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2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

The 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Gallery offers a brief glimpse at this major event, only hinting at the exceptional quality of the show field and the great diversity of the cars present.

We must warn you that the content of the Amelia Gallery is rated “G” and does contain some “Graphic Photos of Non-Classic” Cars.

The weather at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance placed the main event at risk for the second consecutive year. The Winter Storm Stella was developing, moving quickly up the Florida coast and threatened less than idyllic weather for the Concours. Forecasts on Thursday promised up to four inches of rain accompanied by heavy winds for Sunday March 12. Concours Officials took decisive action and moved the main event to Saturday, a feat pulled off in less than 48 hours. Sunday, Winter Storm Stella did deliver heavy rain and wind that would have been devastating for any outdoor affair.

Complements go to the Amelia Concours organizing team for making that crucial call and once again delivering an outstanding event with more than 300 cars and motorcycles in attendance. This year’s honoree was racing legend Al Unser, Sr. and with plenty of Unser-driven race cars on hand, he made numerous appearances driving them through the show field. The Amelia Concours celebrated several special car categories. The Jaguar D-Type celebration drew 11 examples of rare 1955 XKD race cars, likely the largest gathering of these vehicles ever at one event. There were three XKSS Jaguars on the field as well, including Steve McQueen’s 1957 Jaguar from the Petersen Museum collection. Other special classes included Streamliners, Mercedes-Benz Gullwings, The Cars of the Movies and a celebration of the Chevrolet Camaro.

Award winning entrants were selected from the field of vintage, Full Classic®, sports and race cars by 120 judges who selected 120 award winners marshaled by past CCCA President and Chief Judge David Schultz. This year the Best of Show Concours d’Elegance was awarded to the 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ-582 Torpedo Phaeton owned by Terence Adderley and the Best of Show Concours de Sport award was awarded to the 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider from the Dano Davis Collection.

“I’m extremely pleased with the judges’ decisions for the 2017 Amelia Island Concours winners,” said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “Both the Duesenberg Model SJ-582 and Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider are extravagant vehicles and we are thrilled to give them the praise they deserve.”

The Concours Cars & Coffee event was also held Saturday and drew over 200 classic and exotic cars from local car clubs to the festivities. A variety of other automotive events were held prior to the Saturday Concours including dinners, driving tours and seminars that wrapped up on Sunday.

The RM Sotheby's Amelia Island Auction, the official auction of the Concours, was held on Friday and Saturday in the The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and totaled $71.8 Million with an average sale price of $524,234 per car and a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet by Vanvooren that sold for $7.7 million. The list of the significant automotive auction houses totaled five including Motostalgia, Hollywood Wheels, Gooding & Company and Bonhams conducted with 365 cars sold for a total of $121 million in sales for the 365 cars sold.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is the brainchild of award winning automotive photographer, Road Racing Drivers' Club member and father of the Amelia Concours, Bill Warner. The event was honored in London, England for an unprecedented second time in just four years when it was awarded the Octane Magazine's prestigious EFG International Historic Motoring Award for the Best Motoring Event of the Year in 2016.

Plans for the next year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance have already started and the 22nd annual event will be held on March 9-11, 2018. The show’s Foundation has donated over $3 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.

Learn more about the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at: www.ameliaconcours.org/

Past Amelia Island Galleries:
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Amelia Island 2016

Amelia Island 2015

Amelia Island 2014

Amelia Island 2013

Amelia Island 2012

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