Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

Amelia Island Concours d^Elegance March 2018
This year was the 23rd edition of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, an event that began in 1996. The event is held in and around the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida, and traditionally features a famous racing driver as its honoree, beginning with Sir Stirling Moss. This year it was the Brazilian racing legend, Emerson Fittipaldi, who is a two time Indy 500 winner and winner of two world championships in Formula 1. In celebration, several of the cars that he piloted during his career were on display, including the two Indy 500-winning cars, and his McLaren and Lotus Formula 1 championship cars.

Just like the more recent years, the concours had an uninvited quest which wreaked havoc with the plans. Mother Nature threatened rain for Sunday, prompting organizers to re-schedule the event for Saturday. Nevertheless, the organizers once again proved their world class event status.

Over 300 historically significant vehicles were on display, carefully arranged into 35 categories. This year's special categories including Hunting cars, Grand Touring Prototype, pre-War MG, Electric Horseless Carriages, Jaguar E-Type, Auburn automobiles, N.A.R.T., and Martini Racing. The Amelia Concours celebrated another facet of revolutionary thinking that swept through custom car culture and design in the 1950s, with the Cars of Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth. Roth's customs were counter culture icons in the fifties and sixties and Amelia assembled an all-star team of his wildest creations, creating a rolling memorial to a man who was part of an American cultural movement with aftershocks that still echo. 'Ed Roth's work went well beyond hot rods,' said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. 'His use of fiberglass and his innate marketing genius helped propel the custom car movement to center stage in American culture. Subtlety wasn't part of anything Ed Roth touched, created or thought.'

Though decades separated Big Daddy Roth and E.L. Cord, their approach to automotive design struck a similar vein. E.L. Cord stated, 'there will always be a market for the product that is distinctive . . . that appeals to the man who wants something that isn't exactly like the products owned by all this neighbors.' Along with Auburn's fabled boattail speedster, the 2018 show field housed a significant collection of rare Auburn classics including Auburn Cabin Speedster (replica) and the Auburn Salon Collection owned by Mr. Parfet of Hickory Corners.

Enzo Ferrari is famously quoted as saying that he thought the Jaguar E-type was the most beautiful car ever made. Nearly a dozen examples from the 1960s and 1970s were at Amelia including a lightweight example sold new to the Briggs Cunningham race team. It raced at LeMans and is one of the most significant original E-Type Lightweights.

There were two classes for Ferrari vehicles, including the Ferrari Daytona and Ferrari production. There was also a special North American Racing Team (NART) class which including 10 Ferraris and a one-of-a-kind 1968 Corvette L88. It was from this class that the Concours Judges would select their Best of Show 'Concours de Sport.' That honor was bestowed upon the Ferrari 250/275P owned by the JSL Motorsports Collection. Along with its undeniable visual appeal, the car won the overall at the 1963 ADAC Nurburgring 1,000Kms with John Surtees and Willy Mairesse and the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours with Mike Parkes and Umberto Maglioli driving. It finished second at the 1963 Sebring event and won the first race at Mont Tremblant as a NART entry with Pedro Rodriguez driving. The car was campaigned as a NART entry in 1964 and 1965.

Another incredible race car class included the IMSA GTP Prototypes (Grand Touring Prototype) of 1981 to 1993. These revolutionary racers made IMSA's endurance races of the 1980s and nineties one of the most popular and best supported racing series in North American motorsport history. Complementing the 13 cars on display was the 'Drivers of the IMSA Prototype' seminar hosted by Bob Varsha. It included noted IMSA GT Championship drivers like Hurley Haywood, David Hobbs, Davy Jones, Tommy Kendall, Brian Redman and Chip Robinson.

Sitting alongside the GTP Prototypes on the show field were the Martini Racing cars. Eleven cars were in this group including seven examples from the John and Suzanne Campion collection. The cars wearing the red and double-blue stripes of the Martini International Racing Team has earned many iconic victories including the 24 Hours of LeMans, Monte Carlo rally, World Rally Championship, and the World Sports Car and Endurance Championship.

When new, the Duesenberg Model J was advertised as 'The World's Finest Motor Car,' which certainly held true for this year's Amelia Concours. The Concours Judges selected the Duesenberg owned by Harry Yeaggy as their Best of Show 'Concours d'Elegance.' The car has Murphy roadster-style coachwork that was restyled in period by Bohman & Schwartz of Pasadena, California. Styling changes included a lengthened hood, slotted fenders and more modern bumpers. One of the early owners of the car was Edward Beale McLean, who owned the Hope Diamond and whose family owned The Washington Post.

Since the shows inception in 1996, the Amelia Island Concours has donated over $3.2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida's First Coast.

The 24th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will be held March 8-10, 2019.

By Dan Vaughan


1965 Renault R8  
1970 Lotus 72  
1974 McLaren M23  
1974 Porsche Carrera IROC RSR  
1976 McLaren M23  
1977 Chevrolet IROC Camaro  
1989 Penske PC 18  
1993 Penske PC-22  
1994 Penske PC-23  

1970 Porsche 917  
1971 Porsche 917K  
1973 Porsche 911 RSR  
1976 Porsche 935  
1980 Lancia Beta Monte Carlo  
1981 Fiat 242  
1982 Lancia LC1  
1983 Lancia 037  
1983 Lancia LC2  
1985 Lancia Delta S4  
1988 Lancia Delta S4  

1981 Lola T600  
1983 March 83G  
1984 Jaguar XJR-5  
1985 Chevrolet Corvette GTP  
1985 Porsche 962  
1986 March 86G BMW  
1988 Nissan ZXT GTP  
1988 Porsche 962C  
1989 Porsche 962  
1991 Jaguar XJR-14  
1992 Nissan NPT-90  

1954 Ferrari 250 Monza  
1959 Ferrari 196 S  
1961 Ferrari 250 TRI61  
1963 Ferrari 250 P  
1963 Ferrari 275 P  
1965 Ferrari 365 P2  
1966 Ferrari 365 P  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3  
1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder  
1971 Ferrari 512 M  
1981 Ferrari 512 BBLM  

1923 Big Daddy Roth Tweedy Pie  
1956 Ford Big Daddy Roth F100 Special  
1959 Big Daddy Roth Outlaw  
1961 Big Daddy Roth Beatnik Bandit I  
1963 Big Daddy Roth Mysterion  
1964 Big Daddy Roth Orbitron  
1964 Big Daddy Roth Surfite  
1994 Big Daddy Roth Beatnik Bandit II  

1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1929 Armstrong Siddeley Mark II  
1949 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster  
1958 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen  
1968 Jeep Wagoneer  

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Concept  
1954 Dodge Granada Concept  
1956 Chrysler Plainsman Concept  
1960 Plymouth XNR Concept  
1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate  

1955 Porsche 356  
1956 Porsche 356A  
1959 Porsche 356A Carrera GS/GT  
1961 Porsche Abarth 356 Carrera GTL  
1963 Porsche 2000GS GT  
1964 Porsche 356 Carrera 2  
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS  
1966 Porsche 906  
1973 Porsche 911 RS Carrera  
1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS  

1929 MG M-Type Midget  
1930 MG M-Type Midget  
1933 MG J2  
1933 MG L1 Magna  
1934 MG N-Type NA  
1934 MG PA Midget  
1935 MG NB  
1935 MG PA  
1938 MG TA  

1928 Auburn Model 115  
1929 Auburn Cabin Speedster  
1932 Auburn 12-160A  
1933 Auburn 8-101  
1933 Auburn Model 12-165  
1934 Auburn 1250 Twelve  
1935 Auburn Model 851  
1936 Auburn 852  

1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1929 Duesenberg Model SJ  
1930 Duesenberg Model J  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  

1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  
1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  
1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competizione  
1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona  
1971 Ferrari 365 GTB4 NART  
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Competizione  
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Shooting Brake  
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione  

1951 Ferrari 212 Export  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California  
1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica  
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB  
1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast  

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1  
1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE  
1963 Jaguar XKE Lightweight  
1972 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1973 Jaguar XKE E-Type  

1947 Bentley Mark VI  
1955 Bentley R-Type  
1958 Bentley Continental S1  
1959 Bentley Continental S1  
1960 Bentley S2 Continental  

1931 Mercedes-Benz SSK Sport II  
1938 Mercedes-Benz Type 320  

1950 Mercedes-Benz 170S  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC  
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL  

1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn  
1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith  
1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II  
1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III  

1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1932 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS  
1934 Bugatti Type 57  
1936 Lagonda LG45  
1937 Bugatti Type 57S  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  
1948 Cadillac Saoutchik Series 62  

1910 Packard Model Thirty  
1913 Stevens Duryea Model CC  
1914 Simplex Model 50  
1915 Stanley Model 820  
1917 National Highway Six  

1898 Riker Electric  
1905 Columbia Electric  
1905 Woods Electric  
1908 Studebaker Electric  
1912 Rauch and Lang Electric  
1916 Detroit Electric Model 62  
1922 Milburn Electric Model 27L  
1923 Detroit Electric Model 97B  

1918 Packard Twin Six  
1919 Kissel Model 45  
1925 Locomobile Model 48  
1929 Graham-Paige Model 827  
1929 Packard 645 Deluxe Eight  
1929 Peerless 8-125  

1930 Packard Series 734 Eight  
1930 Packard Series 745 Deluxe Eight  
1931 Buick Series 90  
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen  
1932 Cadillac Series 452-B Sixteen  
1932 Chrysler Series CH  
1932 Packard Model 905 Twin Six  

1933 Packard 1005 Twelve  
1933 Pierce Arrow Model 1242 Twelve  
1934 Buick Series 90  
1934 LaSalle Series 350  
1937 Cord 812