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2024 Devereaux Kaiser Car Show

2024 Packards Under The Oak

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​​The 31st Annual Florida Packard Club Meet was held on Sunday, January 28th, 2024 in Sarasota. This was our first January Meet. The previous 30 Meets were all held during the month of November. Because several of these November Meets were affected by rain and wind (Hurricane season lasts through November), we changed the Annual Meet to the month of January.

The Meet was held in the usual location, Jacki Kaiser’s lovely “Wit’s End” property, so named by our founder, the late and great Tom Kaiser.

As it turned out, this year’s Meet was again threatened by rain. There were showers during the night on Saturday, and more were predicted for Sunday. This deterred some Packards owners, but attendance was good, with over 100 club members and visitors participating.

Despite the threat of rain, which usually dampens car show participation, the following Packards were displayed in the “preferred” back yard show field:

1915 Twin Six Roadster, Norm and Kathy Madsen
1937 115C Sport Coupe, Carter Richards
1937 115C Club Sedan, David and Andriana Rivaz and family
1948 Custom Eight Club Sedan, Rob and Hank Evans
1949 Club Sedan, Joe Wareham
1951 250 Convertible, Julio Martell
1953 Clipper Sedan, Marty and Sue Brackin
1953 Clipper Sedan, Matt Forlenza
1954 Packard Convertible, Steven Dragon

In addition to the Packards, there were quite a few vehicles that we (tounge-in-cheek) lovingly refer to as “Brand-X Cars.” Included were, among others, a 1915 Saxon Touring, a Model T, a 1929 Pierce Arrow Touring, a 1930 Franklin Sedan, a 1956 Imperial Hardtop and more recent British and German sports cars.

As always, hamburgers and hot dogs were cooked fresh on-site and served up with all the fixins’ and all Packard drivers were provided lunch for free.

The Meet was a great opportunity to visit with friends old and new. The Packards brought us together, but the friendships keep us together.


The Florida Packard Club is a Region of The Packard Club / Packard Automobile Classics.

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The Florida Packard Club is a Region of The Packard Club / Packard Automobile Classics, Inc.

Tom Kaiser co-founded the Devereaux-Kaiser Car Show with his longtime friend, Maurice Devereaux, in 1970 and never missed the meet in 45 years.  It continues as the largest collector car show in Florida now sponsored by the Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund and remains a free event, at his direction.