Contributed by Ed Sindoni
The inaugural Gasparilla Concours event was held at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park along the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. Approximately one hundred vehicles either applied or were invited to participate in this show, which is the highlight of the seven day event.
Brand and Joanne Pistorius (Pistorius Collectible Autos) appeared to be the main organizers, although they continually gave praise to the committee which met for two years to put this showcase into action. Everything worked, as their timetable was near perfect, the celebrities in place, and events moved smoothly. The volunteer workers performed their duties well, and if not able to, requested assistance. There was even free ice cream for all who attended.
By trolling through the images, you will notice a large variety of vehicles beginning at the very early 20th century. But besides this gorgeous display, perhaps the best part of the show are the participants who adorn themselves in the attire of the period of their vehicle. The concours even had a “Fashion Show” to encourage this. Thom Brouillard showed his winning ways alongside his 1940 Packard 120.
Douglas Williams displayed a 1928 Nash Special Six Series 336 Roadster, which his Dad had purchased somewhat complete in 2010. Originally this Kenosha, WI manufactured auto was purchased for $1,250 and is thought to be the only one remaining in existence. For 3 ½ years, Bill Williams worked to restore the Nash, even fabricating parts which could not be found. Sadly and suddenly, he passed away in November of 2018, leaving Doug the task and honor of sharing his build with fellow car enthusiasts. Doug’s Nash was an award winner that day, as well as in the past.
Judging is done in teams of three who follow a very precise check list. Keep in mind, that vehicles are judged according to the class that they are entered. There is no way a Model T and a Superbird can compete. Viewing the caliber of vehicles, the judges had a difficult task at best. The beneficiary of this event was the Shriners Hospital for Children. Power wheelchairs were purchased for those patients who cannot afford them.
If you are enticed to view this event next year, place April 17-19, 2020 on your calendar, and keep checking www.GasparillaConcours.com for more information.
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