Let’s begin with the Big Statement: The Amelia Island Concours d’elegance is among the world’s finest car shows. That is a no-longer questioned fact. Happysnap photos here by me!
It’s a concours at a Ritz-Carlton golf club, on the beach, no less; what, indeed, could be bad?
But instead of just giving you the usual rundown on all the great cars in the show, I’ve decided to serve you a a taste of the other happenings taking place around town and the actual showfield itself.
Fernandina Beach, Florida, is a charming, genuine, and quaint little historic town, on the Atlantic coast side of Florida; look North across the water and you can see Georgia. I’ve heard it described as the east coast version of Carmel but not as snooty. I’m not sure I completely agree with this notion, because I love Carmel, and find it more tony than snooty. But no matter, one of the great things that takes place in Fernandina is that the Amelia Island Concours classic car tour, held on the Friday prior to the show, and makes a lunch stop in town. The cars park up and everyone gets to see and enjoy them staged among the historic buildings. And the cost is zip/nada. Here’s a few pix…
Another of the exciting things that happened at this year’s Amelia is the North American reveal of the Lamborghini’s replacement for the popular Gallardo. This new model is named LP 610-4 Huracán and its fabulous. A virtually all new car, its body/chassis is a high tech and handsome combination of aluminum and carbon-fiber technology. Fast? Oh yeah, over 600 horsepower and 200+mph. Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann was on hand to present the car to the media and showgoers, the unveil proving a huge success with both audiences.
All weekend long, the Ritz simply teams with lifestyle events of all sorts. RM holds one of its legendary collector and classic car auctions on property on Saturday, and the cars are displayed on the hotel lawns which are open to the public. The Hot Ticket: Trip up to the rooftop of the Ritz’ parking structure, right by the entrance to the hotel ballroom, and you can sit and watch the cars roll in and out of the auction; a fabulous rolling concours of sorts, again at no cost.
Or fancy driving a new Porsche, Infiniti, SRT, Jaguar, or Mercedes-Benz AMG model? Those companies are parked up at the main entrance to the hotel, and you can sign up and take a new one out for an obligation free test drive. Yum.
The show’s many vendor sponsors are also on hand with booths full of their finest to tempt you — Breitling watches, Hassleblad cameras, the Automotive Fine Arts Society, lots of ways to spend your money on great stuff. My VISA twitched the whole weekend.
and by the way, there was a jim dandy car show too…
Trust me; if you love great automotive events, you must put Amelia Island on your Bucket List. Great classic, muscle, sports cars, and all kinds of unusual stuff you won’t see anywhere else, plus a decided motorsport flavor that no other show pulls off as well.
ameliaislandconcours.net. I hope to see you there next March.