Photo courtesy of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance
The JBS Collection brings awards, accolades back home from Florida
Laura and Jack Boyd Smith Jr. were in attendance at the 2023 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance Feb. 24 in Boca Raton, Florida, after Jack Boyd Smith Jr. was named the recipient of the annual Collector of the Year Award.
The award coincided with the 16th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance classic car extravaganza, Feb. 24-26. The JBS Collection, given the honor of showing 15 cars at the Boca Concours, also took home the Chairman Award for its 1933 Dodge Brothers H44 Tow Truck.
At the event, Jack Boyd Smith Jr. featured several of the automobiles that have put The JBS Collection on the map in the world of classic automobiles; among them the 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Convertible originally owned by Amelia Earhart that was, earlirer this year, inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register. At Boca Raton, The JBS Collection also presented a 1903 Clement 12/16 HP Rear-Entrance Tonneau and a 1933 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron, of which less than 20 remain in existence.
“Every single one of our cars comes with a pretty great story,” said Jack Boyd Smith Jr. “We’re glad to be able to show them to the world and we’re so honored to have won the Collector of the Year Award and the Chairman Award at Boca Raton. Most collectors have been doing it for 20 or 30 or 40 years, or more. I’m a little over 10 years in, you could say I’m still catching up. So, we have a lot more work to do.”
More work to do for The JBS Collection means more work for LaVine Restorations, Inc., of Nappanee, Indiana, which has partnered with The JBS Collection on many of its most delicate restorations, including Earhart’s 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Convertible.
Laura and Jack Boyd Smith Jr. were in attendance as Jack was presented the Collector of the Year Award at the 2023 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance in Boca Raton, Florida. In honor of the award, The JBS Collection was privileged to show 15 cars at Boca Raton, including this 1933 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron—of which less than 20 remain in existence.
LaVine Restorations, a leader in the restoration space with over 40 years in the industry, was honored at Boca Raton with the 2023 Restoration Company of the Year Award.
“It’s really been a unique partnership with them and I was happy to see LaVine Restorations get the award and be honored for the world-class work they do,” said Jack Boyd Smith Jr. “Vivian and Eric (LaVine) and their whole team have been incredible to work with over the years. It gives me so much pride knowing that, together, we’ve done some really great work. These types of awards don’t happen by accident.”
It has been a steady build of momentum for The JBS Collection. At the 2022 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 22 at Amelia Island, Florida, its Earhart 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Convertible won the Class Award for American Classics 1933-1948 and The Hagerty Youth Award for American Classics. In May 2022, at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, the Cord took Honorable Mention in (Class A) The Golden Age of Excellence: The Art Deco Era of Motor Car Design and it earned a special award for Most Sensitive Restoration.
On March 8, 2023, The Hagerty Drivers Foundation—in its collaboration with the Library of Congress—added the 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Convertible to the National Historic Vehicle Register.
“Obviously the Cord, right now, with its story and its history, and the connection to Amelia Earhart, is intriguing to everyone who sees it,” said Jack Boyd Smith Jr. “And it is just immaculate. But we are always looking for the next great car and the next great story. And we will find it. And if we don’t, it will find us.”