Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

Amelia Island Concours d^Elegance March 2006
The second weekend in March was home to the 11th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, held at the Ritz-Carlton and on the Golf Club of Amelia Island. It proved to be nothing less than spectacular, displaying unique, rarely seen, unusual, and historic automobiles. The weather was wonderful; the field of cars were evidence of the hard work and dedication done by the volunteers, committee members, participants, enthusiasts, and everyone who had a role in making this show one of the greatest automotive events in the United States. The Concours benefits the Community Hospice of Northern Florida, donating over 1.4 million since the Concours inception.

Parking for the 18,000+ spectators was located about 2 miles away at an airfield. Luxurious, air conditioned bus transportation ran non-stop, providing door-to-door service.

The Amelia Island Concours has a strong appreciation for racing and its history, with each year honoring a racing legend, and show-casing the racing cars of that individual. This year it was three time Indy 500 Winner Johnny Rutherford who was chosen as honoree; prior year honoree's have included Sir Stirling Moss, Phil Hill, Hurley Haywood, Carroll Shelby, Brian Redman, John Surtees, Dan Gurney, Jim Hall, Bobby Unser, and Bobby Allison. The cars of Johnny Rutherford were on display, paying tribute to a racing legend that has multiple accomplishments and records.

The tribute to racing continued with the classes of Can-Am, Jaguar Race Cars, Sports Cars, Sports and GT Cars, Race Cars, and Porsche 934/935 to name a few. CanAm, short for Canadian-American Challenge Cup, was a sports car racing series that persisted from 1966 through 1974. It used the FIA Group 7 category with two races occurring in Canada and four races in the United States. Funding was initially provided by J-Wax. The CanAm series was astonishing and 'wide open.' There were minimal regulations on the aerodynamics, engine sizes, and vehicle mechanics. The main rules were a body that enclosed the wheels, complied with the safety requirements, and had seating for two. The cars were faster than the Formula 1 cars of that era. The sport evolved to having cars well over 1000 horsepower with low weight, aerodynamic bodies, and large wings to create necessary down-force. Turbo-charging and supercharging were widely used. The bodies and mechanical components were made of exotic metals such as titanium. The series became a testing ground for many manufactures interested in examining technology without the worries of new or imposing regulations. Among the top manufacturers in the series were BRM, Shadow, Porsche, Chaparral, Lola, and McLaren.

Back in 1906, one-hundred years ago, a vehicle traveled 127.7 mph. A mile took only 28.5 seconds. If that does not astonish enough, it was powered by steam! This years Amelia Island Concours recognized the accomplishments set by the Stanley Steamer Rocket. There were over 20 Stanley Steamers and steam powered vehicles in attendance, as well as a three-quarter replica of the original Stanley Steamer Rocket. Watching them drive around the show field was truly astonishing, especially considering it took about 30 minutes of prep time before the steam was ready and the vehicles were able to be driven. A glimpse back 100 years to what life was like during early automotive production.

The nearly three hundred vehicles were organized into 35 groups and neatly grouped throughout the show field. There was ample spacing to walk in-between the vehicles and the various groups were easily identifiable by plaques marking the beginning of a new group.

Another spectacular group was the DuPont, with nearly 10 examples shown. DuPont vehicles were often luxury and exclusive automobiles, outfitted with exquisite coachwork from such greats as Murphy, Merrimac and Wolfington. The DuPont Company came into existence in 1919 and produced automobiles until 1931 when the Great Depression forced the company to close its doors forever; only 537 duPont automobiles were produced.

The show field was impressive and overwhelming. There was something for everyone from Detroit muscle, exotic Europeans, custom coachwork, concepts, micro cars, motorcycles, and more. The 1961 Ferrari TRI61 that captured a LeMans victory many years ago, was awarded this years 'Best in Show, Concours de Sport' by the judges. 'Best in Show, Concours d'Elegance' went to the duPont Type H Merrimac.

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1961 Kurtis Kraft Bell Lines Silnes Champ Car  
1961 Silnes Dirt Champ Car  
1963 Chevrolet Impala NASCAR  
1963 Watson Indy Roadster  
1967 Gurney Eagle Indy Car  
1974 McLaren M16C  
1980 Chaparral Pennzoil 2K-02  
1928 Studebaker President  
1932 Lincoln Model KB  
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 836  
1936 Cadillac Series 90  
1936 Packard Model 1408  
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16  
1940 Lincoln Zephyr  
1929 Cord L-29  
1929 Franklin Model 137  
1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight  
1929 Ruxton Model C  
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16  
1931 Cord L-29  
1932 Auburn 12-160A  
1932 Packard Model 902 Eight  
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial  
1934 Packard 1107 Twelve  
1934 Packard 1108 Twelve  
1935 Auburn 851  
1936 Packard Model 1408  
1937 Cord 812  
1937 Packard 1507 Twelve  
1940 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen  
1941 Buick Series 90 Limited  
1942 Packard Super-8 One-Eighty  
1911 Baker Electric  
1912 Rauch and Lang TC Brougham  
1930 Rauch and Lang M 6-80  
1932 Ford Turbine Roadster  
1932 Helicron No. 1  
1938 Citroen Traction Avant  
1963 Chrysler Turbine  
1968 Lotus Type 56  
1970 Mercedes-Benz C 111  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12  
1987 Chevrolet Express Concept  
2002 GMC Autonomy Concept  
2005 GMC Sequel Concept  
1932 Bugatti Type 55  
1936 Bugatti Type 57  
1938 Bugatti Type 57  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  
1964 Lang Cooper  
1965 Huffaker Genie MK10  
1966 Chaparral 2E  
1966 Lola T70 MKII  
1966 McLaren M1B  
1967 Caldwell D-7  
1967 Ford Holman Moody Honker II  
1967 McLaren M6A  
1968 McLaren M6B McLeagle  
1968 Porsche 908  
1969 Chaparral McLaren M-12  
1969 Porsche 917  
1973 Porsche 917/30  
1932 Ford Type 18 Special  
1934 Ford Brewster  
1934 Ford Luxus Custom  
1934 Ford Model 40 DeLuxe  
1935 Ford Model 48 German Special  
1939 Ford Special Roadster  
1923 Duesenberg Model A  
1929 DuPont Model G  
1930 DuPont Model G LeMans Speedster  
1931 DuPont Model H  
1924 Amilcar CGS  
1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre  
1932 Daimler Double Six  
1932 Maybach Zeppelin DS 8  
1934 Rolls-Royce 20 / 25 HP  
1936 Bentley 3.5 Liter  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter  
1938 Peugeot 402 Darlmat Pourtout  
1939 Bentley Mark V  
1939 Mercedes-Benz 290  
1947 Talbot-Lago T-26  
1948 Talbot-Lago T-26  
1953 Delahaye 235M  
1952 Ferrari 212 Export  
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial  
1956 Ferrari 410 S  
1957 Ferrari 250 GT TdF  
1961 Ferrari 250 TRI61  
1970 Ferrari 512 S  
1972 Ferrari 312 PB  
1946 Buick 76C Roadmaster  
1948 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster  
1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster  
1955 Cadillac Series 62  
1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Concept  
1956 Packard Caribbean  
1958 Cadillac Series 62  
1962 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz  
1969 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500  
1939 Buick Estate Wagon  
1941 Chrysler Town and Country  
1941 Packard 110 Series 1900  
1947 Buick Roadmaster Series 70  
1949 Chrysler Town & Country  
1949 DeSoto Deluxe Series  
1905 REO Model B  
1906 Cadillac Model M  
1906 Studebaker Model G  
1908 Cadillac Model S  
1906 Columbia Mark XLVI  
1909 Pullman Model K  
1910 American Traveler Underslung  
1910 Premier Model 4-40  
1911 Thomas Model K-670 Flyabout  
1912 Hotchkiss AD  
1915 Locomobile Model 48  
1915 Mitchell Special Six  
1918 Packard Twin Six  
1919 Paige Daytona Speedster Prototype  
1955 Jaguar XK-D D-Type  
1956 Jaguar XK SS  
1957 Jaguar XKSS  
1958 Jaguar Tojeiro D-Type  
1958 Lister Costin  
1963 Jaguar XKE Lightweight  
1985 Jaguar XJR-7  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300b  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1959 Mercedes-Benz 220SE  
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL  
1965 Peel P50  
1965 Peel Trident  
1967 Goggomobil TS250  
1975 Porsche 934 911 RSR  
1977 Porsche 934.5  
1979 Porsche 935  
1980 Porsche 935 K3  
1959 Porsche 356A Carrera GS/GT  
1983 March 83G  
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1951 Connaught L3/SR  
1960 Fiat Abarth Record Monza Bialbero  
1961 Abarth 1000 GT  
1963 Shelby Cobra 289  
1964 Porsche Elva MkVIIA  
1964 Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake 289  
1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1966 Lotus 23C  
1969 Ford GT40  
1970 Porsche 914/6  
1952 Cunningham C3  
1952 Kurtis 500A  
1953 Cunningham C5R  
1964 Mecom Hussein MK I  
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I  
1960 Bentley S2 Continental  
1968 Rolls-Royce Phantom V  
1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1924 Ford Mercury Speedster  
1927 Mercedes-Benz Model S  
1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750  
1932 Aston Martin Le Mans  
1932 Maserati 4CS 1100  
1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 GSTF Brianza  
1934 MG N-Type Magnette  
1936 Jaguar SS 100  
1939 MG TB Tickford  
1948 Healey Westland  
1952 MG TD  
1952 Muntz Jet  
1954 Ferrari 250 Europa  
1954 Jaguar XK-120  
1954 Maserati A6GCS/53  
1956 Pegaso Z-102B  
1957 BMW 507  
1957 Ford Thunderbird Phase I SC  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT TdF  
1961 Excalibur Hawk RS  
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso  
1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso  
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB  
1966 Bizzarrini 5300 Spyder S.I Prototipo  
1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1968 Bizzarrini Manta  
1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500  
1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S  
1971 Ford GT40  
1904 White Model D  
1916 Stanley Model 725  
1916 Stanley Model 826  
1917 Stanley Model 735  
1918 Stanley Model 735  
1924 Stanley Model 750B  
1925 Doble Series E  
1906 Stanley Steamer EX  
1908 Stanley Model H  
1908 Stanley Steamer Model F  
1908 Stanley Steamer Model K  
1909 Stanley Steamer Model E2  
1909 Stanley Steamer Model R  
1910 Stanley Model 71  
1913 Stanley Steamer Model 64  
1913 Stanley Steamer Model 65  
1900 Mobile Stanhope  
1905 Stanley Model CX  
1906 Stanley Steamer Rocket  
1886 Benz Motorwagen Replica  
1950 GMC Futurliner  
1953 Pontiac Parisienne  
1954 Buick Landau Concept  
1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama  
2005 Spyker C8 Laviolette  
2006 Bugatti 16.4 Veyron  
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