This is the third and final post of our 3 days of the Boca Concours d’Elegance RECAP. Here are the highlights from Day 3’s Automobile Exhibition and Show-Field Competition, which was held Sunday, February 24, 2019.
The 13th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance concluded last week and it was one for the books. Boca Raton’s Concours is a prestigious car event put on for charity. People all over the world gather in Boca Raton for three spectacular days full of exotic cars, custom motorcycles, extravagant yachts, and with the crowd that the Concours d’Elegance sees it should go without saying, private jets.
So many interesting people, all of whom are avid car enthusiasts, join the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance every year, and in 2019, the crowd was bigger than ever.
The 2019 Boca Concours ran from February 22-24. It benefited the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County, and after 13 years, this extravagant event has amassed well over 10 million dollars to the foundation.
The Boca Raton Concours is the fastest growing Concours in the entire nation. Furthermore, it is the world’s biggest car event for charity.
Here’s how the charity aspect of the event works. Guest buy tickets to attend the event – Friday’s ticket is $100, Saturday’s ticket is $500, and Sunday’s ticket is $100 – then all of the proceeds (along with any other contributions that guests make) go to charity. Each day of the three days, guests are able to meet likeminded people like car enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, enjoy gourmet food and tasty drinks, get up close and personal with some of the most incredible and unique cars the world has to offer.
With that being said, each day is its own phenomenon meant to tantalize all the senses. Let’s quickly breakdown the three days that make up the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance.
Run-through of the three-days:
Day 1 (Friday – February 22, 2019): Hangar Party
The Concours starts on Friday night with the duPont Registry
Day 2 (Saturday – February 23, 2019): Grand Gala Dinner
Saturday is a fanciful night. As you arrive, you see the parking lot flooded with exotic cars. Upon entering the Boca Raton Resort & Club, you’ll find everyone dressed to the nine with smiles on their face. The night includes pre-dinner cocktails, a silent auction, giveaways, a delicious dinner, and live entertainment (Jay Leno in the building!).
Day 3 (Sunday – February 24, 2019) Automobile & Motorcycle Exhibition
On the final day, guests enjoy an entire day for an automobile and motorcycle exhibition. The Boca Raton Resort & Club turns into a massive show field, full of so many distinct cars, many of which have been customized and built over years of hard work and passion. The day includes a Q&A with Jay Leno and Wayne Carini, a car and motorcycle exhibition and competition, an award ceremony, and all the delectable snacks and foods you could ask for. It’s truly a remarkable day and a great way to end the event.
In this article, we are recapping the final day of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance 2019, Day 3. Now, let’s get into it…
Recap of Day 3 – Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition:
Sunday is the main event of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance.
It was a hot and beautiful day on the greens at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The day lasted around 6 hours, and it was a car and motorcycle fanatics dream. There were classic vehicles, customized and restored to pristine condition. Everything from the upholstery to the paint to the mechanics was something to marvel, and we can be sure that it far exceeds what the car originally offered (many of which were decades upon decades old).
Guests took an invitation to walk through the vendor row, which was full of unique local offerings, before viewing all the cars on the field. All of the vendors gave a profit of sales to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
The 200 plus collector cars in attendance came from all over the country to be appreciated and judged by the crowd of car enthusiasts of all ages.
There was an automobile and motorcycle exhibition, delicious snacks and cocktails, private brunch and a Q&A with Jay Leno and Wayne Caring (host of the Chasing Classic Cars TV series). Furthermore, the finale was the show-field competition and awards ceremony, which started at 1 pm.
The judges of the show-field competition were Wayne Caring, Dr. Paul Sable, Jay Quail, and of course, Mr. Jay Leno.
There was an array of exquisite Bentley’s at this year’s Concours, in honor of the Marque of the Year award.
As for the field-show competition, the judging process combined a point & percentage system with the Modified French Rule evaluation criteria of the cars condition, authenticity & originality, and appeal, which was based the vehicle’s exterior, its interior area, the engine area, and the overall presentation, visual impact, and significance of the car. We must say, it was likely hard to judge as there were some of the finest antique, vintage and classic automobiles that the world has to offer on display.
Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance 2019 AWARDS CEREMONY
- Bentley Motorcars (Bentley Motorcars just celebrated their 100th anniversary. This is an extremely remarkable milestone that only a special few companies have ever reached): Marque of the Year.
- Ryan Hunter-Reay: National Automotive Racing Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Mercedes-Benz (Mercedes-Benz USA President & CEO Dietmar Exler): National Automotive Manufacturer Lifetime Achievement Award
- Rick Hendrick, chairman and owner of the Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports: National Automotive Dealer Lifetime Achievement Award: .
Guests had the opportunity to enjoy an assortment of gourmet food, wines, and cocktails from 30 of South Florida’s finest restaurants in the Concours d’Gourmet Pavilions.
Here are some of the highlights that our Diamonds by Raymond Lee crew captured over the course of the day.
Diamond Girls posing in Diamonds by Raymond Lee’s vintage 1962 Corvette Tangier Shrine Patrol Car. It’s absolutely exquisite. Furthermore, this is the last remaining one.
Another shot of the lavender classic Corvette.
Kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County were out enjoying the event.
So here we have an antique yellow Ford Model T.
The owner telling sharing some cool facts about his fascinating, pristine and antique Ford.
And, how cool is this close up shot? It’s amazing to get a glimpse at what it was like driving back in the early 1900s.
Make sure you are wearing your helmet when you drive.
Janeece Sinclair has the right idea.
Mr. Leno was a big fan of the antique Model T.
What an incredible paint job on such a classic.
A shot from the rear of the Bosley.
So this is a 1931 Packard 833 Convertible Coupe.
The owners, elegantly matching their vehicle and each other.
It’s not every day that you get to see cars like this. That’s for sure.
Firstly, what a beaut. Secondly, how’s it drive? We want to take an expedition now. Sigh.
Gold on white – This boat won’t just drive it way, it looks like an angel that’s about to fly.
When beauty meets beautiful. Pose together.
A peek into its interior.
This is one badass vehicle right here.
Imagine seeing this Bugatti from the 1930s driving down the street? Warning: NECKS WILL BREAK.
A light green Continental.
Our friend, and owner of Cars & Coffee of Palm Beach, John Zeilinga, entered his 1954 Chevrolet 3100 pick up truck into the competition.
Here is John pictured in front of his vintage truck.
Cars & Coffee of Palm Beach County is the largest car show in South Florida. So if you are ever in the area during one of his car shows, make sure you go and check it out. It’s one car nuts don’t want to miss.
Clean, Polish, Protect.
On Sunday, Jay Leno also had his own award to hand out. He walked the show-field, gushing over all of the extraordinary vehicles, talking with the owners about their customizations and restorations. Jay Leno’s award is called “The Big Dog Garage Award”. This particular award goes to his favorite automobile at the exhibition.
From the words of Jay Leno, here is how he chooses his favorite car for The Big Dog Garage Award:
“To me, the real fun is finding that guy who bought the car, in you know, 1996, and took 14 years or whatever it is to restore it. And did it all himself and painted it in his garage. It might not look as good as some of the hundred-point cars the heart and soul is what you look for. So, that’s what I’m going to be looking for around the field, trying to find that one car that has that feature.”
Janeece lifting the suicide doors. A classic yet modern in a land of antiques and vintage automobiles.
Klondike Bar anyone?
Nothing better than ice cream on a hot day.
Rosé too? Heaven.
When times get sweet, the sweets get going.
So, how delicious does this look?
If you weren’t at the show, trust us, it was amazing.
Founder and Team of Boca Concours
The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance was founded in 2006 by Rita & Rick Case of Rick Case Automotive. The married couple is still directing the Concours d’Elegance in Boca Raton, annually volunteering their time as leaders, and with hands-on responsibility, all to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of around 300 passionate volunteers that help out each year too. All of the volunteers who donate their time working hard and long hours to be able to execute an event of this magnitude so well.
Everyone, including the guests, do it for the love of cars and giving back to the community. Here is a little bit of background information about the charity that brings all of us together every year.
Boca Raton’s Concours d’Elegance Charitable Contribution
All of the proceeds from the Concours d’Elegance benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
The admirable effort of everyone involved in this event is all for the 12,500 at-risk youth that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County serves year round.
The tickets along with donations and auction sales all goes to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County nonprofit organization. Over the last 13 years, the Concours d’Elegance in Boca Raton has been able to raise well over $10 million. This put the Boca Concours on top for the largest car charity event in the world, and that includes the other very successful Concours d’Elegance across the states, which there are many and all are for charity. It goes to show just how giving the people of South Florida are, and we are proud to be part of this community.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County
“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County (BGCBC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) private agency, dedicated to helping young people improve their lives by building self-esteem and developing values and skills during their critical period of growth, and serves more than 12,500 at-risk youth throughout the County. BGCBC has received the coveted 4 stars rating (out of 4 stars) by Charity Navigator for the seventh year in a row. (Only 4% of the Non- Profits in the USA have achieved this level of excellence).” – Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County
The 13th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance SPONSORS & ACCOLADES
The 2019 Boca Concours d’Elegance was presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation this year. There were numerous sponsors who made this world-renowned car event very special this year. A few of the sponsors were: Rick Case Automotive Group, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Diamonds by Raymond Lee, duPont Registry Live, Holman Motorcars, Bugatti of Broward County, SunSentinel, Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale, Lamborghini of Broward County, Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, Audi (Coral Springs & Fort Lauderdale). There were many more sponsors involved and they can be found on the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance website.
Interesting Facts About Concours d’Elegance
- Concours d’Elegance is a term from France meaning “competition of elegance”. It refers to an event where impressive vehicles are displayed and judged.
- This event dates back to 17th-century France. Back then, aristocrats would show off their horse-drawn carriages in parks in Paris.
- The oldest Concours that is still held annually to this day is the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, which is in Cernobbio, on Lake Como, in Italy. It first began in 1929.
- The oldest Concours in the United States that’s still-extant is the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in California. This one began in 1956.
Other car shows in Boca Raton
If you looking for an awesome car show that happens on a regular basis, Diamonds by Raymond Lee put on a car show every month at their retail location in Boca Raton. The car show sees the most exotic cars the world has to offer, and the crowd of cars is extensive. The best part is, it is totally free, for the cars and the people, and it’s all for a good cause.
The Diamonds and Donuts car show in Boca Raton is a fundraising event that began on April of 2017. In just a matter nearly two years, it is one of the hottest car shows in all of South Florida. Diamonds and Donuts has exotic cars, live music, delicious food, and exclusive jewelry giveaways. Plus, there’s always beautiful weather, “Diamond Girls” and awesome Floridians. Furthermore, it is the perfect opportunity for local businesses and entrepreneurs to connect with their community.