Held in Florida last weekend, the 15th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was a welcome winter retreat with a wide variety of cars. This year Bill Warner chose Porsche’s 917 and Richard Petty for the main themes with packed seminars for both. Along with two auctions, a tour, art exhibit and test drives, Amelia Island had something for everyone.
Mercedes-Benz was a main sponsor and really stole the show. They brought out the 1952 Le Mans winner and the 540 K Spezial Roadster owned by Sam & Emily Mann won Best of Show. The story doesn’t end there however, since another Best of Show reserved for competition cars went to a striking Maserati Tipo 61 in its classic Cuban GP livery.
Other classes which added variety to the show included the small Italian jewels that are Etceterini, a section for Forgotten Fiberglass cars and the weird cover cars of Motor Trend’s past. MT also intentionally re-launched their new classic magazine with the Timbs Streamliner as a main feature.
Our feature of the Amelia Concours is not a light affair. We are assembling a definitive gallery with over 1000 organized images. In the coming days we plan to also present the the RM and Gooding auctions which were held concurrently.