Crowds of 20,000 at 3rd Miami Concours Help Raise $50,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation


"Matt Burns Spirit of the Concours" awarded by Dr. Moskowitz / Melissa Burns to Jaime I. Del Valle (Jaguar XK140)

"Matt Burns Spirit of the Concours" awarded by Dr. Moskowitz / Melissa Burns to Jaime I. Del Valle (Jaguar XK140)

 

The third annual Miami Concours took place February 14-16 in the beautiful Miami Design District which reported record crowds of over 20,000 in attendance, up 29% from 2019.  Design District tenants reported full shops, restaurants, galleries and bars throughout the day despite occasional passing rain showers which dampened the red carpet and cars on display but never detoured the enthusiasm of attending spectators.

The weekend kicked off with private affairs for participating collectors and Miami Concours judges whom were invited to see important car collections and a tour of famous Miami landmark, Viscaya Museum and Gardens in Coconut Grove.

Saturday evening events included the unveiling of the new Lamborghini Huracan EVO

RWD at Prestige Motors pop-up location in the Design District.  The shiny white EVO RWD was displayed by Brett David and Lamborghini North America representatives alongside the Lamborghini Huracan EVO Super Trofeo entry of South Florida resident and legendary Lamborghini driver, Ron Atapattu, with brilliant new Elephantea green, yellow and red livery for the 2020 racing season.

The evening was capped by a private dinner for attending collectors at the spectacular Moore Building in the Design District.  Attendees were joined in the dinner by display cars including the incredible new Karma SC1 Concept, De Tomaso P72, Apollo Intensa Emozione and the historic 1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Series III “Low Body” with Mimram provenance from Curated which served as the Grand Prix of Monaco “Intervention Car” from 1981 through 1982 having just completed a thorough restoration.

At the private dinner in the Moore Building, suggested donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation were made and attendees responded with just under $50,000 in cash donations to the worthy children’s cause that creates life-changing wishes for minors with a critical illness who have reached the age of 2½ and are younger than 18 at the time of referral.

The organization grants wishes through its 60 chapters located throughout the United States.  Make-A-Wish also operates in 45 other countries around the world through 38 other affiliate offices.

Concours Day

Overnight, while some of Miami slept, event crews placed tens of thousands square feet of red carpeting covering the length of 39th, 40th and 41st Streets creating a hugely impressive display on its own. 

As Sunday morning dawned, rain showers which had been forecast rolled in off the Atlantic Ocean right through Miami as worried organizers fretted over arranging the cars in their designated spots on the red-carpet display, so despite passing showers, traffic delays and late arriving entries, the show went on none the less and the crowds responded.

Among the highlights of cars making on display at the Miami Concours included the brand new all-electric Karma SC2 Concept making its Miami debut.  Karma Automotive, owned by Chinese auto supply company Wanxiang Group, has produced an 1100BHP all-electric Missile.  The all-wheel-drive SC2 EV can go from 0-60 mph in a claimed 1.9 seconds. 

Karma says the SC2 is set to represent the future of its brand.  Currently, the only production car the company makes is the Revero, a hybrid based on the now-defunct Fisker Karma sedan.  This new concept packs a 120kWh battery mounted in the center tunnel, sending energy to all four wheels via two electric motors, one at each axle.  There's also torque vectoring, a motorsports-style push-rod suspension setup, and carbon ceramic brakes.

Another astounding car of note making its Miami debut was the incredible De Tomaso P72.  The P72 is meant to be a homage to the De Tomaso P70 prototype racing car, a version of which was on display in the Concours.

The De Tomaso brand was acquired by Hong-Kong based Ideal Ventures in 2014, the same company that had acquired German automobile manufacturer Gumpert.  Under the new management, work was started to revive the brand.  After an advertising campaign based on the company's history and some teaser videos of the new car in development under the code name "Project P", the company introduced the new sports car at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed.  The new car, called the P72 uses a carbon fiber monocoque chassis constructed to LMP1 standards.

De Tomaso plans to build only 72 units of the P72, a move that was made to ensure exclusivity of the car.  The car is still due for road homologation but De Tomaso has assured that the car will remain the same as the pre-production model that was shown at Goodwood.

Among other cars of interest on display included the Apollo IEs.  The Miami Concours marked the first time that three Apollo IE’s publicly displayed together and were joined by the visionaries behind the brand, Chairman Norman Choi, General Manager & CMO Ryan Berris and designers, Jowyn Wong and Jakub Jodlowski.

Extra Space Allowed for Over 100 cars

Over 100 cars were on display in the third iteration of the Miami Concours affording to the extra space provided by adding 40th Street to the event layout.  Classes of the 55 judged cars included Luxury Touring, Modern Era Competition, Racing 50s & 60s, Sports & GTs of British Isles, 1980’s, Modern Classics, 1960’s Ferraris, 1970’s Ferraris, Ferrari Supercars, Spirit of Preservation, 1950’s American, 1960’s American, European Sport & GT, Lamborghini V12 and Hypercars.

Among the significant event entries included the stunning 1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB of Martin Sucari which won merit Race Cars of the 50’s & 60’s. Ferrari 250 GT SWBs are currently among the most valuable and collectible historic racing Ferraris and rank as some of the most successful racing Ferraris in history.

Other interesting event entries were the 1992 Jaguar XJR-15 of Matthew Ivanhoe and which was a finalist for Best of Show. Also, the entire line-up of Ferrari Supercars from the 288 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo to the La Ferrari made an incredible display on the red carpet.

It is always most difficult to point to highlights but the Design District venue lends itself perfectly to the display of the world’s most significant post-war automobiles.  The selection of historic Lamborghini Miuras and Countachs is always precedent setting at Miami.

Special categories included a special award from Pininfarina, Innovator Award presented by De Tomaso Automobili and Matt Burns Spirit of the Concours Awards all culminating with Best of Show.

Chief Judge, Dr. Mark Moskowitz who returned for his second year of service to the event stated, “Our judging team was diverse and skilled.  They included seasoned Detroit designers, famed racers, print and television motoring journalists and the chief judges from at least a dozen major concours around the country.  Two were among the 27 members of the prestigious International Chief Judges Advisory Group.

“There was an array of some of the best designed and most celebrated Supercars and Hypercars in the world.  But, in the end the judges chose an old-school classic, a beautifully preserved and historically important 1950 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn drop head coupe, as the best of show.  The owner, Guy Lewis, shared that his car had been on some of the great concours lawns but never on the red carpet!

The cars were the stars and deserved the red carpet.  The field included many of the great classics, sports and super cars of the past seventy-five years.

“The racers were a hit and among the best of show contenders were a CanAm era racer designed by the legendary Alejandro de Tomaso with engineering input from Carroll Shelby and Peter Brock.  Also, a historic Porsche powered Le Mans racer in GRID chassis.  Interestingly, the latter was the sole sister car to the one driven by Miami Concours judge, David Hobbs.

“The dedication of the fans and participants was remarkable.  The early morning rain failed to dampen their spirits.  The cars did not retreat to their trailers and the crowds came out in droves”, said Moskowitz.

Among the awards was the Matt Burns Spirit of the Concours trophy named for the late South Florida Ferrari mechanic, Miami Concours judge and friend to many in attendance who passed away in July of 2019.  In a moving tribute, The Matt Burns Spirit of the Concours award was presented to noted Miami collector Jaime I. Del Valle for his incredible preservation 1955 Jaguar XK140 by Matt’s wife, Melissa Burns.

“For the third year in a row, the Miami Design District welcomed car aficionados and locals alike to the neighborhood for the Miami Concours that featured an impressive showing of exotic cars and supercars,” said Craig Robins, CEO of Dacra Development and developer of the Miami Design District.

“This year’s event brought more people than ever, a signal of an incredibly popular and successful event, which could not have been possible without the exceptional team at the Miami Concours.  As the event continues to expand, we can’t wait to see what next year’s edition will look like!”

The fourth annual Miami Concours will return for President’s Day Weekend in 2021, stay tuned for details.

Report: Barton Workman
Images: Albert Manduca, and Jorge A. Guasso

2020 Miami Concours Award Winners by Class
As reported by Chief Judge Dr. Mark Moskowitz

  • Luxury Touring Cars: 
    1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  •  Dr. Chuck Niles
  • Modern Era Competition: 
    1985 GRID-Porsche  •  Jim Comer
  • Race Cars 50’s & 60’s: 
    1959 Ferrari 250 GT SWB  •  Martin Sucari
  • Sports & GTs:
    1950 Healy Silverstone  •  Frank Rubino
  • 1980s: 
    1985 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC AMG •  Peralta Family
  • Modern Classics: 
    2002 Porsche GT2  •  Jorge Ruiz
  • 1960’s Ferrari: 
    1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2  •  Juan-Manuel Fayen
  • 1970’s Ferrari: 
    1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona  •  Vince Vento
  • Ferrari Supercars: 
    2004 Ferrari Enzo  •  David Dayan
  • Spirit of Preservation: 
    1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary  •  Dennis Crowley
  • 1950’s American: 
    1956 Ford Thunderbird  •  Sebastian Gomez Puerto
  • 1960’s American: 
    1967 Chevrolet Corvette  •  Ric Benitez
  • European Sport & GT: 
    1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  •  Leo Schiegel
  • Lamborghini V12: 
    1972 Lamborghini Miura SV  •  Joe Battaglia
  • Hypercars: 
    2020 Apollo IE  •  Barry Skolnick
  • Pininfarina Award: 
    Ferrari 288 GTO  •  J.R. Amantea
  • Innovator Award: 
    2020 De Tomaso P72    De Tomaso Automobili
  • Matt Burns Spirit of the Concours Award: 
    1955 Jaguar XK140  •  Jaime I. Del Valle

Best of Show Finalists:

  • 1965 De Tomaso P70  •  De Tomaso Automobili
  • 1955 Lancia B24  •  Leo Schiegel
  • 1992 Jaguar XJR 15  •  Matthew Ivanhoe

Best of Show:

  • 1950 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn DHC  •  Guy Lewis