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Park Place Luxury & Supercar event raises funds for Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation

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More than 4,500 people attended 3rd annual Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas Sept. 28, raising $141,000 for Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation.

“It was a fabulous day with great community support for a wonderful cause,” Park Place Dealerships chairman Ken Schnitzer said in a news release. “The proceeds from the raffle of a 2020 Lexus UX will go towards purchasing new imaging equipment for patients undergoing radiation therapy at Baylor Scott & White Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center – Irving.”

Janet Jensen of Irving won a 2020 Lexus UX in the raffle drawing.

With more than $100 million worth of cars on display, the Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase featured the Park Place New Car Concours with the latest models from Rolls-Royce, Maserati, McLaren, Bentley, Karma, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Volvo, Jaguar, and Land Rover.

The Club Car Expo, displayed on the 18th fairway, represented some of the best car clubs in North Texas. The Collectors’ Concours, a juried showcase of rare classic, luxury, and supercars from private collectors, was featured on the 1st Fairway of the TPC Golf Course.

Sculptor Brad Oldham, well known for the Traveling Man installation in Deep Ellum, and his partner, Christy Coltrin, designed and handcrafted the Spirit of Park Place awards for Best of Show, Chairman’s Award and Salesmanship Club Award winners, the Park Place news release said.

Craig and Laura Hopkins of Dallas took “Best of Show” in the Collectors Concours for their 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Special Roadster.

“The supercharged Mercedes-Benz 500 K was delivered new to The Netherlands,” said Craig Hopkins, “but the car’s body was completely destroyed during World War II. An American soldier sent the wreckage home, where it sat unrepaired for many years.”

Hopkins said the automobile returned to Europe decades later where a Danish baron restored it in the late 1980s. When the baron’s collection was liquidated in 2012, the car returned to Texas, “The baron’s work was replaced with coachwork by master fabricator Cass Nawrocki. It took seven years for marque expert Jim Friswold to fully restore the car,” Hopkins said. “The rarity of the ‘long-tail’ special roadster cannot be overstated. Of perhaps 25 to 30 created, only eight received the elegant covered-spare bodywork appearing on this car.”

Raymond Larson and his 1964 Aston Martin DB5 took home the Chairman’s Award, and the Salesmanship Club Award went to Greg Brendel for his 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso.

Plans are already under discussion for a fourth annual Luxury & Supercar Showcase next fall, the news release said. Details will be posted at as soon as they are available.

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,100 people and operates 17 full-service dealerships. For more info, visit

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