Southeast Florida SAAC

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Southeast Florida SAAC

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Mustangs & Mustangs at the Fantasy of Flight 2013

Ask a bunch of gearhead guys and gals whether they like cars, and I bet you can guess the answer. Now ask them about planes. Surprisingly, you'll get the same answer.

On the weekend of April 13, 2013 Southeast Florida SAAC was out in full force at Fantasy of Flight, a sprawling aeronautical museum right in their backyard. With several Ford clubs attending, it goes without saying that there were plenty of Mustangs. But that's only half the equation. The other mustang was a World War II fighter plane, the P-51 Mustang. All event guests got their picture taken with their car astride the fighter plane.

You could spend a day and then some perusing at vast assortment of aeronautical history. The museum housed everything from early twentieth century biplanes to such oddities as a helicopter/airplane hybrid. And, unlike some museums, these exhibits aren't meant just to be displayed. The curators actually fired some up and went airborne in mock dogfights. Some of us were lucky enough to get rides in these vintage planes.

It was rumored that celebrities were in attendance. Our photographers caught Marylin Monroe and Elvis Presley among the crowds.

Interestingly enough, we learned a puzzling bit of automobile history while at an airplane museum. Apparently, Mr. Shelby had dealings south of the border in Mexico. He organized Shelby of Mexico which produced (you guessed it) Shelbys and specially-optioned Mavericks, but that's another story. Check our forum for those details.

We'd like to thank all our Mustang and Shelby friends who rode out to make this event so great. Special thanks go out to Fantasy of Flight for being such great hosts.

Monday, April 8, 2013

SE FL SAAC at Barrett Jackson in Palm Beach County

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Barrett Jackson held its world-reknown event in Florida at the Palm Beach County fairgounds. The South East Florida SAAC attended in full force. We were fortunate that one of our members was able to obtain sixty free entry passes for our club. We got more than we bargained for when realized that each of the entry tickets was good for two attendees - that's one-hundred and twenty entries total. Since we had more than we needed, we donated several to families who have never been, or would not otherwise have gone.

The air-conditioned exhibition center was so packed with vendors you could almost forget there was an auction going on. Taking up the lion's share of floor space were Ford and Chevy, both touting their latest models and redesigned supercars. The new for 2014 Corvette drew a crowd of onlookers and was respectable in its own right with a projected 450 horsepower and as much in torque. But the real buzz was in Ford's corner. Apart from the expected T-shirt giveaways, Ford staff were on hand to sign you up for a ride in their latest line-up. They also had a remarkable display - a brand-new Mustang GT attached to a brace and turned 90-degrees onto its side so you could see the car from beneath. Unless you're a mechanic, you rarely see cars from this angle, and never this clean. The intricacy of everything underneath these cars gives you a newfound appreciation for what makes them go.

Outside the center was a plethora of vendors and exhibits. Parked under a series of tents along the thoroughfare was a collection of show cars primed for the auction. Parked in neat rows were several million dollars of autos, ranging from the earliest stretch of automotive history to late-model supercars of today. At the far end was a speedway, where those had signed up got a ride in Ford's and Chevy's latest cars, culminating, of course, in either the new Shelby or Corvette, depending on your preference.
The auction itself was an exciting event. From a regular guy's point of view (that's yours truly):

1) The 1970 dark green Mach 1 428 sold at $57,000 was a bargain
2) The 1970 light  green Mach 1 428  sold at $60,000 was a bargain
3) The 1969 metalic light blue 428 SCJ sold at $64, 000 was a bargain
4) The 1968 metallic blue GT500 convertible sold at $300,000 was a bargain
5) The 1970 grabber blue Boss 429 sold at $190,000 was a bargain

On the first three cars, you could not restore them for what they sold for, except if you did it yourself. These cars are beautiful. Check out the pictures that we took.

Some things we did not understand, but then again maybe it's a sign of the economic times. A very clean 1969 Camaro Z-28, with the cross ram option and the rare rear disc brake option, sold for a very low $150,000. Meanwhile, a 1968 GT500E continuation car sold for $135,000.

All things considered, the Barrett Jackson event is definitely a must-see for all car enthusiasts. We took over 1,000 photos, but have narrowed them down to about 300 which we'll be sharing with you soon. Folks, if you have never been to one, all we can tell you is do it. Experiencing so many fine automobiles in one concentrated spot borders on sensory overload, but it is totally worth it.

Southeast Florida SAAC would like to thank South Florida Ford for granting us this special opportunity to attend such a world-class auto event.

Check out more images from this event at our gallery.