Dallas’ Mad Hatter to Judge “Haute Hat” Contest at the 2018 Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase

The Second Annual Park Place Dealerships Luxury Supercar Showcase will have plenty of elegant ladies and dapper gents in stylish hats strolling around the rolling hills of the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas Saturday, October 13. Expect the competition for the most creative, stylish and outrageous hats to be fierce as ladies and gentlemen vie for the title in the inaugural “Haute Hat” contest.  Shane Walker, the Mad Hatter of Dallas , will judge the contest.

Shane Walker, the Mad Hatter of Dallas

“I’ll be looking for people who really step out of the box and express their true personality and creativity,” explained Walker, owner of Shane Walker Designs. “We’ll have an award for the Best Ladies Hat and one for the Best Gentleman’s Hat. In addition, guests at the Supercar Showcase will have the opportunity to select a People’s Choice Award for both Ladies and Gentlemen. Guests will be encouraged to download the event app to vote for their favorite hats throughout the day. Judging for the Haute Hat contest will begin immediately following the 1:30 p.m. fashion show.”

Suggested attire for the day is Concours Casual, where guests are encouraged to pair a hat with their favorite resort-inspired ensemble while sporting comfortable shoes. Shane Walker Designs will have a Pop-Up store in the Porsche Pavilion where ladies and gents can purchase some of his uniquely designed hats. “The smaller fascinator hats and fedoras will start at $125,” said Walker. “The more sophisticated Kentucky Derby-style hats, and hats with lots of bling, will range from $500 – $600.”

“The Luxury & Supercar Showcase is a celebration of fashion, food, music, and of course, amazing automobiles,” said Liz Shafton, senior marketing manager at Park Place Dealerships and chair of the event. “Highland Park Village will present a runway fashion show produced by fashion icon and model Jan Strimple. There’ll be live entertainment and a Kids Area with lawn games and a 60-foot downhill Hot Wheels track.”

The Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase, which sold out in its inaugural year, is open to the public with tickets ranging from $25 – $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP All Access, which includes access to the VIP Lounge with complimentary food and beverages, and entrance to the fashion show. Tickets are available online at LuxurySupercarShowcase.com.


 Participating restaurants featured in the VIP lounge include LAW, OUTLAW Taproom, Dallas Chop House Burger, Dallas Fish Market, Wild Salsa, Oven and Cellar, Taverna, Bistro 31, K?i, Toulouse Café and Bar, Lombardi Family Catering, Cool River Café, III Forks Restaurant, One Sixty One Bistro, Texas de Brazil, Frost 321 and Make Your Life Sweeter.

There will also be a great lineup of food trucks including: Ruthie’s Rolling Café; Bellatrino Pizzeria ; Texas De Brazil ; Fast Furious; and Pecos Pete’s Natural Tea + Soda.

“Area Car Clubs will have the best of their members’ cars on display in the Car Club Showcase,” continued Shafton. “They’ll bring everything from the most incredible Porsches, Lamborghinis, Corvettes and Shelbys to Aston Martins and Rolls-Royces. Then, on the first Fairway of the TPC Golf Course, the Collectors’ Concours will highlight some very rare and seldom seen collectibles. And, of course, Park Place will feature some of our manufacturers’ latest vehicles. Guests will be among the first in Texas to see the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan Luxury SUV.

Partners to date include the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, Allie Beth Allman & Associates – A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate|Urban, Celebrity Cruises, Highland Park Village, AT&T, Hill & Wilkinson, Irving CVB and Irving Chamber, The Trade Group, Bachendorf’s, Brad Oldham Sculpture, RideCentric, GL Seaman, Lockton, Hagerty Insurance, Perks & Provisions, Lilium Florals, Lisa R. Daniels, Digital 3 Printing, Fauxcades, Promo Resources, Sunnyland Outdoor Furniture, ExxonMobil, Cox Automotive, Dealer Industries, Garages of Texas, Ratcliff Financial Services, TropicSport, Maui Jims, Jack Black, The Vineyard at Florence, Steinway & Sons, D Magazine, and NBC 5.

The luxury lifestyle event benefits the Momentous Institute, owned and operated by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas since 1920, which is committed to building and repairing social and emotional health for children. Each year, the organization serves more than 6,000 children and family members through its nationally acclaimed Momentous School and innovative Therapeutic Services.

About Park Place Dealerships:

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 17 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Lotus, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Bugatti, McLaren, and Maserati.  The latest dealership, Porsche Grapevine, opened this summer, and is now the largest Porsche dealership in North America. For more info, visit parkplace.com.