By Paul Borden - Photos by Pepe Forte - Oct. 15, 2009


Nearly 40 SAMA members and guests turned out at Cafe Avanti in Miami Beach for October's monthly luncheon and heard Gary Feil of Ocean Cadillac, the chairman for the annual auto show, give a preview of what we can expect to see at this year's event.

The 39th annual South Florida International Auto Show will run from October 23 through November 1 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The show this year will feature the introduction of the new Volvo C30-R and C70 as well as the North American auto show debut of the new Jaguar XJ sedan. The show car is the new Cadillac SRX Crossover.

The event also promises to have the largest collection of vehicles yet for Memory Lane, including a 1970 Shelby Cobra GT350 owned by Guy and Loyda Lewis of Pinecrest and the Batmobile and Batcycle from the 1960s TV show “Batman.” POW! BAM!

Press day on October 23 is set up for several press conferences starting with Saab at 9:30 a.m. That will be followed by Scion, Ford, the Sobre Ruedas Awards, and Jaguar before our annual luncheon (formerly breakfast).

After the SAMA luncheon, which is sponsored by Jaguar, will come press conferences for Nissan, The Collection, and Hyundai.
That stacks up as a busy day for media and manufacturers alike.

John Kiskinis asks us to register for Media Day activities at so he can have your credentials ready for you. Registration will open at 8 a.m. on Media Day. The South Florida Automobile Dealers Association also has graciously agreed to pick up parking fees for SAMA members. Just stop by the show office on the first floor. Covered parking is available in the garage on 17th Street at the end of Convention Center Drive.

In addition to a preview of the auto show, we also conducted some very important business at Cafe Avanti.

October is the month for nominating officers for the coming year. Having served two terms, Ron Beasley was not eligible to run again for president, and Paul Borden, who has served as vice president, was nominated for president.

Jaime Florez, who has served as secretary, was nominated for vice president, and Marcello Serrato was nominated for treasurer.

Bill Adam, who has served as treasurer, was nominated for both the treasurer and secretary positions. He was not able to attend the luncheon but later agreed to accept the nomination for secretary.

There being no more nominations, the November election thus is pretty much settled.

More details will be announced regarding the November luncheon.

Two other items of note about the October luncheon:
-- Giorgio Cerboncini, chairman of the judging committee for the annual auto show awards, asks that all volunteers be at the convention center by 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, to begin the process. He also asks that we do our homework by researching some of the newer models expected for the show so we may devote time to take a closer look at each of the vehicles. He has a list of volunteers, but if you are interested, you may e-mail him at or to let him know of your interest.

-- Paul Borden passed word from Bill Adam, who serves as chairman for our annual Rides-n-Smiles event at Homestead-Miami Speedway, that anyone interested in driving at the event should contact him at Drivers will be expected to be at the track at 8 a.m. sharp on Nov. 28 for the drivers' meeting. (If you know Bill, when he says 8 a.m. sharp, he does NOT mean 8:01 or 8:02. He means 8 a.m. sharp!) Anyone not at that meeting will not drive that day. Also, drivers are asked to take their assigned vehicles out for refueling at noon and the end of the day. We also are going to need volunteers for functions other than driving, so please if you can, come out that day. You will have a very rewarding experience, that we can guarantee you. Let Paul Borden ( know if you want to volunteer.
Again, we want to thank show chairman Gary Friel and the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association for sponsoring the October luncheon and for taking time to give us a preview of the upcoming show.

We're looking forward to seeing all of you there on Media Day!


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