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WONDERS ON

THE WATER

Classic transports shine at Ocean Reef event

STORY AND PHOTOS

BY MARK ELIAS

�ON KEY LARGO,

Fla., conveyances

such as golf carts

to get around the tony island

community are almost as important

as full-size transport.

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Consider the Club-Car, E-Z-

Go and other carts dressed

as Hummers, Bentley Continental

GTs, a couple of

1932 Ford Roadsters and,

yes, even a Chrysler 200.

Try as they might, though,

they are not enough to overshadow

the collection that

1. A 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Open Tourer and a

1926 Silver Ghost Roadster. 2. The Shepsl X, a 1986

Burger Yacht. 3. A 1954 Buick Skylark convertible shows

off its “choppers.” 4. Crowds check out the cars. 5.

Schwartz’s rocket-powered bicycle zips down the

runway. 6. A 1942 F8F Bearcat waits in the flight line.

appears each year in December

to signify the start of

“the season.”

Now in its 17th running,

the Ocean Reef Club’s Vintage

Weekend offers a display

of classic motor yachts and

airplanes, but the car is still

star. That is, if you exclude

Bob Schwartz’s rocket-powered

bicycle, which made

50-mph passes on the runway

at Ocean Reef’s airport.

Schwartz claimed that he

could have gone faster but

was limited by strong headwinds.

The Vintage Weekend has

hosted numerous Best of

Show winners from Pebble

Beach, Amelia Island,

Meadow Brook (now the

Concours d’Elegance of

America) and other concours

events around the country.

Entries for the 2011 event,

with the best selection of participants

yet, included the

stately 1931 Avions-Voisin

C20 Mylord Demi-Berline of

John W. Rich and the unusual

1930 Stutz two-door coupe

of William T. Gacioch. The

Stutz was originally commissioned

by Adolph Schneider

and was custom outfitted

with an extended body and

trunk to accommodate the

prodigious luggage collection

of Mrs. Schneider.

Also notable was the 1954

EMW 327/3 of Rocky and

Henry Grady of Palm City,

Fla. EMWs were built in the

BMW Eisenach factory in

East Germany following

World War II. The factory

was operated by the Soviets

and given over to the East

Germans, who changed the

name from BMW to EMW

(Eisenacher Motorenwerk).

“Emma,” as the car is

known, appeared resplendent

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in Bolshevik Red and Black,

along with the car’s owner

and caretaker, Rocky Grady.

In total, 80 vehicles—including

one perfectly restored

1962 Mack Conventional

truck belonging to Granvil

Tracy of Miami—crossed

the stage.

Dockside, antique yachts

from such builders as Rybovich

and Trumpy joined featured

marque Burger Boat

Company in holding openhouse

tours. The number of

shoes on the dock (it is customary

to remove one’s shoes

before boarding) attested

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to the popularity of Marty

Sutter’s 108-foot 1973 Burger

“Chanticleer.”

As for aircraft, the range

included Juan Robbin’s 1957

classic Piper Super Cub, John

Nordt’s 1942 Ryan PT-22

trainer and the 1942 F8F

Bearcat in Blue Angels colors

owned by John O’Connor.

A special guest was former

Cuban Air Force fighter

pilot Orestes Lorenzo Perez,

who in 1991 defected to the

United States with his Cuban

MiG-23 aircraft. But his story

did not end there. A year

later, he flew back to Cuba

under cloak of darkness to

pick up his wife and two

young children and whisk

them back to the States.

The Vintage Weekend

is not a judged event but,

according to committee

member Ron Elenbaas, one

that is held “only for fun.”

Visitors can vote on the

People’s Choice and Best

in Show awards.

Best in Show winners were

Rich’s 1931 Avions-Voisin

and Tim Patterson’s polished-skin

1952 Beech 18.

People’s Choice was Sutter’s

Burger. c

JANUARY 9, 2012 AUTOWEEK 35

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