2019 Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase Wows With $100 Million Worth of Vehicles


You canít imagine our delight to wake to partly sunny skies last Saturday -- for a big day was directly ahead! It was the day of anticipated 2019 Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase. (Mother Nature wasnít nearly so kind to the event last year.)

The CarProShow radio team, show host Jerry Reynolds and his sidekick Kevin McCarthy and their engineer, arrived on site before the doors opened to set up for a live broadcast that started at 9am. We were greeted to gorgeous fairways and a stream of vehicles lining up at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas in Las Colinas to get positioned on the green.

More than 4,500 people attended the 3rd annual car and lifestyle show, presented by Park Place Dealerships, which featured 325 vehicles across the Collectorsí Concours, Car Club Expo, and Park Place New Car Concours. Food, music and fashion also play a big role in the lifestyle event designed for the whole family. The ticketed event raised $141,000 benefiting the Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation and Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center.

CarProUSA show host Jerry Reynolds welcomed Park Park Dealerships Chairman and CEO Ken Schnitzer on the air moments before the show opened its doors to the public. You can listen in at the link below:



Best of Show

Hundreds of vintage and classic vehicles lined the Concours green this year. This yearís Best of Show award went to Craig & Laura Hopkins and their extremely rare 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster. This car was delivered new to The Netherlands. In WWII its cabriolet body was completely destroyed - and its chassis was also severely damaged. A Danish baron performed the first restoration 50 years later as the pride of his extensive automobile museum where it remained on display in Denmark for 20 years.

Craig & Laura Hopkins' Mercedes-Benz
Craig & Laura Hopkinsí 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster wins Best In Show at the 2019 Park Place Luxury and Supercar Showcase. Photo Credit: David Alvey/Aardvark Communications Inc.
Craig Hopkins Mercedes-Benz
Best of Show: Craig Hopkins with his 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster. Photo Credit: Michael Ainsworth

During 2012-2018 it was fully restored by marque experts to factory specifications of the superlative Spezial-Roadster, perhaps the most beautiful Mercedes-Benz ever created. Of perhaps 30 created, only six to eight received the elegant covered-spare bodywork appearing on this car, and only three survive. Although this restoration required new coachwork, it is not a "replica" as that term is thrown around in the automotive world today. It is an original Mercedes-Benz 500 K restored to authentic factory specifications.

The chairman award went to Raymond Larson with his 1964 Aston Martin DB5.

Raymon Larson Aston Martin
Chairman Award: Raymond Larson, 1964 Aston Martin DB5. Photo Credit; Michael Ainsworth

Special Rolls-Royce Ghost Delivery

A long-time Park Place Dallas Rolls-Royce client, Dr. Doug Barnes also received a surprise at the Luxury & Supercar Showcase with the early delivery of his custom Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Park Place gathering
Left to right: Martin Fritsches, President, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars North America; Dr. Doug & Molly Barnes; Ken Schnitzer, Chairman, Park Place Dealerships; Heath Strayhan, General Manager, Park Place Premier Collection . Photo Credit: Michael Ainsworth.
Park place Rolls Royce Phantom
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas Sales Experience Manager Simon Crossley shows Dr. Doug Barnes details on his specially commissioned Rolls-Royce Phantom with Mandarin orange interior. Photo Credit: Michael Ainsworth
Rolls-Royce Phantom
Specially commissioned Rolls-Royce Phantom for Dr. Doug & Molly Barnes. Photo Credit: Michael Ainsworth.
Rolls-Royce Phantom toast
Dr. Doug & Molly Barnes toast their new Rolls-Royce Phantom with Mandarin orange interior. Photo Credit: Michael Ainsworth
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