Crowds in the thousands packed a hangar and grounds to kick off the three-day Boca Raton Concours d’ Elegance Friday night.
“I think it’s the biggest crowd so far,” Oceans 234 owner Danielle Rosse observed at Atlantic Aviation in Boca Raton Airport.
Sleek private jets had lines, just to peek inside. And dealers showcased hundreds of luxury cars, from Ferraris to a red Rolls Royce convertible.
The Rick Case Automotive Group even had a red carpet. Rick and Rita Case founded this 13th annual luxury vehicles and collectors’ event that runs through Sunday at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tickets are still available to walk the show field and watch the competition cars go by.
Back at the hangar party, this was a see-and-be-seen night with stylish singles and couples. Most of the men wore jackets.
There were plenty of munchies for tasting and beverages, of course. “We’re showcasing our best food, including oysters,” said Derek Morrell, owner of the new Loch Bar and Ouzo Bay restaurants. “It’s a great crowd and a great cause,” he said about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
Billed as the DuPont Registry Live Hangar Party, this was the perfect spot to advertise. A lavender Corvette with a jeweler’s name splashed on the windshield got its share of photo action. “People are trying on,” said a rep for Corum watches.
Jay Leno was an attraction himself. The Host of “Jay Leno’s Garage,” he’s the celebrity judge for the collector’s car show Sunday and will perform at the gala Saturday.
It was Phillip Johnson’s first time at the hangar bash. An avowed car guy himself, he came to check out the autos.
What was his favorite ride? “The Bugatti,” he said with a sigh.
Boca’s Concours is presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation. Pinnacle Advertising CEO Peter Gary is Advertising and Social Media Chair & Big Wheel Chair. This year’s event recognizes Bentley Motorcars on the firm’s 100th anniversary.
By Marci Shatzman