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2018 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

This gallery is a brief look at this significant event with its exceptional quality and diversity of cars it presents.

We must warn you that the content of the Amelia Gallery is rated “G” and does contain some “Graphic Photos of Non-Classic” Cars.

For the second time in as many years the weather played its part in the annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. On the Wednesday the Amelia Concours team was poised for a move to Saturday as the best-case scenario for Sunday included rain and forecasts offered predictions for lots of it. To avoid rain complications, at 4:00 PM Wednesday the event was officially moved to Saturday March 10th.

A range of automotive events held during Concours week that includes numerous dinners, driving tours, auctions, seminars and Concours Cars & Coffee. The main event drew more than 300 cars and motorcycles into 35 classes to the 10th and 18th Fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island This year gave special honor to Emerson Fittipaldi – the only double Formula 1 World Champion and two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

The field of Full Classic®, passenger, sports, race cars and motorcycles were reviewed by 120 judges who selected 120 award winners – all coordinated by Chief Judge, David Schultz, an active automotive writer, historian and collector as well as a past President of the CCCA.

The 2018 Best of Show Concours d’Elegance was presented to a 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible owned by CCCA member Harry Yeaggy and the Best of Show Concours de Sport award was awarded to the 1963 Ferrari 250/275P from The JSL Motorsports Collection.

The Best in Show Concours d’Elegance winner owned by Harry Yeaggy Best is a 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible with Murphy roadster-style coachwork that was restyled in period by Bohman & Schwartz of Pasadena, California. Styling changes included a lengthened hood, slotted fenders and more modern bumpers. One of the early owners of this car was Edward Beale McLean, who owned the Hope Diamond and whose family owned The Washington Post. The black Duesenberg Convertible was also honored as The Most Elegant Open Car.

The JSL Motorsports Collection in Redwood City, California, took home the prestigious Best in Show Concours de Sport Trophy with a1963 Ferrari 250/275P. The winning Ferrari 250/275P won the overall at the 1963 ADAC Nurburgring 1,000Kms with John Surtees and Willy Mairesse as well as the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours with Mike Parkes and Umberto Maglioli driving. This car finished second at the 1963 Sebring event and won the first race at Mont Tremblant as a NART entry driven by Pedro Rodriguez. The car was campaigned as a NART entry in 1964 and 1965. The red Ferrari also earned The Spirit of Sebring Award for being the car best representing the spirit of the Sebring 12-Hour Race.

“I could not be more pleased with the judges’ decisions for the 2018 Amelia Island Concours winners,” said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “We are overjoyed to present the Duesenberg and Ferrari with these honors. These cars are prime examples of automotive prestige and we are proud to recognize them.”

The Auburn Special Appreciation Award was presented to Bill and Barbara Parfet in appreciation for preserving and sharing their Auburn Salon collection. The five Auburns body styles presented included a 2-door sedan, a 4-door sedan, a coupe, a roadster and a boattail roadster in matching colors.

A special class of electric horseless carriages was presented to highlight the renewed enthusiasm for the 120-year old technology and complemented the 2018 electric car class that featured the newest electric and hybrid powered cars from the world’s leading manufacturers.

Making its international debut at this year’s Concours was the sole Shelby Lonestar, created in secrecy a half-century ago that was based on the GT40 chassis and during 1968 wore the name "Cobra III" in internal Shelby documents.

Additional highlights on the field included IMSA GTP celebrated its GTP (Grand Touring Prototype) racers, the recently discovered Ford Mustang Fastback from the 1968 movie Bullitt that was featured in the Hagerty booth and a full class of the outrageous customs of “Big Daddy” Ed Roth.

The major auto auction houses present totaled five including Motostalgia, Hollywood Wheels, Gooding & Company and Bonhams conducted with 334 cars sold for an average price of $240,794. The RM Sotheby's Amelia Island Auction, the official auction of the Concours, was held on Friday in the The Ritz-Carlton Hotel with more than 100 automobiles and bidders representing 32 countries that resulted in sales of $27.7 million. The offering of “Exclusively Porsche – The 964 Collection”, a group of 11 limited-production Porsche 911 Type 964 variants assembled from which a 1993 911 Carrera RS 3.8 sold for a public auction record setting final of $1,655,000.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is the brainchild of Bill Warner who is an award-winning automotive photographer, Road Racing Drivers' Club member and father of the Amelia Concours. The show’s Foundation has donated over $3.2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996. In 2013 and 2016, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance won Octane Magazine’s EFG International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award.

The 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will be held once again March 8-10, 2019 on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

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Past Amelia Island Galleries:
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Amelia Island 2017

Amelia Island 2016

Amelia Island 2015

Amelia Island 2014

Amelia Island 2013

Amelia Island 2012