The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival & Auction
Now in its 13th year, the Lake Mirror Classic is considered one of the “must do” collector car shows in the southeastern United States. The display of more than 600 show vehicles on and surrounding the restored 1920’s, art deco-inspired Lake Mirror promenade in downtown Lakeland, Florida provides one of the most scenic venues in the country. The event is known for its beautiful lakefront setting and friendly atmosphere. In addition to attracting over 35,000 spectators, the Lake Mirror Classic draws top car collectors from the southeast and serves as a support event to the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
The Lake Mirror Classic has become a source of pride for the city of Lakeland. Area residents and public officials welcome the opportunity to showcase Lake Mirror Park and historic downtown to thousands of visiting car show guests. The event has helped raise of $250,000 for various local non-profit groups since its inception in 1999.
British racing driver Brian Redman will serve as Honorary Chairman for the 2012 Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. During his professional racing career Brian raced as a factory team driver for Ford, Ferrari, Porsche, Cooper, Williams, Chaparral, Jaguar, Chevron and McLaren. He is a two-time winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring and a three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona. He won three consecutive Formula 5000 Championships driving Lolas. In Formula One, Brian drove for Cooper BRM and placed third at the 1968 Spanish Grand Prix. In 1969 he was a team driver for the World Championship winning Gulf-Wyer Porsche Factory Team.
Brian Redman has been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Detroit as well as the Hall of Fame in Sebring and Talledega.
Budweiser Hot Rod Rendezvous (Opening event)
Start your engines for the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival weekend on Friday night at Lake Mirror Park. The Budweiser Hot Rod Rendevous is an outdoor concert and car show held on the promenade around Lake Mirror. Junior and MDs , a perennial favorite of the Lake Mirror Classic, will rock the night with their special blend of rock and classics.
When the band takes a break over 100 hot rods will fire up their engines and make some music of their own. NHRA drag racer, Jerry Baltes, will make a special appearance and fire-up his 1964 Record setting Top Fuel Dragster.
This event is open to Hot Rods and Custom Cars built prior to 1960.
2013 New Car Unveiling
Remember back when unveiling the new model cars was a really big deal? Join us on the east side of Lake Mirror on Friday night as Lakeland area auto dealers celebrate the unveiling of the new 2013 model cars – presented by MidFlorida Credit Union.
Auction Preview Party
The Collector Car Auction, which is scheduled for Saturday at Munn Park, kicks off on Friday night with the Auction Preview Party at the Magnolia Building at Lake Mirror Park. Guests may preview vehicles which have been consigned for the auction in the Magnolia Parking Lot and enjoy music and entertainment inside the Magnollia Building. A silent auction will be held to benefit the programs of Junior Achievement of Polk County.
Higgenbotham Auctioneers International conducts the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Auction. To consign a vehicle for auction contact Laura by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Concours d’Elegance is the featured event of the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival weekend. Approximately 100 premium automobiles are invited to be judged by a team of AACA and CCCA experts. (Participating vehicles must be 1972 or older and invited by the Concours Selection Committee. Space restrictions require us to limit the number of cars in each category. Applicants must submit photos and a separate Concours application to be considered.)
Collector Car Auction
Here’s a chance to find that special collector car you’ve been dreaming about for years. The Lake Mirror Classic Auto Auction is held on Saturday on Munn Park right in the middle of the Lake Mirror Classic. This is a Main Street Auction featuring many affordable collector cars for enthusiasts looking to enter the collector car hobby or add to an existing collection. Over 35,000 people attend the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival each October providing plenty of interest for anyone hoping to buy or sell that special collector car.
Higgenbotham Auctioneers International conducts the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Auction. This year, the auction stage will be located on the west side of Munn Park. To consign a vehicle for auction contact Laura Whitt by at (863) 644-6681 or email@example.com.
Let’s Have Some Fun!
Classic Wooden Boats, Antique Motorcycles, Vintage Fashion Show and Amphicars all add to the fun and excitement of the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival weekend. A “Festival” combines many events into one and that’s what makes the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival so unique.
Open Car Show
The streets of downtown Lakeland are all closed to accommodate nearly 500 collector cars of all types. Cars are grouped with similar types or by Car Clubs. Muscle Cars, Street Rods, Model As, Corvettes and Mustangs are just a few of the many focus groups.
The Road Tour
Don’t miss out on the traditional Sunday Morning Road Tour and Fun Rally. Registered entrants enjoy a morning drive through the central Florida countryside culminating with Brunch at an undisclosed location. Participants in the Fun Rally can win prizes at the end.