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

McLaren GT Makes Appearance at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Nearly two months after the worldwide debut of the McLaren GT, the new supercar made an appearance at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. Previously, the McLaren of Grand Tourers was revealed online May 15, 2019, with the official global debut happening in Dallas, Texas, with the help of Park Place Dealerships.


What a difference a year makes for McLaren. At the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2018, the high-performance brand announced their Track25 business plan in which McLaren set goals to invest nearly $1.5 billion in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.

During this year’s Goodwood Hill event on July 4th, the GT participated in supercar hill climb runs with fellow McLaren models including the 720S Spider, 600LT Spider, P1TM, Senna, and Senna GTR. The 600LT, 720S Spider, Senna GTR and GT were also the first four Track25 models to be released.

The McLaren of Grand Tourers is a superlight supercar supported by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine. The GT accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and can provide a grand tour for two individuals.

Not only does the McLaren provide a super ride, but also super comfort with a variety of trim options, unique seating stylings, and ambiance enhancements.


For details on the new  McLaren GT, contact your McLaren Dallas or McLaren Houston dealers.

Passion: The Next Addition to the My Park Place Story

“I was ruined. I had to have it.”

Earlier this year,  Park Place made a splash delivering a McLaren Senna (valued at over $1 million) to Josh Snowhorn, long-time McLaren advocate and member of the Park Place family. But his story extends far past this one delivery, and in fact, the brand-new Senna is not a culmination point- but rather, another exceptional pit-stop on his automotive journey.

It all began when Josh was born- literally. “I was born into cars,” says Snowhorn. “In 1970 my Dad picked me up from the hospital in an Aston-Martin DB5 Vantage – the James Bond car. My first car was a ‘bass boat blue’ Karmann Ghia with a white convertible top.”

After that “good first car”, his McLaren legacy began with a friend who was visiting Dallas for a conference. “I had already been in his car and had that lust for it. He said let’s go down to the dealership and take a test drive.” Sure enough, after his test drive he was hooked- or rather, ruined, and he bought his first 12C.

Josh’s unique story continues- looking for the latest and greatest from McLaren to take to the COTA (Circuit of the Americas) track, and experience the McLaren brand the way it was intended: with passion and excitement- on the road and on the track. So what’s the next chapter in this supercar saga? I guess we’ll have to stay tuned for more high-performance adventures to come.

Listen to more of Josh’s Story.

Catch up on “My Place” moments or submit your own at www.ParkPlace.com/MyPlace

Four Reasons Why the 2019 Maserati Ghibli is a Summer Must Have

As the days get warmer and your summer drives get longer, 2019 Maserati Ghibli could be the luxury upgrade you’re looking for.  In this short blog, we reveal a quartet of reasons why the Ghibli would be a winning decision for your next My Place purchase.

Safety

For many Park Place clients, safety is a top priority. The Maserati Ghibli has taken safety seriously by offering standard and enhanced options. The Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS) is available for drivers who are looking for further peace of mind while on the road.

A 360 surround camera provides a clear, 360 degree view around a Ghibli with additional parking support. For further traffic support, traffic sign recognition identifies speed limits and temporary speed limit signs that are displayed in the instrument cluster. If you’re driving out of town, the Advanced Driving Assistance Systems could provide support for you in areas you may be unfamiliar with.

Performance

Whether you have a new for efficiency or speed, the 2019 Maserati Ghibili will fulfill your needs. Two engine options are available with a 345 HP twin-turbo V6 and a 424 HP twin-turbo V6.

The 345 HP is a V6 engine with 369 lb-ft torque that accelerates a Ghibli from 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Each driving mode of Normal, Sport, Off Road, and I.C.E. (Increased Control & Efficiency) provide professional personalities to match your desired driving style.

An enhanced 424 twin-turbo V6 with 428 lb-ft torque is available in the Ghibli S and all-wheel drive Ghibli S Q4. The second variation of the V6 engine reduces the 0-60 time to as low as 4.7 seconds.

Design

Ghibli models are also manufactured to fit the look your sight desires. Maserati offers the Ghibli base model with exterior and interior upgrades available in the luxurious, GranLusso model and the athletic, GranSport vehicle.

The duo continue that great Maserati appeal, however, notable exterior distinctions are seen with exclusive grilles, enhanced wheels, and edgy side & rear profiles. GranLusso and GranSport interiors are also great compliments of each other thanks to individualized seat design plus inviting trim placement.

Inventory

If you’ve strongly considered the Maserati Ghibli, the 2019 models are a fantastic selection. You can now choose out of several Ghiblis available at the Park Place Premier Collection in Dallas. All three variations of the Ghibli, Ghibli S, and Ghibli S Q4 are in stock. You can also upgrade to the GranLusso or GranSport series that again offer an enhanced luxury and sporty experience.

For more details on how you can purchase a 2019 Maserati Ghibli, contact Park Place Premier Collection at 866-249-2885 or view available Ghibli inventory today.

Spring Cleaning and Auto Detailing: Tips for Keeping Your Luxury Car Looking Fresh this Spring

As you gear up for a deep spring cleaning, be sure to include your luxury vehicle to the list of items that need a spring time tune up.  Proper detailing improves and maintains the health of your car, similarly to changing the oil and the spark plugs. While detailing takes quite a bit of effort and is an expense, the safe, reliable, and beautiful result is priceless. We contacted one of our own auto detail experts to get the inside scoop on how to give your luxury vehicle new life this spring.

When Should You Detail Your Car?

A vehicle should be detailed at least every 6 months, immediately after a large spill or bad smell, before a vehicle is sold, and before you decide to buy a new vehicle.  Buffing and Polishing a vehicle protects the paint from harsh winter weather and the blazing summer heat.  Not only will it leave it gleaming, but a quality detail will maintain the value of the car which is important if you decide to sell your car.

If you have an itch to purchase a new vehicle because your current vehicle may lack that something special from when it was first bought, it’s key to invest in a good detail.  A full exterior and interior job will leave the worn exterior vibrant, and the grungy interior brightened- and thus, brings back the same feeling of appreciation you had the day you received the keys.

Why Should You Invest in a Spring Time Detail?

Spring time allergies can be a nuisance, but did you know that your vehicle harbors lots of dust and dirt that can set off your allergies? During the detail process, the vehicle will be blown out, seats wiped down, carpet shampooed, and vacuumed out. That means less pollen and dust in your car’s system to make you sneeze on your daily journey.

 

What can potential threats can you avoid to protect to your vehicle’s value?

First, avoid bird droppings. There is nothing more harmful to a nice paint job than dried set of bird droppings. They eat through the clear coat quickly and should be removed immediately to avoid damages to the paint. Avoiding parking under trees will not only help you avoid your luxury car becoming a public restroom, but it will also reduce the amount of tree sap or wax that leaves a thick film on cars.

Once you have successfully avoided parking under any trees, also remember to stay away from water sprinklers. The minerals included in these lawn sprinklers help plants grow, but leave permanent water spots on the vehicle’s paint job and windows.

Other Spring Detailing Tips, Tricks, and Notes from Our Experts in Detail Excellence:

  1. Always wet the vehicle with plain water before washing it
  2. Armor All on the interior can look/feel greasy
  3. Always use different towels for different jobs, like only for windows, body, interior, rims, etc.
  4. Be careful of non-manufacturer type products
  5. Tuff Stuff cleaner and terry towels work great for cloth seats. Do not spot clean cloth seats, but always clean by section.
  6. Park in the back of parking lots to avoid tight parking spots. Those small spaces almost guarantee an unexpected scratch or ding.

If you have any questions about Auto Detailing needs, at home care, or pricing- please do not hesitate to contact our service teams, or schedule your spring detail today at one of our Park Place locations.

 

 

 

Garland Couple’s Leading Role Takes Them to Hollywood

Klembara’s “My Place” Story Earns Couple Trip to Academy Awards

In today’s rough-and-tumble world, it’s refreshing to meet a couple like Teresa and Gary Klembara of Garland. 

Married for 36 years, the magic between them remains palpable – twinkling eyes, gentle touches and warm banter speak to an enduring love story that rivals anything in the movies.

It’s easy to imagine the sparks flying when they first met at J.C. Penney – he as a senior manager and she a manager trainee. They dated off and on for seven years before they, as Teresa says, “came to our senses and got married.”

Gary transitioned into a successful career as an international IT businessman and, after opting to leave her own successful retail management career at JCP, Teresa joined him on the road whenever she could. She also kept busy with sports and civic activities – “Keeping the home fires burning,” she says brightly.

Teresa’s bubbly laughter comes easily and often, especially when her affectionate rescue pooch, Brody, jumps into her lap for yet another smooch and snuggle. Gary shakes his head indulgently and pats Brody. This is, indeed, one lovingly pampered pup who, not surprisingly, embodies the couple’s lifelong commitment to each other and others.

They have a long-standing date for dinner and a movie with friends. “There are several couples we’ve been friends with for the past 30 years,” explains Gary. “When we’re in town we get together for dinner and a movie every Saturday.” 

When asked about their favorite movie to win an Oscar this year, Gary favored “Bohemian Rhapsody” while Teresa leaned towards “A Star is Born.”

It’s not all butterflies and unicorns

Lest they sound entirely too Pollyanna-perfect, however, just watch Teresa at a Dallas Stars hockey game. (They’ve been season ticket holders for 24 years). Without going into too much detail, let’s just say that her otherwise ladylike demeanor gives way when the puck drops. “She’s hilarious to watch,” says Gary. 

Then there’s their latest shared musical obsession – the Chicago-based heavy metal band Disturbed. “Their version of ‘Sounds of Silence’ is haunting,” she says. 

“When they came to Dallas recently, we went to their concert,” adds Gary. “We probably looked a little out of place, but nobody seemed to mind.”

“See, we can be edgy, too!” Teresa quips. 

Edgy or staid, the secret to their relationship is commitment – the promise to put each other first. 

“We both tend to go with the flow,” says Gary. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to make the most of what it is or isn’t,” adds Teresa. They often complete each other’s thoughts.

Their latest opportunity – making the most of an out-of-the-blue invitation to attend the upcoming 91st Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 24th in Hollywood. 

It’s an unlikely tale that not even a Hollywood scriptwriter could fashion. 

A throne fit for a furry king

The story actually goes back nearly 25 years ago, when Gary – an admitted car guy – checked out Lexus and, admiring the brand’s comfort, beauty and sense of security, bought a GS300. 

Several weeks later, it was Teresa’s first rescue dog, Lacey, who really sealed the deal with their second Lexus, an ES300, in what developed into a lasting relationship with Dallas-based Park Place Dealerships.

“I know how this sounds ,” she chuckles, “but Lacey traveled with me all the time and the car’s armrest wasn’t big enough for her to sit by me, so I had to say no.”  

Undaunted, their sales rep, Carl Keith, went to his home garage and fashioned a custom, leather-clad doggy perch. He called Teresa and showed her the homemade accessory. She welled up and bought the car “in three minutes flat.”

“I was blown away,” says Gary. That show of dedication from the dealership led to a relationship that continues to this day. In fact, Gary has acquired an astonishingly unbroken line of 18 Lexus vehicles from Park Place. 

“We want our clients to think of Park Place as ‘My Place,” explains Dave Evans, Park Place Dealerships Chief Marketing Officer. “Park Place team members are committed every day to create an ownership experience that can’t be found anywhere else. Our clients have fabulous stories about Park Place members who have gone above and beyond to make their experience memorable and we are sharing some of those stories through the “My Place” campaign starting with the Klembaras.”

The campaign kicks off locally during the Academy Awards show on Sunday, February 24. 

“We thought it only fitting that our stars, Teresa and Gary Klembara, should go to Hollywood and enjoy the Academy Award experience,” said Evans. “This is our way to say ‘thank you’ for their commitment to Park Place.”

So the burning question – what designer will they wear?

“Probably jeans and cowboy boots,” Gary grins.

“Texas chic!” Teresa pipes up. “We’ll represent Texas in all its glory. What do you think, Brody?”

Hearing his name, the rescue pup’s ears perk up and he answers with a lively bark. 

Meanwhile, Carl Keith, the Park Place Lexus sales manager, is happy to play “best supporting” role in this story.


Tune into the Academy awards and @parkplacetexas to learn more about the “My Place” story this weekend.

Bentley Begins 100 Year Celebration with Oldest Bentley In Existence

Classic Bentley Ready for Centenary Year

Bentley begins their centenary year with a list of upcoming celebrations around the globe.

In 1919 Walter Owen (W.O.) Bentley created a company with a simple objective: to build “a fast car, a good car, the best in its class”. This guiding principle has driven Bentley ever since, pushing the brand forward and making it a unquestionable leader in automotive luxury around the world today, and locally, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

To kick off the 100th year, Bentley has the oldest remaining and first racing model- the EXP 2- on display at the Retromobile, Paris. This display was just the start of the first global event, which ended on February 10, letting attendees explore the 100 year history of Bentley Motors, in an exclusive and personal setting. And the EXP 2, well, it’s nothing short of an extraordinary piece of history.

The Oldest Surviving & First Racing Bentley

The EXP (or Experimental) was one of W.O Bentley’s first three racing prototypes. The EXP 1 was constructed at the New Street Mews off Baker Street in October 1919. Later that same year (1919) the EXP 2 was built at a new workshop in Cricklewood, and eventually the EXP 3. This third prototype is better known as the “Cab” and W.O. Bentley’s personal car.

The EXP 2 is the oldest Bentley in existence, which was first debuted at the 1919 Olympia Motor Show. It is only fitting that the centenary celebration kicks off which such prominent homage to the infamous ‘Cricklewood era’ of Bentley Motors.

Fun Fact: the EXP 2 is powered by a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine and can reach a top speed of 80mph. For comparison, the 2018 Bentley Continental GT can reach top speeds of over 200mph (and that’s not even the GT3 track car).

A Global Calendar of Events

The next event will take place in Boca Raton, Florida on February 22-24, followed by W.O. Bonhams Exhibition on the 11th of Paris in London. The full calendar can be found online at BentleyMedia.com, but we encourage you to celebrate the centenary in your own back yard.


Share your story of Bentley passion, comment on why this luxury manufacturer made it to your automotive wish list, post a photo of your favorite Bentley memory, and, of course, stay tuned as we begin to honor the heritage of W.O. Bentley locally at Bentley Dallas. For all inquiries, visit us at 5300 Lemmon Avenue or schedule an appointment/view inventory by following this link:https://bit.ly/2GMUCgX

Park Place Lexus Grapevine Kicks Off GRACE Christmas Cottage Toy Drive

Holiday Event Included Unwrapping New Lexus ES Luxury Sedan

 Park Place Lexus, the official “Drive For Toys” sponsor of the GRACE (Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange) Christmas Cottage, hosted the kick-off party for the 2018 toy drive collection. 

The GRACE Christmas Cottage provides gifts for local children in a store-like setting and is open for a full two weeks prior to Christmas.

As guests arrived, they filled the back of several Lexus SUVs with Christmas toys.

“We’ve partnered with GRACE for many years now,” said Gary Venner, Park Place Lexus Grapevine General Manager. “We are blessed to help local families through our support of the GRACE Christmas Cottage. We want to make sure every child in our community has the best possible Christmas. The GRACE Toy Drive makes it easy to participate.”

The community is invited to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for the GRACE Christmas Cottage through December 15th at Park Place Lexus Grapevine, located at 901 Highway 114 East. Or drop them off at GRACE Christmas Cottage, 3100 Timberline in Grapevine. You can also make a monetary donation to the GRACE Christmas Holiday Fund at gracegrapevine.org.

during the GRACE Toy Drive at Park Place Lexus, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas. (Michael Ainsworth)

During the event, guests enjoyed eclectic bites from DRG Concepts, including Mediterranean fare, chicken tacos with cilantro rice by Wild Salsa, and chopped beef short ribs with horseradish and onion strings courtesy of Chop House Burgers.

during the GRACE Toy Drive at Park Place Lexus, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas. (Michael Ainsworth)

Seasonal cocktails were provided by Hendricks Gin and Reyka Vodka, with celebratory sips by Dark Horse Wine and Peroni Beer. Guests danced to popular tunes by the Adrian Garcia Band, then capped the night with innovative coffee creations by Nightowl Coffee Cart, including a delicious Peppermint Latte with a sprig of mint and crumbled mint cookies on top.

Pat and Janet McCoy of Colleyville dance during the GRACE Toy Drive at Park Place Lexus, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas. (Michael Ainsworth)
Alan Tracy and Karen Roberts of Colleyville dance during the GRACE Toy Drive at Park Place Lexus, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Grapevine, Texas. (Michael Ainsworth)

The GRACE Christmas Cottage provides new, unwrapped gifts to families facing financial hardship due to limited income or recent emergency.  Each qualified family is given a voucher with a value based on the number of children in the family, allowing the parents to “purchase” donated toys, home goods and appliances in a private, store-like setting. This unique approach allows families to budget their resources and select unique presents while preserving the family’s dignity. More than 2,700 individuals and families are served at Christmas Cottage each holiday season.

Guests also got to see the new 2019 Lexus ES luxury sedan, featuring bold new styling inside and out, astonishing power and state-of-the-art safety and entertainment technology.


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 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Lotus, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, McLaren, Bentley and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com

 

 

Rooted In Racing Heritage: McLaren Houston Named Motorsports Dealer

Over the past few months, McLaren Houston has gone through a few notable updates, both of which will contribute to an elevated McLaren experience.  First and foremost, McLaren Houston is an official member of the Park Place family of dealerships. Now you can expect the same high-performance experience, personal service, and lux amenities that make Park Place, Your Place in Houston, Texas. But that’s not all, McLaren Houston has been named an official McLaren Motorsport Dealer- one of only five in the country.  This means that we have received the green light to sell McLaren track cars, including the 570S GT4. Below we discuss McLaren’s Robust Racing heritage and how its positively influenced McLaren GT and Motorsports- bringing high performance to our clients.

Racing Heritage Translates Into the Relentless Desire to Innovate

Like many performance-driven manufacturers, McLaren is a staple name in the world of motorsports, track cars, and racing.  McLaren Racing is focused in the world of Formula 1, which, according to the company, demands excellence: “To design, build and operate a Formula 1 car at race-winning levels requires focus, ambition, imagination, dedication and microscopic attention to detail.”

Both McLaren Racing and Formula 1 have blossomed over past 5-10 years with growing racing calendars, multinational hosts, employees, and rosters. McLaren Racing’s successes are driven by a passionate desire to innovate- a heritage that translates into the whole of the McLaren Group, including McLaren Automotive. The F1 knowledge and expertise have been instrumental when developing and enhancing technology for client road cars and track cars among other things.

On the Track with McLaren GT

Established in 2011, McLaren GT’s purpose is to build and support all GT race activities. The team is housed in Surray at the former home of McLaren Racing and are responsible for the design, development, and production of 650S GT3, 570S GT4, and 650S and 57S Spring models.

McLaren Motorsports takes this wealth of racing knowledge and gives our clients the opportunity to experience McLaren track performance like never before.

Superior Track-Honed Performance Found at McLaren Houston

McLaren Houston currently has the 570S GT available for purchase. The McLaren 570S GT4, an exclusive offering of McLaren Motorsport dealers, sports an absolutely stunning carbon fiber MonoCell II chassis architecture to add strength while reducing unit weight.  This model is the first time that the MonoCell II technology has been made available in the GT4.

It’s superior track-hone performance perfect for when you’re heading out to one of the Houston area’s many racetracks. 

If you’re interested in ordering a 570S GT4 of your own or want to learn more about other McLaren Motorsport offerings at McLaren Houston- contact us at www.mclarenhouston.com.