Lake Dora Classic Car Show impresses once again

The 5th Annual Lake Dora Classic Car Show was held Saturday, March 5 in Elizabeth Evans Park

Saturday morning in Mount Dora was the place for car lovers to see and be seen

Approximately 1,500 attendees came to stroll among and be wowed by the gleaming and impressive muscle, exotic, and antique cars on display for the 5th Annual Lake Dora Classic Car Show on Saturday, March 5th in Evans Park in Downtown Mount Dora.

The event, sponsored by Main Street Leasing, and organized by David Berndt, benefited the Mount Dora Heroes Foundation.  The foundation supports the care of police K9 officers and offers financial assistance for the needs of wounded or fallen officers.

Attendees were offered an opportunity to see a carefully controlled K9 demonstration put on by the Mount Dora Police Department.  K9 Officer Stryker, along with his handler, Adam McColloch and ‘subject’ Officer Ivy Severance, put on a demonstration as Stryker was put through his paces.

 

Pisces Rising was on hand serving food and drink to the appreciative, captive car show exhibitors.

Alexander from Pisces Rising was all smiles as he prepared food for hungry exhibitors
Alexander Gandia, executive chef from Pisces Rising was all smiles as he prepared food for hungry exhibitors

 

Attendees wandered through the rows of cars throughout most of the day, heading up the hill to enjoy the downtown as part of the experience.

Trophies and awards were handed out by Mayor Nick Girone, Sponsor Main Street Leasing, Judge Thiago De Rey and event organizer David Berndt.

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Judge Thiago De Rey, Simon White, Dave Berndt, Larry Baker, Mayor Girone, Merry Hadden – and canine mayor Virgil

Donna Brown had the winning bid on the original painting honoring Lando, a retired Mount Dora K9 Officer who recently passed away.

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The canine mayor (Virgil) and the canine vice mayor (Edie) were on hand for the festivities in their official roles.  The two dogs were the top fundraisers in last year’s canine mayor election.

Virgil and Edie
Virgil and Edie

And…of course, the cars were glorious.

Larry Cole, Mount Dora resident - First Place for in Special Interest Class, 1959 Dodge
Larry Cole, Mount Dora resident (with David Berndt, Larry Baker and Mayor Nick Girone) – First Place for in Special Interest Class, 1959 Dodge

 

Picture Courtesy of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Department - Larry Cole, First Place for in Special Interest Class, 1959 Dodge.
Picture Courtesy of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Department – Larry Cole, First Place for in Special Interest Class, 1959 Dodge.
Photo Courtesy of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation
Photo Courtesy of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation
Simon & Barbara White, Clermont, Most Elegant Motor Car, 1955 Mercury Montclair; Best of Show
Simon (pictured here foreground) & Barbara White, Clermont, Most Elegant Motor Car, 1955 Mercury Montclair; Best of Show – with David Berndt, Larry Baker of Main Street Leasing, Mayor Nick Gione and Merry Hadden
Photograph courtesy of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Department - Simon and Barbara White's 1955 Mercury Montclair
Photograph courtesy of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Department – Simon and Barbara White’s 1955 Mercury Montclair
Photograph courtesy of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Department - Simon and Barbara White's 1955 Mercury Montclair
Photograph courtesy of Mount Dora Parks and Recreation Department – Simon and Barbara White’s 1955 Mercury Montclair

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There were so many noteworthy vehicles and avid collectors present…from our own Mount Dora and beyond.

Not Northam of Winter Park, (exotic car dealer, retired racer) Second Place, 1989 Porsche Speedster.
Not Northam of Winter Park, (exotic car dealer, retired racer) Second Place, 1989 Porsche Speedster.

 

Susan &Larry Miceli, Mount Dora, Second Place, British Class, 1952 MG TD
Susan &Larry Miceli, Mt Dora, Second Place, British Class, 1952 MG TD
Stephen Acerra, Apopka, Oldest Car, 1929 Ford Model A
Stephen Acerra, Apopka, Oldest Car, 1929 Ford Model A
A reproduction of Lando's painting was presented to Mayor Nick Girone, by Main Street Leasing
A reproduction of Lando’s painting was presented to Mayor Nick Girone, by Main Street Leasing (Pictured: Deputy Police Chief Robert Bell, Dave Berndt, Ken Mazik, Larry Baker, Mayor Nick Girone, Donna Brown is holding Edie.)
Richard & Julie Vice, Leesburg, First Place Ford Class and Mayors Cup winner, 1937 Ford Convertible
Richard & Julie Vice, Leesburg, First Place Ford Class and Mayors Cup winner, 1937 Ford Convertible
Melissa DeMarco, Editor (editor@mountdoracitizen.com)