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2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, a Day Early

Posted on 24 March 2017 by Connie Schmitt

By Bob and Connie Schmitt

Photos by Connie Schmitt

So, where were you when you heard the news?  We were informed via an email on Thursday, just 3 days before the scheduled event, that the Concours was being moved to Saturday due to Sunday’s miserable rain forecast.  We immediately texted the news to friends who were planning to attend, and got a heads up from others.  We flashed back to our very first Amelia Concours in 2003 – the year that it rained.  That Sunday morning was an incredible scramble to find covered space so the show could go on.

With over a decade of contingency planning, the Concours team did an excellent job of making sure the show would go on.   Saturday’s original plan was tweaked somewhat, and Sunday’s activities were rescheduled to Saturday.  It was amazing how well everything turned out!

Arriving at the Ritz

Arriving at the Ritz

We arrived at the Ritz on Friday afternoon, and looked at the RM / Sotheby’s Auction Cars, the Silent Auction.

RM Auction had an wide assortment of cars, ranging from a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S, 2012 Bugatti Veyron,  1995 Ferrari F50, 2011 Porsche GT3 RS 4.0, and an Atlas Babycar 2S.

RM Sotheby's Auction Cars

RM Sotheby’s Auction Cars

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet sold for $7.7M

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet sold for $7.7M

Lot 218 - 1995 Ferrari F50 sold for $2.64M

Lot 218 – 1995 Ferrari F50 sold for $2.64M

2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport sold for $1.65M

2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport sold for $1.65M

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 sold for $577,500

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 sold for $577,500

Love this GT3 RS 4.0!

Love this GT3 RS 4.0!

1951 Atlas Babycar 2S sold for $30,250

1951 Atlas Babycar 2S sold for $30,250

 

Comedian and car collector, Adam Carolla, was the perfect moderator for the “Japanese Racing – The Men Behind the Victories” seminar.  Adam’s unscripted humor kept everyone laughing, and his knowledge of these cars and drivers enabled us to hear amazing racing stories from panelists Peter Brock, Sam Posey, John Morton, Chip Robinson, and Tommy Kendall.

Chairman Bill Warner introduces panelists

Chairman Bill Warner introduces panelists

Funny guy Adam Carolla moderated the panel

Funny guy Adam Carolla moderated the panel

 

Suddenly it was Saturday.  In addition to gorgeous weather, the schedule meant we didn’t yet lose that hour of sleep with the “spring forward” change to daylight savings time.  Concours Founder and Chairman Bill Warner assembled fabulous car classes, blending a vast array of automotive design, history, and beauty.  After 15 years under our belts, we still get overwhelmed!   To name a few of the 40 classes, how about BMW 501-507, Cars of Al Unser Sr., Jaguar D-Type, Japanese Production Racing, Mercedes-Benz (Gull Wings), Motor Scooters, Movie Cars, Porsche (4-Cam Racing), and Streamliners to blow you away?

This beautiful 1957 BMW 507 was delivered to Elvis Presley while he served in the U.S. Army

This beautiful 1957 BMW 507 was delivered to Elvis Presley while he served in the U.S. Army

1971 PJ Colt Indy Car in the Cars of Al Unser Sr. Class

1971 PJ Colt Indy Car in the Cars of Al Unser Sr. Class

The 1987 Porsche Project 2708 was Al Holbert’s concept for Porsche to run in the Indianapolis 500.

The 1987 Porsche Project 2708 was Al Holbert’s concept for Porsche to run in the Indianapolis 500.

Beautiful lines of the 1955 Jaguar XKD 530 in the Jaguar D-Type Class

Beautiful lines of the 1955 Jaguar XKD 530 in the Jaguar D-Type Class

1957 Jaguar XKSS 716

1957 Jaguar XKSS 716

1955 Jaguar XKD 507 from Revs Institute

1955 Jaguar XKD 507 from Revs Institute

1972 Datsun 510 raced by Paul Newman in the Japanese Production Racing Class

1972 Datsun 510 raced by Paul Newman in the Japanese Production Racing Class

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in the Mercedes-Benz (Gull Wings) Class

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL in the Mercedes-Benz (Gull Wings) Class

1952 Vespa Piaggio 125 Motofurgocino Con Stabil

1952 Vespa Piaggio 125 Motofurgocino Con Stabil

1949 Buick Roadmaster from Rain Man

1949 Buick Roadmaster from Rain Man

1959 Chevrolet Stingray Racer from Clambake in the Movie Cars Class

1959 Chevrolet Stingray Racer from Clambake in the Movie Cars Class

Elvis sat here!

Elvis sat here!

1959 Porsche RSK 718 Center Seat in Porsche (4-Cam Racing) Class

1959 Porsche RSK 718 Center Seat in Porsche (4-Cam Racing) Class

1960 Porsche RS-60 in Porsche (4-Cam Racing) Class

1960 Porsche RS-60 in Porsche (4-Cam Racing) Class

Streamliners Class

Streamliners Class

1999 Spirit of Rett LSR Streamliner

1999 Spirit of Rett LSR Streamliner

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport Prototype, considered the rarest Corvette ever built. This car has not been seen by the public since it debuted at the 1957 New York and Chicago Auto Shows.

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport Prototype, considered the rarest Corvette ever built. This car has not been seen by the public since it debuted at the 1957 New York and Chicago Auto Shows.

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport Prototype

1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport Prototype

1932 Stutz DV-32

1932 Stutz DV-32

1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe

1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe

Restorer Bob Russo with 1968 Mirage M2/300

Restorer Bob Russo with 1968 Mirage M2/300

Ray Harroun made history with this 1911 Marmon Wasp by winning the 1911 Indianapolis 500 and being the only driver without a riding mechanic.

Ray Harroun made history with this 1911 Marmon Wasp by winning the 1911 Indianapolis 500 and being the only driver without a riding mechanic.

1911 Marmon Wasp

1911 Marmon Wasp

1911 Marmon Wasp

1911 Marmon Wasp

Camaro’s 50th Anniversary was celebrated with a special appearance of this 1967 “Number One”

Camaro’s 50th Anniversary was celebrated with a special appearance of this 1967 “Number One”

The Cars of Brumos class included this 1975 Porsche Carrera

The Cars of Brumos class included this 1975 Porsche Carrera

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider was Best of Show - Concours de Sport

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider was Best of Show – Concours de Sport

 

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is the ultimate gathering of automotive enthusiasts.  Don’t miss it next year.

Watch our Youtube video at https://youtu.be/RaCcv8R-XFM with pictures taken by Connie during this weekend.

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider

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