With more than 300 classic cars and vintage motorcycles on display at the Amelia Island, FL Ritz Carlton, over 30,000 eager motorists enjoyed the 20th anniversary of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Held on Sunday March 10th, attendees were treated to warm sunny weather to complement an historic display of blue chip collectibles on the lush 10th and 18th fairways. For the second year, I was in attendance all week waving the Sports Car Market flag at the Gooding and Company auction, RM Sotheby’s auction, Hollywood Wheels auction, Festival of Speed, the Heacock Insurance cars & coffee and as a vendor during the Sunday concours.
Arriving late into Jacksonville Tuesday night, my week started early meeting with clients, attending consignment tours and getting our SCM booth set up for the Gooding and Company auction on Friday. With a wonderful selection of cars which included a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Cabriolet, a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR, Alpine A110 1300, an unrestored Ferrari 275 GTB/4 and an interesting 1956 Maserati 200 SI, David Gooding and staff yielded $26,967,150 in sales for their one day auction on the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
Saturday morning brought hundred of cars to the Ritz for it’s annual Cars & Coffee event. This is a true gathering of car clubs on the East coast which showcased the strength of the BMW CCA, Porsche Club of America, Mercedes Benz Club and many others. This is a great way to catch up with old friends, meet new and have a pretty good cup of coffee, on the house.
Just as you’ve had your fill on the field, RM Sotheby’s was ready to kick off its daytime auction inside the Ritz. Many Amelia Island goers attended the cocktail reception the night before and previewed the cars, which are always hand selected and well presented. Sales from this auction were record breaking for this particular car week seeing totals reach $60.3m.
On Sunday, event founder and chairman Bill Warner honored famed race car driver Sir Stirling Moss by displaying a stunning selection of his competitive cars and making him the honorary chairman. This is the second time he has been given these honors, with the first being in the inaugural concour. The collection of race cars, which included 3 Mercedes-Benz W196 ‘Silver Arrows,’ a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, 250 GT Speciale ‘Sperimantale,’ Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage, a 250F, 300S and a M450S. I also won’t soon forget the D-Type Jaguar, C- Type Jag, an Aston Martin DBR1, a Porsche RS and others all in the ‘Race Cars of Stirling Moss’ class.
Best of Show Concours d’Elegance went to a 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster and a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider won Best of Show Concours de Sport. I was honored to have attended this years event, which truly is one of the best concours in the world annually.
See the rest of my images from the week HERE.