Impressive Amelia Island Concours that became a moveable feast

Best of Show Elegance winner, a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Torpedo Phaeton, rolls past the appreciative crowd | Bob Golfen photos
Best of Show Elegance winner, a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Torpedo Phaeton, rolls past appreciative onlookers | Bob Golfen photos

(Editor’s note:  This is Part 1 of ClassicCars.com’s report and photo gallery from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.  See Part 2 on Sunday) 

The story of the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will always be how leader Bill Warner and his crew nimbly managed to move this monumental event ahead one day, from Sunday to Saturday, and at the last minute when it became obvious that Sunday would be a washout, weatherwise.

With more than 300 vintage and historic automobiles heading to northeastern Florida from all over, plus the host of associated stands, vendors and displays, it seemed like some kind of miracle when the renowned concours appeared fully formed early Saturday on the fairways of The Golf Course of the Ritz-Carlton Resort. Continue reading

Duesenberg, Alfa Romeo bests of show at Amelia Island Concours

An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos
An Alfa Romeo roadster and a Duesenberg dual-cowl phaeton won the top prizes at the Amelia Island Concours | Bolb Golfen photos

A pair of gleaming black pre-war classics were selected as best of show Saturday at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which was moved up a day on short notice because of stormy weather expected Sunday on the Florida coast.

The Amelia Island Concours customarily awards two top winners – Best of Show Elegance and Best of Show Sport – that recognizes the two main branches of the collector car hobby. Continue reading

Japan’s first racing star set for Amelia Island Concours debut

The Prince R380 was the overall winner of the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix | Infiniti
The Prince R380 was the overall winner of the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix | Infiniti photos

Even if you are among the rising tide of Japanese collector car fans, don’t feel too bad if you’ve never heard of the Prince R380, one of Japan’s first purpose-built race cars. Although little remembered today, the lusciously streamlined R380 made quite an impression in 1966 when it succeeded in beating the reigning Porsche 906s at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The six-cylinder endurance racer also set several speed records in 1965, and it helped put the tiny Prince Motor Company in the spotlight of international motorsports. Continue reading

1981 Lancia Beta champion racer returns to its Florida roots

The Lancia Beta Montecarlo won its class at the 1981 Le Mans 24 | Amelia Island Concours photos
The Lancia Beta Montecarlo won its class at the 1981 Le Mans 24 | Amelia Island Concours photos

A Le Mans-champion 1981 Lancia Beta Montecarlo returns to Florida to make its international concours debut March 12 at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

One of the last Group 5 Beta works racers produced, chassis 1009 began its competition career at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona, but its run was cut short around midnight when the high-strung engine dropped a valve, forcing the Lancia out of the race. Continue reading

Bonneville, Petersen, Mullin, RK Motors, Amelia take awards

When we visited the Bonneville Salt Flats  2014, surface wasn't strong enough to  support speed record runs  | Larry Edsall photo
When we visited the Bonneville Salt Flats 2014, surface wasn’t strong enough to support speed record runs | Larry Edsall photo

Each year, a major British car magazine gets a private banking firm to underwrite a judging panel to select winners of the International Historic Motoring Awards, which honor the best of the best in the industry that most of us simply consider to be the collector car hobby.

Not only did Americans do exceptionally well in the 2016 award distribution, but, in an unprecedented move, the judging panel presented the lifetime achievement award not to a person but to a place — the Bonneville Salt Flats. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

An Auburn Speedster waits with other award winners to drive up to the Amelia Island Concours podium | Bob Golfen photos
An Auburn Speedster waits with other award winners to drive up to the Amelia Island Concours podium | Bob Golfen photos

One of the most wonderful things, and there are many, about the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is that you never know who you might meet there. Old friends from way back, cool car guys, automotive luminaries, celebrities, famous race drivers, they’re all out walking the grassy Florida fairways with the rest of us. Continue reading

Rolls-Royce, Pegaso win best-of-show honors at Amelia Island

Amelia Island Concours chairman Bill Warner send up a champagne geyser to celebrate the best of show winners | Bob Golfen photos
Amelia Island Concours chairman Bill Warner sends up a champagne geyser to celebrate the best of show winners | Bob Golfen photos

Two coachbuilt cars from far ends of the spectrum took home best-of-show honors Sunday from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, capping off a well-attended event that was hurried along because of the looming threat of thunderstorms. Continue reading

Amelia Concours marks 50th anniversary of Lamborghini Miura

The Lamborghini Miura was introduced to wild acclaim at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show | Amelia Island Concours
The Lamborghini Miura was introduced to wild acclaim at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show | Amelia Island Concours

The Lamborghini Miura was a landmark supercar. Introduced in 1966 at the Geneva Motor Show, Miura’s mid-mounted V12 engine and remarkably expressive body by Marcello Gandini pointed the way to the future for exotic sports cars.

The 50th anniversary of the Miura, named for an especially ferocious breed of fighting bull, will be celebrated March 13 at the 21st annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, with a number of the legendary Lambos displayed on the grass at The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Continue reading

All three Bizzarrini Spyders set for Amelia Island Concours

A Bizzarrini Spyder glides across the grass after winning a concours prize | Amelia Island Concours
A Bizzarrini Spyder glides across the grass after winning a concours prize | Amelia Island Concours

The trio of rare Bizzarrini 5300 SI Spyders, the only open-top cars from the acclaimed run of Italian exotics, will be on the show field March 13 as the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance celebrates the 50th anniversary of the short-lived but memorable performance brand. Continue reading

Famed Alfa Romeo-Brabham going to Amelia Island Concours for special class honoring driver Hans-Joachim Stuck

Hans-Joachim Stuck's brilliant drive of the Alfa-Brabham in the rain at Watkins Glen is legendary | Amelia Island Concours
Hans-Joachim Stuck’s brilliant drive of the Alfa Romeo-Brabham in the rain at Watkins Glen is legendary | Amelia Island Concours

Hans-Joachim Stuck thrilled the soggy fans at the 1977 Grand Prix of the United States at Watkins Glen with his dominating performance of wet-weather driving, besting the pack that included reigning Formula 1 World Champion James Hunt.

Stuck drove an Alfa Romeo-powered Brabham BT45B, which he put on the front row and led the rain-soaked race until mechanical trouble ended his run in the 14th lap.

That legendary race car is on permanent display at the Alfa Romeo museum in Arese, Italy, near Milan. But next month, the Brabham will appear at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida as the centerpiece of the Cars of Hans Stuck Class. Continue reading