From David Kelly – A sizable contingent of Space Coast members converged Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the 11th Annual “Wheels & Keels” Antique & Exotic Car and Boat Show hosted by the Moorings Yacht & Country Club in Vero Beach, FL. to participate in the highly competitive concurs event. It consisted of classes, ranging from “Full Classic” and “Brass & Nickel Era Cars,” to multiple classes of “Original Cars” from the 20’s through 90’s+, and several classes of “Original Sports Cars” of every decade through the year 1995. There were also classes for hot rods, muscle cars, race cars, low-production specialty cars, exotics, motorcycles, and boats; totaling fourteen classes for all categories. It made for quite an interesting display as the vehicles were arranged on and around the greens of the Moorings golf course, with the boats being viewed in-water at the adjacent Moorings Marina. The concours entrants were treated to a prepared lunch on the patio and lawn of the Moorings Club House, or they could purchase directly from the on-site food truck. The event is open to the public so that everyone has the opportunity to view the cars on display and enjoy the beautiful venue. The sole purpose of the annual event is to raise money for local charities, many of which are focused on assisting the needs of children within the community. All proceeds and donations go directly for that objective. Space Coast members cars were treated to a reserved parking area along the waterway on one of the greens, which afforded a continuous line of Porsches of all years viewed from just about any aspect on the concours field. After all of the last minute cleaning and preparation of the cars, and the completion of the judging process, traditional Blue Ribbons were placed on the windows of those cars deemed best in their class, with a parade following of the winning vehicles across the red carpet and viewing area at the Club House to receive their formal awards from the Concours Chairman. In the “Original Sports Car” division, where classes spanned fifteen production years or more, various marques competed directly against each other which made the potential outcome even more interesting. The competition between Porsches in all of the classes was very close, with the judges having the difficult job of having to determine winners among several equally outstanding cars. Space Coast member, Rollin (Robie) Weary, claimed the winning award in the “Original Sports Cars 1961-1980” Class with his beautifully restored 1964 Grey 356 Coupe, and David Kelly accepted the winning award for the “Original Sports Cars 1981-1995” Class with his India Red 1988 928 S4. It was a good day for the Space Coast Region PCA members, and for the Moorings Wheels & Keels event, which once again sustained the Moorings commitment to supporting local charities. You can view photos of the event at the link below.
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