Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance '20

Back in February my local Mercedes Club was ask to help with one of the nation's premier auto show events. I just received the May-June issue "The Star", the national magazine for the the Mercedes-Benz Club of America and there is a wonderful article about the Florida February event. The photos in the magazine are photos I took and I was recognized for helping in the hospitality tent. I met a lot of people; passed out many membership packets; took photos and had an over all fun/exciting day. A memorable Escape on my birthday weekend.     

Here is the magazine article and some of my photos:

Article by Pete Lester

The 14th annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance was held Sunday, February 9, at the beautiful and historic Boca Raton Resort and Club. This resort hotel is one of the oldest and the most iconic resorts on the East Coast of Florida. The Boys and Girls Club of Broward County is the beneficiary of this concours. 

Magazine Photos 
MB USA and Auto Nation of Florida sponsored this year's event. There were over 200 cars and 100 motorcycles on display including a special exhibit of the Collector of the Year, Stephen Plaster of Lebanon, Missouri, owner of over 400 of the world's finest classic automobiles. 

We had the fortunate job on behalf of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America to pick two deserving Mercedes-Benz  vehicles for recognition. One was for the Auto Nation Best Mercedes-Benz Vehicle on the show field and the other was for MBCA's award, the Mercedes-Benz Award of Excellence. 

For the Auto Nation award we chose Plaster's 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A body by Sindelfingen. This beauty was one of 10 vehicles he brought to the concours.  Leo Schegiel's 1960 300SL Roadster was selected for the MBCA award. Finished in Mercedes DB040 Black, it was a magnificent example with an almost perfect finish. All told there were nine Mercedes-Benz models in the show. Many of them also received other awards. 

Helping at the MBCA hospitality tent
The Road Star Section along with members from neighboring sections helped staff the MBCA hospitality tent with Josie Lesler. MBCA members attending the event included Oliver and Gloria Seligman from the NYC-Long Island Section, Southeast Regional Director Hank Webb with his wife Jean from Jacksonville, Victor Rodriguez and Section President Michael Chrusch from South Florida Section, and Section President Barry Paraizo, with his wife Linda, and Rhonda Williams [vice-president] from the Road Star Section.

The Mercedes-Benz Club of America has had the privilege of judging this prestigious event for the past five years. The Boca Raton Contours d'Elegance is gathering momentum as a regional car show and is a major contributor to its benefiting charity.

Best Mercedes-Benz Vehicle on the show field 
Boca Raton Resort and Club in the background

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