The 2014 Annual Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance

The 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance brought an estimated 29,000 spectators to the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island next to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida.  More than 325 cars and motorcycles dazzled the crowds and created a daunting task for the team of expert judges.  They had to pick winners from a multimillion dollar collection of some of the most treasured vehicles in the world.  While Sunday may be the most publicized day of the show, activities were scheduled beginning on Thursday designed to round out the event and provide something for everyone.  The RM Auction presented an amazing collection of vehicles destined for new homes.  Dinners and receptions Thursday and Friday added to the nightlife side of the event while seminars from automotive legends added to your historical knowledge.  Test drives from several manufacturers along the beautiful roads of Amelia Island simply added to the fun. The public was invited to display their own unique custom vehicles at the Saturday Cars and Coffee gathering, making it one of the more elegant ‘cruise-ins’ you are likely to find. 

But Sunday was the real treat, seeing up close some of the most interesting vehicles in the automotive world.  From the collection of Packard concept cars to the newly released McLaren P1 super car, the vehicle display was a delight to any true enthusiast.  The fun began with “Fashion Cars”, vintage cars and beautiful models dressed in period costumes that matched the vehicles. Vintage, one-off manufacturer show vehicles were next, showing some that were lost for decades, now restored and paraded before an appreciative crowd. This year’s Best of Show Concours d’Elegance award went to a vehicle not well known in the States but popular among Germany’s rich and famous.  The 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet, owned by Bob and Ann Brockington Lee of Sparks, Nevada took the top prize.  On the sporting side, Best of Show Concours de Sport was awarded to the 1958 Scarab Mark II Sports Racer owned by Miles C. Collier and made famous in the ’50s and ’60s by race car driver Lance Reventlow.

Put the 2015 Amelia Island automotive celebration on your list. It’s an impressive automotive display of style and heritage that is a worthy cause as well.  Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated more than  $2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast.  Visit for more information.

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