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Big weekend for car enthusiasts in North Pinellas


Dunedin resident Markus Leibrecht is proud of his 1960 Mercedes 190SL.

After all, at 55 years old the red, two-seater convertible can still turn heads.

"It's a beautiful car and people enjoy looking at it," he said. "It runs like a clock."

And the car has an older companion made in the same German town, Stuttgart, two years earlier: a red, 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster belonging to Leibrecht's friend Randy Morgan.

"They came from the same place and now they are reunited in Dunedin," Leibrecht said.

Come check them out along with plenty of other lookers during the American Classics, American Heroes Car Show held Saturday in Dunedin.

And while you're at it, mosey on over to Safety Harbor during their Oktoberfest celebration, which features German food, entertainment and a custom car show, as well.

American Classics, American Heroes – Dunedin style

Saturday's free event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street between Broadway and Milwaukee is a macho melding of machines and war heroes.

"The city has had the car show before but we are stepping up our game with the veteran element," said Corey Judge, founder of CMJ Productions, an event company that is partnering with the Downtown Dunedin Merchant's Association to improve and expand events such as this one, as well as Dunedin Wines the Blues, Mardi Gras and Taste of Dunedin.

About 3,000 car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to descend on downtown to see about 150 classic vehicles.

"It's an eclectic mix of classic and antique cars, trucks and motorcycles that makes it interesting," said Bill Coleman, who is helping organize the car show. He said car shows really appeal to male audiences.

"There's just something in their DNA that loves the cars, the motors, the horsepower," he said.

An opening ceremony for veterans is slated for 9 a.m. American Heroes Water will be raising money and awareness for several different veteran-related charities through the sale of water and merchandise.

Food trucks will offer an assortment of pizza slices, tacos, barbecue, Cajun food, crepes, coffees and such.

Bluesman Alex Lopez Xpress and jazz artist Gloria West and the Gents headline the event.

Harbor Sounds Oktoberfest on Main Street

Break out your lederhosen.

The Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce is putting a new spin on its fall music festival by adding an Oktoberfest theme, says Susan Petersen, the chamber's executive director. And it's spicing it all up with a beer garden, German entertainment and a custom car show.

Oktoberfest takes place Saturday between noon and 10 p.m.

"There will be German music, dancing and yodeling at the Gazebo," said Petersen. "They will also have an alpine horn demonstration."

Later in the evening, at 7:30 p.m., listen to tunes by the Black Honkeys.

German food will served by First Quality Sausage House of Safety Harbor, vendors and some of the local pubs and sandwich shops along Main Street, many of which will offer entertainment as well.

Sample free beer from 3 to 6 p.m. from breweries including Safety Harbor newcomer, the Crooked Thumb Brewery.

Vendors along nine blocks will be selling their wares including arts and crafts items and specialty foods. Children's activities such as Spider Mountain and the Scrambler will take place next to the Safety Harbor Library.

And don't miss the custom car show from noon to 4 p.m. Presented by custom car builders Chimera Customs, the show will take place between Seventh and Ninth Avenues and in the city lot on Eighth Avenue.

The cars will be judged; entry fees benefit St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity to fund childhood cancer research.

P.J. Davis of Chimera Customs said they will bring 10 custom cars including a 1964 Lincoln Continental and a 1951 Ford F1 pickup.

"It will be in raw form to show what it is we do and how extremely far we can take things."


American Classics, American Heroes

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on downtown Main Street in Dunedin

Admission: Free. Pets, coolers and glass bottles are not allowed.


Harbor Sounds

Oktoberfest on Main

Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. on Main Street in Safety Harbor

Admission: Free

Information: (727) 726-2890

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