By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
The 13th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance will be Feb. 22-24 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, and for the first time, headliner and celebrity judge Jay Leno will attend all the weekend’s events.
On its 100th anniversary, Bentley Motorcars will be celebrated as Marque of the Year. Also, Ryan Hunter-Reay will receive the National Automotive Racing Lifetime Achievement Award; Mercedes-Benz USA President & CEO Dietmar Exler will receive the National Automotive Manufacturer Lifetime Achievement Award; and Rick Hendrick, chairman and owner of the Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports, will receive the National Automotive Dealer Lifetime Achievement Award.
Presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation and founded and directed by Rita and Rick Case of The Rick Case Automotive Group, the Boca Raton Concours is the world’s largest for charity and fully benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Here’s a rundown:
Friday: The duPont Registry Live Hangar Party features tastings from South Florida’s finest restaurants, celebrity guest Leno, live entertainment and exotic cars, boats, private jets and more at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport.
Saturday: Educational automotive seminars are followed by the Grand Gala Dinner, Auction & Show, including a performance by Leno.
Sunday: Sponsored by Rick Case Automotive Group, the automobile and motorcycle exhibition is preceded by a private brunch and Q&A session with Leno and Wayne Carini, host of TV’s Chasing Classic Cars. Leno will also search the show field for his favorite car and motorcycle and present them with his Big Dog Garage Award.
All events are open to the public. For more information and tickets, please visit bocaCDE.com or call 954-537-1010.
Photo: DuPont Registry Live Hangar Party, courtesy.