For the 22nd time, the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance opened the international automobile beauty contest season. And again, the most beautiful cars of the world were presented on the island in front off Florida on the lawn of the Amelia Island golf club in front of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Since the weather forecast was very bad at the Amelia Island Concours weekend and bad weather was predicted for Sunday, the organizers quickly moved the Concours award by a day forward. It was a fantastic Saturday with bright sunshine. The vehicles came out perfectly.
The Amelia Island Concours was opened by the honorary Al Unser Sr., former Indianapolis racing driver, whom also was devoted a whole class with our racing cars in the Concours. Al Unser even turned an honorary round in the Lola T332 Chevrolet, in which Al Unser had won the American F5000 in Atlanta in 1975.
Best in Show this year among the around 300 participating contestants at the Amelia Island Concours were again two vehicles – one in the class elegance, that second in the class sport. The class elegance was won by the Duesenberg Model SJ-582, built in 1952. The class sport was won by the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider from 1939.
The Amelia Island Concours has been a bridge between the elegant and elegant pre-war vehicles with special bodies and the sporting legends of the automobile history for years. This year, it was mainly the Indianapolis racing cars, which left the audience astonished. Including the Marmon Wasp, in which Ray Harroun won the very first Indianapolis race in 1911. The vehicle also drove as a class winner in the Amelia Island Sieger Arena.
Eleven copies of the legendary Jaguar D-type were placed next to each other on the lawn of the Golf court. This class was dedicated to the 60th jubilee of the Jaguar victory in 1956 & 1957 in Le Mans. It was the biggest meeting of these racing cars ever in the US. Including three XKSS models, one from the Petersen Museum that once belonged to Steve McQueen.
A special class was the special show of the streamlined vehicles, which was divided into individual categories. These include prototypes, models from Chrysler, Oldsmobile and the Mercedes Benz 540K power line from 1938. The winner in this class was the record streamliner Spirit of Rett LSR from 1999, the second place was the Oldsmobile Golden Rod from 1952.
Friends of Japanese Muscle Cars came to Amelia Island this year. On show was a very rare Prince R380 with around 200 HP, which had won 1965 the first Japanese Grand Prix. But the Bob Sharp Racing Nissan 300ZX from the predecessor of Paul Newman or the former Bob Brock Datsun BRE 2000 Roadster from 1969 were also seen. In the field was also a Toyota 2000 GT to be marveled.
Also an exceptionally large class was the field of Porsche racing cars from the 50s and 60s under the motto „Porsche 4-Cylinder Giant Killers“. A Porsche 550 Spyder in the French racing color Blau, who drove in Le Mans in 1956 and had won at the 12-hour race from Rheims, was particularly impressing in this field.
For the 50th anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro, the very first Camaro vehicle with chassis number 10001 was on the lawn of the golf course. A golden coupe from 1967, which once was found by the fourteen-year-old Patrick Ryan from Ashville / N.C. Among the vehicles were a Yenko Camaro, 1969, an Indianapolis Pace Car from 1969 and a 24H from Daytona Camaro.
At the end of the event there were a whole series of prizes on Saturday, nearly 100 individual prizes. The insurance company Hagerty had called its own youth jury. This jury chose their own favorites from the field. The Aston Martin DB4 Series II was selected, followed by a Cadillac Pheaton from 1931 and the Austin Healey 100M, built in 1956.