The Sixth Annual Boca Raton Concours D' Elegance Presented by Mercedes-Benz Announces Carroll Shelby, Edsel Ford, and John Staluppi as Recipients of the 2012 Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award.
BOCA RATON, FL (December 22, 2011) - The sixth annual Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance presented by Mercedes- Benz will, for the first-time ever, honor three automotive industry icons with the 2012 Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award - Carroll Shelby, Edsel Ford and John Staluppi - in the categories of Automobile Racing, Automobile Manufacturer, and Automobile Dealer on February 25, 2012 at the Black-Tie Optional Gala held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL.
"Each year, the Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance honors an automotive industry leader for their dedication to the automobile world and automotive business endeavors," said Rick Case, Founder and Producer of the Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance. "This year, we felt there was more than one industry legend deserving of this recognition. We chose to honor Carroll Shelby, Edsel Ford and John Staluppi for each of their respective personal and professional contributions to the automotive industry."
Carroll Shelby, Automobile Racing
Having been a race driver, team owner, designer, engineer, manufacturer and consultant over the course of the past 50 years, there are few individuals who have experienced the auto industry as Shelby has. One of America's greatest race car drivers, he is perhaps best known for founding Shelby American, the premier performance car company in the United States. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2012, the company has been at the forefront of automotive innovation since it was established by Shelby in 1962.
Shelby's inspiration and vision have made him the force behind many of the industry's most beloved automobiles, including the Cobra, Series 1, Ford GT40, Viper, Ford Shelby Mustangs and the Ford GT. He captured three national sports car championships and earned a spot on the Aston-Martin racing team. In his driving career, he has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and set land speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats. He is the only man to ever win Le Mans as a driver, team owner and manufacturer.
Edsel Ford, Automobile Manufacturer
Edsel B. Ford, II is a member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company. As a consultant to Ford, he is active in company affairs and corporate dealer relations. The great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, his grandfather is Edsel B. Ford, company president from 1919 to 1943. His late father, Henry Ford II, was president of the company from 1945 to 1960 and chairman from 1960 to 1980.
Ford began his career at Ford Motor Company in January 1974. He was named president and chief operating officer of Ford Motor Credit Company in May 1991 and elected a company vice president on December 9, 1993. He is a Board member of the International Speedway Corporation and is also the former Chairman of the Detroit Branch of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank.
John Staluppi, Automobile Manufacturer
Owner of Staluppi Auto Group headquartered in North Palm Beach, FL, John Staluppi started out as a 16 year old mechanic. He was motivated and talented and soon became an expert in cars. He went for the American dream and had the courage to do what he really loved - to be a part of the automotive industry in America.
Through practical experiences and creative marketing, Staluppi was able to take a risk on a venture called Honda - an unknown name at the time. Staluppi was, however, able to see its potential. Within a decade of hard work, he owned close to 20 dealerships and the Honda name took off in the United States. His commitment to Honda during this time made him an integral part of shaping the automotive industry. He then moved on to Hyundai, which was another successful investment that showcased his business philosophy to stay with quality franchises, focus on a particular market and try to get the best people. In 2010 the Staluppi Auto Group was the 8th largest auto group in the country selling over 85,000 cars with more than $2 billion in sales at the company's 24 dealerships.
The sixth annual Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance is honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Shelby Cobra and James Bond and the upcoming 100th Anniversary of Aston Martin with a tremendous commemoration on February 24 through 26, 2012 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, FL. One of the country's biggest and most influential automotive events, the Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance spans over three-days with an exciting line-up of activities, all to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.
Friday, February 24, 2012, the duPont Registry Live! Hangar Party kicks off the weekend. Guests can indulge in libations and tastings from some of South Florida's hottest restaurants, preview luxury vendors featuring jewelry, art and more, and peruse a display of exotic and classic automobiles, motorcycles, airplanes, boats, motor coaches, and business and private jets. This year the event is proud to feature the magnificent world-renowned collection of Michael Fuchs' one-off exotic cars.
Saturday, February 25, 2012 features the James Bond themed Black-Tie Optional Gala hosted at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour with a silent auction, followed by a sit down dinner featuring a live auction with items such as the first in the country new exotic cars and money-can't-buy-these luxury, one-of-a-kind packages. The evening's festivities include the presentation of the Lee Iacocca Award, the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Awards, and a performance by Emmy Award-winning comedian Dana Carvey, followed by a Casino Royale after-party.
The Concours on Sunday, February 26, 2012 concludes the weekend festivities with an Automobile and Motorcycle Exhibition that spans all eras. Car and motorcycle fanatics from around the world will get to experience an automotive showcase featuring cars and motorcycles from the past 100 years on the brand new, expanded Sunday Concours showfield, exclusively redesigned by the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Once the show kicks off, guests are invited to walk through a series of amazing vendor tents featuring automobile memorabilia and other luxury items. For the second year in a row, the Concours d' Gourmet Cafe Pavilion will offer guests a delectable selection of gourmet foods, wine and other beverages from 30 of South Florida's finest restaurants during the famed Sunday Concours. An expert panel of judges comprised of Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable, internationally known honorary judges, and additional judges from around the country will select the finest cars based on a preset criterion to include period, presentation and authenticity. The day concludes with an award presentation to winning entries led by Grand Marshal Ed Gilbertson.
For additional information on the Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance and to see a full schedule of events please visit www.bocaCDE.com. As the event evolves, the website will provide up-to-date important information - so check back daily. All events are open to the public with tickets sold separately. Tickets can be purchased for the Friday night duPont Registry Live! Hangar Party; the Saturday Gala dinner; the Sunday Concours Automobile and Motorcycle exhibit; and the Concours d’ Gourmet Café. To purchase tickets, please call 954-537-1010 or visit www.bocaCDE.com.