Event Spotlight } 20th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance

Close to 14,000 guests visited the Lakewood Yacht Club to experience the beauty and rarity of 300 hand-selected classic automobiles and vintage wooden boats on Saturday, May 2 through Sunday, May 3.

Dennis Gage, host of Velocity’s “My Classic Car”, served as the 2015 Grand Marshal. “My Classic Car” filmed an episode throughout the weekend for its upcoming season. Keith Martin, Publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine and star of the TV program, “What’s My Car Worth”, served as the Master of Ceremonies for the 7th consecutive year.

In honor of the 20th anniversary, Keels & Wheels invited the “Best of the Best” show winners from years past to display their classics and included the marques of Packard and Mustang for automobiles and Garwood and Hacker for boat classics. The diversity of entries allowed guests to view iconic cars and boats such as the Batmobile, Clark Gable’s 1952 Jaguar XK 120, the USS Arizona Battleship Replica and Margaret Dunning’s 1930 Packard Convertible Roadster.

Visitors experienced tours of a Coast Guard Cutter, a tiki bar by the water and autograph sessions with Dennis Gage. Children had a chance to participate hands on in the “Kids Build a Boat” event in which the finished boat with oars was given to one of the participating builders through a raffle drawing.

All proceeds benefitted the Boys & Girls Harbor, whose mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and healthy, comprehensive care for children and families in crisis.

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