Hillsborough Region AACA presented the 2016 Peerless Motor Car Club National Meet held on the property of Pistorius Collectible Autos, Odessa, Florida (between Tampa & Tarpon Springs) on April 1-3, 2016
Including a special display of the famous "3 P's"...
We had a very nice start to our 3 day event with a bonfire cookout on Friday, April 1. The weather was beautiful and the barbeque chicken cookout and substantial bonfire did not disappoint. There were plenty of club members from the Hillsborough Region AACA in attendance and volunteering their services.
The official hotel was at the beautiful Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, in Palm Harbor, Florida, only 15 minutes away from the Pistorius' property, so everything was very convenient. Those who stayed long enough could enjoy the beautiful golf courses, "Packard's Steakhouse", and many other spa facilities.
Then on to the show... Saturday, April 2 was the Peerless National Meet 10:00am-2:00pm on the Pistorius' property. Well the rain was predicted to start after 3pm but no... the rain started at 9:30am and did not let up until after 1pm. Those die-hard car folks who showed up had a great time, despite the weather. We were entertained by Craig Darlak and his antique Organ Music Box.
Lunch was included and we had authentic Cuban sandwiches, Plantain chips, Spanish Bean (garbanzo) Soup and the historic Columbia Restaurant's 1905 Salad. We may have been wet, but we ate well! We hovered into the patio where the DJ played and had some trivia fun & prizes. Car Show Awards were custom made cigar boxes filled with cigars, a Peerless key-chain, and a variety of other goodies.
Best of all we were successful in bringing together our 3 P's display. Our Best-in-Show was the 1926 Pierce Arrow, owned by Wayne Hancock. Other awards went to Best-in-Class 1927 Peerless, owned by Ron Martin; Best-in-Class 1929 Packard owned by Chuck Lesnewski; Best-in-Class 1940 Packard owned by John Peters; Best-in-Class 1924 Model T owned by Milt Roorda; People’s Choice 1912 Rolls Royce owned by Michael & Cynthia Sierra.
Saturday Night Appreciation Dinner was held at the Tarpon Turtle Restaurant, on beautiful Lake Tarpon, Tarpon Springs, FL . Dinner was also included in the registration fees, and we had a nice variety of seafood, and Gulf southern favorites. After a few fun cocktails and delicious gator bites, we all forgot about our rainy show day. Some of the folks had already visited the historic Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, only 15 minutes from the Pistorius' property.
Bright and early on Sunday, April 3, 2016, we enjoyed perfect weather. The perfectly planned Tour enabled us to see quite a lot of sights, from Honeymoon Island to internationally awarded Clearwater Beach & Sand Key Beach. We stopped at the beautiful and rare collection of cars housed by the Tampa Bay Auto Museum, where we had a private tour by owner, Alain Cerf. Then we went on to Quaker Steak & Lube, a motorcycle and collectible car themed restaurant that never fails in serving up fabulous food and drink and plenty of car clubs meeting outside on the huge parking lot. We went on to historic Safety Harbor and Philipe Park then ended up at R.E. Olds Park in the town of Oldsmar, founded by Ransom Olds of Oldsmobile.
Despite the near rain-out we heard nothing but high praise for the organization and venues for the Meet. And we delivered Florida sunshine 2 out of 3 days. That "rainy day" was we call Florida liquid sunshine! Never pass up a chance to come to Florida in the wintertime, even if it does rain occasionally!
The 2015 Peerless National Meet was held in conjunction with the "Cleveland All-Stars Homecoming Show & Tour of Cleveland Made Cars" on June 12-14, 2015 . The AACA Northern Ohio Chapter along with the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum hosted a gathering of Cleveland and Northern Ohio made automobiles.
There were over 80 automobile manufacturers in the city of Cleveland alone and over 115 throughout Northern Ohio during the heyday circa 1897 to 1936. Some of the more well know makes include: Peerless, Winton, Stearns, Stearns-Knight, Owen Magnetic, White, Royal Tourist, Cleveland, Star, Chandler, Jordan, Templar, Packard, Studebaker-Garford, Baker, Rauch & Lang and others.
We enjoyed driving tours through historical Cleveland communities that once housed the automotive magnates’ homes, and their factories. Talks on Cleveland cars and early history of Cleveland entertained us after the Saturday night dinner. The Crawford Auto Aviation Museum gave us an exceptional tour on Sunday, as well as an insider's look at the extensive historic documents housed in their research library.
Peerless Motor Car Club
6th Annual All-American Heritage Picnic
Pistorius Collectible Autos
Hillsborough Region AACA
Saturday, April 22, 2017
11:00am - 3:00pm
It's FREE...no cost, just drive your old car and bring a dish that represents your family heritage. That's why we call it an All-American Heritage Picnic!
Most of our family histories originate from countries outside of the USA, which makes us an interesting melting pot of cultures. Of course, if your family settled Kentucky, you can bring a bucket of KFC, but we vote on the most interesting dishes, so think original! This picnic is fun and different because of the multicultural foods, and the love of cars, that bring us together and give us the opportunity to know one another better. Add a note-card if you can on the significance of the recipe to your family for fun.
Car enthusiasts from all around are invited. So feel free to pass the word along to your car club friends. We ask for your RSVP on what car you will bring, what food you will bring and how many people are coming. We supply the drinks and cutlery.
Please Email RSVP to: Joanne@OldWheel.com
Last year we had over 18 countries represented, and live entertainment. Kids and Pets are welcome. Feel free to bring your gazebo and chairs; we have plenty of space on the property for people to spread out and relax.
We will have awards for the People’s Choice Car (last year’s winner was Howie Mednick’s 1933 Buick), People’s Choice Food (last year’s winner was Pam Prince’s Banana Pudding), and a 50/50 pot benefiting Shriner's Hospital for Children, as well as plenty of chances to win $$Million$$.
Brando & Joanne Pistorius
12820 Gibson Lane, Odessa, FL 3355