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Luxury, classic auto buffs came out in droves for Concours

It’s a wrap for the 2019 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance.  The 14th annual is Feb. 21 to 23, 2020, master of ceremonies Bill Rothermel announced on the show field at the Boca Raton Resort & Club Sunday.

Hundreds of spectators walked the field filled with hundreds of new, classic and vintages cars and motorcycles. A Lamborghini in a Benjamin Franklin $100 wrap was the first car they saw.

Others stood behind a circle of red ropes or sat in a grandstand to watch and hear the competition over loudspeakers. Car buffs heard a running commentary of automotive history, along with seeing the winners drive up.

Collector Chris Lapinski brought a 1953 silver Jaguar X120 that won Excellence in Class. “We’re the entertainment,” he said about why he brings a different Jag every year. “I’m from the Wellington area, so this a local Concours for me.”

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1931 Packard 833 Convertible Coupe at the 2019 Concours d’Elegance.

Boca Concours founder and director Rick Case and his wife Rita presented the major awards. Among them was the People’s Choice, a candy apple red Bosley Interstate. The Founders Award went to a 1933 Isotta Fraschini, called the Italian Rolls Royce.  The Best in Show car was a 1937 Bugatti and the motorcycle was a 1951 Moto Guzzi.

Jay Leno was a celebrity judge with fellow TV car show host Wayne Carini.

The three-day event that included a hangar party and gala benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County.  Boca’s Concours was presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation.   Pinnacle Advertising CEO Peter Gary was advertising and social media chair & Big Wheel chair.

By Marci Shatzman

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