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Lake Mirror Classic A Success

Rare DuPont Wins Best of Show

Larry Jewett - October 15, 2011 09:15 PM

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Tom duPont and the 1929 duPont received best of show honors.

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This Chrysler has a baseball history, being owned by Casey Stengel before getting into the hands of Enos Slaughter. Today's owner pays homage to the era and the ladies also won the day's fashion contest.

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The fantastic weather and reputation of this show combined for great crowds on a pleasant Saturday.

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This car, once owned by singer Randy Travis, sold for $18,000 in the classic car auction

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Ford Heacock addresses the crowd at the opening of the saturday activity.

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These are some of the great trophies for judged winners.

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Muscle cars were prominent on the Lakeland streets.

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Pristine examples of pre-war cars were in abundance. This show is known for vehicles of  impeccable quality.

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Auto Enthusiast publisher John Nichols joined Bob Tullius in presenting a trophy to this '48 Pontiac

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The Lake Mirror Classic in Lakeland, Florida utilized the combination of all things automotive with good weather to combine for a spectaculr show. The event, which kicked off Friday night, went into high gear today with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and non-stop activity until the best of show car was announced shortly after 4 p.m.

That best of show honor went to Tom duPont, owner of a rare collectible 1929 duPont automobile. Fewer than a dozen are known to be in existence. Nearly 60 vehicles received trophies, giving the judges who handled the assessment a very difficult task.

During opening ceremonies, show chairman Ford Heacock, joined on stage by his daughter Stacey and grandson Walker, introduced the Grand Marshal Bob Tullius. The champion racer, now a resident of central Florida, greeted the crowd and signed autographs throughout the day. Several of Mr. Tullius's race cars were on hand for display.

The Lake Mirror Classic utilized the promenade surrounding the lake, which is central to the city of lakeland. In addition, a 16-block area was closed to traffic to allow additional displays. A portion of one street was blocked off to allow a classic car auction to be conducted in the afternoon.

During the awards ceremony, Mary Jean Wesche, editor of Mustang Times, the monthly magazine for Mustang Club of America mebers, received the prestigious Lee Iacocca Award.

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