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October 18, 2013

Ocean Reef Club Florida Announces Vintage Weekend 2013

By Chris Boyle

Ocean Reef Club is to host its 19th annual Vintage Weekend – showcasing the world’s finest classic and antique automobiles, aircraft and yachts – on Thursday, December 5 through to Sunday, December 8, 2013.

A beloved tradition, the event brings together connoisseurs and owners of the most elegant conveyances, converging via Ocean Reef Club’s private airstrip and marina. The festivities include a costume dinner dance, beachfront reception, marina yacht viewing, road rally, and aircraft acrobatic show, all enhanced by the spectacular setting of the Club’s location within 2,500 tropical acres in the Florida Keys.

Although the renowned club is a private member-owned community, non-member guests are invited to experience Ocean Reef Club’s unique way of life during this unique long weekend. Non-members can enjoy a chance to attend the event and visit the Club through a three-night, four-day package that includes a stay in the club’s oceanfront Inn.

“Vintage Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for people to not only admire the world’s finest conveyances up close, but also to share in a memorable social experience among new and old friends,” said Vintage Weekend Co-founder Vicki Goldstein.

“Ocean Reef Club is one of the few places in the world that can host all three modes of vintage transportation by land, sea, and air—and also offer flawless hospitality in a stunning setting.”

The Finest Arrive by Air, Sea, and Land

Recognized as one of the most prestigious classic yacht shows in the country, Vintage Weekend presents the most impressive craft from the industry elite. Elegantly restored Trumpy Yachts and sport fishing yachts from Rybovich & Sons Boat Works are frequent favorites among spectators. Last year’s winners included: The Cigarette, a 1963 25’ Formula powerboat, which was the first standard Formula to be built and raced by the legendary Donald Aronow—and also the restoration of JFK’s famed presidential yacht, the Honey Fitz.

For people who are passionate about fine automobiles, the event attracts some of the world’s most admired vehicles, competing in categories that range from “Best Pre-War Touring Car” to “American Dream Machine” to “Best European Sports Car.” Last year’s winners included a 1938 Jaguar SS100, a 1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, a 1950 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, and a 1965 Alfa Romeo.

For aviation enthusiasts, there is always an impressive collection of meticulously restored, working aircraft to round out the selection of exhibits. Standout entries from previous years include a 1931 Stearman Speedmail, a 1942 Douglas DC-3A, and a 1946 Cessna-120.

Highlights of Vintage Weekend 2013 will include:

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• Welcome cocktail reception
• Road rally and lunch at Alabama Jack’s
• Shopping and sangrias at the Fishing Village
• Poolside reception at Buccaneer Island
• Concours d’Elegance Drive-By
• Yacht Viewing
• Vintage Aircraft Aerobatic Show & Luncheon
• Tour and Commentary on Aircraft
• “Vintage Weekend Goes to the Movies” Cocktail Reception & Dinner Dance
• Farewell Breakfast & Presentation of Awards
• Fly-Out at Ocean Reef Airport

For more information and reservations, please call 305-367-5874 or visit

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