The weather was perfect, the venue beautiful.
The show sprawls around the beautiful promenade of a small downtown lake, Mirror Lake, and spreads into downtown, taking up altogether, 14 city blocks. Hundreds of cars are grouped by period and personality surrounded by a festival atmosphere.
|Included is a small, but nice, classic boat show.|
|Did I mention there were cars at this show?|
|A prize winner. Yankee great Honus Wagner's Chrysler 300. The owner, in uniform, told me that the unrestored interior would remain that way because it has Honus' DNA in it. I thought that was nice tribute from a true Yankee fan.|
|Downtown Lakeland was a beautiful venue.|
|A little pomp and circumstance as the hotel's waiters deliver lunch to the show's judges. A nice touch, only I felt for the waiters who had to carry these trays about a half-mile from downtown, down the promenade, to the judges located on the lake.|
|Things that happen along the way. An Hispanic coming-of-age ceremony in the gardens adjacent to the show.|
|On Sunday morning, we visited the campus of Florida Southern University, a campus designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It was a spectacular complex that will be revisited in another post.|