|Edsel Ford's Speedster Stars at 'The Amelia'|
|Edsel Ford's 'continental car', a custom boattail speedster, will take its rightful place in the Sports Car Class of the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. In the shape of Edsel's seminal speedster is the genesis of Ford's legendary design department. Edsel Ford was hardly 'a chip off the old block'. The acorn fell well away from the mighty oak that was Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Edsel was not just the President of Ford, he was a car guy to his core. His tastes and passions still resonate in the lines of Ford's contemporary cars. Edsel was enchanted by European sports cars. His trips to Europe, he called it 'the continent', triggered visions of Fords with 'continental' styling. In 1934 what would become Ford's in-house design department created his first 'long, low and rakish continental car' (as Edsel described it to his designer and confederate E.T 'Bob' Gregorie) on a '32 Ford chassis. His boattail speedster had Ford V-8 power and running gear wrapped in a sleek, all-aluminum boattail body made by Ford's aircraft division. It was just what Edsel Ford wanted and had described. No running boards and a steeply raked split windshield that disguised Edsel's continental car's humble assembly line origins. The Continental name stuck. Within the decade, the radical new Lincoln Continental was a stylish world class luxury contender. When the 1939 Lincoln Continental debuted, the world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright called it 'the most beautiful car in the world'. All because Edsel Ford wanted a sports car when he came home from Europe. About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, 'The Amelia' draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show's Foundation has donated over $2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida's First Coast. The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027. When Edsel's boattail speedster was resurrected and restored more than seven decades later, the new owners, Jim and Bonnie Gombos, spent five years returning it to Edsel's original specifications. They even painted it 'gunmetal gray', Edsel's favorite color.|
| Cars & Coffee at the Concours presented by Heacock Classic Car InsuranceOver 250 classic and exotic cars from local car clubs were on displayed on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island. Vehicles were pre-registered to participate and admission was free. |
This was the second year for this event and in that short amount of time has grown into a very popular and well attended event. A large selection of Chevy Corvettes, Dodge Vipers, BMWs, Jaguars and Porsches were on display.....
| Festivals of Speed Amelia IslandFestivals of Speed Motorsports Display was held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort in Amelia Island, Florida. The activities began with a Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception featuring smooth jazz, open bar, themed food display, and a live and silent auction benefitting Communities in Schools of Nassau County. The Luxury Lifestyle display featured fashion displays, fine jewelry, unique timepieces, collectable artwork, exotic travel destinations and much more. |
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| FORD MOTOR COMPANY DIRECTOR EMERITUS WILLIAM CLAY FORD DIES AT AGE 88William Clay Ford, who helped steer Ford Motor Company into the modern era as an employee, director and influential member of the Ford family, died this morning at his home from pneumonia.|
Mr. Ford, 88, served as Director Emeritus, Ford Motor Company and was the last surviving grandchild of the company's founder, Henry Ford.
Mr. Ford served Ford Motor Company for 57 years as an employee and board member, playing a pivotal role in shaping the company for more than half of its 110-year histo....
| EXCEPTIONAL $6.6 MILLION 1937 DELAHAYE 135 COMPETITION COURT TORPEDO ROADSTER TOPS RM'S RECORD-BREAKING AMELIA ISLAND SALE• RM posts its most successful Amelia Island, Florida sale to date, generating an outstanding $35,947,500 with 97 percent of all lots sold, March 8 at the Ritz-Carlton|
• Top seller: The late Malcolm Pray's 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster sells for a world auction record $6,600,000, the most valuable car ever sold during the Amelia Island weekend
• Full results are now available at www.rmauctions.com
• RM continues its 2014 calendar with a return to Monaco for the company'....
| Gooding & Company's Amelia Island Auction Brings $30.9 Million in 2014• Four cars sell above the $2 million mark and nine cars sell above $1 million|
• 15 new auction records set for marques including Porsche, BMW and Ferrari
Amelia Island, Fl. (March 8, 2014) – Gooding & Company, the auction house acclaimed for selling the world's most significant and valuable collector cars, realized $30.9 million during its Amelia Island Auction. The auction house sold 78 of 88 lots, which resulted in an 89% sale rate and an impressive average price of $....
|Amelia Island Concours PreviewThe events happening prior to the Amelia Island Concours included The Porsche Driving Experience, Passport Transport Eight Flags Road Tour, Hasselblad Automotive Photography Exhibit, Test Drives, Auctions, and so much more. As the show cars, exhibitions, and enthusiasts descending upon the Amelia Island area, a plethora of automotive art can be found everywhere. Here is but a few of those sights. Enjoy the preview.....|