Lakewood Ranch Herald

Devereaux-Kaiser Car Show draws thousands to Lakewood Ranch

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Enthusiasts descended by the thousands Sunday upon Lakewood Ranch for a massive antique car show featuring 1,600 vehicles.

The Devereaux-Kaiser Car Show included such rarities as a 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial and a 1945 Willys Overland Jeep celebrating its 70th birthday.

"People come to look and buy cars," said Bob zuHone, an official at the 46th annual show sponsored by the Sunshine Region Antique Automobile Club of America.

In the spirit of the show's founders, the late Maurice Devereaux and the late Tom Kaiser, the accent is on informality and friendship within the car-collecting community.

About 115 cars were for sale, zuHone said.

"As Thomas Kaiser used to say: 'Show up and show off,'" laughed zuHone.

"If you love cars, it's the best possible show to go to," said another show official, Alex Huppé.

Stars of the display included a rare 1933 Chrysler Custom Imperial in burgundy and beige, and a 1945 Willys Overland Jeep decorated with flags.

"It's a predecessor of the SUVs," said owner Dale Aylward of Sarasota.

Retiree George Boyle, 78, a snowbird who lives in Sarasota and Buchanan, N.Y., said he was a member of a '29 Ford Model A Club, but was just looking Sunday.

"I come every year," he said.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.