January 2016 -- the start of a new year. Even though this issue arrives at your doorstep or magazine shelf in December of 2015, it is the first issue of the new year. Are you ready?
It is an election year (again). And, while we can be grateful that we all have the privilege and responsibility to vote, I am sure that by November 8, 2016, we will be tired of being told how to record our preferences. In the meantime, there is a lot to do!
The first three months of 2016 will be jam-packed with automotive extravaganza’s of all types and in as many locations as can be imagined. These “gatherings of the faithful” compliment our growing print and electronic platforms in a way that gives great value to our multi-media marketing opportunities. Here are a few upcoming “celebrations” for early 2016 that you won’t want to miss:
- Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, Florida, January 15-24, 2016. This is a truly massive auction with something for everyone. What a way to kick-start, jumpstart and launch 2016. In Florida, too! mecum.com.
- Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, Arizona, January 26-31, 2016. The Mac-daddy of auctions. This is the belle weather auction of every year and this year will be no exception. Go to barrett-jackson.com for more information. There are thousands of cars, hundreds of vendors, and plenty of excitement.
- The 10th Anniversary Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, February 19-21, 2016. This weekend will be an enormous, star-studded event. duPont REGISTRY/LIVE at the Boca Raton Airport on Friday, February 19, followed by the Saturday night Gala at the Boca Raton Resort (featuring Jay Leno and packed with both silent and live auction items for the connoisseur). And, Sunday, February 21 features the Concours d’Elegance on the lawn at the Boca Resort Golf Club. An event that should not be missed and sure to be sold-out. bocaconcours.com.
- The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 10-13, 2016. Just three weeks later. An annual event that always captures the attention of every auto-enthusiast. duPont REGISTRY/ LIVE on Friday night, Auctions on Saturday, Concours on Sunday! The Gala on Saturday night is a very special treat. ameliaislandconcours.org
So starts the first quarter of 2016. Don’t forget our Cars & Coffee scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of every month. January 16, we will be in downtown St. Pete on Bayshore Drive NE, and on the grass next to the Museum of Fine Arts, from 8:00 am - Noon. February 20th, we will be back at headquarters from 7:00-9:00 am. Also in February, we have our first Winter Florida Autofest Cars & Coffee in Lakeland on Saturday, February 27 from 8:00 am-12:00 noon. There is an entry fee, prizes, parking, and admission to the Carlisle Florida Winterfest event running all day on Saturday. Then, on March 19 it is back home to headquarters from 7:00-9:00 am. Be sure to go to Autofluence for updates and check your special Cars & Coffee email for updates.
2016 looks like a very busy year with multiple events on many weekends. Too much for you? Stay up to date with us every month and on Facebook and Autofluence. We hope to see you soon and Happy New Year.
Thomas L. duPont
P.S. The cover car is the spectacular Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc. Rather than finish this refined piece of automotive history in exposed carbon fiber trim, chrome accent or burnished wood, the stunning one-off Grand Sport is highlighted in various porcelain components. In addition, the exterior blue-over-white paint scheme is protected with five layers of clear lacquer. Go to page ___ for more information on this exquisite automobile.