Citroëns at Lake Mirror Classic & Concours 2023 – Florida

By Chad and Hope Rogers….

The Lake Mirror Classic in Lakeland Florida, held on October 20 & 21, 2023, is like 6 events on one.   There is a traditional judged Concours down around Lake Mirror, an Amphicar and Wooden Boat show on the lake and a 500+ car show and hot-rod rendezvous on the beautiful downtown wooded city streets of Lakeland.  There’s also a Boat Race on nearby Lake Hollingsworth on the same weekend. Non culture abounds with a lot of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at Florida Southern College within walking distance. 

The Citroën/French Car Community was invited by the organizers of the Lake Mirror Classic to display their cars. They created a street venue where owners can commune and show their cars downtown with other groupings while the Concours is held by the lake on Saturday the 21st.  The event has gained a lot of traction in the last few years as an authentic Concours “baby Amelia” in a beautiful setting. 

Seven Citroëns registered for the downtown Lakeland car show. The group came prepared with a grill, picnic and plenty of wine.  Everything culminated in a nice dinner at Texas Cattle Company the same evening for the folks who stayed a couple nights and didn’t just drive-in for the day.  

Longest same-day drive award was a tie between Lionel Guilbert in his CX and Sam Scribner in his 2CV.  Patty Schwarze caravaned with the Morgans from Deland the prior day which reinforced her love of air-cooled Citroëns when a Morgan overheated.

We all had a great time at the Lake Mirror Classic & Concours and are planning to get together again next year!

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