Amelia Concours Draws Great Collection

Going from strength to strength, Florida’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2010. A staggering 275 vintage cars were on display on the meticulously prepared lawns of The Golf Club of Amelia Island adjacent to the majestic Ritz-Carlton hotel.

The Norman Timbs Special was featured on the cover of Motor Trand’s second edition in September 1949.
In the build-up to the event the hotel hosted several seminars as well as the annual RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island sale. Here, more than 100 cars crossed the block with some very impressive results: the Whittell Mistress Duesenberg found a new owner for $1.7 million, while bidding on an immaculate Ferrari 275 GTB/4 came very close at $1.65 million.

New for this year was a Gooding & Company auction at the nearby Amelia Island Plantation. That sale was topped by the same Voisin C20 Mylord Demi-Berline, which had won the Best in Sho award at the Concours d’Elegance in 2009. Another lot of note was a Porsche RS 61 Spyder, which was acquired by none other than Sir Stirling Moss for $1.7 million.

A sharply streamlined Ghia Gilda passes in front of the Amelia Island review tent.
Unfortunately, Sir Stirling could not bid on the Porsche that had caught his eye in person after he was hospitalized due to a fall in his home. With two broken ankles and from his hospital bed, he instructed a representative to make the winning bid. Moss was also due to take part in the Three Greats Seminar together with NASCAR’s Richard Petty and drag racing legend Don Garlitz. In Carroll Shelby, a very worthy replacement was found. We hope to see Sir Stirling back in action soon, hopefully driving his latest acquisition.

The honoree of the Amelia Island concours was Richard “The King” Petty. One of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time, Petty won 200 races during his career, including a record seven Daytona 500s. He attended the seminar and the concours on Sunday wearing his signature Charlie One Horse cowboy hat and sunglasses. The King was joined by nine of the stock cars he used during his very long racing career.

This rare Kurtis road car was clocked at 142.515 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1949.
One of the most famous of these is the trick Plymouth Superbird with its low drag nose and tall rear wing. It was one of the last cars he ran in the trademark Petty Blue color-scheme. From the 1972 season onward he raced a combination of his own blue and the STP orange of his new sponsor.

One of the other special classes was reserved for cars that had graced the cover of Motor Trend magazine in the past. Featured in the September 1949 second issue of the magazine was the Norman Timbs’ Special. It took Californian aircraft engineer Norman E. Timbs three years and a hefty $10,000 to build in the late 1940s. The unusual machine consisted of a tubular frame with a mid-mounted Buick straight-eight engine and was clothed in a very slippery aluminum body. The special made its post-restoration debut at Amelia.

Another entry of note in this spectacular class was a rare Kurtis road car, which was clocked at 142.515 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1949. The driver that day was Wally Parks, the first editor of Hot Rod magazine.

Nearly a dozen versions of Porsche’s famed 917 race car were on display at the Amelia concours.
For racing enthusiasts, it did not get much better than the class dedicated to the Porsche 917. The legendary endurance racer already turned 40 last year, but it had a debut season best forgotten. Only in 1970 did things really come together for the flat-12 powered machine, so a celebration in 2010 is very appropriate.

Close to a dozen examples were gathered at Amelia, neatly representing the many configurations the car raced in. The highlight was the actual car that won the 1970 and Porsche’s first 24 Hours of Le Mans. A 917 class would not be complete without a Gulf liveried machine, and Amelia featured several. Also present was a rare long-tail version in mesmerizing “hippy” colors and several of the Can-Am cars.

The Concours d’Elegance trophy was awarded to a Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial roadster.
As always, the Concours d’Elegance was concluded by a rolling award ceremony. After all class winners received their silverware, the two Best in Show recipients were called forward. The Concours d’Elegance trophy was presented to Sam and Emily Mann for their fabulous Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster. Incredibly, this was the couple’s fourth outright win at Amelia.
Jonathan Feiber’s Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage was crowned as the best sports/racing car. The Concours de Sport winnere had been driven to victory in the very last of the famous Cuban Road Races in 1960 by none other than Stirling Moss.

Close to 20,000 spectators flocked to the idyllic island just off the coast of Florida for the Amelia Island concours. With a field of cars that would be hard to match for diversity and quality, it is hard to imagine that anyone left Amelia Island disappointed. The next Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 11-13, 2011, at the same location.

Here are a few of the other vehicles who were at the show as well:

Leyat Helica Replica

Fascination Prototype

Stout Scarab

Rolls-Royce Wraith

Vauxhall Roadster Prototype

Di Dia 150

Porsche 917K

Ford GT40 MK II

Jaguar C-Type

Buick LeSabre

Davis Devin

And there were many more. To get more info on this coverage and or this event please go to:

http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/event/232/2010-Amelia-Island-Concours-d-Elegance.html

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