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The Elegance at Hershey
The Elegance at Hershey brings together some of the world's finest collector cars to 'The Sweetest Place on Earth.' The event is held at the formal gardens at the historic Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, PA. The show field, which consisted of about 65 automobiles, showcased some of the finest cars from every era.
The theme for this year's Elegance at Hershey is Celebration of Speed. The car chosen to epitomize that concept was the Alfa Romeo Touring Spyder owned by Mr. Oscar Davis of Elizabeth, NJ. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B was used to grace all of this year's Elegance advertisements and promotional materials. The car is an elegant and timeless aggregation of styling and engineering, and is the perfect example of form following function. The car was placed in a prominent spot on the show field, near fountains and gardens, and facing the Chrysler CL Custom Imperial owned by Mr. Joseph Cassini. The Chrysler was a Best of Show winner at the 2012 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's. Looking around the show field, it became quickly evident that nearly every car on the field was a Best of Show or Best of Class recipient at many events across the United States, including the Amelia Island Concours and the Pebble Beach Concours.
This year's recipient of the Governor's Cup (equivalent to Best in Show) was a 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster owned by the Miyabi Collection of Honolulu, Hawaii. It was built by the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen works and is the only 500K with special louvers, unusual fenders and without doors. The lack of doors reinforce the claim that it may have been raced at some point in its early life. The car also appeared in the 1938 German movie
Der Blaufuchs (The Blue Fox)
. Its postwar years were spent behind the Iron Curtain, even reportedly being fitted at some point with a trailer hitch sot that its owner could more easily haul firewood. It was exported to the United States in 1987 and soon after received a comprehensive restoration. It was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1991 and in 2015.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
For 21 years, the Amelia Island Concours has continued to impress and entertain automotive enthusiasts with a plethora of vehicles from all walks of life. The expansive golf course show field at the Ritz-Carlton, located on Amelia Island, home of the City of Fernandina Beach, held the first event in 1996. It has grown from humble beginnings to one of the nations top motoring events. This year, over 300 cars and motorcycles from 10 different countries were arranged into 43 classes.
Double Le Mans 24 Hour winner and 1985 World Sports Car Champion Hans-Joachim Stuck was the Amelia Concours Honoree. Special classes included BMW 100th Anniversary and Lamborghini Miura 50th Anniversary celebration, Greenwood Corvettes, Trans-Am cars, Cord, Bizzarrini, Pegaso, Porsche, and a class honoring Hans Stuck. 'Diverse doesn't begin to describe Amelia 2016,' said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Concours d'Elegance. 'We let our passions shape Amelia, so the field has a unique flavor that even hard core racers tell us they really love.'
Hans Stuck was one of the most popular and successful international road racing stars of the 1970s through the 1990s. He raced in Formula 1 and Formula 2, grand touring cars, Trans-Am and IMSA's GTO Championship. In the early 1990s, he raced Porsche 911 Turbos for the championship-winning Brumos Porsche IMSA SuperCar team. Amelia celebrated Stuck's accomplishments with nineteen 'Cars of Hans Stuck.' One of the highlights was the Brabham BT45B which made a very rare appearance outside of the Alfa Romeo museum in Arese near Milan, Italy. Stuck qualified on the front row at the 1977 Grand Prix of the United States at Watkins Glen. He led the first 14 laps until a broken clutch cable caused his BT45B to jump out of gear and hit a barrier. Mr. Warner said 'We're honored that Alfa Romeo has sent this car from their fabulous museum in Arese, Italy, to honor Hans Stuck'.