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20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – 2015

The 1930 Cord L29 Books Stevens Speedster, owned by Ed Schoenthaler, won Best in Show, Concours d'Elegance and a 1932 Alfa Romeo BC 2300 Zagato Spider won Best of Show Concours de Sport.

The Gallery of the 2015 event offers only a brief glimpse into the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and hints at the excellent quality of the Classic Cars you can expect at next year’s 21st annual 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.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is, without question, a world-class event. The 20th annual edition was no exception as more than 300 great vehicles were displayed on the show field. The show is held on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island adjacent to the host hotel, the Ritz-Carlton.

Honorary Chairman Sir Stirling Moss kicked off the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance by driving onto the show field in one of his former racecars, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, to the delight of sports car aficionados. It was the same Mercedes-Benz that Moss and motorsport journalist Denis Jenkinson drove to an overall victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia. Moss, one of only two non-Italian drivers to ever win the event, was the honorary chairman for the first Amelia Island Concours held in April 1996, which featured 163 cars and 2,200 attendees.

Since that first show, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has grown and fully earned true international status. “We won the International Historic Motoring Best Event Award in London in 2014,” said Bill Warner, chairman and founder of the Amelia Concours d’Elegance. “When they handed me the trophy, all I could think of was our people, especially the 700 local volunteers, who worked so hard to make that happen. That sort of thing is very humbling.”

Special classes at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance included the Race Cars of Stirling Moss; the celebrated BMW 327/328; Cars of the Cowboys; Corvette Race Cars from 1968-72; Ferrari Formula 1; Forgotten Fiberglass; Hot Rods: East versus West; Orphan Concepts; Porsche 914 and World Rally Cars.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance recognizes two cars as Best in Show. A 1930 Cord L29 speedster, customized in the mid-1930s by its owner, designer Brooks Stevens, and owned by Ed Schoenthaler of Illinois, was named Best of Show Concours d’Elegance. A 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider, owned by David Sydorick of California, received Best of Show Concours de Sport.

Special congratulations go to Ed Schoenthaler, an active member of the CCCA as well as the club’s Greater Illinois Region. He dedicated the awards he received at Amelia Island to his wife, Judy, who died last November. The Schoenthaler Collection, named one of the top 50 in the country, includes such marques as Auburn, Packard, Bentley and Delahaye. Ed takes pride in driving these Full Classics® as well as participating in CCCA Grand Classics.

“Both the Cord L29 and the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 are well deserving of the Amelia’s 20th Anniversary Best in Show awards, with their impressive automotive style and historical pedigree,” said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. ”I’m not sure how our esteemed panel of judges was able to pick just two winners, given the record number of world-class entrants we had at this year’s Concours. I congratulate them on their excellent selections and I hope we can make their job harder in 2016.”

The team of 110 judges on the show field completed their daunting task of selecting the wining cars by noon under the direction of David Schultz. Schultz who recently completed nine years on the CCCA board and is the immediate past President was awarded his 50-year pin at the annual meeting held in Savannah the week before the Amelia Concours.

The events held prior to Sunday’s concours included seminars on the “Design DNA of Iconic Cars” and “The Car Guys of Television.” The Design DNA seminar featured General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche designers, who addressed the responsibility of design teams to maintain the brand’s DNA as new cars are designed. Racer and broadcaster Tommy Kendall moderated a panel of television personalities comprised of Wayne Carini, Ray Evernham, Peter Klutt, Barry Meguiar, Bob Varsha and Dale Walksler.

Three of the world's top automotive auction houses held auctions prior to the concours d’elegance: Gooding & Company, Bonhams and the official auction of the concours, RM Sotheby's. The results were most impressive, with a record $101 million in total sales.

The RM Sotheby's auction represented $60,360,050 in sales and claimed the biggest single-car result of the weekend with a spectacular green 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet by Pinin Farina. Proceeds from its $6,380,000 sale price will benefit the seller’s foundation for the education of children. Among the notable Full Classic® cars auctioned were a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider by Zagato, which sold for $2,420,000, a 1930 Cadillac V-16 convertible coupe by Fleetwood, which sold for $456,500, a 1932 Marmon HCM V12 prototype, which sold for $429,000 and a 1928 Stutz Vertical Eight Custom Black Hawk speedster by Robbins, which sold for $429,000.

Plans for next year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance are already underway; the 21th annual event will be held March 11-13, 2016 at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The show’s Foundation has donated more than $2.5 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.

Past Amelia Island Galleries:
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Amelia Island 2014

Amelia Island 2013

Amelia Island 2012

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