This year’s annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will attract thousands of automotive aficionados to the March 13th event on the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia at the Ritz-Carlton hotel on Amelia Island. Event tickets are $95 in advance and $150 day of show. Go to www.ameliaconcours.org for more information.
The 2016 event will honor racing legend Hans-Joachim Stuck and showcase his F1 Brabham-Alfa Romeo. Featured marques include the rare Pegaso sports cars and a tribute to the 100th anniversary of BMW. Look for a trio of Bizzarrini Spyders and Mario Andretti’s 1965 Indy car on the show field. The REVS Institute (Collier Museum) in Naples will be bringing a 1969 Porsche 908LH Prototype, a 1958 Porsche Carrera GT Speedster and their 1954 OSCA MT-4.
Motorsports seminars are fan favorites and always a sellout. This year’s “Powerbrokers” roundtable discussion features a gathering of notable race car engine builders. Hans Stuck, David Hobbs, Brian Redman and Sam Posey will be on stage for the “BMW Drivers” seminar.
Other events leading up to the big show on Sunday include a silent auction, the Guardians of Porsche Wine Maker’s Dinner, the Reliable Carriers Eight Flags Road Tour and the RM Sotheby’s auction. RM Sotheby’s is the official auction partner of the Concours. Cars and Coffee at the Concours is a free show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the 10th and 18th fairways.
If that isn’t enough, there is the Festivals of Speed Amelia Island at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation & Resort in Fernandina Beach, Florida on March 11–12. Friday night is the Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception in the Omni Amelia Island Grand Ballroom – featuring a live band, premium cocktails and exotic automobiles. On show-day Saturday, hundreds of vintage, modern and custom vehicles will be on display on the Plantation golf fairway. See festivalsofspeed.com for details.
The weekend after the concours and all its events brings the inaugural Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix, with more than 150 vintage race cars and motorcycles racing at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. For tickets and information, visit www.svra.com and click on the Amelia Island Vintage Gran Prix page.
But wait, there’s more! At least five collector car auctions surround the Concours activities. We will have a preview of the notable auction attractions in our next article.