19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – 2014
HORCH 853 AND SCARAB WIN THE 19th ANNUAL AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
The Gallery of the 2014 event offers only a brief glimpse into the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and hints at the excellent quality of the Classic Cars you can expect at next year’s 20th annual event. Learn more about the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at: www.ameliaconcours.org/
We do want to warn you the content of the Amelia Gallery contains some ‘Graphic Photos of Non-Classic’ Cars.
The sky was gray as rain and cool winds crossed Florida the week leading up to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The weather report on the radio cheerfully promised sun for the weekend events.
The first indication of eminent arrival at Amelia Island is glamorous cars caravaning at speed winding through traffic and car transporters on I-94. Turning onto the two-lane road that leads to the Ritz Carlton grounds the traffic is increasingly thick with rare and vintage cars.
Traffic slows as the parking areas for personal, auction and commercial transporters appear. The congestion increases as the palm tree lined road narrows again. Sleepy Amelia Island is bustling with the throng of car enthusiasts gathered in the days preceding the Concours. Days that offer a jam-packed social schedule of car focused events. From the Automotive Fine Arts Society and Hasselblad Automotive Photography exhibits to the Porsche Driving Experience and other sponsored activities.
Impressive seminars are one of the hallmarks of the Amelia Island Concours. “The Great Offy Drivers” seminar included such racing legends as Parnelli Jones, Sonny Meyer, Al and Bobby Unser and David Hobbs. Speakers Ray Evernham, David Piper, John Mecom, Bobby Rahal, Alwin Springer and Bob Tullius lead a lively discussion during the “Merchants of Speed” seminar focused on a first person look at on-track race management and the sharp-edged business of racing.
The Gooding & Company auction is held the Friday before the Amelia Island Concours weekend at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. The auction sold $30,953,450 and the five Classics sold represented $2,273,750 of the total sales.
The Saturday RM Auctions offered a large selection of Classics including the 1939 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster from the Malcom Pray Collection that sold for $6,600,000. The 27 Classics auctioned in the afternoon represented over $15,000,000 of the $35,947,500 total sales.
Early Sunday morning, a slight chill hangs in the air as the activity of moving cars onto the show field begins well before sunrise. Walking the length of the vast show field is always impressive. The wheeled exhibits head to designated spots guided by teams of volunteers and Class Hosts in the last hour of dark. It is a bit surreal on the field that remains lit by portable floodlights and the headlights of arriving exhibitors until the sun rises over the beach.
By 8:00 the sun is up and the judges, commanded by the Head Judge and past CCCA President David Schultz, work diligently to complete their missions. The swarm of international media present document events as they unfold and photographers remain focused capturing digital images of magnificent cars and motorcycles assembled from around the world.
Nearly 29,000 people begin to flood the venue at 9:30 to participate in the 2014 Concours. Delighting attendees is an impressive automotive display of more than 330 vehicles representing the best exotic road cars and vintage racing cars.
The 2014 Concours celebrated Maserati’s 100th Anniversary with an array of models, including the 2014 Ghibli, representing the World Champion Italian grand marque’s impressive heritage and future of the brand.
McLaren marked its 50th anniversary with a display of rare and significant racers from five decades of competition. This display included 2014 Honoree Jochen Mass’ 1977 McLaren M23 Formula 1 racer as part of the “Cars of Jochen Mass” class. Mass was honored on the 25th anniversary of his LeMans victory.
An impressive array of pre-war vintage cars gathered beginning at mid-field extending around the pond near the far end of the show field presenting an amazing display of fine automobiles. The spectacular CCCA Classic Cars are well represented and once again provide the Horch 853 Concours d’Elegance Best of Show winner.
The afternoon is all about awards. Beginning with the introduction of the judges, a parade of significant cars receiving honors concludes with two outstanding automobiles given Best of Show awards. These are the Concours d’Elegance for the best classic collector car and the Concours de Sport for the best vintage sporting car.
The Horch 853, owned by CCCA member Bob Lee and Anne Brockinton Lee of Sparks, Nevada, took home one of the most sought-after trophies in classic car pageantry, the prestigious Concours d’Elegance award. This fully restored automobile is one of only two Horchs ever bodied by coachbuilder Voll & Ruhrbeck that also created custom coachwork for Bugatti, Cord, Mercedes-Benz and other fine marques.
The equally coveted Concours de Sport award was presented to the 1958 Scarab, owned by Miles C. Collier and presented by The Revs Institute for Automotive Research of Naples, Fla. One of three front engine Scarab sports racers built by Troutman and Barnes for Lance Reventlow, Created to compete against the great European marques, the Scarab was perfect for the American racing circuits of the period.
The week at Amelia is not entirely about the magnificent cars as the show's Foundation has donated over $2.25 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other Florida charities since 1996.
If you haven’t found your way to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, you are missing a truly superb experience, It may be time to consider your travel plans to Florida to attend the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, the 2015 event is scheduled for March 13-15.
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