Contributed by Tom Toner
The second annual Gasparilla d’Elegance will be held on April 17 through 19 at Tampa’s beautiful downtown Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Last year’s Concours was a resounding success in its first effort and was able to donate over $22,000.00 to Shriners Healthcare for Children-Florida.
Patterned after Pebble Beach and Amelia Island, this Concours will offer a multi-day schedule of events with exquisite classic vehicles worth tens of millions of dollars (both cars and motorcycles). This is the only true Concours d’Elegance for Tampa, and for those unfamiliar concours, they differ from a regular car show since it is an invitation-only event. This is where extraordinary and rare vehicles, many never seen in public, are invited to take part and be judged for prestigious awards in the automotive community.
The vehicles taking part in 2020 will be limited to the “Gasparilla 100” as the organizers are concerning themselves with the quality of these original, rare, and historically important vehicles. This event celebrates “100 Years of Automotive Excellence” is proud to announce this year’s featured vehicle is a 1920 Anderson Six, Convertible Roadster. This precious automobile was made by Anderson Motor Company in Rock Hill South Carolina and the company was named after its founder, John Gary Anderson. It was an expensive car costing around $2000 when the car of the day, the Model T Ford only cost around $400. Of the twelve or thirteen Anderson’s which are known to have survived this is the only Convertible Roadster.
The festivities kick off Friday night, April 17th. The ceremony will host a “Cars-in-the-Park” cocktail party and charity auction at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on Tampa’s famous River Walk. This will be a family-friendly, fun night where non-concours cars and concours cars are welcome to join in the fun prior to Saturday’s main event. It will also offer good food and live music.
On Saturday, April 18th, the main concours will take place with 100 of the most exciting and beautiful automobiles and motorcycles on display. Food, live music and Shriners Healthcare for Children-Florida patients will be on-site to provide entertainment and share their experiences on how Shriners helped improve their lives. The day will be capped off with an impressive awards ceremony.
On Sunday, April 19th, the weekend will wrap up with a 3 hour “Gasparilla Nickel Tour” touring the beautiful Tampa neighborhoods and ending with lunch.
The Gasparilla Concours d’ Elegance is a 501 c3 Non-Profit Corporation with benefits going to Shriners Healthcare for Children-Florida, where those in need are never turned away. The event’s passion is to make the event “all about the children” and to put smiles on their faces. Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Inc. is an IRS 501c3 Charitable Organization and no compensation is paid to any organizers of this event. We do it for the love of our community, the love of great classic cars, and the love for the kids who will benefit at Shriners Healthcare for Children – Florida.
The deadline for application is December 15. Registration HERE.