The annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival takes place around Lake Mirror and in the Downtown Lakeland Florida area on October 19 – 21, 2012. Best of all – it’s free!
In it’s 13th year, this is one of my favorite events drawing a crowd of about 35,000 people wandering around Lake Mirror viewing a field of about 600 vehicles. It is considered as one of the best shows in the Southeast. There is no doubt in my mind that visiting Lake Mirror Classic will mesmerize car enthusiasts around Lakeland and the country.
The honorary chairman for this year’s Festival is British race car driver Brian Redman, he is known for his Professional-racing career that includes three-time winner of the 24 hours of Daytona and two-time winner of the 12 hours of Sebring. During his career he was a factory team driver for Ford, Ferrari, Porsche, Cooper, Williams, Chaparral, Jaguar, Chevron, and McLaren. He has been inducted into multiple Hall of Fames to include the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
What takes place at Lakeland’s Lake Mirror Classic?
Friday, October 19th from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. there will be a free Budweiser Hot Rod Rendezvous at the Lake Mirror Promenade with a free outdoor concert featuring live music.
2013 New Car Premier
Move over Detroit! Local car dealerships unveil new 2013 model cars on the east side of Lake Mirror.
Let’s get ready to rumble! During music break, hot rods will crank up their engines for the “Hot Rod Rumble” creating their own style of music. Jerry Baltes, NHRA drag racer, will be appearing with his 1964 Record setting Top Fuel Dragster.
Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. At the Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland, Judged Concours d’ Elegance – “contest of elegance” for 100 selected cars in various categories.
Noon: Lunch Parade to the Lake Mirror Promenade led by Scottish bag-piper as tuxedo-clad Terrace Hotel waiters deliver lunch to Concours d’ Elegance participants.
2:00 p.m.: Parade of Classic Wooden Boats at Lake Mirror
3:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony of Concours d’Elegance trophy presentation
Auction – 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Higgenbotham Auctioneers will conduct a first Collector Car Auction, which takes place at Munn Park
Sunday, October 21st From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Road Tour and Fun Rally; Honorary Chairman, Brian Redman, will lead the tour.
Since I have been going for the past couple of years to Lakeland’s Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival, I would like to share with you the collection of photographs I took. Enjoy!
This fun-filled charity event raises money for Lakeland’s area non-profit groups, such as the Junior Achievement, Boy Scouts, the First Tee, Historic Lakeland, and Lakeland Regional Cancer. More than $250,000.00 has been raised or donated helping them raise needed funds through the sale of food and beverage at the event.
For a classic car enthusiast and collector, if you want to participate at the 2012 Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival, please visit http://www.lakemirrorclassic.com/ for additional information and to register.