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Comedians Leno, Allen get serious about cars at annual Concours d'Elegance

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Vintage, antique, classic and exotic cars and motorcycles will compete for awards at the 12th Annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, Feb. 23-25.

Comedians Tim Allen and Jay Leno, and a panel of expert judges, will present more than 20 awards in multiple categories. These will include the Jay Leno Big Dog Garage Award and Tim Allen’s Best Award for the stars’ favorite autos and motorcycles on exhibit.

The awards will cap a three-day spectacular of gourmet cuisine and live entertainment in Boca Raton.

Festivities begin on Friday, Feb. 23, with a Live Hangar Party at Boca Raton Airport hosted by duPont Registry and spotlighting entertainment and gourmet tastings from 20-plus South Florida restaurants. On view: a selection of exotic cars, motorcycles, boats and private jets.

Highlighting the Saturday, Feb. 24, Grand Gala Dinner at the Boca Raton Resort and Club is a headline performance by Allen, star of TV’s long-running “Home Improvement” and “Last Man Standing” TV series. Allen is also a serious car collector. There will be auctions – silent and live – and the Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Norman Braman, founder of Braman Motorcars.

The Concours, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and automotive retailer AutoNation, benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, helping more than 12,500 at-risk youths. The yearly event was founded by Rita and Rick Case of The Rick Case Automotive Group.

"The entire Concours team is comprised of a group of over 300 volunteers who donate their time to the planning and execution of the event," says Brian Quail, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. "In 2017, the event attracted thousands of attendees and to date has raised more than $10 million for our organization."

On Sunday, Feb. 25, Allen and Leno, former “Tonight Show” host now starring in “Jay Leno’s Garage” on CNBC, will stroll the exhibition of vehicles of the past century – including an Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) “Cars Through the Decades” display and Lincoln-Mercury vehicles – to select their auto and motorcycle top picks.

The comedians also join an expert panel of judges, including Chief Judge Dr. Paul Sable and Chief Honorary Judge Steve Moskowitz, AACA executive director, to choose the finest vintage, antique, classic and exotic vehicles based on time period, presentation and style.

During Sunday brunch at 10 a.m., attendees can quiz Allen and Leno in a Q&A session.

The Concours is open to the public, with tickets sold separately for each day and for the brunch: Friday $125; Saturday $500 and $1,000 for premier seat (table options also available); Sunday $75 and $125 early admission; Sunday Brunch $1,000.

To purchase, call 954-537-1010 or visit boca.CDE.com.

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