The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and So Much More

 



March 11, 2019 -- The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which got its start 24 years ago, began as a one-day show, with less than 100 cars. Today, it is a multi-day celebration of cars, which includes classic car auctions, Cars & Coffee at the Concours, classic car-related seminars, and, of course, the big finale: the Concours, itself, which is held on Sunday. More than 400 of the best of the best were on the 10th & 18th Fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island on Concours day, along with tens of thousands of spectators, in what has become the East Coast’s answer to Pebble Beach. Touted as the fun Concours d’Elegance, don’t let this description fool you -- there’s plenty of pomp and circumstance surrounding an impressive number of first-class entries. In fact, “The Amelia,” as it has come to be known, is a two-time winner of the prestigious International Historic Motoring Awards.

A new group at “The Amelia” this year, the “Cars of the Rock Stars 2019,” was a collection of vehicles and guitars owned by John Oates of Hall and Oates. There were also additional vehicles owned or closely associated with well-known rock stars.

Anniversaries and honored marques this year were: 70 years of the Jaguar XK120, 35 years of the Porsche 962, the 60th anniversary of Ferrari’s V-12 250 GT “Short Wheelbase Berlinetta,” and special recognition of the Mercedes-Benz 500K.

Here are some of the ‘Art on Wheels’ displayed on the show field.

Concours d'Elegance
Best of Show Awards: Concours d'Elegance and Concours de Sport

The 2019 Amelia Island Concours Best of Show winners were presented to a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K for the Concours d'Elegance trophy and to a 1957 Ferrari 335S for the Concours de Sport trophy. The Mercedes-Benz is from Keller Collection of Petaluma, CA and the Ferrari is owned by Cavalina Investments in Cortland, OH.

Best in Show, Concours d'Elegance:1938 Mercedes-Benz and Best in Show, Concours de Sport: 1957 Ferrari 335S

 

Class Winners and Special Awards
People's Choice Award: Isotta Franchini Tipo 8AS Roadster, Owned by Joe Cassini 1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet, Most Elegant Open Car Award 1948 Tucker, Best in Class Award 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club, Most Elegant Cadillac Award 1949 Jaguar XK120, Best in Class Award 1934 Duesenberg Cummins Diesel, Best in Class Award 1937 Studebaker Custom Extremeline, Most Audacious Exterior Award 1953 Buick Skylark, Fashion & Autombile Award 1954 OSCA MT4 1500 Spider, Best in Class Award 1960 Porsche 356 Emory Special Cabriolet, Best in Class Award (owned by John Oates) 1961 Ferrari 250 GT, Most Elegant Sports Car Award 1965 Shelby GT 350, Best in Class Award 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2, Best in Class Award 1983 March 82G, Best Sound on the Field Award 1969 Volkswagen Wedding Beetle, Significant Vehicle Award

 

More Eyecatching Cars
1914 Benz Runabout 1953 Buick Skylark 1936 Mercedes-Bemz 540K Roadster 1935 Duesenberg SJ Town Car 1929 Mercedes-Benz 710SS 1938 Bugatti Type 57 C 1933 Isotta Franchini Type 8A 1938 Peugeot Darl'Mt Roadster 1940 Packard Wagon 1947 Delahaye 175 S 1948 Chevy Fleetwood Aero Sedan 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing 1956 Continental Mark II 1959 Cadillac Convertible 1918 Locomobile 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer 1963 Watson (Indy Racer) John Oats with his 1959 MG Twin Cam 1964 Porsche 356C, Formerly Owned by Janis Joplin 1968 Ford GT (Le Mans Winner 1968 and 1969) 1968 Lotus Turbine (Indy Racer) 1973 Dodge Challenger Funny Car 1980 Chapparal (Indy Racer)

 

 

 

The show’s Foundation has donated over $3.45 million to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.

Look out 2020, when 'The Amelia’ turns 25!

 

Classic Car Auctions

For those that weren’t satisfied with “just looking,” there were plenty of shopping opportunities offered by four of the big classic car auction companies: RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the Concours; Goodings & Company; Bonhams; and Russo & Steele.

Bonhams

 

Goodings & Company

 

RM Sotheby's

 

Russo & Steele