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 Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance
is an official club event of the
Hillsborough Region AACA
(Antique Automobile Club of America)
Old Wheel Restorations
formerly known as
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.
In 1937, the Cord 812 was available with an optional supercharger. It is distinguished by the brilliant chrome plate and external exhaust pipes mounted on each side of the hood. Actual horsepower is rated between 186-195 @4200 rpm.
The split rear window gives the 812 an interesting shape. A rear bustle trunk offers storage space. The design of the Cord 812 remains one of the most distinctive of the 20th Century.
One notable feature is the retractable headlamps on the front fenders. The Cord is also front wheel drive car. The transmission is in front of the engine, like a Citroen Traction Avant.
"100 Years of Automotive Excellence"
We are proud to announce the
Centennial Featured Vehicle for 2020 as the
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Ianaurio
Duncan, South Carolina
The Inaugural 2019 Gasparilla
Concours d'Elegance was proud to honor the 1919 Pierce Arrow on loan from the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum as the featured car celebrating "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...
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:
The Pierce-Arrow, which has been restored to full working condition, is owned by and displayed at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia where the President was born.
NASCAR Xfinity Series No. 7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet driven by Jr Motorsports driver Justin Allgaier, owned by Dale Earrnhardt Jr., was on display Friday and Saturday at the Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance.
1909 Ford Model T No. 2
The car that put Ford Motor Company on the map!
In 1909 Robert Guggenheim challenged the car manufacturers to an Endurance Run from New York to Seattle, to support the Good Roads Movement that began in 1880. Six cars were entered into the Run. Stearns, Acme, Shawmut, Itala anf Ford (with two cars). After a grueling 21 days, the Ford No. 2 car crossed the finish line. Henry Ford took advantage of the win and promoted the Model T in every media outlet available. This 1909 Model T replica ran the same route in 2009 with 50 other Model T Fords. It ran the entire 4,000 miles with no mechanical issues. This same car and driver/owner, Milt Roorda,drove in the 2019 Gasparilla Great Endurance Run from Tampa to Jacksonville.
While over 5,500 cars were built, only a handful are thought to remain worldwide. One, a unique 1920 Anderson Six Convertible Roadster, will receive a special honor this year. The car, owned by Paul and Kathleen Ianuario of Duncan, SC, will join an exclusive group of automotive icons as it is the fine representation of the "100 Years of Automotive Excellence" at the 2020 Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance.
This noteworthy vehicle is registered with the HVA (Historic Vehicle Association) National Historic Vehicle Register. All historic reference materials – exhaustively studied, documented and verified by HVA as well as the College of Charleston's Department of Historic Preservation – have been added to the permanent archives of the U.S. Library of Congress.
From the state's earliest success with designing and assembling cars that led the industry in advanced technology to today's latest models from long-time South Carolina-based manufacturer BMW and now Volvo, we're looking forward to a thoroughly intriguing journey through the decades.
From 1916 to 1925, a total of 5,553 Anderson cars were produced in Rocky Hill, SC, in direct competition with Henry Ford's Model T. Featuring the motto 'A little higher in price, but made in Dixie,' Anderson cars were indeed the South's luxurious alternative to Detroit's mass market vehicles, featuring mahogany, South Carolina hickory, premium leather and other top-quality trim and materials. The cars also introduced interesting color schemes to the automotive industry, tempting buyers with the rich patina of purple, blue, yellow, and other alternatives to Ford's basic black palette.
John Gary Anderson, the industrial genius behind his name sake marque, was a true visionary – as well as a poet and sculptor. His cars featured numerous innovations, such as an electric windshield wiper years before Ford offered the technology. Other firsts included power convertible tops, a floor-installed headlight dimmer switch which he invented, and a unique review mirror. There was also an on-board air compressor driven by the car's transmission for pumping up tires and a tool kit integrated into the side door for on-the-go repairs. The radiator cap featured a thermometer known as a 'motor meter', that was visible to the driver. Unlike the Model T' Ford's single-color palette of black, Anderson cars came in a wide variety of colors. However, customers paid a price for all this innovation and luxury, with an Anderson ranging in cost from $1,650 for the five-passenger touring car to $2,550 for the sedan, compared to a $345 to $760 price range for the Model T Ford.
The Ianuario’s are proud to display their Anderson at the 2020 Gasparilla Concours where it will be on display at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in beautiful downtown Tampa, Florida for the Friday Night "Cars in the Park" Cocktail Party and Charity Auction. The celebration of the centennial vehicle will continue when it later escorts the Grand Marshal and other dignitaries to the Opening Ceremonies on Saturday. It will be most appropriate to see her standing in her glory with the Color Guard of the Rough Riders. The 1920 Anderson was placed on the National Historic Vehicle Registry for the USA by the Historical Vehicle Association which works with the Department of the Interior and the Library of Congress.
There such a rich history to celebrate.
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”.
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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
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 !