Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

2019 Chairman's Update

2019 was a Chamber of Commerce weekend with highs in the low 80's and sunny skies. A great improvement on the two previous years.

Our 2020 honoree, Roger Penske, has a motto, "Efforts=Results" and our staff works tirelessly year-round to present the best show of its kind in the world. I use the term "show" as even though we refer to ourselves as a "Concours d'Elegance", we are more than that. The Secret to our success is the people who attend, i.e entrants, racers, engineers, and designers. For many, it has become a yearly reunion of friendships that go back decades.

We pride ourselves on our seminars, and Ray Evernhams " Racing Around the Rules" was an absolute hit. Hidden nitrous, a variety of tape measures, hidden fuel bladders, aluminum bumpers....all the secret go faster, go farther secret stuff. Ray tells me, he received enough comments and inside stories to do two more programs. GOOD IDEA!!!

The seminar on the Porsche 962 drivers played to a standing room only audience of nearly 1,000. Tim Pendergast put together a display of winning 962's which will be difficult to duplicate anywhere.

Our Cars & Coffee at the Concours on Saturday morning has become a staple for us and last year boasted over 400 cars from local clubs and enthusiasts with a full field of spectators.

RM/Sotheby's, our auction partner had a great two-day auction topping $38.1M for their sale of 140 rare and collectible cars.

Jacky Ickx, the young Belgian that won six 24 Hours of Le Mans and was within 1 point of winning the Formula 1 World Championship twice, was our honoree. And what an honoree he was. He and his lovely wife, Khadja were as pleasant and approachable as any hero we've ever had. Best of all, we had a reunion of his 1977 Le Mans co-drivers, Jürgen Barth and Hurley Haywood with the Porsche 936/77 with which they were successful. Jacky entered the field in that very car to start the Sunday program. The Cars of Jacky Ickx featured 13 championship cars including his favorite, the Citibank Lola Can-Am car with which he won the 1979 Can-Am series. It was a pleasure for us to celebrate his impressive career.

At the end of the day, it was the 1938 Mercedes-Benz Autobahn-Kurier of Deborah and Arturo Keller of Petaluma, California, that won the Concours d'Elegance and the Ferrari 335S from Cavallino Investments, Courtland, Ohio (Brian Ross) took the Concours de Sport honors. It would be hard to argue those two choices weren't the best that afternoon.

The very desirable People's Choice Award went to Judge and Margie Cassini's Isotta Frashini Tipo 8A Two-Door Sports Tourer. A splendid choice and it illustrates the sophistication of our audience in choosing the Cassini's entry.

The Hagerty Children's Awards winners were well thought out and chosen by the next generation of car people. The three chosen were the 1974 Ferrari 365GBB of the Glenn Simon Collection, 1955 Cadillac Presidential Limousine of Harry Yeaggy and the OFF Brothers Collection's Janis Joplin Porsche 356C. All great cars and a reflection of what entertains our youth.

It is hard to believe that March 2020 will mark our 25th year.....our Silver Anniversary. I am thrilled that my friend, Mr. Roger Penske has agreed to be our honoree and to that end, we will have twenty-five of the cars he drove and the cars of Team Penske on the "Field of Dreams." Twenty-five years of a great ride.

BW

 

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