“Life is measured in achievement, not in years alone”: Bruce McLaren

McLaren marks 50th anniversary of the death of Bruce McLaren with a private ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Woking, Surrey, UK

McLaren remembers the life and achievements of Bruce McLaren, who in 1963 founded Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd, the company that has evolved through almost six decades to become today’s McLaren.

Brands Hatch, Great Britain.
17 March 1968.
Bruce McLaren (McLaren M7A-Ford Cosworth), 1st position, portrait.
World Copyright: LAT Photographic
Ref: 3/3243.

Half A Century

June 2, 2020, marks half a century since the death of the pioneering racing driver and engineer, who was killed in 1970 while testing one of his Can-Am racing cars at the Goodwood Circuit in West Sussex, UK. In commemoration of her father, Amanda McLaren – a McLaren Automotive brand ambassador – unveiled a life-sized statue of Bruce McLaren during a short private ceremony at the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey, UK.

Fifty lighted candles were also placed around a 1970 McLaren M8D displayed at McLaren’s headquarters. The ‘sister car’ to the M8D in which Bruce McLaren was killed, it was driven to championship victory in the 1970 Can-Am race series by Bruce’s team-mate and fellow Kiwi racer, Denny Hulme. This was the second time Hulme had secured the championship, McLaren himself taking the honours in 1967 and 1969. The McLaren team dominated Can-Am racing from 1967 for five consecutive years.

“It is an honor to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Bruce McLaren by unveiling this wonderfully crafted statue to commemorate his life and achievements. When my father died in June 1970 – just 12 years after coming to the UK from New Zealand – he had already done so much to realize his ambitions, but the best was still to come. McLaren’s accomplishments over more than 50 years in Formula 1, the landmark victory at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans race and the supercars and hypercars designed, developed and built under the McLaren banner, all stand as his legacy. 

“June 2 is always an emotional date for us and that’s particularly true this year. Having ‘Dad’ looking out over  McLaren is incredibly moving and I know that he would have been so very proud of the achievements made in his name.” Amanda McLaren, daughter of Bruce; McLaren Automotive Ambassador

The bronze statue of Bruce McLaren was created by painter and sculptor, Paul Oz. Globally recognized for his motorsport-inspired art, Oz was previously commissioned by McLaren Racing to produce a sculpture of Ayrton Senna that is also at the MTC. Senna drove for McLaren for six years, winning all three of his Formula 1 World Championships at the wheel of a McLaren in 1988, 1990, and 1991.

The Legacy of Bruce McLaren

Bruce McLaren himself debuted the newly formed McLaren team in Grand Prix racing in 1966, competing in Monaco. He also delivered the maiden McLaren Grand Prix victory, winning in 1968 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. This was Bruce’s fourth Formula 1 victory, adding to the three he recorded driving for Cooper.

Race winner Bruce McLaren (NZL) McLaren, celebrates victory on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, 9 June 1968.

The team that still bears his name has since achieved a total 182 race wins, bringing 12 Drivers’ Championships and 8 Constructors’ Championships to become the second most successful team in Formula 1.  McLaren also has three Indianapolis 500 victories to its name and earlier this year the team returned to full-time IndyCar competition for the first time in 40 years.

While Bruce McLaren himself never produced road cars in any number, the McLaren name was further cemented in automotive history with the introduction in 1992 of the McLaren F1, the car famously going on in race guise to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 1995 at the team’s first attempt.

McLaren Automotive, today the largest part of the McLaren Group, was formed in 2010 and now produces a portfolio of GT, supercar and hypercar models for the road, with competition cars in the GT4 and GT3 classes and equivalent supported by McLaren Customer Racing.

Further information about McLaren is available at mclaren.com.

Park Place Land Rover “Defender 2020” Coloring Pages and Fun Facts

GRAB YOUR PENS AND COLORED PENCILS!  Park Place Land Rover is excited to introduce the next generation of the iconic Land Rover Defender after a 20+ year production hiatus with some lesser-known facts to tickle your brain and a custom coloring sheet to help relieve some stress and unleash your (or your kid’s) inner creative.

 A Short Introduction to the 2020 Land Rover Defender

The “Defender” as we know it didn’t start out known as the Defender.  Instead, when the first version was released Land Rover dubbed it the “Land Rover” meant to be an all-purpose auto. There were three iterations of this Land Rover- Series I, II, III- with Series I debuting in the late 1940s and costing a total of £450 or about $568. In just a year, orders for the Series 1 totaled about 8,000 with the British Army ordering their first batch of trial Land Rovers. Fast forward almost 60 years, and the Land Rover is officially christened with the immediately recognizable name of “Defender” as the “Discovery” officially joined the Land Rover line-up. 

After a 23-year hiatus, we are finally welcoming the next iteration of the Defender family, which features a four-door Defender 110 (to go on sale first) and the two-door Defender 90 which will be available at a later date.

To help celebrate #athome, we’ve compiled a list of fun facts and released official Park Place Land Rover / Land Rover Defender color sheets for a fun at-home activity. Just scroll down for whichever you’d like to read first.

Your Defender, Your Way – Coloring Pages Available for Download

The new Defender is extremely customizable; with various options to fit your unique adventure needs.  So, we challenge you to create your own bespoke variant by downloading our Custom Coloring Sheets featuring the 2020 Defender or by following us on Instagram 

When your art is complete – post it to Facebook or your Instagram story and tag @parkplacetexas. You can download the Coloring Sheets here: Park Place Land Rover DEFENDER Coloring Sheet – Blank

10 Fun Facts about the Land Rover Defender (Past and Present)

Below  you’ll find a list of 10 more fun (and maybe lesser-known) facts about the Land Rover Defender:

  1. In 1952, Queen Elizabeth II of England took delivery of her first Land Rover shortly before coming to the throne in 1952– and continues to use Land Rover to this day. According to a CNN article, the Queen learned to drive in 1945 when she was a member of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) where she trained as a mechanic and military truck driver. 
  2.  There were three=ish iterations of Land Rover prior to it officially being named the Defender: 
    1. Series I launched in 1948 at the Amsterdam Motor Show
    2. Series II launched in 1958 sporting an enlarged Petrol Engine (2.25 liter engine) 
    3. Series IIA launched in 1961 
    4. Series III launched in October of 1971
  3. the 1,000,000 Land Rover was built-in 1976
  4.  The Defender is officially launched in 1990
  5. 2015 was termed the ‘Year of the Defender by Land Rover” which included    1km-wide sand drawing (below) of the original Land Rover shape on the beach at Red Wharf Bay in Anglesey; the launch of three new Limited Edition Defenders; and the recreation of the Series I production line at Solihull.
  6. The 2020 Land Rover Defender is the first production Defender in 23 years.
  7.  The new Defender was tested within temperature ranges of -40°F to 122°F for over 750,000 miles in 45,000 individual tests
  8.  the new Defender has a massive towing capacity of 8,201 pounds (great for an off-road road trip)
  9.  There is a 2,573 piece Lego version titled Land Rover Defender. This is a part of Leo’s Technic kits and retails for $199.99.
  10.  the New Defender 90 is about 9 inches longer (wheelbase) than the original Defender 90, and 5 inches longer than the  2020 Jeep Rubicon

What else do you want to know about the new Defender? You can reach out to our team at Jaguar Land Rover DFW and now, Jaguar Land Rover North Austin on our website and by sending us a message on Instagram (@parkplacetexas). 


Jaguar Land Rover DFW

1300 E State Highway 114
DFW Airport, TX 75261

Jaguar Land Rover North Austin

13910 N FM 620
Austin, TX 78717



Koenigsegg Dallas Delivers First Koenigsegg Regera

$3 million Mega Grand Tourer is 1 of only 80 Worldwide

DALLAS – March 10, 2020 — Gliding into an airplane hangar in Addison recently with only the slightest purr was a rare $3 million Koenigsegg Regera. Aside from its distinctive look, there was barely a hint of the massive power beneath her luminescent exterior. When the driver’s door effortlessly lifted up, owner Eddie Lee of Dallas beamed with pride.

Koenigsegg Dallas, part of the Park Place Premier Collection, recently hosted an intimate gathering for Eddie and Laura Lee and their friends at the home of Starship 1 jets to celebrate the delivery of this megahypercar.

The Regera is a limited-production, plug-in hybrid, grand touring sports car manufactured by the Swedish auto manufacturer Koenigsegg.  Only 80 Regeras will be built, all of which have already been sold.

The Lee’s Regera is number 24 of 80… chassis number 168, which is a very fortunate set of numbers in Chinese culture. The number is believed to be lucky because in Cantonese it sounds similar to: “one path to prosperity.” The number one is “one.” Six represents “path.” And eight sounds like “Prosperity.”

“When I first got involved with Koenigsegg, I found out they number their chassis sequentially,” explained Eddie Lee. “The very first chassis was 01, the next 02, etc. My 2009 Koenigsegg CCXR is chassis number 62. I asked Koenigsegg what number my Regera chassis would be. When they told me it would be number 168, I shared the story of this set of lucky numbers. They made a very specialized logo for my car, which you’ll see on the exterior of my car. It really was meant to be.”

In the Swedish language Regera means “to reign” or “to rule” and this 1,500 horsepower hypercar will certainly rule the road or on the track, rocketing effortlessly from 0-to-60 mph in 2.8 seconds… 0-to-249 mph in less than 20 seconds… making it the fastest-accelerating car in the world. It is electronically restricted to a maximum speed of 255 mph.

With a curb weight (including all liquids and a full tank of gas) of about 3,500 pounds, the Regera offers an optional aero-pack for increased downforce to keep the lightweight supercar well-grounded, including an extended front splitter, carbon winglets along the sides and external aero-wings on the rear, in addition to the retractable and active rear wing. Eddie Lee opted for the aero-pack on his car.

Utilizing a hybrid drivetrain unlike anything ever previously produced, it is powered by both a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and three electric motors for a total combined output of 1.11 megawatts. The unique single speed Koenigsegg Direct Drive unit allows the Regera to almost instantly reach maximum thrust.

This engineering marvel provides the instant throttle response and immediate acceleration of an electric hypercar with the satisfying roar of a twin-turbo V8 and the superb handling of hydraulic steering for the best of both worlds.

“This Regera is such a special car because it’s really the vision of one man: Christian von Koenigsegg,” said Park Place Premier Collection General Manager Heath Strayhan. “Eddie’s Sweet Mandarin Pearl exterior with exposed carbon fiber is a great selection. We’re very proud of this car.”

Koenigsegg’s exclusive Autoskin robotics allows the owner to open and close the front luggage door, the rear engine cover, and both passenger and driver doors by remote control. The car literally transforms at the touch of a button. The rear clam shell, which is a single piece of carbon fiber, lifts for fueling and engine access. The doors gracefully lift up and away for easy ingress and egress. The system uses lightweight hydraulics, soft close mechanisms and proximity sensors to operate the doors in an effortless and fluid motion that is as practical as it is breathtaking.

“People often comment on our cars looking spectacular when all the doors of the vehicle are open,” Christian von Koenigsegg states on the company’s website. “Our new Autoskin system enhances this, adding a new level of beauty, practicality and sophistication to the most exciting new hypercar in the world.”

The Regera is a mega Grand Tourer with the comfort of a luxury car and the performance of a street-legal race car. Built completely by hand, the details are exquisite – from simple touches like the dedicated magnetic holder for the key fob to a removable hardtop that fits perfectly into a dedicated slot in the front bonnet. The designers even put two cup holders in between the driver’s and passenger’s seats. A small detail, but how many performance cars offer cup holders for both the driver and passenger?

“We’re in a special period in time where these exceptional cars are being built in such limited volume,” concluded Strayhan. “Each car is a hand-crafted work of art. There will only be 80 Regeras in the entire world. And each one is different.”

In addition to his CCXR and Regera, Eddie Lee has Koenigsegg’s latest creation on order: the Jesko, named for Jesko von Koenigsegg, the father of company founder and CEO Christian von Koenigsegg. Unveiled last year at the Geneva International Motor Show, and revealed in a private event in Dallas last summer, the Jesko takes everything Koenigsegg has developed to date and puts it into an even lighter, more powerful megacar. The Lee’s Jesko is scheduled to be delivered mid-2021.

Located at 5300 Lemmon Avenue near Love Field, Park Place Premier Collection features Koenigsegg Dallas, Rolls-Royce Motorcars Dallas, Bentley Dallas, Park Place Maserati and McLaren Dallas.

Founded in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn in Dallas, Texas, Park Place Dealerships also represents luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover. For more information, visit parkplace.com.

Start Your Auto Purchase Online with Path to Purchase

Use our “Path to Purchase” tool and start your purchase online in the comfort of your own home. 

We want to assure you that we are still committed to providing exceptional client experiences, even if the experience looks a bit different. If you are in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle, you can actually start your purchase online with Park Place’s Path to Purchase.

Park Place’s ‘Path to Purchase’ option allows you to browse and shop for your new vehicle from the comfort of your own home. It’s as easy as – select your vehicle, personalize your payment, value your trade, apply for credit and then choose your delivery option!

We are determined to provide you with an exceptional car-buying experience that is also personalized based on what works best for you and your family. To start your Path to Purchase, you can view our inventory here. 

Check out this video to see how to use our online retailing tool

Continued Park Place Dealerships Business Updates

03.30.2020 Premier Collection (Bentley, McLaren, Maserati, Rolls-Royce) Service Center Hours Updated

Per the local county guidelines, our dealership has been deemed an essential business and will remain open with adjusted hours. The current hours of operation are as follows:


Mon-Sat: 9:00am-6:00pm


Mon-Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm


03.24.2020 Updated Business Hours Effective March 24th

Service Hours – 8:00am-5:00pm

As an essential business, our service department is available to assist with same-day appointments, pick-up and delivery options and provide a complimentary vehicle sanitation service. We look forward to assisting with your automotive service needs.

Sales Hours – 9:00am-6:00pm*

Our Sales Members will be available through email and phone. Our Members are able to help you shop online, appraise a vehicle at your home, bring a vehicle to you for a product demonstration, and deliver final paperwork to you for lease or purchase. Please contact our store to make a sales appointment

03.19.2020 Park Place Adds “Pick-Up and Delivery” Service to all Park Place locations. Read here for details. 

03.19.2020: Use our “Path to Purchase” tool and start your purchase online.

We want to assure you that we are still committed to providing exceptional client experiences, even if the experience looks a bit different. If you are in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle, you can actually start your purchase online with Park Place’s Path to Purchase.

Park Place’s ‘Path to Purchase’ option allows you to browse and shop for your new vehicle from the comfort of your own home. It’s as easy as – select your vehicle, personalize your payment, value your trade, apply for credit and then choose your delivery option!

We are determined to provide you with an exceptional car-buying experience that is also personalized based on what works best for you and your family. To start your Path to Purchase, you can view our inventory here. 

Check out this video to see how to use our online retailing tool

03.18.2020 – Complimentary Car Wash is Temporarily Closed

The safety and well-being of our clients and members is our top priority.

In response to the growing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), complimentary car washes are temporarily unavailable at all participating Park Place Dealerships, effective immediately.

Our Park Place Dealerships are open and will continue supporting your service needs. Car washes will be provided to clients with a scheduled service appointment during this time.

03.17.2020: Official Statement on COVID-19

Includes preliminary precautions around client and loaner vehicles, beverage and food in-dealership, greetings, sanitation, and member health.

While there is a lot of uncertainty because of COVID-19, we are grateful you have entrusted us to help you purchase, service, and repair your vehicle. We are closely monitoring this evolving situation, and we will continue to update you with any changes to our complimentary car wash policy.

Thank you for your continued support of Park Place Dealerships.

Park Place Dealerships Response to COVID-19

Thank you for making Park Place your choice to purchase and service your vehicle. Your safety and well-being is our top priority.

In response to the growing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to provide an update on the services Park Place currently offers and extra steps we’ve put in place to help protect our clients.

Park Place Dealerships currently has many services clients can take advantage of during this situation including: online service appointments, express pay for vehicle pick up, virtual test drives, test drives in your driveway, and online purchasing.

Going forward, we have implemented the following measures to protect clients and employees:

 GREETINGS. We have advised all dealership employees to suspend handshakes and physical contact with our guests. Smiles and great client service will continue!

  SANITATION. Our teams are actively wiping down high traffic areas throughout the day, and nightly custodial activities are hyper-focused on cleaning and sanitizing those same high traffic areas. We encourage you to utilize the hand sanitizers that are conveniently located throughout the dealership.

 CLIENT and LOANER VEHICLES. We take great pride in caring for each and every client and loaner vehicle. Vehicles are diligently inspected and meticulously cleaned and cared for upon their every return. Our team of professional detailers, car-washers, valets and service managers are diligently providing extra care for each vehicle for your safety.

 FOOD AND BEVERAGE. We are temporarily discontinuing our complimentary refreshments including snacks and coffee as an added safety measure. Small water bottles will be available.

 EMPLOYEES’ HEALTH. We are following all CDC guidelines for businesses and employers. We are asking any employees to stay home if they feel ill and we ask clients to exercise good judgment if they have traveled to high-impact areas, been exposed to a COVID-19 patient or feel ill.

While there is a lot of uncertainty because of COVID-19, we are grateful you have entrusted us to help you purchase, service, and repair your vehicle. We are closely monitoring this evolving situation, and we will continue to update you with any changes to our company policies.

Thank you for your continued support of Park Place Dealerships.

New Luxury, Now Open: Jaguar Land Rover North Austin

On March 2nd, 2020, Park Place Dealerships officially opened their doors in Austin, TX, at Jaguar Land Rover North Austin. 

AUSTIN, Texas (March 2, 2020) – Park Place Dealerships opens Jaguar Land Rover North Austin today on State Highway 45 and Parmer Road. Located at 13910 FM 620 North, Jaguar Land Rover North Austin is the first dealership for Park Place Dealerships in the Austin Area.

The new dealership features a large, glass-enclosed showroom that accommodates up to 12 new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. The 70,000-square-foot facility also includes a five-story garage, a shop with 42 service bays, a nine-car service drive, and a 2000-square-foot carwash.

Park Place builds each dealership with bright interiors and beautifully appointed furnishings to offer clients the most comfortable surroundings. Jaguar Land Rover North Austin is filled with luxury amenities that include spacious Wi-Fi-enabled work stations, a beverage and snack station, a children’s play area, as well as multiple client lounges arranged with contemporary furnishings and flat-screen televisions.

“Park Place creates facilities with the client in mind to round out the entire automotive experience,” says General Manager Matt Woolsey. “From the moment a client walks into our dealership, we want them to feel at home. We will serve each client with integrity and attention to detail as we have for the past 33 years across Texas. It’s wonderful to now have the opportunity to serve North Austin and the surrounding communities.”

Park Place also invests significantly in training and career development to ensure a team of bright, talented and passionate members are prepared to help clients with their automotive needs.

Jaguar Land Rover North Austin Management Team. (L-R) John Gasparaitis, Parts Director Justin Griggs, Shop Foreman Walter Rhodes, New Car Sales Director Jose Fernandez, Service Manager Matt Humphrey, Service Director Matt Woolsey, General Manager Chris Nations, Pre-Owned Sales Director Cade Mannetti, Sales Manager Erika Falk, GM Admin Vy Nguyen, Finance Director Jordan Case, President of Park Place

Park Place Dealerships has a long history of supporting the communities they are a part of and Jaguar Land Rover North Austin has jumped right in to build partnerships with several organizations. The new dealership is already supporting Round Rock ISD and Leander ISD along with the Center for Child Protection through its Park Place Cares program. Through this initiative, Park Place contributes to efforts in the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy, and education. Over the past 30 years, Park Place has helped raise millions of dollars for more than 300 community organizations across Texas.

About Jaguar Land Rover

After Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile manufacturer, acquired Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008, it merged the two marques into a single company.

Land Rover is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles and Jaguar is one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.  In 2019, Jaguar sales in the U.S. were up over 2018 with 31,0151 units sold. Land Rover had another record year of sales with 94,736 units which also saw an increase over 2018. With a combined total of 125,787 units, Jaguar Land Rover established a new all-time U.S. sales record in 2019.

About Park Place Dealerships

Founded in 1987, 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, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

Karma Revero GT and GTS: Electrifying Range, Performance, and Luxury

Featuring an eye-catching design that’s jam-packed with state-of-the-art technology and a host of luxurious personalization options, the long-awaited electric Karma Revero GT and GTS are finally coming to showrooms across the world and to Dallas.

It’s been a trek, to say the least.

To make a long story extremely short, the Revero lineup harkens back to a similar-looking vehicle, the Karma, built by Fisker Automotive in 2012. The car created huge buzz but the under-funded company went belly-up almost immediately. Chinese conglomerate Wanxiang stepped in, bought the assets and created southern California-based Karma Automotive. Several years of massive overhauling followed, which resulted in a virtually new vehicle based on the Fisker electrical design and style concept and voila! The all-new Revero GT launched at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show.

This time around, both the company and the vehicle are on much more solid ground, both financially and engineering-wise. And while Karma Automotive cheerfully describes itself as a start-up, there’s nothing prototypical-feeling or looking about the Revero GT. 

For one, there’s the clever powertrain. A BMW-sourced turbocharged three-cylinder engine acts as a generator that provides electricity for two rear-mounted electric motors, generating a combined 536 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. All that oomph is good for a 4.5-second sprint from zero to 60 mph and a driving range of around 360 miles.

For another, there’s the sleek, sophisticated design. The old Fisker front end was shorn, and replaced with a more appealing grille. The resculpted body is much more muscular, and the interior is lavish, comfortable and supportive in equal measures. Oak and elm inlays come from naturally-felled trees salvaged from Santa Monica’s King Gillette Ranch. High-quality hides come from Scotland’s famed Bridge of Weir® leather company. And Karma offers a range of in-house customization choices like personalized paints and seat stitching options.

Handling is remarkably adept, thanks to new suspension bushings and valves that improve damping and handling. The electrically-assisted power steering feels refined and precise, creating a smooth, powerful driving experience.

Karma Automotive also designed its own proprietary infotainment software, which is easy and natural-feeling to manipulate, with all the functionality one would expect in a high-end vehicle. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. There’s also a Karma app that lets customers check their battery charge, customize their info choices and even integrate into the Alexa world.

The company’s confidence in the Revero GT has also led to a high-performance sibling, the Revero GTS, which debuted at the recent AutoMobility LA and the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. The GTS features performance enhancements such as a quicker zero-to-60 time of 3.9 seconds, electronic torque vectoring, upgraded exteriors with carbon fiber trim, new in-house Soloscape audio technology and haptic tactile steering wheel switches. Production is scheduled to begin this quarter.

More than Just a Company

As good as the Revero GT and GTS are, the company also wants people to know that, as stated in their press releases, they’re “more than just a car company.” Their goal is to serve as a high-tech incubator offering innovators a platform for emerging technologies by opening their “engineering, design, customization and manufacturing resources to other companies looking to speed product development, access new technology, or make their products more luxurious.”

The concept of karma is all about building on what went before. In this case, karma might not have been instant (apologies to John Lennon), but it’s clear that the elegant and lively Revero lineup is finally ready to take its place in the spotlight.  

Pricing for the GT begins around $135,000 and the GTS is expected to start at $149,950.


Get yours at:

Park Place Premier Collection

5300 Lemmon Avenue

Dallas, Texas 75209

(866) 249-2211




Stories from the Luxury & Supercar Showcase Concours

The Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase presented a veritable automotive cornucopia of class, style and elegance. 

The third annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase got off to a picture-perfect start on Saturday, September 28, 2019, as the weather dawned bright and clear over the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. An estimated 4,500 attendees wandered the club’s manicured fairways, oohing and aahing at 325 rare and exotic automobiles, new as well as best-of-the-best classics.

Stories from the Concours

The top three awardees (winners for Best of Show, Chairman’s Choice, and Salesmanship Club award) were not only memorable, historical, and stunning in their own right, but also came with their own intriguing backstories. 

Best of Show: Mercedes Benz 500 K Special Roadster

First exhibited at the 1934 Berlin Motor Show, the powerful and opulent Mercedes Benz 500 K instantly became the “must-have” car for business titans, movie stars and royalty all over the world. They were among the few who could afford it – $14,000 when the average car went for $650. The 500 K featured a five-liter, inline 8-cylinder engine with forced induction (the “K” stands for “Kompressor,” German for supercharger) good for 160 hp and a top speed of 100 mph.

Approximately 30 of the now-iconic “long-tail” Special Roadsters (the second of three Special Roadster designs) were made from 1936 to 1937, spanning the switch from 500 K to 540 K engines. Fewer than 10 of the 500 K “long-tail” Special Roadsters were produced and of those, only two had the elegant covered spare design of this vehicle. Neither of those original 500 K bodies has survived, and only three of the six 540 K’s with this body style exist.

This show-stopping example was delivered new to the Netherlands but the cabriolet (convertible) body was destroyed and the chassis damaged during World War Two. A half-century later, a Danish baron partially restored the vehicle and displayed it as part of his collection for two decades. During 2012-2018, marque experts added new coachwork and fully restored the original chassis and engine to their authentic, exacting factory specifications, qualifying this ultra-rarity as a real-deal Mercedes-Benz 500 K.

Owner: Craig Hopkins


Chairman’s Choice: 1964 Aston Martin DB5

The Aston Martin DB5 is a British luxury grand tourer (GT) designed by Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superlegger and built in England (the “DB” designation is in honor of Sir David Brown, Aston Martin’s owner from 1947 to 1972).

The naturally-aspirated 4.0 liter all-aluminum inline 6-cylinder engine generates 286 hp, a top speed of 145 mph and reaches 0-60 in eight seconds.

A silver DB5 much like this example became world-famous as James Bond’s vehicle in the film “Goldfinger.” To promote the movie, two DB5s were showcased at the 1964 New York World’s Fair and the model was quickly dubbed “the most famous car in the world.”

This concours-winning DB5 (lacking 007’s ejection seat and machine guns) was built with right-hand drive for the British home market. But as it spent 30 years in the U.S., it was converted to left-hand drive in 2014. It’s been displayed at the must-see event of Pebble Beach Car Week, “The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering,” and has won numerous regional “best-in-class” awards as well.  

“One of the rewarding things about having a car like a DB5 is the privilege of showing it,” says owner Ray Larson. “When I show the car, my family is typically with me, so we’re able to share great moments together, and we often see friends and meet new people with a similar passion for beautiful cars.”

Owner: Raymond Larson

Salesman Ship Club Award: 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

The Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso (Italian for “luxury”) was manufactured by Italian automaker Ferrari from 1962 to 1964. Designed by the Turinese coachbuilder Pininfarina and bodied by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, the Lusso debuted at the 1962 Paris Motor Show and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful and elegant Ferraris ever built.

The naturally aspirated 3.0-liter Ferrari/Colombo-designed V12 engine generated 240 hp, accelerated from 0-60 in seven seconds and reached a top speed of 150 mph, earning plaudits as the fastest passenger car of the time.

Although not intended to compete as a race car, the Lusso made several impressive appearances at motor sport events in 1964 and 1965, including the Targa Florio and Tour de France.

A 1987 Road & Track article stated, “All movement ceased (when a Lusso pulled on a concourse field) and everyone turned to stare. It was as though Sophia Loren in a bright red cocktail dress had just walked provocatively through a garden party of English schoolgirls.”

While in the U.K., owner Greg Brendel attended the Concours of Elegance at historic Stapleford Park with his family. He also toured on his own, noting, “It was interesting to maneuver a vintage left-hand drive car on the opposite side of the road while navigating with my iPhone in the roundabouts.”

The last of Ferrari’s legendary 250 GT road cars, only 350 were built.

Owner: Greg Brendel

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The Collector’s Behind the Cars: Supercar Showcase Concours Preview

On September 28th, you’ll experience three different concourses including Car Club Expo, New Car Concours with the latest from Park Place, and then the showstopping Collector’s Concours featuring some of the absolute best Texas- and beyond- has to offer. 

Here are some of the vehicles, and the stories behind the cars, that you’ll see on this year’s Collector’s Concours:

1967 Corvette Westlake, Collector: Rob Anderson

 It’s an original, unrestored, Corvette with 427/435 HP engine. This amazing car retains all of its original components including the original paint.

1973 Lotus Elan +2S/130, Collector: Gordon Sauer

Purchased in 1989, this ’73 Lotus Elan was subjected to a complete restoration to bring it back to its original showroom condition,” said Sauer. “It was the final year of the +2 Elan in the United States. It has the big valve motor and the silver-metal-flake-in-clear roof that was used to designate that model.”

1972 Olsmobile 442 W30, Collector: Steve Lucchi

“Ol’ Blue is one of only 289 Olds 442 W-30 4-speed coupes built in 1972,” said Lucchi. “Assembled at the Lansing, Michigan plant, the first three owners lived in the Lansing area.  The original owner “lost” the car in divorce proceedings. The third owner purchased the vehicle in 1984 as an incentive for his son to finish high school.  The car was driven until 1990, then parked in the owner’s garage for 27 years. In 2017, the car underwent a $110,000, 1200-man-hour, frame-off, Concours restoration. The decision was made to leave the original back glass, which still has a parking permit from East Lansing High School affixed. In 2017 Ol’ Blue won “Concours Gold” and “Best of Show – Oldsmobile” at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago. Last year, she won Best of Show at the Olsmobile Club of America Nationals. I’m excited to introduce her to Dallas, Texas.”

1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal Coup, Collector: Val Herrera

“I own a small collection of classic Alfa Romeo cars that I have restored,” said Herrera. “This well cared for, all original and correct, Alfa Montreal was manufactured in Arese, Italy in 1971. It was first registered in 1973, imported to Canada, then came to the United States in the early 1980s. This “matching numbers” low mileage Montreal retains its original Alfa V8 engine, five-speed ZF gearbox and original, numbered body/chassis components. I acquired this “factory-correct” Montreal in 2002 and completed a multi-year cosmetic restoration in 2006. It’s won many awards. Including Best in Class and Best of Show awards at Concours d’Elegance shows around the U.S. and Canada.”

1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, Collector: Whiney Stark

“I’ve always loved the 1950 – 70s classic Mercedes convertibles,” explained Stark. “In February 2014, after several months of searching, I found a partially restored 1956 190SL in Colorado. Initially I was considering a sympathetic restoration, meaning paint and minor repairs only. However, after discovering the floor were really fiberglass, I decided to do a complete Concours level restoration. I worked with three restoration shops in Colorado, the Mercedes Classic Center in California, and a specialty parts dealer in Maryland for over four years. The car won First Place in the German Classic class at the 2018 Park Place Supercar Showcase – a great honor. I enjoy meeting other car enthusiasts and talking about classic cars at local shows. My family enjoys the car as well. In fact, my daughter used the car as a backdrop for her senior photos recently.”

1969 Cheverlot Chevelle SS 396, Collector: Guhan Raghu

“My 1969 Chevelle SS 396 is a personal “holy grail” car for me,” said Raghu. “Having owned and restored over 20 classic cars, my opinion of the  Chevelle is that it signifies the best of the late ‘60s offerings of American Muscle. This car had a frame-off restoration to show quality, and is a consistent winner at North Texas car shows. My family and I will enjoy this car for many years (and miles) to come.”

The Collectors’ Concours will be displayed on the first Fairway of the TPC Golf Course and will include a 1916 Stutz Bearcat; 1936 Pierce Arrow; 1966 Shelby GT350H Hertz Rent-a-Racer; 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS and many other rare vehicles.

Dallas-Fort Worth’s premier luxury lifestyle and automotive event will return to the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019, rain or shine.

Purchase Tickets: LuxurySupercarShowcase.com