Spade, Earnhardt Jr., Carini highlight Boca Raton Concours guest list
The 16th Annual “Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance,” presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation, returns to The Boca Raton this weekend, February 24-26. The full weekend of cars and stars, celebrities and festivities, will draw visitors from around the globe and culminate with a world-class display of collector cars and cycles.
This year’s weekend flagship Concours will be hosted by Grand Marshal Wayne Carini. All proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
Actor/comedian David Spade will provide the laughs during Saturday night’s “Grand Gala,” as racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., GM Chair and CEO Mary Barra, and Mindy Holman, Chair of Holman Enterprises, will each be honored with “Automotive Lifetime Achievement” awards.
Founded and directed by Rita and Rick Case of The Rick Case Automotive Group, the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance is the world’s largest Concours owned by a charity, and fully benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, which serves thousands of at-risk youth.
“To date, the event has raised more than $10 million for the charity,” said Event Co-Founder Rita Case.
This year’s event Chair is Frank Peña, President of Potamkin Auto Group.
Friday, Feb. 24: Concours weekend kicks-off with a Private VIP Welcome Reception at The Boca Raton. This invitation-only event is exclusively for “Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award” winners, “Big Wheel” Members, Celebrity Guests and VIP Sponsors.
Saturday, Feb. 25: The Grand Gala Dinner and Auction at The Boca Raton will treat guests to an elegant cocktail reception, gourmet dinner and the chance to bid on exquisite auction items including exotic vacation packages and one-of-a-kind experiences. During the evening, Concours’ Chairs will recognize the three “Automotiv Lifetime Achievement” award winners. The evening will conclude with an exclusive live performance by actor and comedian David Spade.
Sunday, Feb. 26: The weekend pinnacle 16th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, presented by the Rick Case Automotive Group, will feature 200 meticulously restored cars and motorcycles from every period—some one of a kind. Grand Marshal Wayne Carini, host of television’s “Chasing Classic Cars,” will walk the show field, as judges critique these masterpieces and meet the owners, who are competing for top prizes and national recognition.
This year’s Concours’ pays homage to the Marque of the Year: Pre-War Cadillac. Additionally, this year’s Automobile Collector of the Year, Jack Boyd Smith Jr., will showcase impeccable examples of the 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Convertible (originally owned by Amelia Earhart), the 1933 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron (one of fewer than 20 still in existence) and several other automotive rarities. Many of those masterpieces brought back to their original splendor by this year’s Restoration Company of the Year, LaVine Restorations.
Food and beverage: In addition to “Grab and Go” options on Sunday, The Boca Raton restaurants—Sadelle’s, Palm Court and Mulligans—all will be open during the Concours weekend.
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