Photos here from the 2019 Event!
Please consider joining us April 17-19, 2020
The Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance celebrates
100 YEARS OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE
Only the most rare, original and historically important automobiles and motorcycles will be on display. Gates open at 9:30am, a red carpet awards ceremony begins at 2pm. Live entertainment, vintage plane flyover, Rough Riders Color Guard, National Anthem sung by recording artist, Vintage Fashion Show, and so much more!
This is the only true Concours d'Elegance for Tampa, and the name "Gasparilla" is synonymous with the Tampa Bay area's most famous social season, celebrating the legendary pirate, Jose Gaspar.
Come see vehicles rarely seen before, learn the history and journey these vehicles took to create a road-map of our culture and community. Enjoy a beautiful family friendly day in the park, and most importantly support the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa.
Photos of my well-worn interior. I believe the seat covers were replaced many years ago. My best clue is the rear armrest that does not look like it is made of the correct material according to Buick brochures. The lower seat trim and headliner may be original. The doors are so ratty they have to be original.
Comments are welcome.
I am trying to improve my car one small area at a time. The trunk now has the correct spare tire clamp and large wing nut to secure the spare. The jack kit was purchased a while back. Some of the original green paint remains. I also removed and cleaned the lamp and lens on the handle. Cleaning the wires and ground did not make the lamp light. Later when I tightened and repaired the wire attachment at the positive pole of the ammeter gauge the light came alive.
My Step-father was very proud of the blue 1965 Riviera he picked from the dealer showroom. In the '70s, I crashed it for him. Lesson learned: never let your friends do your brake job for cheap.
My all black well-preserved, early-production super wildcat is well optioned and recently refreshed. It's also got a new hot rod motor (the original numbers-matching motor is in storage). And, yes, I've upgraded the brakes.
"Pacific Auto Rental" Duesenberg. These photos are of the car being restored in the mid 1980's at Mike Fennel Enterprises. I worked for Mike, and the car was my project. One of the cars many movie credits is "What ever happened to Baby Jane"
4th owner of an Aqua Mist (turquoise) 1968 Buick Riviera in North Carolina
This car was sold in Akron, OH in early July 1968 and was owned by that original purchaser for 33+ years. He then sold it to his niece in North Carolina in 2001, who then sold it to another NC resident in January 2016.
We purchased this car June 1st, 2017.