Amelia Island Concours 2015

Sports Car Digest, March 15, 2015

The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2015 was held March 12-15th on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. The event attracted an estimated crowd of 30,000 and more than 300 vehicles on display.

Honorary Chairman Sir Stirling Moss kicked off the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance by driving onto the field in one of his former race cars, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR that Moss drove to overall victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia. A further selection of Moss' race cars were among the stunning highlights of the 'Race Cars of Stirling Moss' class, from the Mercedes-Benz W196, W196 R and W196 S; Maserati 250F, 300S and 450S; Aston Martin DBR1; Porsche RS-60; Jaguar C- and DType; Ferrari 250 GTO, 250 GT Speciale 'Sperimantale', 250 TRi/61 and 290 MM.

In addition to the race cars of Stirling Moss, the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance also celebrated the BMW 327/328; Cars of the Cowboys; Corvette Race Cars from 1968 to '72; Ferrari Formula 1; Forgotten Fiberglass; Hot Rods: East versus West; Orphan Concepts; Porsche 914 and World Rally Cars; among others.

A 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster, owned by Ed Schoenthaler, was named Best of Show Concours d'Elegance at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours, while the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider owned by David Sydorick won Best of Show Concours de Sport.

Off the show field, attendees enjoyed seminars on the 'Design DNA of Iconic Cars' and 'The Car Guys of Television'. The Design DNA seminar saw General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche designers talk about the responsibility of the design team to maintain the DNA as new cars are designed and developed, while racer and broadcaster Tommy Kendall moderated the TV panel that included Wayne Carini; Ray Evernham; Peter Klutt; Barry Meguiar; Bob Varsha and Dale Walksler.

Plans for the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance are already underway and the 21th annual event is scheduled to be held on March 11-13. The show's Foundation has donated over $2.5 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida's First Coast since its inception in 1996.

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