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Whitney Stark’s 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

More than 100 cars have been selected to be displayed and juried in the Collectors Concours at the 3rd annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase, including two Colleyville residents: Whitney Stark’s 1956 Mercedes-Benz 190SL and Guhan Raghu’s 1969 Cheverolet Chevelle SS 396.

“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.”

“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. 

The Club Car Expo, powered by Park Up Front, will be displayed on the 18thth fairway and represents some of the best car clubs in North Texas, including the Mercedes-Benz Club of America; Lamborghini Club of Dallas; Porsche Club of America – Maverick Region; Corvette Legends of TX; McLaren Club; Jaguar Owners Association; Texas Shelby North Texas and the Ferrari Club Dallas. 

The Park Place New Car Concours will feature the latest models from each of the luxury brands the dealership group represents, including Rolls-Royce, Maserati, McLaren, Bentley, Karma, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover.

There will truly be something for everyone with the Kids Zone, featuring electric mini luxury and performance cars for the kids to drive, the North Texas Diecast Collectors Club’s 60-foot downhill Hot Wheels track, a soda pop truck and more.

Iconic luxury shopping and dining destination Highland Park Village will present a runway fashion show produced by Jan Strimple and featuring Fall looks from prestigious brands Alice + Olivia, St. John, Trina Turk, Theory, and MARKET in the climate-controlled pavilion. 

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. Dallas Mad Hatter Shane Walker will judge a Haute Hat contest immediately after the fashion show in the Porsche Pavilion. 

Restaurants featured in the Allie Beth Allman & Associates| URBAN VIP Lounge include The French Room, LAW, III Forks, Cool River, Chop House, Dallas Fish Market, Wild Salsa, Oven & Cellar, OUTLAW Tap Room, Kai, Toulouse, Whiskey Cake, Texas de Brazil, Princi Italia, CRU Wine and Food Bar, Pacific Table, Cork & Pig Tavern, Make Your Life Sweeter, and Vestal’s Catering. 

Returning partners include the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, VIP Lounge Sponsors Allie Beth Allman & Associates – A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate|URBAN, Captain’s Lounge Sponsor Celebrity Cruises, The City of Irving, Hill & Wilkinson, Hagerty, Event Architecture, AT&T Business, AVSD Productions, Digital 3 Printing, Fauxcades Décor, Brad Oldham Sculpture, D Magazine, NBC 5 and CultureMap. 

Additional sponsors include Lilium Florals, Perks & Provisions, Mark Stephens, Sunnyland Furniture, RideCentric, Bachendorf’s, Jack Black, Renegade Cigars, Tito’s Vodka, Don Julio Tequila, Maker’s Mark, Aviation Gin, Peroni Beer, J Wineries, Waste Management, GL Seamen & Company, MarineMax Yachts, Ratcliff Financial Services, Garages of Texas, ExxonMobil, The Vineyard at Florence, Affinitiv, AIG, Richochet Fuel, Custom Vehicle Design, Shane Walker Design, Thermal Printing and Marquee Event Rentals. 

The luxury lifestyle event benefits the Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation.

Park Place Dealerships has donated a 2020 Lexus UX to be raffled at the Park Place Luxury Supercar Showcase. Tickets for the raffle may be purchased online at irvingfoundation.bswhealth.com or by visiting Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation at 1901 N. MacArthur Blvd.Irving. Tickets are $100 each and participants need not be present to win. Proceeds will benefit Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Irving. 

Advance tickets range from $25 - $50 for general admission and $100 for VIP All Access, which includes the VIP Lounge with complimentary food and beverages from dozens of the area’s finest restaurants, tickets are on sale at LuxurySupercarShowcase.com. VIP Tickets are limited and have sold out the previous two years.

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 16 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.