 3, 2013

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      This year's Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables Classic Car Show on the Mile was different in several ways from years past.  In the first place, it didn’t actually take place on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, but across LeJeune Road on Biltmore Way in the shadow of the historic Coral Gables City Hall, and under the watchful eye of the statue of the city’s founder, George Merrick.  It also took place a month earlier than usual and coincided with the Carnaval on the Mile, the annual street fair celebrating Latin culture, which occupied Miracle Mile.  That’s why we moved, but it worked out great for us; we had a lot of people venture across the street to see our show.

     Like last year, the skies were clear but with a nice cool breeze to remind us that every so often we get a little taste of "winter" weather to make us glad to live in South Florida.  It seemed that our attendees were eager to get out to the show, too.  By the time the early-arriving volunteers showed up, we had to get right to work processing entries and parking cars as the participants were out early and in force.  By about ten o'clock -- when the show was set to start -- the street was over half-full.  By 11:00 when the gates were closed we had registered and parked 85 cars and trucks and DJ Elvis was spinning the tunes of our past.

     This year we saw a great number of new cars – new in the sense that we’d never had them come to Coral Gables before.  Some were classics of early automotive history including a 1929 Model A; some were shining examples of bulging-biceps muscle cars from the 1960’s, and some were one-of-a-kind.  We also saw a lot of loyal friends who love to share their treasures with us, and we also made new friends whom we hope will come to future events and add to the already-impressive roster of fine antique automobiles in the club.

    As usual, this type of show could not have been done without the help of many of our club members. Thanks to Show Chairman Andy Leavy, Mel Mann, Jean and Maurice Hawa, Tomas Hernandez John Jones, Tom Kosky, Greg Paiewonsky, Jon Weiss, Bob Squier, and Philip Williams.  And a special thanks to our sponsors, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, College Auto Sales, and Asset Planning Group, Inc.   This was one great show.

Enjoy the views.
Philip Williams

Photos by: Bob Squier and Philip Williams

Coral Gables City Hall
George Edgar Merrick - real estate developer who
is best known as the planner and builder of the
city of Coral Gables
We had two outstanding cars that won the hearts of the fans and judges alike.
1934 Packard Dar Pace and Andy Leavy

Andy Leavy and Mark Tenzer 
1954 Ford Sunliner
Show Sponsors
Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables

Joe Baracaldo of Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables with Andy Leavy

Show Sponsors
College Auto Sales
Andy Leavy thanks College Auto Sales representative Jim Lowery for their sponsorship.
Show Sponsors
Asset Planning Group, Inc.
Andy Leavy thanks Asset Planning Group, Inc.'s Harris Kerker and Tom Kosky for their sponsorship. 

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