Featured on Irving Weekly on Oct 10, 2019
On September 28, more than 4,500 people attended the 3rd annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas to experience rare cars, live music, trendy fashion, and refreshing food and beverages. The luxury lifestyle event raised $141,000 for Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation.
It was a fabulous day with great community support for a wonderful cause,” said Park Place Dealerships chairman Ken Schnitzer. “The proceeds from the raffle of a 2020 Lexus UX will go towards purchasing new imaging equipment for patients undergoing radiation therapy at Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Irving.”
Janet Jensen of Irving won the new 2020 Lexus UX in the raffle drawing.
With more than $100 million worth of cars on display, the Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase featured the Park Place New Car Concours with the latest models from Rolls-Royce, Maserati, McLaren, Bentley, Karma, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. The Club Car Expo, displayed on the 18th fairway, represented some of the best car clubs in North Texas. The Collectors’ Concours, a juried showcase of rare classic, luxury, and supercars from private collectors, was featured on the 1st Fairway of the TPC Golf Course.
Renowned sculptor Brad Oldham, well known for the Traveling Man installation in Deep Ellum, and his partner Christy Coltrin designed and handcrafted the Spirit of Park Place awards for Best of Show, Chairman’s Award and Salesmanship Club Award winners.
Craig and Laura Hopkins of Dallas took “Best of Show” in the Collectors Concours for their 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster.
“The supercharged Mercedes-Benz 500 K was delivered new to The Netherlands,” explained Craig Hopkins. “But the car's body was completely destroyed during World War II. An American soldier sent the wreckage home, where it sat unrepaired for many years. It made its way back to Europe decades later where a Danish baron performed the first restoration in the late 1980s. The car was the pride of his automobile museum for 20 years. In 2012 his collection was liquidated and the car came to Texas. The baron's work was replaced with coachwork by master fabricator Cass Nawrocki. It took seven years for marque expert Jim Friswold to fully restore the car. The rarity of the "long-tail" special roadster cannot be overstated. Of perhaps 25 to 30 created, only eight received the elegant covered-spare bodywork appearing on this car.”
Raymond Larson and his 1964 Aston Martin DB5 took home the Chairman’s Award, and the Salesmanship Club Award went to Greg Brendel for his 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso.
Awards from Bachendorf’s were presented to Best in Class winners, as well as second place winners in each category, including:
- American Classic 1st in Class: Ricardo Cabral, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
- American Classic 2nd in Class: Joseph Valenti, 1969 Mercury Cougar XR 7 Convertible
- American Vintage 1st in Class: Thomas Wilcox, 1934 Packard 1104 Coupe Roadster
- American Vintage 2nd in Class: Ray Kinney, 1937 Lincoln K Bachelor Coupe
- British Classic 1st in Class: Fred Cornwall, 1963 Rolls-Royce, Silver Cloud III
- British Classic 2nd in Class: Mike Harling, 1958 AC ACE
- British Modern 1st in Class: Aamer Agha, 2018 McLaren 720s
- British Modern 2nd in Class: Justin Keller, 2016 McLaren 675 LT
- Italian Classic 1st in Class: Randy Johnson, 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
- Italian Classic 2nd in Class: Mark Wyant, 1993 Ferrari 512 TR
- Italian Modern 1st in Class: David Arbelaez, 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
- Italian Modern 2nd in Class: Dean Somes, 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
- German Classic 1st in Class: Richard Morrow, 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
- German Classic 2nd in Class: Whitney Stark, 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL
- German Modern 1st in Class: John Kobell, 1980 BMW M1
- German Modern 2nd in Class: Barry Fromberg, 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo
- Supercar 1st in Class: Barry Fromberg, 1991 Jaguar XJR-15
- Supercar 2nd in Class: Chris Bogard, 2019 Ford GT Supercar
- International 1st in Class: Josh Toby, 2006 Spyder C8
- International 2nd in Class: Jared Snow, 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo
In addition to the fabulous cars on display, guests enjoyed shopping and special experiences at several retail pop up stops in the Celebrity Cruises Captains Lounge inside the Porsche Pavilion, including Bachendorf’s, Jack Black, Cuvee Coffee, Alice + Olivia, St. John, Trina Turk, Theory, Perks & Provisions, Renegade Cigars and the City of Irving.
Highland Park Village presented a runway fashion show produced by Jan Strimple Productions on the Million Air Stage. Dallas’ Mad Hatter Shane Walker judged a Haute Hat Contest which featured some very creative automobile-inspired hats.
Some of DFW’s best restaurants were featured in the Allie Beth Allman – URBAN VIP Lounge, including The French Room, LAW, III Forks, Cool River, Dallas Chop House, Dallas Fish Market, Wild Salsa, Oven and Cellar, Wicked Butcher, Outlaw Tap Room, Kai, Toulouse, Whiskey Cake, Texas de Brazil, Princi Italia, CRU Wine and Food Bar, Pacific Table, Cork & Pig Tavern, Make Your Life Sweeter, and Carlton Provisions.
There was something for everyone with the Mercedes-Benz Beer Garden, live music on the Lexus Live Stage, and a Kids Zone featuring drivable battery-powered mini cars, the North Texas Diecast Collectors Club’s 60-foot downhill Hot Wheels track, and a meet and greet with Mansfield Legacy Cheer Captain and teen racecar driver Kinzie Wilson.
Plans are already under discussion for a fourth annual Luxury & Supercar Showcase next fall. Details will be posted at luxurysupercarshowcase.com as they are available.
Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,100 people and operates 17 full-service dealerships. For more info, visit parkplace.com.