Wed. March 6-Saturday March 9
Friday, April 12, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
"100 Years of Automotive Excellence"
President Woodrow Wilson's
1919 Pierce Arrow
Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Inc. a 501c3 Non-Profit Florida Corporation
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The organizers of this event receive NO COMPENSATION and are truly Volunteers! We are a 501c3 IRS recognized charitable organization.
The inaugural year's proceeds will be donated to Shriners Hospital for Children, Tampa.
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)
Pistorius Collectible Autos
Sales & Restoration Services
Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot 's steam powered Fardier (wheeled cart) was the first self-propelled vehicle in the world, making him the world's first automotive engineer. He had to design and build the first steam engine in which steam, at a higher pressure than atmospheric pressure, drove a piston in a cylinder. He also invented a rotary valve activated by the piston to let the steam in and out of the machine’s two cylinders. The vehicle was demonstrated in France in 1770, pulling a five ton artillery cannon.
The original Fardier de Cugnot has been in the collection of the Le Conservatoire de Arts et Metiers, Paris, France since 1801. Our Fardier is a completely functional, faithful reproduction that was created from the ground-up by The Tampa Bay Auto Museum and completed in 2010.
The engineers from Polypack and TBAUTO have given a new lease on life to the Fardier de Cugnot. This is the first time that Nicolas Cugnot's Fardier has run in over 200 years!
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
The Law Firm of Carlson & Meissner donates all of the ice cream distributed at these events.
100 years of Automotive Excellence
From our friends and supporters at the Tampa Bay Auto Museum, Alain Cerf, Owner, we proudly present some of their most unique engineering marvels in automotive history...
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum has agreed to loan President Woodrow Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow Presidential Limousine to the Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance, as the marquee car representing "100 Years of Cars.
President Wilson first rode in his 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine when he returned from France after negotiating the Treaty of Versailles after World War I. He fell in love with the car, and his friends bought it for him after his second term ended. The year after Woodrow Wilson’s death, his widow, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, gifted the car to a group of citizens in Staunton, Virginia explaining in part to Dr. Edward Alderman, chairman of the National Advisory Committee for the Wilson Memorial:
“I am writing you in regard to the old Pierce-Arrow Limousine which Mr. Wilson used on so many historic days: for instance he rode from the Peace Conference in it and it was the car in which he rode from the Capital after leaving office to his own home…I did not feel, in view of all these associations, that I could sell it… and it occurred to me that perhaps the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Memorial might like to have it, because of this association…”
The Pierce-Arrow, which has been restored to full working condition, is owned by and displayed at the Woodrow WilsonPresidential library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia where the President was born. This fine vehicle will be escorted by the Curator, Mr. Andrew Philips, and they will bring more information about the Museum and Library for display.
1885 adult highwheel tricycle
Columbia highwheeler - 1885
This fire truck has been entered in many firefighting apparatus events and contests for the past 50 years. These organizations include the "Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus" (SPAAMFAA) and "Florida Antique Bucket Brigade" (FABB) Captain Michael J. Morris was a founding member of FABB and the first President of FABB.
Legendary among classic American cars, the Ruxton was only produced for a brief time. The car was designed by William J. Muller, an engineer for the Budd Corporation. The company was famous for manufacturing welded, pressed steel bodies for automobiles, railway cars and aircraft.
Less than 100 of the front wheel drive Ruxtons were produced. This car was the number one from production and delivered to Canada. The multi-colored ‘mahogany’ paint scheme and other details were dictated with great accuracy by Gretl Urban, daughter of and assistant to decorative art designer and architect Joseph Urban, who designed the paint scheme. The fabric came from Schumacher of New York, who supplied us with an identical design for our restoration. Two schemes of colors were available; the mahogany (our car) and the blue “Urban”.