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The Biltmore Hotel hosts the Mercedes-Benz Club of America South Florida Section’s 7th Annual Concours d’ Elegance
On Sunday, January 13, the iconic Biltmore Hotel, nestled in the heart of Coral Gables, hosted the Mercedes-Benz Club of South Florida’s 7th Annual Concours d’Elegance, an exclusive event, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay. The event showcased over 70 of the club’s most collectable Mercedes cars ranging from vintage beauties to the latest models. Trophies were awarded for the best presented cars.
“We are thrilled to have served as hosts of this year’s Mercedes-Benz Club of South Florida Concours d’Elegance. Mercedes-Benz is renowned as one of the premier automobile brands, so it is only fitting that they chose to showcase the local club’s finest vehicles at The Biltmore Hotel,” said Philippe Parodi, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Biltmore Hotel.
Listed below are among remarkable cars that were awarded (a full list of winners are available upon request):
Class 1 – AMG & CLS
- 1st place: 2011 C197 entered by Jerry Aguirre
Class 2 – SL 1957-1976
- 1st place: 1970 280 SL W113 entered by Bruce and Sheri Rubin
Class 2.5 – Modified
- 1st place: 1967 250S W108 entered by Hedi Enghelberg
Class 3 – SL 1977-1989
- 1st place: 1986 560 SL R107 entered by Stephen Greco
Class 4 – SL & SLK 1990-2019
- 1st place: 1999 500 SL R129 entered by Henry Ovares
Class 5 – Coupes, Cabs & Sedans 1958-1972
- 1st place: 1971 280 SE W108 entered by Richard Hoppe
Class 6 – Coupes, Cabs & Sedans 1973-1991
- 1st place: 1991 420 SEL entered by Robert Paulsen
Class 7 – Coupes, Cabs & Sedans 1992-2019
- 1st place: 2003 32 SLK entered by Sherry (Michael) Werner
- 1971 280 SE W018 entered by Richard Hoppe
Best of Show
- 1958 Adenauer entered by Guy Lewis“We enjoy so much our affiliation with the Mercedes-Benz Club of America,” said Greg Barnes, president of Bill Ussery Motors, parent company of Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay. “This organization provides many the opportunity to see Mercedes-Benz classics that are both beautiful and technological marvels of their time. As a dealer, we enjoy celebrating the past while bringing to today’s market the newest and most remarkable offerings that Mercedes-Benz has to offer. We applaud and join MBCA in a shared commitment to this wonderful brand and we look forward to our continued partnership. We also thank Biltmore Hotel for providing the most perfect possible venue for the show.”
Aside from the outstanding array of vehicles on display, guests also enjoyed a cash bar and The Biltmore’s renowned brunch.
For more information on The Biltmore Hotel, please visit www.BiltmoreHotel.com or call 800.727.1926. For more information on the Mercedes-Benz Club of South Florida, please visit www.southflorida.mbca.org.
#usseryvisits Coral Castle
We love going places! As such, we are kicking off a series called #usseryvisits. We will be visiting, in a fabulous #mercedesbenz of course, interesting and unique places around South Florida. You will get to see cool photos while learning about the destination. There is so much out there, so we are excited you will be joining us on this adventure. We will be posting to @mercedesbenzcg and @mercecedesbenzcb – sometimes to just one and sometimes to both. So, to see them all, please follow both. We can’t wait to see your comments.
Coral Castle, referred to by some as America’s Stonehenge, Coral Castle is a sculpture garden of limestone in south Miami-Dade built by one man, Edward Leedskalnin. From 1923 to 1951, Ed single-handedly and secretly carved (without machinery) over 1,100 tons of coral rock, and his unknown process has created one of the world’s most mysterious accomplishments. Did you know that Ed was 5 feet tall and weighed just 100 pounds? No one quite knows how he pulled this off. The story goes that Ed built this beautiful stone garden for his love, Agnes. The story also goes is that the love was unrequited and she never saw the castle.
Please consider visiting the castle and learning more about Ed! Both the story and structure are amazing. For more information, visit www.coralcastle.com.
Of course, after your visit, you will be very hungry. We suggest stopping in at Shivers bbq for the best barbecue this side of Pinecrest!
Stay tuned for our next Ussery Visits or follow-us on Intagram to follow our journey when we visit more interesting places around South Florida in a Fabulous Mercedes-Benz!
I’m over-the-moon to share not one, but two commissions I recently completed for Lauren’s Kids and Mercedes-Benz.
Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit in Florida, hired me to create a mosaic version of their “love and healing” specialty license plate. If you live in Florida, you’ve probably seen the plate.
Lauren’s Kids gifted my artwork to Mercedes-Benz. So cool, right? But why? Well, the two of them started a generous partnership earlier this year. Instead of having the standard-issue State of Florida license plate on their loaner cars, Mercedes-Benz put the Lauren’s Kids specialty plate on all of them. We’re talking 200 vehicles. What an awesome company…and partner!
Here’s the first mosaic I completed.
Mercedes-Benz then did another amazing thing. They put the Lauren’s Kids tags on all of their loaner cars at another location. That’s another 150 vehicles! So they hired me to create a 2nd mosaic version of the specialty license plate to hang at that location.
Here’s the finished mosaic.
I also have to share that I’m a huge Romero Britto fan and it’s his original artwork that graces the Lauren’s Kids specialty plate. Replicating his artwork in mosaic form was a bucket list item I didn’t even know I needed to do. But I’m so glad and thankful that I had the opportunity!