Over the years, the show grew solidly and it wasn’t until Barry Meguiar and the Meguiar’s team recognized me in 2002 as the “Meguiar’s Hobby Person of the Year” did we gain some national notoriety. After that recognition, we were off and running. We were then named by Southern Living magazine as one of the top 20 events in the South to attend. Autoweek named us as one of the top shows in the world, as did Octane and Magneto magazines. Octane twice named us the Best Motoring event in the World. And last year, Ray Hay’s Gemstone Media won an Emmy Award for our NBCSN one hour special, Winning Amelia, capping 26 years of automotive passion.
We honored the best of the best, every year: Sir Stirling Moss (twice), Phil Hill, Hurley Haywood, Carroll Shelby, Brian Redman, Dan Gurney, John Surtees, Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Sr., Bobby Rahal, Jim Hall, Emerson Fittipaldi, Lyn St. James, Bobby Allison, Richard Petty, Derek Bell, Sam Posey, Vic Elford, David Hobbs, Parnelli Jones, Hans Stuck, Johnny Rutherford, Jochen Mass, Jackie Ickx, and Roger Penske.