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Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

Amelia Island Concours d^Elegance May 2021
Moved from March to May in light of the global pandemic, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance returned to the Golf Club of Amelia Island and the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island to host a world-class motoring event. The weekend's 2021 celebrated honoree was racer, writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker Lyn St. James. Like previous years, 'The Amelia' assembled a group of cars associated with the honoree. For the 26th celebration of the event, eleven of the cars that Lyn St. James drove throughout her racing career graced the manicured lawn of the show field, including the 1985 Ford Mustang displayed by 3 Dog Garage. Lyn's first Daytona 24 hour class victory would come behind the wheel of this historic pony car in 1987 when she shared driving duties with Daytona 500 winner Bill Elliott, Trans-Am Champ Tom Gloy, and then-reigning IMSA GTO Champion, Scott Pruett.

'Chevy Thunder' celebrated the Chevy-powered cars that made history, invested the average American motorist with the luxury of power on demand and created a muscular aura around Chevrolet's 'bowtie' emblem. Two classes of these V-8 powered cars graced the showfield. Friday's seminar of the same name featured two-time Daytona 500 winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The Amelia celebrated the 'all-conquering Porsche 935' with a lively seminar and 13 examples of the iconic race car on the show field. Porsche's 935 debuted 45 years ago in a world reeling from the Oil Embargo. The German manufacturer would create the Porsche Turbo, a more powerful and luxurious version of their 911. A new set of rules that shifted the emphasis of endurance racing from pure prototypes to modified 'silhouette' GT cars led to the creation of the 911 Turbo based Group 5 935.

The 1895 Morris and Salom Electrobat IV from the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania anchored The Amelia's 'It's Electric' class. Believed to be the oldest electric vehicle in existence, the Elecrobat provided perfect symmetry to Sunday's first-ever 'Taking Charge Parade.' The rolling display featured new EVs from nine manufacturers.

Other 2021 highlights included a wildly entertaining class of 'Weird and Wonderful' vehicles. Hispano-Suiza was the 'honored classic.' The Shadow class included the 'the two-dimensional car', the dramatic AVS Shadow MKI. And a class of 80s and 90s Supercars, highlighted by the 1995 McLaren F1 from the Miles Collier Collection, took to the main showfield for the first time.

'The global pandemic led to challenges unlike any other in The Amelia's history but the staff, volunteers and board of directors worked tirelessly to produce another world-class event,' Warner said. 'We were thrilled to honor the inspiring Lyn St. James. I think we borrowed a little of her unmatched tenacity and grit to make number 26 a reality.'

Best of Show
The Best in Show Concours d'Elegance Trophy was awarded to a 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet displayed by Jill and Charles Mitchell of Stuart, Florida.

A brief history of the 2021 Best in Show, Concours d'Elegance winner:

'Emilio de la Cuadra, a Spanish army Captain, started La Caudra in 1898. He hired Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt. Ownership would change hands, bankruptcy would occur and in 1904 a group of industrialists led by Mr. D. Damián Mateu and Mr. Francisco Seix would restructure to found LA HISPANO-SUIZA.

By 1905, they were producing four and six-cylinder engines. During World War I, they provided airplane engines. Birkigt designed engine innovations that included a cast engine block, reduction gearing and a hollow propeller shaft. When the War ended, they resumed production and developed a reputation for building luxury automobiles.

Hispano-Suiza produced 2,350 H6 cars from 1919 to 1933. The H6 featured an aluminum, overhead camshaft 403 cubic inch straight six cylinder engine. It was half of Birkigt's V12 aviation engine. The brakes were power assisted four wheel light-alloy drums, an industry first technology that was licensed to other builders including Rolls-Royce.

This Hispano-Suiza H6B was given Cabriolet Le Dandy coachwork at the Henri Chapron Works in 1931. Several Delage D8's received Le Dandy bodies, some with full flowing fenders and others with cycle fenders.'

A 1974 Shadow DN4 displayed by James Bartel of Key West, Florida took home the Best in Show Concours de Sport Trophy.

A brief history of the 2021 Best in Show, Concours de Sport:

'DN4-1A is the Championship winning Shadow racer from 1974. It was driven by Jackie Oliver and won four out of five races from the final shortened season of the original Can-Am. It would have scored a clean sweep of the series but suffered an engine failure in the final race, only four laps from the end. The DN4 was an all-new car for 1974 and used many components from the DN3-F1 racer. DN4-1A was retained by Don Nichols in an unrestored condition until purchased by its current owner in 2014. It was restored and raced in historic races from 2016 to the present. It has finished first in every historic race entered. The DN4-1A has been newly restored following an incident at the 2020 Road America historic races in July 2020. This is the first time it is being displayed since its latest restoration.'

'The 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet and 1974 Shadow DN4 both represent the excellence we strive for at The Amelia,' said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. 'This year's showfield might have been reduced to encourage social distancing, but the quality of the entries made selecting the winners as difficult as ever. Many thanks to our judging team, led by Paul Sable, for overcoming the almost insurmountable task of choosing the best of the best in each class.'

Galleries

1969 Chevrolet Corvette C3  
1979 AMC AMX  
1984 Argo JM16  
1985 Ford Mustang  
1985 Ford Mustang Probe GTP  
1988 Merkur XR4Ti  
1989 Ford Thunderbird  
1989 Mercury Cougar  
1991 Ford Mustang  
1997 Dallara IR7  

1912 Hispano Suiza 15/45HP  
1926 Hispano Suiza H6B  
1928 Hispano Suiza H6C  
1929 Hispano Suiza H6C  
1934 Hispano Suiza J12  
1937 Hispano Suiza J12  
1938 Hispano Suiza H6C  

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Competition  
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competition  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART  
1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  
2016 Ferrari SP 275 RW Competizione  

1977 Porsche 934.5  
1977 Porsche 935  
1979 Porsche 935  
1979 Porsche 935 K3  
1980 Porsche 935 K3  
1982 Porsche ANDIAL 935L  

1968 Shadow Lowline CanAm Prototype  
1970 Shadow MKI  
1971 Shadow MK II  
1974 Shadow DN4  
1975 Shadow DN6  
1976 Shadow DN8  

1970 Buick GSX  
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Series  
1970 Dodge Charger  
1970 Ford Mustang  
1970 Mercury Cyclone  
1970 Oldsmobile 442  
1970 Plymouth Road Runner  
1970 Pontiac GTO  

1955 Chevrolet Series 150  
1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1957 Chevrolet One-Fifty  
1958 Scarab Sports Roadster  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06  
1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11  
1968 Chevrolet Corvette C3  

1971 McLaren M8F  
1973 Lola T330  
1975 Chevrolet Dekon Monza  
1976 Chevrolet Corvette Widebody  
1977 Chevrolet Corvette Greenwood Widebody  
1982 AAR Eagle Indy Car  
1985 Chevrolet Camaro  
1985 Chevrolet Corvette GTP  
2001 Chevrolet Corvette  
2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R  

1901 Waverley Electric  
1905 Columbia Electric  
1909 Baker Queen Victoria  
1909 Studebaker Model 13A  
1910 Waverley Electric  
1912 Woods Model 1316  
1921 Milburn Model 27L  
1922 Detroit Electric Model 90  

1948 Davis Divan  
1948 Tasco Prototype  
1954 Frazer Custom  
1961 Chevrolet Corvair Series  
1974 Fascination 2DR  
2008 Vetter Extra Terrestrial  
2021 Biscuit Filmworks Monopoly Car  

1895 Morris & Salom Electrobat IV  
1904 Thomas Model 22  
1911 Thomas Model K-670 Flyabout  
1912 Cadillac Model 30  

1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25  
1934 Bentley 3.5-Liter  
1936 Lancia Astura  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1938 Delahaye Type 135  
1939 Steyr 55  

1924 Lincoln Model L  
1926 Packard Eight  
1928 Hudson Model O  
1928 Stearns Model H  
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16  
1930 Cord L-29  
1930 Ruxton Model C  

1931 Marmon Model 16  
1931 Studebaker President Series 80  
1932 Auburn 8-100A  
1932 Chrysler Series CH  
1932 Packard Model 903 Deluxe Eight  
1932 Packard Model 904  
1932 Studebaker President  

1933 Marmon Sixteen  
1935 Auburn Model 851  
1937 Lincoln Model K  
1940 Packard Custom Super-8 One-Eighty  
1941 Lincoln Continental  

1953 Packard Caribbean  
1954 Packard Convertible  
1956 Continental Mark II  
1956 Lincoln Premiere  
1957 Pontiac Bonneville  
1959 Ford Galaxie  
1960 DeSoto Adventurer  
1961 Chevrolet Impala Series  

1929 Bentley 6½-Liter  
1929 DuPont Model G  
1929 Mercedes-Benz Model SS  
1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300  
1934 Riley MPH  
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B  

1980 BMW E26 M1  
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400S  
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO  
1986 Ferrari Testarossa  
1988 Porsche Type 959  
1989 Ferrari F40  
1991 Jaguar XJR-15  
1994 Toyota Supra  
1995 Ferrari F50  
1995 McLaren F1  
1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR  

1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500  
1950 Jaguar XK-120  
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300  
1953 Arnolt MG  
1953 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1953 Fiat 8V  
1953 Maverick Speedster  
1953 Siata 208 S  
1953 Woodill Wildfire  

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1957 Austin-Healey 100-6  
1957 Porsche 356 A  
1958 AC Ace Bristol  
1958 Porsche 356A  

1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1964 Fiat 2300  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289  
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1966 Alfa Romeo 2600  
1966 Lancia Flavia  
1967 Aston Martin DB6  
1967 Shelby Cobra 427  
1968 Ford GT40  
1970 Maserati Ghibli  
1972 OTAS 820 Grand Prix  

1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM  
1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre  
1930 BNC Type 527  

1950 Lester MG Special  
1954 Porsche 550 RS Spyder  
1955 Lotus Mark VIII  
1956 Cooper T39  
1957 Ford Custom Series  
1960 Watson Indy Roadster  

1961 Sunbeam Alpine  
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS  
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1969 Ford Mustang  
1969 Porsche 911T  
1970 Datsun 240Z  

1921 Duesenberg Grand Prix Racer  
1922 Duesenberg Model A  
1926 Duesenberg Model A  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1930 Duesenberg Model J  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1931 Duesenberg Model J  
1934 Duesenberg Model J  

1952 Ferrari 342 America  
1958 Ferrari 250 GT  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT  
1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona  
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  

1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
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