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The 2011 CCCA Annual Meeting – January 5-9, 2011
By Richard Marrs

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Occasionally the stars fall into perfect alignment and provide such an unsurpassed opportunity that one cannot fail to take advantage of it. Your committee planning the 2011 CCCA Annual Meeting strongly believes that such an opportunity is presented by what we have in store for you.

The Location

Palm Beach, Florida! What could be more inviting in early January than sunny Palm Beach where the average temperature for that month is a balmy 65.1 degrees? Leave your overcoats and galoshes at home!

The Breakers! What resort any where in America has more to offer its guests than The Breakers, with its classically elegant architecture, its world-class range of facilities, its luxurious rooms and its devotion to superior service? And, you can make your visit a mini-vacation by extending your stay at The Breakers for three days prior and three days after our meeting at the same highly favorable room rate.

The Breakers is situated on 140 acres of Florida’s most-valuable tropical oceanfront property. During the past decade $250 million has been spent to bring this famous place back to its original grandeur, while updating all of its systems to a state-of-the-art infrastructure.

Wish to relax in the sun and water? Try one of five spacious pools or walk on the beautiful sandy beaches and splash in the bordering Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy watersports? Try the available scuba diving or snorkeling. Away from the sun and the water, visit the designer boutiques, relax and indulge yourself at the spa or enjoy a cocktail or meal in your choice of eight fine restaurants, each created to satisfy the palate of even the most discriminating guest.

If your recreation choice is focused toward a more active style, don’t neglect to visit one of the tennis courts or either of two beautiful 18-hole golf courses. For an unparalleled shopping experience outside The Breakers complex, take a short shuttle ride and stroll along world-famous Worth Avenue to see what is waiting for you at the renowned designer shops.

Activities & Events

Your coordinators have planned from the perspective that you will keep in your memory the enjoyment of special activities and events longer than any other part of our gathering. With this focus in mind, in addition to our business functions, special receptions, banquets and recreation at The Breakers, we will visit six premier car collections, the Flagler Museum and Mansion and the Delray Beach Club, and cruise the Intracoastal Waterway while enjoying cocktails and dinner on board the Luxury Yacht Lady Atlantic.

Automobile Collections

Once you visit them, you will never forget these six world-classic ollections of exquisite cars. Five of them are totally private, accessibleon ly by invitation. We are fortunate to have South Florida Region members whose contacts with their owners make our visits possible.

Beginning Wednesday, we visit the Munder Collection which features outstanding cars of all types, many from Europe. The beautiful marble-floored building in which the cars are displayed was built especially to house this collection.

Thursday, we visit the large Staluppi Collection, featuring beautifully restored American-made cars primarily from the 1950s and the 1960s, including the largest known collection of Chrysler 300 convertibles.

Friday, we tour the Milhous Museum. It includes, among others, the first car purchased by the museum, a 1934 Packard convertible victoria that was the first Packard to win Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In addition to the collection of beautiful cars, this museum also features a large collection of working music boxes and pipe organs brought here from all over the world. Some of the music boxes feature a variety of mechanically played instruments that extend music over an astonishingly long distance. As you browse the museum you will be treated to the unforgettable experience of music selections played on one of the large pipe organs.

After visiting the Milhous Museum we will move a short distance to the Wolf Collection. It is housed in a newly-completed building designed specifically to display the collection. Represented are Duesenberg, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz and other cars of the finest pedigree.

Sunday we visit the Dr. Edward Dauer Museum. Featured here are show-quality General Motors cars from the 1950s and 1960s along with some early Cadillacs and other Classics. There are also tasteful dioramas of automobiles.

Following the visit to the Dauer Museum we visit the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, aka the Packard Museum. This Museum is devoted to Packards, primarily pre-WWII. These beautiful cars are displayed in a re-created Packard showroom from the Golden Era of Packard to transport us back to the days when our favorite Classics were new.

Other Venues

The Flagler Museum: Henry M. Flagler is considered the premier visionary of South Florida. A partner of John D. Rockefeller in founding the Standard Oil Company, Flagler, on a trip to Florida, recognized its potential and began constructing a railway system and hotels to speed the development of its tourist industry. In 1896 he built the Palm Beach Inn, which was re-named The Breakers in 1901.

The Flagler Museum was the mansion home (then called Whitehall) of Henry Flagler from its construction until his death in 1913. Upon its completion in 1902 the New York Herald reported that, “it is more wonderful than any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world.”

As you tour this grand mansion on Wednesday you will marvel at its Versailles-like architecture, art treasures and furnishings. Many believe that it is the finest example of homes of the rich and famous during the gilded age. You will not be disappointed!

Except for its smaller size, the Lady Atlantic yacht has a sleek exterior that is strikingly similar to a modern cruise ship. With its fine woodwork and other finishing touches, it has the beauty of a royal yacht. We will be bused to this gorgeous ship Thursday evening. Once onboard, we will cruise the Intracoastal Waterway as we enjoy cocktails and dinner.

The Delray Beach Club will be our destination for an oceanside lunch Friday. It is a lovely private club and, again, we are fortunate to have one of the South Florida Region’s members sponsor our visit. You will not want to miss it.

Worth Avenue Shops are famous around the world as the last word in fashion and quality. Saturday afternoon, on-street parking in this area will be reserved for Classics. It is a short drive or, for about $10, you may take a shuttle from and back to the hotel. You will not forget the experience.

Two airports serve the Palm Beach area. The West Palm Beach airport is eight minutes from The Breakers. The Fort Lauderdale Airport is 30-40minutes from the Breakers. Florida is very popular in January and flight reservations become difficult to obtain the longer you delay. Make early reservations at the Breakers. Rooms at a very-favorable reduced price are limited and are price-guaranteed only until November 20, 2010. To avoid disappointment, make all of your plans and reservations now.

See you at The Breakers!    

Additional Information and Photos

The Breakers: www.thebreakers.com

Lady Atlantic yacht: www.ladyatlantic.com

The Flagler Museum: flaglermuseum.us

Delray Beach Club: www.thedelraybeachclub.com

Worth Avenue Shops: www.worth-avenue.com

Staluppi Collection: www.carsofdreams.com

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum: www.antiquecarmuseum.org

Dauer Museum: www.dauerclassiccars.com

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