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2016 Amelia Concours d’Elegance

Posted on 21 March 2016 by Connie Schmitt

By Bob and Connie Schmitt, Photos by Connie Schmitt

The 21th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on March 11-13 was an amazing event. On the days before the Concours, it is thrilling to watch the cars arriving at the Ritz, look through the many vendors, silent auction, book signings, test drives, and catch up with car friends we only see once a year.

Arriving at the Ritz

1952 Pegaso Z-1021955 Pegaso Z-102 BT2 Coupe Touring Superleggera

Singer Vehicle Design exhibitNew Ford GT

Lamborghini test drives

Test Drive - Jaguar F-Type R

Silent Auction

Ed Welburn, VP GM Global Design with Author Burt Lev

Saturday morning’s Cars and Coffee is a popular warm up for the Concours.

Cars and Coffee

Corvette arrives on foggy morning

Steve Shap arrives early with C7 and coffee

1959 356A Carrera GS/GT from the Ingram Collection

1934 SS1 "Walmsley Roadster" - The Birth of the Jaguar Sports Car

1934 SS1 "Walmsley Roadster"

Beautiful Ferrari

RM Auction sold a diverse mix of 88 lots on Saturday for over $38,000,000, including buyer fees.

RM Auction cars staging

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 "23-Window" Super Deluxe Microbus with Eriba Puck - $159,500

1960 Porsche 356B 1600 S Cabriolet - $242,000

1968 Chevrolet Sunoco Camaro Trans Am - $990,000

1964 Peel P50 - $176,000

Event Founder and Chairman Bill Warner composed a symphony of significant cars and motorcycles from around the world with 43 classes.

Early morning car staging was accelerated due to forecasted rain

Early morning show car staging

Our favorite classes were Porsche Rare 356 Open and Closed. Pete and Michele Archibald of Hilton Head Island, SC won the closed class with a 1951 Porsche 356 serial number 11111. Also included were two 1949 Porsche Gmünd coupes, a 1952 America Roadster, a 1955 Continental Coupe, the 1956 Carrera 356A by customizer Dean Jeffries, the iconic Janis Joplin 1964 356C, and the last 1965 356C Carrera 2 produced.

1951 Porsche 356 owned by Pete and Michele Archibald

Rare 356 Closed Class Winner

Jeff and Terri Zwart’s 1949 Porsche Gmünd is the 50th Porsche built.

1949 Porsche 356 Gmünd from the Ingram Collection, Durham, NC

1952 Porsche America Roadster owned by Stanley Gold

1955 Continental Coupe (Pre 356 A) from the Malamut Auto Museum

1956 Porsche Carrera 356A that launched the career of California customizer Dean Jeffries

1964 Porsche 356C (Janis Joplin Car) from OFF Brothers Collection

Iconic Janis Joplin car

Bill Lightfoot's 1965 356C Carrera 2 GS 2000 4 cam, the last Carrera 2 produced, is completely original except for 30 year old repaint.

Last but not least in the Rare 356 Open class was Bruce Jennings’ 1958 Porsche Carrera GT Speedster. The 1958 Porsche Carrera GT Speedster nicknamed Mahildabel is retired in Naples, FL at the Revs Institute for Automotive Research. This winningest Carrera GT speedster of all time earned 67 national SCCA race victories. It was Bruce Jennings medium-speed course car. He had two more GTs, one each for short and long courses. To be competitive at different circuits, Bruce found it easier to switch whole cars rather than continually changing all components. Originally an all-steel panel car, Bruce substituted an aluminum hood and deck for lightness.

The winningist Carrera GT speedster of all time

Bruce Jennings' 1958 Porsche Carrera GT Speedster, Revs Institute

1987 Porsche 962C raced by Derek Bell, Hans-Joachim Stuck, and Al Holbert from the Porsche Museum was our pick from the Cars of Hans-Joachim Stuck class.

1987 Porsche 962C raced by Derek Bell, Hans-Joachim Stuck, and Al Holbert from the Porsche Museum

We spotted Bob Russo with the RC Cola Porsche 962 that he had restored. This gorgeous 962 is owned by Dr. Gordon Zimmermann.

1986 Porsche 962 - Dr. Gordon Zimmermann

Bob Russo (center) with 1986 Porsche 962

We admired Nardi Bress’ 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe. We found that we knew the car from its prior owner Ace Rosner.

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - Nardi Bress

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe - Nardi Bress

All three Bizzzarrini Spyders ever produced were together in a special class. Don and Diane Meluzio own the last one produced.

1968 Bizzarrini 5300 Spyder S.I. - Don and Diane Meluzio

Best of show, Concours d’Elegance was presented to the 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, from The Nethercutt Collection. The 1952 Pegaso Z-102 was Best of Show, Concours de Sport. The “cupula” coupe bodywork sports an unusually large and bulbous read window. It debuted at the 1953 World Motor Show in Madison Square Garden in New York, and then was purchased by the President of the Dominican Republic.

1952 Pegaso Z-102 - Louwman Museum, The Hague - Best of Show, Concours de Sport

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance continues to be a great gathering for automotive enthusiasts. If you have never attended, this should be on your bucket list.

Watch our Youtube video at 2016 Amelia Concours on YouTube with pictures taken by Connie during this weekend.

 

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