Nearly 20 rare and one-of-a-kind cars, including many from Palm Beach collectors, were on display for a day at the sculpture gardens in West Palm Beach.
More than 1,000 people made their way to the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens on Nov. 16 to see the nearly 20 rare classic cars on display during the third edition of the gardens’ annual Sculpture in Motion – The Art of Pre and Post-War Automobiles.
But as night fell and the crowd departed, a much smaller group of VIP guests gathered for the Vintage Cars & Classic Cocktails reception. They strolled the two-acre garden, inspected the cars and talked to the owners, including many Palm Beach collectors.
In addition to hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments, fine bourbon and chocolate truffles were served. Board chairwoman Frances Fisher, whose husband, Jeffrey, is an avid car collector, welcomed the guests and introduced Grand Marshall Donald Osborne, the classic car star of CNBC Primetime’s Jay Leno’s Garage.
Osborne, who trained as an opera singer, surprised the guests with a performance of Cesare Antonio Bixio’s La Strada nel Bosco.
Then came the moment everyone was waiting for. John Barnes, honorary chairman and lead curator of the event, announced the award-winning cars. They were: Most Artistic, the 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix; Most Elegant, the 1929 Duesenberg Model J LeBaron Dual Cowl Phaeton; and Young Connoisseur, the 1958 Fiat 1200 Vignale “Wonderful.” The 1975 Citroen H Panel Truck and the 1957 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster tied for People’s Choice.
Among those admiring the cars were Gordon and Nancy Tork, Helene and Matthew Lorentzen, Tiffany and Simon Isaacs, Christina and Benjamin MacFarland, Martin and Audrey Gruss, Sam and Lisa Lehrman, Christine and Bill Aylward, and David and Jillian Gilmour.