Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

Amelia Island Concours d^Elegance March 2013
The 1936 Duesenberg SJN (Supercharged) and the 1968 Ford GT40 '#1075' won the Best In Show honors on Sunday, March 10, at the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, which attracted approximately 25,000 spectators throughout the weekend.

'The Amelia is more than just an event. It's a celebration of the past, present and future of automobiles,' said Warner. 'We gathered the very best in classic cars, racing history and automotive superstars together for the 2013 Concours and I don't know how we'll repeat it in 2014. Then again, I'm sure we'll think of something.'

The 1936 Duesenberg SJN (Supercharged), owned by Helen and Jack Nethercutt of the Nethercutt Collection, took home the prestigious Concours d'Elegance award, heralded as one of the most sought-after trophies in classic car pageantry. This beautifully sculpted, apple green, SJ straight-eight engine has a 420 cubic-inch engine displacement and with its Duesenberg-designed supercharger, unleashes 320 horsepower. The sporty, Rollston convertible coupe was one of the most powerful open cars of the 1930s and could race from zero to 100 mph in a mere 17 seconds, an impressive feat for the era.

The highly coveted Concours de Sport award was presented to a 1968 Ford GT40, owned by the Rocky Mountain Auto Collection. This Ford chassis, #1075, a newly constructed, Mirage style, lightweight chassis, won at LeMans in both 1968 and 1969. Its incredible history includes six wins in 11 races. After the car's racing career ended, #1075 was put on display at the Indianapolis Speedway Museum to commemorate its racing records, before being returned to private ownership in 1984.

'I'm very pleased with the judges' decisions for the 2013 Amelia Island Concours winners, as these vehicles are stunning examples of classic design and racing history,' said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. 'Every year I'm blown away by the cars that grace our field and I would like to congratulate our panel of esteemed judges on their excellent selection. I'm sure the decision wasn't easy.'

More than 300 illustrious cars and Ducati Motorcycles from around the world participated in the 2013 Concours, allowing an enthusiastic crowd to witness a wide array of automotive excellence. Highlights on the field included the presence of the only original Lamborghini Miura Roadster ever built, as well as the Bill Mitchell Sting Ray that was once driven by Elvis Presley in the movie Clambake. An extremely rare pair of 1910 'Prinz Heinrich' cars by Mercedes-Benz also made an appearance, in addition to the Cadillac 'Coupe de Ville' Prototype, which was seen by the public for the first time in more than 50 years.

Attendees were treated to modern automotive splendor as well. The last of only nine custom built ALFA Romeo Stradale TZ3s, an Azzuro California hued example, made its national debut, while Chevrolet displayed the seventh generation of its iconic Corvette, the 2014 Stingray, as part of the Concours' 50th Anniversary celebration of the original Sting Ray. Not to be outdone, Cadillac displayed its impressive 2003 'Sixteen' concept car, a 1000hp, 13.6 liter V-16, 5000-lb, 19-foot-long engineering and design statement, which participated in the Cadillac Concept Car Class.

This year's Concours also celebrated the cars of Harry Miller, marking the 90th anniversary of his first win in the Indianapolis 500. On hand to mark this momentous occasion was the supercharged, Miller 91, front drive Indianapolis 500 racer that set a speed record in 1928, as well as nineteen other rare Miller racers.

Legendary driver Sam Posey served as the 2013 honoree and nine of the cars he raced in, with conspicuous success during his competition career, were featured in the 'The Cars of Sam Posey' class.

Racing legend Sir Stirling Moss made his way to the Amelia and was an exciting addition to the numerous automotive icons in attendance this year. This Mercedes-Benz racer returned to the Concours as a special guest after having been the first Honorary Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 1996.

Other racing legends, such as Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, Bobby Rahal, Peter Brock, Brian Redman, Hurley Haywood, Vic Elford and David Hobbs joined various seminar panels, including the 50th Anniversary of Corvette Sting Ray Seminar, the Porsche 911 Seminar and the Ford GT40 Seminar.

2013 also marked the inaugural 'duPONT REGISTRY CARS & COFFEE AT THE CONCOURS presented by Heacock Classic Car Insurance' affair, which took place on Saturday, March 9 on the 18th fairway of the Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Free to the public, thousands of car fans came out to see the latest offerings from Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Corvette, SRT/Chrysler, Maserati, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, BMW, Infiniti, Bentley, Jaguar, and other sponsors ahead of 'Concours Sunday'. Members of local car clubs displayed their rare and exotic cars as well.

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 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 7-9, 2014. For more information, visit
www.ameliaconcours.org.

Galleries
1965 Ferrari 250 LM  
1967 Caldwell D-7  
1970 Datsun 240Z  
1970 Dodge Challenger  
1970 Porsche 911S  
1971 Ferrari 512 M  
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL  
1976 Ford Kemp Cobra II  
1964 Ford GT40  
1965 Ford GT40  
1966 Ford GT40  
1967 Ford GT40  
1968 Ford GT40  
1969 Ford GT40  
1919 Miller TNT Special  
1920 Milton-Durant Special Race Car  
1923 Miller 122  
1924 Miller 122/183  
1926 Bugatti Miller Type 35  
1926 Miller Model 91  
1927 Miller Model 91  
1929 Mimille Race Car  
1931 Clyde Adams Special  
1931 Miller Championship Race Car  
1932 Miller FWD Special  
1935 Miller Ford Indy Car  
1949 Cadillac Coupe De Ville Prototype  
1952 Cadillac Series 62  
1953 Cadillac Le Mans Concept  
1953 Cadillac Series 62  
1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Concept  
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Concept  
1959 Cadillac Cyclone XP-74 Concept  
1961 Cadillac Eldorado Concept  
2002 Cadillac Cien Concept  
1959 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Racer  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Lightweight  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Rondine Pininfarina  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1930 Duesenberg Model J  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1931 Duesenberg Model J  
1931 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1932 Duesenberg Model J  
1936 Duesenberg Model SJN  
1972 BMW Turbo Concept  
1979 BMW E26 M1  
1981 BMW M1  
1955 Ferrari 250 Europa GT  
1958 Ferrari 250 GT TdF  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT TdF  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT  
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB  
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC  
1965 Lamborghini 3500GTZ  
1966 Lamborghini 350GT  
1967 Lamborghini Miura P400  
1968 Lamborghini Miura  
1969 Lamborghini Islero  
1971 Lamborghini Espada  
1976 Lamborghini Countach  
1985 Lamborghini Countach  
1951 Mercedes-Benz 170S  
1952 Mercedes-Benz 220  
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1959 Mercedes-Benz 220SE  
1931 Mercedes-Benz SSK Sport II  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1940 Mercedes-Benz 770 W150  
1964 Porsche 911  
1967 Porsche 911R  
1971 Porsche 911  
1973 Porsche 911 RSR  
1974 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo 2.1  
1974 Porsche Carrera IROC RSR  
1975 Porsche 934 911 RSR  
1977 Porsche 934.5  
1979 Porsche 935 K3  
1984 Porsche 911  
1963 Porsche 901  
1965 Porsche 911  
1968 Porsche 911  
1972 Porsche 911S  
1973 Porsche 911 RS Carrera  
1985 Porsche Speedster Design Study  
1986 Porsche 959  
1991 Porsche 911 Turbo S-2  
1952 Bentley Mark VI  
1953 Bentley R-Type  
1954 Bentley R Type  
1957 Bentley Continental S1  
1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I  
1960 Bentley S2  
1961 Bentley S2  
1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V  
1907 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost  
1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost  
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost  
1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1926 Kissel 8-75  
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1928 Chrysler Series 80  
1928 Marmon Model 78  
1929 DuPont Model G  
1929 Packard 633  
1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight  
1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight  
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1930 Auburn Model 125  
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16  
1930 Packard 740 Custom Eight  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16  
1931 Chrysler CG Imperial  
1931 Studebaker President Series 90  
1931 Stutz Model DV-32  
1932 Auburn 12-160A  
1932 Lincoln Model KB  
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial  
1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271  
1934 Packard 1101  
1935 Auburn 851  
1937 Cord 812  
1938 Lincoln Model K  
1939 Cadillac Series 75  
1940 Buick Limited Series 80  
1940 Lincoln Continental  
1941 Chrysler Town and Country  
1942 Lincoln Continental  
1934 Bugatti Type 57  
1937 Delahaye 135M  
1938 Talbot-Lago T23  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III  
1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter  
1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith  
1948 Chrysler Town and Country  
1953 Cadillac Series 62  
1956 Cadillac Series 62  
1956 Continental Mark II  
1958 Cadillac Series 70 Eldorado Brougham  
1958 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner  
1959 Imperial Crown Series MY1-M  
1908 Mercedes-Benz 105 HP Rennwagen  
1910 Benz 21/80 Prinz Heinrich  
1914 Locomobile Model 48  
1925 Aston Martin Twin Cam Grand Prix  
1929 OM 665 SSMM  
1950 Ford Roadster  
1952 Porsche Glockler Roadster  
1956 Maserati 300S  
1957 Fiat Abarth 750GT  
1959 Osca 372 FS  
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB  
1960 Porsche Abarth 356 Carrera GTL  
1964 Porsche 904  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1965 Huffaker Genie MK10  
1965 Shelby Cobra 427  
1966 Porsche 906  
1968 Bizzarrini 5300 Strada  
1969 Lola T70 MK IIIB  
1975 Lancia Stratos HF  
1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750  
1932 Ford Special Speedster  
1933 MG J2  
1934 Aston Martin MK II  
1935 MG PA  
1936 Jaguar SS 100  
1936 Lancia Astura  
1950 Jaguar XK-120  
1953 Fiat 8V  
1954 Swallow Doretti  
1955 Abarth 207A  
1955 Austin-Healey 100S  
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce  
1957 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKIII  
1957 Maserati 150 GT  
1957 Porsche 356  
1957 Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS  
1958 Pegaso Z-103  
1958 Porsche 356A  
1959 BMW 507  
1960 Lancia Appia  
1962 Aston Martin DB4  
1962 Facel Vega Facel II  
1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sprint Speciale  
1964 Aston Martin DB5  
1964 Porsche 904  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289  
1971 Maserati Ghibli  
1918 Packard Twin Six  
1921 Packard Single Six 116  
1900 Orient Autogo  
1902 Delahaye Type OA  
1907 Holsman Highwheeler  
1909 Pierce Arrow Model 36  
1911 Packard Model 30  
1912 Buick Model 34  
1913 Buick Model 25  
1909 Peerless Model 19  
1909 Pierce Arrow Model 36  
1909 Thomas Flyer K6-70  
1910 Pierce Arrow Model 66