By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, the annual can’t-miss weekend extravaganza for auto enthusiasts, features a special bonus for racing fans Feb. 25-27: legendary champion Jeff Gordon.
NASCAR’s fourth winningest driver, Gordon will be among several recipients of Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 15th annual event at The Boca Raton, formerly known as the Boca Raton Resort & Club. City & Shore magazine is a sponsor of the event.
Gordon, whose popularity helped transform auto racing into a mainstream American sport, will be honored with the Racing Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award at Saturday night’s Grand Gala. By the time he’d hung up his helmet in 2015, Gordon had notched 93 wins, including three Daytona 500 and four NASCAR Championships.
The Gala also includes a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live auction and performance by comedian Howie Mandel. The weekend kicks off on Friday with a Private VIP Welcome Reception.
On Sunday, the automotive showcase is led by Grand Marshal Wayne Carini, host of TV’s Chasing Classic Cars. It includes over 200 cars and motorcycles from various eras, such as the Marque of the Year — the Pre-War Chrysler & Imperial, Coach Built — and several Features of the Year — Chrysler & Imperial post-war 1946, 1957, 1958-1975.
The Concours, the world’s largest owned by a charity, fully benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County and the over 12,000 at-risk youth it serves.
“To date, the event has raised more than $10 million for the charity,” says Rita Case of the Rick Case Automotive Group and co-founder and director of the event.
For more information and tickets, please visit bocacde.com.
Photo: Jeff Gordon, photographed by John Raoux of the Associated Press