Supercars, classics, and caviar.
Miami's Motorcar Cavalcade is returning for its second outing, and the organizers have made several adjustments to make the lavish event more fun for exhibitors and visitors. Hennessey will also unveil the newest variant of the Venom F5 family, which is worth the price of admission alone.
The most significant change is to the obligatory Concours d'Elegance. Naturally, prizes will be up for grabs, but in true Miami style, more fun is being injected into what is usually seen as a rather snooty affair. Instead of relying only on an expert judging panel in tweed coats, the Concours will be judged by automotive experts, VIP celebrities, and sports stars.
Entrants can look forward to 16 unconventional classes in which the cars will be judged. These include awards for the best dashboard, doors, tails, sound, and engine, to name just a few.
The real shocker is that classic and modern cars will compete head-to-head in the same classes. At this event, a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing can realistically compete against its modern counterpart, the Mercedes-AMG GT.
The judges include Motorsport Hall of Famers Lyn St. James and Tommy Kendall. Miami Heat basketball player Alonzo Mourning will join Phillips Watches' Head of Americas Paul Boutros and General Motors Designer Wayne Kady. Only one VIP celebrity has been named so far, and it's renowned automobile artist Heidi Mraz. More judges will be added to the panel in due course.
A complete list of participating cars will be revealed closer to the event's date, but you can expect the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder that starred in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the Hennessey Venom F5 Coupe and Roadster, and a pink 1968 Citroen DS called Bubbles.
Last year a Pagani Huayra Roadster BC walked away with Best in Show, so maybe the all-new Utopia will make an appearance...
The Motorcar Cavalcade starts on January 14 with a Speed and Style Rally, allowing participants to take their car for a drive. Following that, a Cavalcade of Cars will make its way through Miami, giving locals a free look at all the cars in attendance.
The Sunday Concours tickets are limited and available to the public for $575 per person. A ticket also includes gourmet cuisine, cocktails, and champagne. A digital auction will also be held before and after the show, and all the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
"This year's Motorcar Cavalcade will be nothing short of incredible," said Jason Wenig, Motorcar Cavalcade Co-Executive Director. "We have a lineup of cars never-before-seen in South Florida and are thrilled to have our esteemed judges."