The wheel deal

Hot rods and cool fashion rev up Dallas supercar showcase for a good cause

Hot rods and cool fashion rev up Dallas car showcase for good cause

Lexi &Derek Balzano
Lexi  Balzano, Derek Balzano Photo by Michael Ainsworth
Francisco Rizo, Jenna Owens, Morgan Kaufmann
Francisco Rizo, Jenna Owens, Morgan Kaufmann  Photo by Rhi Lee
Becky Ward
Becky Ward in James Stewart’s rare 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Long-Wheelbase Limousine, which won first place for British Classic last year. Photo by Michael Ainsworth
Angela Walker, Gary Johnson
Angela Walker, Gary Johnson  Photo by Patty Blome
Hendrika Diehl, Victoria Snee, Liz Thrash
Hendrika Diehl, Victoria Snee, Liz Thrash Photo by Tamytha Cameron
Adam Hearon, Linda Lancaster
Adam Hearon, Linda Lancaster  Photo by Tamytha Cameron
Chase Zurbriggren, Luna Tran, Renee Deleon
Chase Zurbriggren, Luna Tran, Renee Deleon  Photo by Tamytha Cameron
Karen Turner, Lori Blair
Karen Turner, Lori Blair Photo by Tamytha Cameron
Chris & Rocky Rainbolt
Chris Rainbolt, Rocky Rainbolt  Photo by Tamytha Cameron
Park Place Luxury Supercar Showcase 2019
The hat contest contestants walk the runway. Photo by Rhi Lee
Kim Collins  with Amanda & Charles Bancroft
Kim Collins  with Amanda & Charles Bancroft Photo by Rhi Lee
Sunie Solomon, Steve Solomon, MC Solomon, David Solomon
Sunie Solomon, Steve Solomon, MC Solomon, David Solomon  Photo by Rhi Lee
Daniel Welling, Linda Welling
Daniel Welling, Linda Welling  Photo by Rhi Lee
Shane Walker
Dallas' Mad Hatter Shane Walker judged the hat contest. Photo by Rhi Lee
Stacy Hicks with Portia
Stacy Hicks with Portia   Photo by Rhi Lee
Jan Strimple
Jan Strimple produced the fashion show. Photo by Rhi Lee
Park Place Luxury Supercar Showcase 2019
A fashion show was a highlight of the day. Photo by Rhi Lee
Park Place Luxury Supercar Showcase 2019
Even the kiddos got to drive some hot wheels. Photo by David Alvey
Park Place Luxury Supercar Showcase 2019
The event took place at the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas. Photo by Michael Ainsworth
James Roche, Madelyn Erwin, Jake Larsen
James Roche, Vanessa Dreyfus, Madelyn Erwin, Jake Larsen Photo by Patty Blome
Lexi &Derek Balzano
Francisco Rizo, Jenna Owens, Morgan Kaufmann
Becky Ward
Angela Walker, Gary Johnson
Hendrika Diehl, Victoria Snee, Liz Thrash
Adam Hearon, Linda Lancaster
Chase Zurbriggren, Luna Tran, Renee Deleon
Karen Turner, Lori Blair
Chris & Rocky Rainbolt
Park Place Luxury Supercar Showcase 2019
Kim Collins  with Amanda & Charles Bancroft
Sunie Solomon, Steve Solomon, MC Solomon, David Solomon
Daniel Welling, Linda Welling
Shane Walker
Stacy Hicks with Portia
Jan Strimple
Park Place Luxury Supercar Showcase 2019
Park Place Luxury Supercar Showcase 2019
Park Place Luxury Supercar Showcase 2019
James Roche, Madelyn Erwin, Jake Larsen

It’s just three years old, but the Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase is already being spoken of in the reverential tones reserved for such prestigious lifestyle and automotive events as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Florida’s Amelia Island Concours, and the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

It’s easy to see why. The sprawling event on Saturday, September 28 attracted more than 4,500 well-heeled attendees — including Lexi Balzano, Derek Balzano, Francisco Rizo, Jenna Owens, Morgan Kaufmann, Stacy Hicks, Daniel Welling, Linda Welling, Sunie Solomon, Steve Solomon, MC Solomon, David Solomon, Kim Collins, Amanda Bancroft, and Charles Bancroft — who oohed and aahed their way around the lush, manicured fairways of the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.

Their focus — 325 rare and exotic automobiles, best-of-the-best classics from regional clubs, and new models from Rolls-Royce, Maserati, McLaren, Bentley, Karma, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover. Overall rolling sculpture value — $100 million.

But cars weren’t the only attractions. Participants also enjoyed gourmet cuisine samplings from the area’s top restaurants (Toulouse, Cool River, Dallas Fish Market, and other notables). And Dallas’ iconic Highland Park Village sponsored an over-the-top high-fashion show produced by Jan Strimple while regional bands rocked the day away on the Lexus Live Stage.

Dallas’ own "Mad Hatter" Shane Walker judged a “Haute Hat” contest for both women and men immediately after the fashion show. 

The event also served as a powerful fundraiser. “We’re proud that this year’s Showcase raised $141,000 for the Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation,” said Ken Schnitzer, chairman of Park Place Dealerships.

The funds will help with the acquisition of new imaging equipment for patients undergoing radiation therapy at Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Irving.

Schnitzer presented awards to beaming vehicle owners in 13 categories, including American, German, Italian, British, International and Supercar classes, as well as the top Concours awards:

  • Best in Show – 1936 Mercedes Benz 500 K
  • Chairman’s Choice Award – 1964 Aston Martin DB5
  • Salesmanship Club Award – 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

The striking “Spirit of Park Place” Concours trophies were designed and handcrafted by renowned sculptor Brad Oldham and his partner Christy Coltrin, known for Deep Ellum’s Traveling Man installation.

A couple of small glitches caught attendees off-guard, such as an AC failure at the indoor Porsche Pavilion, which brought a misty glow to the glitterati as they sampled delicious bites and cool beverages. And at times, the valet parking area bore a striking resemblance to a Friday afternoon on the North Dallas Tollway. But for the most part, visitors dismissed the minor inconveniences.

Those also spotted in the crowd, having a great time, included Chris Rainbolt, Rocky Rainbolt, Karen Turner, Lori BlairChase Zurbriggren, Luna Tran, Renee Deleon, Adam Hearon, Linda Lancaster, Hendrika Diehl, Victoria Snee, Liz Thrash, Angela Walker, Gary Johnson, James Roche, Vanessa Dreyfus, Madelyn Erwin, Jake Larsen, and Becky Ward.

Plans are already underway for 2020’s gathering. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.