PV Auto Show adds new feature, remembers an old friend

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A new design and a memory of an old friend are part of this fall's 17th annual Ponte Vedra Auto Show, hosted by the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce from , at the Nocatee Event Field on Nocatee Center Way.

Presented by Fields Auto Group, the biggest change is placing up to 180 classics, hot rods, sports cars and even a new golf cart class, on the grass, organizers said.

Four special anniversaries and one memorial trophy will be showcased this year. Special anniversaries include the 30th anniversaries of Lexus and the Land Rover Discovery, plus the 50th anniversary of the mid-engine Porsche 914 and 60th anniversary of the Mini.

The Ponte Vedra Auto Show is also naming its Best in Show award in honor of past chairman Larry Weisman, an avid car collector and knowledgeable judge who died earlier this year.

The judged show is free to spectators to check out the cars and trucks on display vying for one of 30 trophies. It is $35 to preregister a show vehicle through , or roll up and pay $50 day of the show. Registration information is at pvautoshow.com.

Another change is presenting a "Car Corral," sponsored by J7 Motorsports. That grassy spot will be for owners who want to show off their ride, but not have it judged, or want to sell it.

Car or truck corral space can be reserved for $25, and all participants are asked to arrive at and leave at , with no early exits permitted.

"Car shows are great places to look for a classic or muscle car," said Toni Boudreaux-Godwin, director of the Chamber's Ponte Vedra Beach division. "The corral will provide the opportunity to speak with a prospective buyer in detail about the owner's car."

According to Sandy Kavanaugh, the show's organizer, the corral is shaping up to be a hit with car enthusiasts.

"The initial response to the addition of the J7 Motorsports Car Corral has been exciting for us," Kavanaugh said. "We've especially had a lot of interest from car clubs who want to park and rally together during the show.

"We already have folks signing up who are anxious to use the auto show platform to sell their car as well," Kavanaugh said. "As an event organizer, it's exciting to see a new element of the show gain traction so early on."

The show will also include food vendors as well as automotive-themed retailers, as well as a special motorcycle display curated by John Duss.

The show is funded in part by the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.

For more information, visit pvautoshow.com

Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549

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