By Mark Gauert
Half the fun of Vintage Weekend at Ocean Reef Club, coming up Dec. 4-7, 2014, is watching other people getting there.
Vintage yachts float up to the docks at the members-only club in the northern Keys, vintage aircraft buzz the private air strip, vintage cars gleam in a Concours d’Elegance stream on the red carpet. As spectacle, it’s a tour de force on land, at sea, in the air.
The members-only policy at the gatehouse drops for this long weekend. Everyone is welcome for Vintage Weekend through a three-night, four-day package at the club’s oceanfront inn.
“Vintage Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for people to not only admire the world’s finest conveyances up close, but also to share in a memorable social experience among new and old friends,” Vintage Weekend Co-founder Vicki Goldstein said. “Ocean Reef Club is one of the few places in the world that can host all three modes of vintage transportation by land, sea and air — and also offer flawless hospitality in a stunning setting.”
Highlights include a Vintage Aircraft Aerobatic Show & Luncheon, a must-see mix of private air show and beach picnic; a Concours d’Elegance-caliber car show (previous years included a rakish 1938 Jaguar SS100); vintage yacht tours (previous years included the lovingly restored presidential yacht, Honey Fitz); tours of aircraft (a silvery bullet P-51 Mustang was a Spectator’s Choice in previous years) and, this year, the 20th Anniversary – “Margarita Madness”
Cocktail Reception & Dinner Dance.
Half the fun may be watching other people getting there. The rest is being there.