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Automobiles

Calling All Cars!

A Gala Celebration Featuring Your Vintage Automobiles!

If you own a vintage auto built between 1919 and 1942, you could take part in one of the most exciting and memorable events around: the Gatsby Summer Afternoon. For the past 32 years, the Art Deco Society of California has been entertaining Art Deco enthusiasts with this extravaganza of a picnic on the secluded grounds of the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate in the Oakland hills, where everyone dresses in period style.

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Setting the stage is the grand display of vintage automobiles parked on the sweeping lawns of the Dunsmuir mansion. From working vehicles, to family autos, to the most elegant of touring cars, this select auto show is a vital component of turning the clock back to another era. Swells and belles stroll about, surrounded by vintage picnic ensembles. The Decobelles Bathing Beauty Revue pleases the eye, and open-air dancing to period music by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra sets the tempo.

For the low entry fee of $30 per car for ADSC members, or $40 for non-members, each car, driver and one passenger will be granted entry to the Gatsby (entry fee waived for shuttle cars). You may order additional tickets at the ADSC member price of $45 per person. We also need a few drivers with robust vehicles, both autos and trucks who can shuttle picnickers and their gear between the front gate and the Dunsmuir house. Shuttle Drivers will receive four free event passes. Please contact zelda1927@artdecosociety.org if you can be a shuttle driver.

All vehicles must be pre-approved for entry to the Gatsby Summer Afternoon. Parking spaces on the grounds will be pre-selected for each auto by the Vintage Auto Committee. No substitutions of autos without the approval of the committee in advance of the event. Vintage autos will be admitted and shown to their pre-assigned parking spaces between 9:30am and 10:30am. No autos will be allowed to enter the grounds after noon. Everyone, including children, is asked to wear vintage or reproduction attire suitable for a 1920s-1930s afternoon “garden party.”

Application Deadline Is September 1, 2016

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Questions? Contact the ADSC office at zelda1927@artdecosociety.org or call 510-271-6760.