Mission Statement

Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit incorporated in the State of Florida. We exist to support Tampa Bay charities that serve children who are most in need in our community.  We operate through direct donations and monies raised through our annual juried classic car competition featuring rare, original, and historically important vehicles.



The organizers of this event receive NO COMPENSATION and are truly Volunteers!

We are a 501c3 IRS recognized charitable organization.

The proceeds will be donated to Shriners Healthcare for Children- Florida. 

We do it for the love of the community, great classic cars, and the charities we support !




The Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance

is an official club event of the

Hillsborough Region AACA

(Antique Automobile Club of America)

www.AACAHillsborough.com 


1969 Ford Good Humor Ice cream Truck

During the summer, the ringing of the bell along streets in many American towns and cities meant one thing--the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck. It all began in 1920, when Ohio ice cream parlor owner Harry Burt followed his son’s suggestion and put chocolate coated ice cream on a stick. Before long, Burt had a fleet of a dozen trucks making door-to-door deliveries of his new Good Humor ice cream products.

The fleet of Good Humor trucks saw rapid expansion during the 1950’s and 1960’s. One of the trucks that were part of that explosive growth period was this 1969 Ford ice cream truck, which was originally placed in service delivering Good Humor Ice Cream to neighborhoods in Boston, Massachusetts. When the Good Humor Company stopped using trucks to sell ice cream in 1978, the distributor restored and warehoused this rare surviving vehicle. It was purchased years later by a resident of Hull, Massachusetts whose original intention was to let his son start a business. The son soon lost interest, and the truck was used to cater events for several summer seasons. The last event he catered from the vehicle was associated with the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

Paul Meissner purchased this vehicle in 2004 and it has appeared ever since at various fund raising and charitable events. The Law Firm of Carlson & Meissner donates all of the ice cream distributed at these events.

The fountains are always on and the kids are welcomed to cool off, bring those swimsuits!

Concours Kids

​"Our Little Pirates Car Club"

And, we plan to have a donated display antique car for you and your kids to climb in, have photos taken, and hear a little more details on how these great old cars ran simply and reliably.

Proceeds from this event will be donated towards customized wheelchairs for kids in need at the Shriners Hospital for Children


   

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Save the Dates ! Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance * April 17-19, 2020. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Dr. Tampa, FL

Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Inc.  is a 501c3  Non-Profit Florida Corporation

Proud Sponsor of GCDE

  April 17 -19, 2020. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602

Old Wheel Restorations

formerly known as 

Pistorius Collectible Autos

Sales & Restoration Services

​(813) 917-9205

www.OldWheel.com

We want you to introduce your kids and grandkids to great classic cars. But after an hour or so they may get a little fidgety, and you still want to enjoy the show cars on display and see the Red Carpet Awards. Well, we have a solution for you. The Glazer Children's Museum has offerred discounted ticket pricing for you to bring the kids/ grandkids in for some play time, and the Gasparilla Concours will provide a volunteer as a supervisor. You alone can sign them in, and sign them out, with a volunteer from the Gasparilla Concours group. Your paid armband will tell the Concours volunteers that you are part of our event. What a great added value for your participation in the 1st Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance!


For those not familiar with the venue, the Glazer Childrens Museum is only a few feet away from the show field.