By Jane Wollman Rusoff
City & Shore PRIME Magazine
Vintage, antique, classic and exotic cars and motorcycles will compete for awards at the 12th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, Feb. 23-25.
Comedians Tim Allen and Jay Leno, and a panel of expert judges, will present more than 20 awards in multiple categories. These will include the “Jay Leno Big Dog Garage Award” and “Tim Allen’s Best Award” for the stars’ favorite autos and motorcycles on exhibit.
The awards will cap a three-day spectacular of gourmet cuisine and live entertainment in Boca Raton.
Festivities begin on Friday, Feb. 23, with a Live Hangar Party at Boca Raton Airport hosted by duPont Registry and spotlighting entertainment and gourmet tastings from 20-plus South Florida restaurants. On view: a selection of exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and private jets.
Highlighting the Saturday, Feb. 24, Grand Gala Dinner is a headline performance by Allen, star of TV’s long-running Home Improvement and Last Man Standing TV series and who is also a serious car collector. There will be auctions – silent and live – and the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Norman Braman, founder of Braman Motorcars.
The Concours, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and automotive retailer AutoNation, benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, helping more than 12,500 at-risk youths.
The yearly event was founded by Rita and Rick Case of The Rick Case Automotive Group. Last year’s Concours raised more than $10 million for Broward’s Boys & Girls Clubs.
On Sunday, Feb. 25, Allen and Leno, former Tonight Show host now starring in TV’s Jay Leno’s Garage, will stroll the exhibition of vehicles of the past century – including an Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) “Cars Through the Decades” display and Lincoln-Mercury vehicles – to select their auto and motorcycle top picks.
The comedians also join an expert panel of judges, including Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable and Chief Honorary Judge Steve Moskowitz, AACA executive director, to choose the finest vintage, antique, classic and exotic vehicles based on time-period, presentation and style.
As a special treat during the Boca trifecta, attendees can enjoy 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday brunch with Allen and Leno, while quizzing the two in a Q&A session.
The Concours is open to the public, with tickets sold separately for each day and for the brunch: Friday $125/per person; Saturday $500/person and $1,000/person for premier seat (table options also available); Sunday $75/person and $125 early admission; Sunday Brunch $1,000/person. To purchase, call 954-537-1010 or visit boca.CDE.com.