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18th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – 2013

The history of the automobile is brought to life each March at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. It is the idea of the classic beauty and speed chronicled with vintage and modern iron that makes this Concours so unique as it features equally both collector road cars and sporting cars. Hence, each year two outstanding automobiles are given Best of Show awards: one Concours d’Elegance for the best classic collector car and one Concours de Sport for the best vintage sporting car.

The Gallery of the 2013 event offers only a brief glimpse of what was missed and hints at the excellent quality of the Classic Cars you can expect at next year’s event. Learn more about the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at: www.ameliaconcours.org/

We do want to warn you the content of the Amelia Gallery contains some ‘Graphic Photos of Non-Classic’ Cars.

 

From the field of wonderful cars present, the 2013 awards were no exception. The Best of Show Concours d’Elegance was awarded to a wonderful 1936 Duesenberg SJN convertible coupe, one of the most powerful open cars of the 1930s, owned by Jack and Helen Nethercutt; and the Best of Show Concours de Sport was awarded to the veteran 1968 Ford GT40, a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, from the Rocky Mountain Auto Collection.

The 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance also honored the 50th anniversaries of the Ford GT40, Porsche 911, Corvette Sting Ray and Lamborghini while featuring the racecars of Harry Miller and the motorcycles of Ducati. The Ford GT40 class gathered fourteen race cars that included chassis number 1075, a two-time overall winner at Le Mans in 1968 and 1969. The GT40 chassis P/1075 also recorded an incredible six wins in 11 endurance races.

The show is built upon the very best of exotic road cars and true vintage racing cars unlike any other automobile show. Held adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida, the Concours event attracts an estimated crowd over 25,000 with more than 300 collector vehicles on display.

Honorary Chairman Sam Posey launched the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in the Caldwell D7 Can-Am car he campaigned. An excellent group of Posey’s racers were among the highlights in the Cars of Sam Posey class comprised of cars he raced. The class of nine race cars ranged from a lime green Dodge Challenger driven in 1970 Trans-Am series to the N.A.R.T Ferrari 512 that ‘Sudden Sam’ co-drove to 3rd overall with Tony Adamowicz at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans.

An impressive array of pre-war vintage cars gathered from mid-field to the far end of the show field presenting an amazing display of fine automobiles. The stunning CCCA Classic Cars are always well represented and this year was no exception with the Duesenberg class offering up the Concours d’Elegance Best of Show winner.

The Cars of Harry Miller class assembled a very fine collection of 1920s and 1930s American racing cars that showcased 21 Millers. The class honored the 90th anniversary of Miller’s first win in the Indianapolis 500, including the 1928 Indianapolis 500 speed record-setting supercharged Miller 91.

In addition to the time-honored Concours classes that include American Classics, European Classics, Pre-War and more, there were classes that can only be described as the Bill Warner view of the world of collector automobiles. Those ‘Warner’ classes range from one-off ‘Concept Cadillacs’ to ‘What Were They Thinking’ – a class of the world’s finest coach-built automotive oddities.

The Sunday Concours at Amelia is the grand finale of a near week-long schedule of great automotive programming, seminars and auctions. The Gooding & Co. auction set record sales of $28.1 million topped by a $2,750,000 1928 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Semi-Le Mans Tourer. The RM Auction saw a record number of cars sell for over a million dollars including a $4,510,000 1935 Duesenberg model SJ. The week is not entirely about magnificent cars at Amelia as the show's Foundation has donated over $2 million to deserving charities.

If you haven’t managed to find your way to the Annual Classic Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, you are missing a truly wonderful experience and its time to consider making plans for March 7-9, 2014.

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