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The 2014 CCCA Annual Meeting – January 8-12, 2014

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The 2014 CCCA Annual Meeting could not have been better, thanks to the efforts of co-coordinators National Board member Dianne Kernan and South Florida Region Director Dan Hanlon. The combination of sun, warm weather and the Florida Gulf Coast made for a great setting for our business meetings, sightseeing and the Saturday display of Full Classics®.

Activities began Wednesday, January 8 with a visit to the Muscle Car City Museum in Punta Gorda, the largest collection of GM muscle cars in the nation displayed in a 99,000-square-foot showroom. From there we headed to Ft. Myers for a vintage train ride complete with cocktails, a five-course meal and a murder mystery play. Two CCCA members solved the mystery and received prizes.

Thursday’s Annual Membership meeting began promptly at 8:00 a.m. with a recap of all Club business and the results of the election. Lunch that day took place at the Edison- Ford Winter Estates in Ft. Myers. The estates cover 20 acres and include botanical gardens, historic buildings and the private residences of the Edison and Ford families. Wednesday’s pool-party dinner at the hotel was moved indoors to a room with a dance floor. While the dance floor may have been a first at a CCCA Annual Meeting, it was a big hit and virtually everyone spent some time “dancing the night away”.

Friday’s meetings covered Regional Relations and Regional Publications & Websites. Great ideas were shared and a number of concerns were addressed. Our Friday tour destination was the Revs Institute & Collier Automobile Collection. This is a world-class research facility with 7,000 automotive books and more than 300,000 vintage automotive photographs on file. Then there are the cars. This is probably the finest collection of historically-significant cars in the world. In additional to the many Full Classics® (Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Bugatti, Duesenberg, Hispano-Suiza, Lancia, Packard, Stutz, Vauxhall and more) there are cars from before and after the Classic Era, most with racing history. The few hours there seemed too short but we were off to our next destination: the Naples Princess, a 105-foot luxury yacht that sailed along the Platinum Coast. Our destination was the Naples Yacht Club for the Regional Awards banquet. A lavish buffet and plenty of awards for all Regions capped a very busy (but fun) day.

Saturday was show day and the 40 Classics were displayed in downtown Naples at the Naples Depot. This location made for a great opportunity to share our Classics with the public. And it was an impressive display of Full Classics: highlights included two Model J Duesenbergs, an Auburn Speedster, a one-off Lancefield-bodied Buick and four Packard Darrins.

Saturday afternoon, a hands-on technical seminar complete with a 1925 Packard took place at the hotel with the dinner hour reserved for the final banquet and awards presentation. Five Classic received the coveted 100-point perfect score and from those one was selected Best of Show. Frank and Milli Ricciardelli’s 1935 Duesenberg J dual-cowl phaeton by La Grande received the Roy Warshawsky Award. The Annual Meeting is the only Club-judged event with a best-of-show award.

In all, we enjoyed four fun-filled days thanks to the great planning and hard work of our coordinators and the volunteer staffs. Thanks to all who made this happen. We’re off to a great start for 2014!

For more detailed coverage of the 2014 Annual Meeting complete with judging results and Regional rankings, watch for the Spring issue of The Classic Car scheduled for March delivery.