The Lake Mirror Classic hosts many different events during the three day festival. There are three events into which you may enter your classic auto, boat or motorcycle. These events are the Hot Rod Rendezvous, Open Car Show, and the Concours d’Elegance.
The Lake Mirror Classic is presented free to the public and made possible because of tremendous support from numerous corporate sponsors. Please join us in thanking these sponsors for presenting the Lake Mirror Classic.
Beginning in 2013, the mission of the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival will be to help fund the preservation and restoration of historic Lake Mirror Park so that our community and it’s guests will be able to enjoy this nationally registered landmark for many generations to come. In addition to the Friends of Lake Mirror Fund, the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival supports local non-profit groups by helping them raise needed funds through the sale of food and beverage at the event. Over $250,000 has been raised or donated to local charities because of the Lake Mirror Classic. The event has helped Junior Achievement, Pied Piper Players, Boy Scouts, The First Tee, Historic Lakeland, Lakeland Regional Cancer Center.
More information on each of the events is below. Please also view the Schedule of Events for the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival.
The featured event of the Lake Mirror Classic is Saturday’s Concours d’Elegance. Featuring a selection of 125 cars, the judged Concours is presented along and adjacent to Lake Mirror Park’s promenade. Previous shows have included illustrious examples of prewar classics such as Cadillac, Cord, Duesenberg, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls Royce. The Concours d’Elegance is the judged section of the show and is limited to selected vehicles which must fit within one of the defined classes (see this page) and be pre-approved by our selection committee.
Looking for that special collector car you’ve been dreaming about for years? You’ll have a chance to find it at The AllCollectorCars.com Collector Car Auction. Approximately 100 collector cars are planned to be auctioned during this event. Higgenbotham Auctioneers International will conduct the auction. Vehicles will be display for public preview on Friday evening at the Magnolia Building during the Auction Preview Party, and Saturday morning on Main Street. The Collector Car Auction is held on Saturday around 1:00pm on Main Street.
Over 500 vehicles participate in the Open Car Show. Classic and collectible vehicles including Street Rods & Custom cars will be displayed on the streets of downtown Lakeland on Saturday. The cars are assembled in groups of similar makes and models in a 16-block area of scenic Downtown Lakeland. Although the event is not judged, ribbons and prizes are presented to vehicles selected as sponsor favorites. Participants receive a Goody Bag from area merchants and event sponsors, a custom display sign for the vehicle and lunch for two.
A growing tradition at the Downtown Car Show includes several “shows within a show” as marque clubs host their own field of cars. For instance, Ford Mustangs and Chevrolet Corvettes have a dedicated area for their special group display. Sponsor ribbons are presented to selected cars in the field and a judged category determines the Best Early Model and Best Late Model. These two winners are invited to join the Concours awards presentation at the Lake Mirror Park Amphitheater at the culmination of the show. Contact Ginny Askew for information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (863) 683-2228.
Remember back when unveiling the new model cars was a really big deal? The Heacock Insurance New Car Show is just for you. Several Lakeland area auto dealers have brought their newest vehicles to be unveiled at the Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. The New Car Show will be held on the east side of the Lake Mirror Promenade. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you might be able to find it at the Lake Mirror Classic. Dealerships will have staff at the event to answer any questions about the new vehicles. This event will be held in conjunction with the Hot Rod Rendezvous during Friday night.
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 & The MD’s, 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.
The final event of the Lake Mirror Classic is the Sunday morning Road Tour. Participants explore central Florida back roads and are challenged to answer questions about landmarks along the route. The route is quite challenging to discover, so be prepared to bring a navigator. The tour is one of the most rewarding events of the Festival, as many classic vehicles take to the road once again. The tour ends at an undisclosed location for brunch and prize giving. Honorary Chairman, Wayne Cherry, will lead the tour along with a navigation seat that will be auctioned off during the Collector Car Auction.
The Lake Mirror Classic’s Vintage Fashion Show was so popular at last year’s event that it is “back with style” again as part of the Concours d’Elegance activities on Saturday. Participants in period dress will be judged with their vehicle and finalists will be invited to the amphitheater for a Red Carpet award presentation. Come in period dress, or even as your favorite celebrity and compete with others to see how accurate you can be. It’s always a step back in time at the Lake Mirror Classic’s Vintage Fashion Show.
Classic Motorcycles, Wooden Boats & Amphicars
The Lake Mirror Classic includes special display areas for Classic Motorcycles, Vintage Wooden Boats and Amphicars. These special vehicles are displayed at Lake Mirror Park adjacent to the Concours d’Elegance vehicles. The 1920’s-era seawall surrounding Lake Mirror provides a perfect backdrop when the vintage boats and Amphicars take to the water. If you are registering a classic motorcycle, wooden boat, or amphicar, please register for the Open Car Show and you will be placed appropriately.
Food & Souvenir Vendors
Commercial displays, souvenir vendors and food vendors will be plentiful and add to the festival character of the event. See our vending page for more information. Anyone interested in securing a vending space should contact Mitch Meyer at email@example.com.
Classic Cars For Sale
A special area is set aside for classic cars for sale. This is a great opportunity to locate that classic car of your dreams. You can register vehicles for the Classic Cars For Sale area the morning of the event for $50. Cars for sale are not considered show cars and do not receive an entrant packet or lunch. This portion of the show is separate from the Collector Car Auction.