Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

Amelia Island Concours d^Elegance March 2016
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'.

The 1986 Sebring winning number-5 'Coke machine' driven to victory by Stuck was also on display at Amelia. The car had limped to Sebring's checkered flag on three wheels after the left front wheel had fallen off during the final lap. The red #5 Porsche 962 still managed to win by eight laps. Two years later, at LeMans, another of Stuck's Porsche 962s was poised to make motorsport history. Stuck destroyed the LeMans qualifying record by five seconds, and was followed by Porsche's first one-two-three sweep of LeMans qualifying.

Perhaps one of the most creative and entertaining classes on the field was the 'Concepts Beyond Detroit.' This was a group of concept cars that were built in period, but not by manufacturers. They were developed by individuals or companies outside the major manufacturers in Detroit. The results were innovative, captivating, and sometimes outrageous. The group at Amelia were a few of the most ambitious, stylish, and avant-garde concept cars built. They were designed with an eye toward production but with a passion for innovation. On the show field was a Mohs Safarikar, one of three prototypes built and one of two to survive. Built specifically as an African Safari vehicle, it never saw duty there. It has an aluminum body that is covered with 40 yards of naugahyde vinyl stretched and stapled over polyurethane foam padding. It is equipped with three Steve McQueen 'Baja' racing seats that swivel for comfort while driving on rough terrain. The back bench seating folds down and can sleep 2 adults and 2 children. The top is removable and coupled with the sliding doors which gave hunters protection while taking African game.

The Mohs design has a very square and upright design. Many of the other vehicles on display, however, appeared to be space-age or aerodynamic inspired. The Studebaker Manta Ray Concept was built by two individuals who worked in the jet aircraft industry. Their design incorporated the swift flowing lines of a jet fighter plane. The showing of the Manta Ray at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance marks the first time in over 60 years it has appeared in public. Equally intriguing was the Fascination Concept. It looks like a three-wheeler, but the front spindle has two tires like on an airplane. Another concept on display that was designed to take full advantage of contemporary aerodynamic knowledge, was the Porsche Covington Tiburon. It was quickly recognized as a significant achievement and was featured in numerous magazines, even being recognized by Road and Track magazine as the most streamlined car in the world.

Pegaso built just 84 cars during their life span, and the Amelia show field included fourteen of those cars. Present was the 'el Dominicano' - a bubble-top coupe built in-house in Pegaso's works for Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. The Pegaso Z-102 was one of the most exotic cars in the world due to its Formula 1 technology and leading edge styling and engineering.

Another very special group was the ‘Trophy Cars' class, featuring eleven significant competition cars and the famous trophies they won in some of history's fabled classic races. This unprecedented display included The Borg-Warner Trophy paired with the Johnny Lightning Special, the Wheeler-Shebler Trophy with the 1909 Buick, Old Number Ten, the Harley Earl Trophy from Daytona International Speedway with the 1971 Richard Petty Plymouth Road Runner, the 1914 French Grand Prix Trophy with the 1914 Mercedes GP car, the Race of Two Worlds Trophy from Monza with the Jim Rathmann Watson Roadster, the Stevens Trophy with the Cord Beverly Sedan, the Sebring/Alec Ulmann Trophy with the Stirling Moss/Bill Lloyd 1954 OSCA, a replica of the Vanderbilt Cup with the ALCO, the Cannonball Sea- to- Sea Memorial Trophy Dash/Maurice G. Bauer Trophy with the 1975 Cannonball Dino, and two Le Mans Trophies with Ferrari bookends – the 1949 and 1965 trophies with the Ferrari 166MM of Luigi Chinetti and Lord Selsdon and the Ferrari 250LM of Rindt and Gregory, respectively.

The Lamborghini Miura was a landmark car that changed the supercar arena forever. It was introduced as a rolling chassis at the 1965 Turin Auto Salon. Even without coachwork, the mid-engine Lamborghini was still sensational and a huge hit, with orders being placed during the show. Named for an especially ferocious strain of Spanish fighting bull, the Miura made its debut at the 1966 Geneva motor show. Several examples of the Miura were on display, including the original Lamborghini Miura SV shown at Geneva motor show in 1971. It was the subject of more than a year's restoration by Lamborghini PoloStorico, and was presented as a finished project at the Amelia Island concours event. It was the pre-production model for subsequent Miura SV production, having many carry-over parts from the previous Miura S while introducing new features that would be seen on later SVs. The subject of exhaustive research, each detail of the Geneva show car has been respected rather than adopting later production SV parts, by Lamborghini PoloStorico. 'This is a very important car, not only for its place in history as the Geneva show car and the forerunner of future Miura SV models built, but as the first completed project of Lamborghini PoloStorico,' said Enrico Maffeo, Head of PoloStorico. 'We are delighted to be able, with the consent of the owner, to show this car for the first time in its perfectly restored state, at the important Amelia Island event.'

Rare appearances by celebrity cars included the Janis Joplin's 1964 Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet, which served as the centerpiece for the 'Porsche 356' class. The 1949 Buick convertible, one of two used to make the film 'Rain Man,' made its international Concours debut within the event's 'Post War American Production' class.

Best of Show
The yellow 1952 Pegaso Z-102, owned by Evert Louwman from The Hague, Netherlands, took home the prestigious Best in Show Concours de Sport Trophy. The highly coveted Best in Show Concours d'Elegance Trophy was presented to Helen and Jack Nethercutt from Sylmar, California, for their 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Town Car.
The Rolls Royce has a formal limousine body created by Brewster. It was once owned by 1930s film star Constance Bennett, who saw the car at the 1936 New York Auto Show and purchased it for a reported price of $17,000. Ms. Bennett kept the car for more than a decade until her husband lost the car in a poker game.

'I'm very pleased with the judges' decisions for the 2016 Amelia Island Concours winners,' said Bill Warner. 'Chief Judge David Schulz's team did a terrific job under extremely threatening weather challenges. The sunny Florida weather held until just after the Best in Show celebrations.'

Galleries
1961 BMW 700 RS  
1974 BMW 3.5 CSL  
1974 March 741  
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL  
1976 BMW 3.0 CSL  
1977 Brabham BT45  
1977 Shadow DN8  
1980 BMW E26 M1  
1984 BMW 635 CSi  
1984 Porsche 935  
1985 Porsche 962  
1985 Porsche 962C  
1986 Porsche 962  
1987 Porsche 962C  
1988 Audi 200 TransAm  
1988 Porsche 962C  
1991 Porsche 911 Turbo S-2  
2001 BMW M3 GTR  
1952 Pegaso Z102  
1953 Pegaso Z102  
1954 Pegaso Z102B  
1955 Pegaso Z102B  
1958 Pegaso Z-103  
1909 Alco Six Race Car  
1909 Buick Model 16  
1914 Mercedes-Benz 115HP  
1937 Cord 812  
1949 Ferrari 166MM  
1954 Osca MT4  
1957 Watson Leader Card Special  
1964 Ferrari 250 LM  
1971 Lightning P.J. Colt Indy Car  
1971 Plymouth Road Runner  
1973 Ferrari 246 Dino  
1950 Mercury OCM Custom  
1951 Studebaker Manta Ray  
1953 Paxton Porsche Phoenix  
1961 Covington Tiburon  
1967 Exemplar I Concept  
1973 Mohs Safarikar  
1974 Fascination 2DR  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3  
1974 Chevrolet Corvette Widebody  
1976 Chevrolet Corvette Widebody  
1979 Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Widebody  
1981 Chevrolet Corvette GTO  
1930 BMW DA2  
1937 BMW 328  
1958 BMW 503  
1958 BMW 507  
1958 BMW Isetta 300  
1970 BMW 2002  
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL  
1975 BMW 2002  
1980 BMW E26 M1  
2000 Williams FW22  
1969 Lamborghini Miura P400  
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400SV  
1972 Lamborghini Miura  
1967 Mercury Cougar  
1968 Chevrolet Camaro  
1969 Chevrolet Camaro  
1970 Dodge Challenger  
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302  
1970 Plymouth Barracuda  
1971 AMC Javelin  
1963 Ford Galaxie  
1964 Ford Galaxie 500  
1964 Mercury Monterey  
1969 Dodge Charger Daytona  
1970 Plymouth Road Runner  
1971 Mercury Montego Cyclone  
1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass  
1929 Cord L-29  
1930 Cord L-29  
1931 Cord L-29  
1936 Cord 810  
1937 Cord 812  
1930 Cord L-29  
1931 Cord L-29  
1938 Phantom Corsair  
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16  
1933 Cadillac 452C V16  
1936 Cadillac Series 90  
1940 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1931 Duesenberg Model J  
1932 Duesenberg Model J  
1934 Duesenberg Model J  
1924 Bentley 3 Litre  
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter  
1939 Bentley 4¼ Liter  
1952 Bentley Mark VI  
1954 Bentley R Type  
1956 Bentley S1  
1957 Bentley Continental S1  
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa  
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale  
1958 Ferrari 250 GT TdF  
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB  
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  
1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2  
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  
1957 Ferrari 250 GT  
1963 Ferrari 250 GT California  
1967 Ferrari 330 GTS  
1969 Ferrari 365 GTS  
1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A  
1927 Voisin C7  
1934 Bugatti Type 57  
1934 Hispano Suiza J12  
1934 Hispano Suiza K6  
1935 Bugatti Type 57  
1937 Delage D8 120  
1938 Graham-Paige Model 97  
1938 Steyr 220  
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 230  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 S  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL  
1972 Mercedes-Benz 600  
1949 Porsche 356/2 Gmund  
1953 Porsche 356  
1955 Porsche 356  
1956 Porsche 356A  
1959 Porsche 356A Carrera GS/GT  
1960 Porsche Beutler 356B Coupe  
1964 Porsche 356 Carrera 2  
1965 Porsche 356C  
1952 Porsche Type 540 American Roadster  
1953 Porsche 356  
1955 Porsche 356  
1955 Porsche 550 RS Spyder  
1958 Porsche 356A  
1965 Porsche 356C  
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1935 Rolls-Royce 20 / 25 HP  
1952 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV  
1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I  
1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III  
1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III  
1970 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI  
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1903 Packard Model F  
1904 Rambler Model L  
1907 Packard Model 30  
1910 Buick Model 17  
1910 Lion-Peugeot V2Y2  
1923 Detroit Electric Model 97B  
1909 Lozier Model J  
1909 Pierce Arrow Model 36  
1912 Imperial Model 34  
1912 Pope-Hartford Model 27  
1913 National Series V  
1915 Mercer 22-70  
1927 Kissel 8-75  
1928 Auburn Model 115  
1929 Packard 633  
1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight  
1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight  
1929 Stearns J-8-90  
1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight  
1932 Auburn 8-100  
1932 Packard Model 903 Deluxe Eight  
1933 Lincoln Model KB  
1933 Packard 1005 Twelve  
1934 Buick Model 90  
1934 Ford Brewster  
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve  
1934 Packard 1107 Twelve  
1934 Packard 1108 Twelve  
1935 Auburn 851  
1937 Packard 1507 Twelve  
1939 Chrysler Custom Imperial  
1941 Packard Super 8 180  
1942 Cadillac Series 62  
1946 Lincoln Continental  
1949 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster  
1954 Cadillac Series 62  
1956 Continental Mark II  
1956 Lincoln Premiere  
1957 Continental Mark II  
1958 DeSoto Adventurer  
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz  
1961 Pontiac Ventura  
1912 Mercedes-Benz Race Car  
1920 Dodge Model 30  
1923 Mercedes-Benz Indy 500 Race Car  
1929 Aston Martin 1.5-Liter  
1935 MG NA Magnette  
1936 Ford Hot Rod  
1948 Talbot-Lago T-26C Grand Prix  
1951 Cooper MG Barchetta  
1953 Allard J2X  
1953 Ferrari 340 MM  
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial  
1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2  
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC  
1964 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite  
1964 Ford GT40  
1965 Brawner McGee Hawk  
1965 DeTomaso Vallelunga Fantuzzi Spyder  
1965 Huffaker Genie MK10  
1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350 R Competition  
1966 Brabham BT8  
1966 Ferrari 206 S  
1966 Lotus Type 38  
1967 Lola T-90  
1968 Gurney AAR Indy Eagle  
1969 Porsche 908  
1970 Abarth SE 010  
1979 Porsche 935  
1985 Lancia Delta S4  
1986 Porsche 962  
1924 Voisin C4S  
1934 Jaguar SS1  
1934 MG PA Midget  
1934 Morgan Super Sport  
1935 MG PB  
1937 Railton Fairmile II  
1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500