The Peerless Motor Car Club
Odessa, Florida (between Tampa & Tarpon Springs)
April 1-3, 2016
With a special display of the famous "3 P's"...
Packard,, Pierce-Arrow and Peerless!
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 Clearwater Beach & Sand Key Beach. We stopped at the beautiful and rare collection of cars housed by the Tampa Bay Auto Museum. 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!
If you are interested in having your next club gathering on our farm or in our big red barn, just give us a call (813)714-1019. We would love to host your club meetings, NO CHARGE! Or just add our 5 acre farm to your itinerary for the next garage tour or rally. We are conveniently located between Tampa and Tarpon Springs, and offer plenty of scenic roads around us for your driving enjoyment. We can help you arrange for catering for club picnics as well.
We look forward to seeing you at the show! Come by to visit us and we will be happy to give you a comfortable place to rest your feet at the show, and a cold beverage to keep you going!
Photos of the 7th Annual All American Heritage Picnic & Car Show
Tuesday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm Tampa Antique & Classic Car Club, WOW Burgers, 10902 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa
Thursday: 5:30pm-9pm Quaker Steak, Clearwater, FL
Friday: 5:30pm- 9:00pm Dairy Queen, Citrus Park, Tampa, FL
Saturday: 6:00pm-9:00pm Old Town, Kissimmee, FL