Tickets on Sale Now for Springs Amelia Concours

Tickets on Sale Now for Springs Amelia ConcoursTickets are already on sale for the 2013 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. This will be the 18th annual event!

This three-day explosion of automotive awesomeness is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 8-10, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Resort in Florida.

The centerpiece, Concours d’Elegance, is held on Sunday March 10, 2013 on the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach. The field opens at 9:30 A.M., remaining open until 5:00 P.M.

Discounted advance sale tickets are available now online at www.ameliaconcours.org for $55.00 per adult and $30.00 per youth (ages 12-18). Early entry tickets (allowing entry to the field at 8:30 A.M., one hour before the general public) are available for $75.00 per adult and $50.00 per youth (ages 12-18). Early entry with a buffet lunch tickets are available for $150.00 per adult and youth.

Tickets at the gate are $70.00 per adult, $35.00 for individual youths 12-18 years of age, and $30.00 for active duty military personnel (with ID) and their accompanying individual immediate family members. All tickets include an official program. Children under 12 years of age are admitted to the Concours field free on Sunday March 10, 2013 with a paying adult.

CLUB AMELIA is also available in advance. Club Amelia guests will be hosted for breakfast, lunch, a snack, a two-drink ticket at the Club’s private bar in the CLUB AMELIA PAVILION on the concours field. Also included are an official program, admission to the Concours, one VIP parking pass valid from Thursday through Sunday, and a poster of 2013 honoree Sam Posey. Individual membership is $375.00 (US).

Concours de'Elegance Amelia Island

Three enthusiast seminars are scheduled for the 18th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The Design of the Iconic Corvette Stingray seminar will be hosted at 10:00 A.M. in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island on Friday, March 8, 2013. Peter Brock, one of the designers on the original Corvette Stingray will discuss the development of the car from the original Bill Mitchell National Championship winning car through the 1963 production car. Mr. Ed Welburn, Vice President of Global Design will then discuss the development of the newest Corvette relating the design influence of the original Stingray Design. Admission is limited. Tickets are $25.00 per person, in advance or at the door, while supplies last.

At 4:00 P.M. on Friday, March 8, 2013 in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island will be the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Porsche 911 Seminar. Consisting of a panel of Peter Schutz (President of Porsche Cars, AG, retired), Alwin Springer (race engine development), Harm Lagaaij (Director of Design, retired), Hurley Haywood (the most successful driver of the Porsche 911, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of his victory in the Daytona 24 Hours of Endurance), Jack Atkinson (Former crew chief for Brumos Racing) and Vic Elford (Winner of the Monte Carlo Rallye). The discussion will follow the development of the car which has come to define Porsche. Tickets are $25.00 per person, in advance or at the door, while supplies last.

On Saturday March 9, 2013 the Talbot Ballroom at the Ritz Carlton will host the celebration of Ford’s GT40 seminar at 10:00 A.M. A panel consisting of GT40 drivers Brian Redman and David Hobbs will share the podium with John Horsman (John Wyer Racing Team Manager) and Lee Holman (President of Holman Automotive, Inc. and Holman Moody, Inc.), to discuss the development and racing successes of the Ford GT40. Tickets are $30.00 in advance or at the door, while supplies last.

The ROLLS-ROYCE WINEMAKERS DINNER is 6:30 P.M. Thursday March 7, 2013 at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in the Talbot Ballroom. Tickets are $275.00 per adult, in advance only. Seating is limited. Business attire appropriate.

The PORSCHE DRIVING EXPERIENCE will commence with a Drivers’ Meeting at the Fernandina Beach Airport at 7:30 A.M. Friday March 8, 2013. Allow eight hours. Entry fee is $200.00 (US) per car and includes the participation of both the driver and navigator. Also included is admission to the Porsche Seminar.

Donations to The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation, a 501C3 charitable organization, are appreciated and accepted in the Ticket section of the Amelia Concours website.

VISA and MASTERCARD are accepted online and at the gate.

About the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Now in its second decade, The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated over $2.0 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013.

For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.

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Amelia Concours d’Elegance tops 2 Million in Donations to Local Charities

Amelia Concours d'Elegance tops 2 Million in Donations to Local Charities

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I pulled this directly from the Concours d’Elegance newsletter. This news was simply too exciting not to share with our community!

Amelia Island, FL – The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation, Inc. presented a check to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida for $100,000. This brings “The Amelia’s” total donations to local charities to over $2 million since the Concours’ inception in 1996.

“We’re again able to donate a significant portion of the show’s proceeds to Community Hospice,” said Bill Warner, Amelia Island Concours Founder and Chairman. “While Hospice of Northeast Florida is our primary charity, we’re also very pleased to donate significant amounts to several other very deserving local groups. My heartfelt thanks go out to the entire community, to our volunteers and our sponsors for their support; they make all of this possible.”

Other charities receiving donations from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation in 2012 include Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, and the “Shop With Cops” programs of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County.

Community Hospice has been a fixture in North Florida since 1979, helping those with advanced illness live better quality lives regardless of their financial circumstances. The Spina Bifida of Jacksonville is dedicated to ending the scourge of spina bifida and helps those afflicted with the birth defect lead normal lives. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s mission is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members and survivors, when in need, and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs. The “Shop With Cops” program matches needy children and their families with Fernandina Beach Police officers and Nassau County Sheriff deputies for an annual Christmas shopping trip.

“These great organizations provide much needed service and comfort to the North Florida community,” Warner says. “These charities are close to our hearts; they were not chosen randomly. To be able to support these groups says much about the extraordinary generosity of spirit of the people of the First Coast. We’re privileged to be able to help.”

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Cyclops II Wows Amelia Concours Crowds

cyclops II Wows Amelia Concours CrowdsThe smell of overheated olive oil and scorched Cinzano filled the air as Cyclops enthusiasts of the rare Italian breed flocked to the 17th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance last March to see, in person and up close one, of 2-1/2 surviving, running examples from the famed house of Automobili Cyclops SpA. The mighty V-1 engined Cyclops II is the latest of the noble Italian breed that has charmed and inspired, confused and bewildered American enthusiasts, car buyers and customs officials since 1957.

Cyclops won no cup, trophy or ribbon at the 17th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance but it did draw the most attention on the Concours field strewn with significant competition machines and multi-million dollar collector cars. The 1957 Cyclops II is the rarest automobile ever displayed at The Amelia.

Created by Stan Mott and Robert Cumberford and manufactured by Italian automotive genius Piero Martini, the Cyclops II is minimalist transportation to the point of abject torture (fetal seating position). American Cyclops importers Trebor Crunchcog and T. Tom Meshingear were said to be present as current owner, Glenn Thomas of Beavercreek, Ohio, brought the lone surviving base model Cyclops II to Amelia, and parked it on the field amongst a heady collection of motoring giants. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Mott passed the reviewing stands in a tribute to the eight significant cars on Amelia’s “Field of Dreams”. It is rumored that the equally rare Cyclops “Fantistico” is in private hands somewhere in Michigan.
Created by Stan Mott and Robert CumberfordThis Cyclops’ automotive hubris typifies the spirit of European auto manufacturing following WWII and before such niceties as wind tunnels, hand held calculators, CFD and the Arabic numerals. The Cyclops II is thought to be the only car built after the Franco-Prussian War that used only Roman numerals during the design stage. Hence the name, Cyclops II.

The Cyclops answered questions that no one dared ask about personal transportation and individual mobility. Its minimalist design and manufacturing philosophy created a car that shamed the efforts of Volkswagen, Renault, FIAT, Isetta and Hotpoint.

Making a mockery of the discipline of planned obsolescence, the Cyclops II was a car for the ages. The Cyclops’ design is basic, simple, straightforward, inexpensive and easy to manufacture with basic hand tools. Marketing them in the 1950s to an America in love with fins, chrome, horsepower, style, ride, performance, comfort, reliability and value was the heady job tackled by American Cyclops Importers Crunchcog and Meshingear. However, Cyclops’ extraordinary victories in competition over the years, as reported in the august journal Road & Track, winning LeMans in 1960, The East African Safari in 1964, The Targa Florio in 1965, the Indy 500 in 1968, the Nurburgring in 1969, the Japanese Grand Prix 1971 and the Great Wall of China Grand Prix in 1972 did help sales.

Some feel the Cyclops is not a car for automotive connoisseurs or, for that matter, anyone who’d actually driven a real car. It fits at Amelia exactly because it’s one of those rare cars that allow us to answer that trite age old question “Are we having fun yet?” with a hearty, “Yes we are!” This fun was graphically captured in a genuine cartoon (above) with one of the most attractive ladies at the 2012 event expressing her appreciation of Cyclops charm.

In true concours spirit the Cyclops II was driven to and from the field by its owners and was last seen racing a Goggomobil and a 1906 17 liter Pomeraner once thought owned by the Duke of Hess-Pless-Heth through nearby Fernandina Beach at speeds approaching XCVI kilometers per hour.

AboutThe Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world.Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other.Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.8 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.

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2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Photos Available

neil-rashba-photosOver 1800 professional high resolution photographs of the 18th Annual 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance are available now in print or digital form from www.neilrashbaphotography.smugmug.com.

The photos of the 18th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance by Jacksonville-based professional photographer Neil Rashba are presented on the web in eleven galleries.

    1) 2012 BEST of SHOW
    2) 2012 GREAT ENDURANCE DRIVERS SEMINAR
    3) 2012 AMELIA FIELD
    4) 2012 CONCOURS AWARDS
    5) 2012 AMELIA MARQUE TOUR
    6) AMELIA COVER CARS OF ROAD & TRACK
    7) 2012 AMELIA ROLLS ROYCE DINNER
    8) 2012 AMELIA GALA
    9) 2012 PORSCHE TOUR
    10) 2012 HAGERTY FERRARI COBRA INVESTING SEMINAR
    11) 2012 FERRARI vs COBRA SEMINAR

All images are available in either print or high resolution digital format for private use or for publication.

Neil’s Concours photographs and his architectural photography are also available at 904-273-0388 or on the web at www.rashba.com.

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1938 Bugatti and 1962 Ferrari Win Big at The Amelia

1938 Bugatti and 1962 Ferrari Win Big at The AmeliaJACKSONVILLE, FL – The 1938 Bugatti Type 57 and the 1962 Ferrari 330 LM took home the Best In Show honors on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the 17th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, which attracted about 23,000 spectators and 295 vehicles.

The coveted Concours d’Elegance award went to the stunning 1938 Bugatti Type 57, owned by the Off Brothers Collection from Richland, Mich. One of only three surviving Aravis Drophead Coupes bodied by Gangloff, this green Type 57 arrived in the U.S. in 1961 and was fully restored in 2009. Bugatti produced the Type 57 between 1934 and 1939, ceasing production of the world’s fastest stock production car shortly after the beginning of WWII.

The rare 1962 Ferrari 330 LM, or “3765” GTO, owned by Jim Jaeger from Indian Hill, Ohio took home the Concours de Sport award. The 330 GTOs were Ferrari’s in-house hot rods: prototype Grand Touring cars with four-liter V-12 engines instead of the GTO’s traditional 3-liter V-12. Just two were built – a cross between a pure prototype and a road-going Grand Touring car. Assigned to Ferrari Engineer and racer Mike Parkes and factory F1 and sports car ace Lorenzo Bandini, Jim Jaeger’s 4-liter GTO appears as it did on June 23, 1962 when gridded seventh at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The very best in classic car pageantry displays also included the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe that helped unseat Ferrari as World GT Champion and the sleek 1929 Duesenberg J-108 Convertible Coupe that played a role in the classic movie The Gay Divorcee. Several other star cars were seen, including Rita Hayworth’s Ghia-bodied Cadillac, a Duesenberg once owned by Ginger Rogers, Natalie Wood’s Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster and Tom Mix’s custom Cord 812 roadster.

“Every year I’m amazed at the extraordinary vehicles I see grace the field, and this year was no different,” said Dick Messer, former Director of The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. “Both winners are perfect examples of style and sport and are very deserving of their awards. I congratulate the judges on their stunning choices.”

Cars that graced the covers of Road & Track were on display, as were a selection of cars that won the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. This year’s Concours also celebrated the momentous 50th Anniversary of the Ferrari GTO, which was marked by a gathering of twelve impressive vehicles on the show field.

Rally and road racing champion “Quick” Vic Elford served as the 2012 honoree, greeting attendees throughout the weekend. He also took part in the Great Endurance Drivers Seminar alongside other legendary drivers such as Sam Posey, Hurley Haywood, Brian Redman, Jim Hall, Gerard Larrousse, Joe Buzzetta, David Hobbs, Vic Elford, and Derek Bell.

Ferrari and Cobra fans were also treated to the unprecedented Cobra vs. Ferrari: the Battle for the World Championship for Sports Cars seminar on Friday, where Ferrari racing engineer Mauro Forghieri, Shelby Cobra Championship driver, Bob Bondurant, and Cobra Daytona Coupe designer Peter Brock, discussed one of motorsports’ most bitter rivalries.

Some of the world’s most prominent corporate, public and private collections had displays at the event, including Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. BMW also held the North American Debut of its new 6 Series Gran Coupe four-door coupe during the weekend.

Plans for the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance are already underway and the event is scheduled to be held on March 8-10, 2013 10th and the 18th Fairways of the Golf Club Amelia Island at Summer Beach adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

About The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.7 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call (904) 636-0027.

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$23 million sold at 2012 Concours d’Elégance

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A snapshot of history surrounded by beauty

This was the second year in a row that in the final end I didn’t make it to the Concours d’Elégance. Too much to do on the home front that made both my wife and I collapse when the moment came to say OK let’s drive down, park the car half a mile away, fight the sell out crowd and see some of the most awesome automobiles ever put together by mankind.

But we are happy to report that Judie and Lawrence and Ally at the Desk did some beautiful and funny coverage work as did our micro photography expert Helmut Albrecht – once again with a feature from sunrise to sunset of an event that attracted record numbers once again this year.

Concours d’Elégance 2012 Main Event

Concours d’Elégance 2012 Prepping and Auctions

The Concours showcased 300 cars and motorcycles, including a dozen 1960s Ferrari GTOs estimated to be worth about $90 million together.

In the end, the 14th annual RM Auctions sale generated more than $23 million in sales Saturday   (an 87% sell through) and the massive climate-controlled tent on the Ritz Carlton’s beachfront actually withstood the up-to 35 mile wind gusts that ripped through the island that day.

Top Producer at 2012 RM Auction on Amelia Island

and the Winner is......

The top seller was this stunning one-off 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe, its shapely blue low-slung design by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, build for a reported $20,000 during the start of the 1929 depression, fetching $2.42 million.

Down the road at the Gooding & Co. auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, taking advantage of the attraction the Concours d’Elégance has become over the years, a 1973 Porsche 917/ 30 Can-Am Spyder race car sold for a record $4.4 million.

Top Ten RM Auction Results

1. 1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupe – $2,420,000
2. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale – $1,430,000
3. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible – $1,210,000
4. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder – $1,210,000
5. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta – $1,100,000
6. 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Superprofile Coupe – $1,017,500
7. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster – $990,000
7. 1937 Squire 1½-Liter Drophead Coupe – $990,000
9. The Lalique Mascot Collection of Ele Chesney – $805,000
10. 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline – $803,000

Ally at the Desk Previews the 2012 Amelia Concours d’Elegance on Video

Ally at the Desk Previews the 2012 Amelia Concours d'Elegance on Video

2013 Infiniti JX

It is always a pleasure to be included with the press when The Amelia (The Concours d’Elegance) comes to Fernandina Beach each year. This year, Ally at the Desk returns with a humorous look at cars, now that she is old enough to drive!

Tickets at the gate are $60.00 (US) per adult, $25.00 for individual youths 12-18 years of age, and $25.00 for active duty military personnel (with ID) and their accompanying individual immediate family members. All tickets include an official program. Children under 12 years of age are admitted to the Concours field free on Sunday, March 11, 2012 with a paying adult.

Infiniti sponsors the Media Room and They are rightfully showing off their 2013 Infiniti JX at this event. This 7-passenger SUV has room for adults in both the 2nd and 3rd row seating.

Infiniti Connection includes Destination Assistance, Google Calendar, in-vehicle access to an Infiniti personal assistant, Drive Zone Monitoring and Max Speed Alert.

With a 265 horsepower, 3.5 liter V6 engine, this amazing vehicle will have you riding in complete comfort starting at $40,450 (plus the small obligatory surcharges).

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Test Drive a Jaguar at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Test Drive a Jaguar at Amelia Island Concours d'EleganceFull Jaguar Land Rover 2012 model year line-up available for drive experience and the Jaguar C-X16 will be on display during event

Mahwah, NJ – For the first time at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Jaguar Land Rover is proud to offer a complimentary drive experience to all attendees on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will be able to test the capabilities of the full 2012 line-up, including the all-new Jaguar XKR-S and Range Rover Evoque.

To schedule a drive, please visit the Jaguar Land Rover display by the main entrance of the Ritz-Carlton between 2pm and 5pm on Thursday, March 8, as well as between 9am and 5pm on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th.

Range Rover EvoqueAlso in attendance is Julian Thomson, Head of the Advanced Design Studio at Jaguar, to showcase the stunning C-X16 concept vehicle Jaguar’s compelling vision for the 21st century.

The Jaguar C-X16 concept is a bold statement of Jaguar’s future design and technological intent. The C-X16 takes the traditional front-engined, rear-wheel drive formula that Jaguar defined over decades and reinvents it for the 21st century in a performance-oriented hybrid drivetrain with 50:50 weight distribution. If anything can be said to define Jaguar design it is one word: drama. The C-X16 is no exception, taking the traditional two-seater sports car template and redefining it in the Jaguar idiom.

The 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will officially take place on Sunday, March 11 with supporting events beginning on Thursday, March 8. For more information on the event, please visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

Jaguar C-X16About Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC
Jaguar Land Rover is a business built around two great British car brands that are designed, engineered and manufactured in the United Kingdom. Jaguar Cars Limited, founded in 1922, is one of the world’s premier manufacturers of luxury sedans and sports cars. Since 1948, Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that define “breadth of capability” in their segments.

Jaguar manufactures all their cars exclusively in the United Kingdom, at the Castle Bromwich manufacturing plant in the British Midlands. Land Rover and Range Rover models are built in the United Kingdom at the Solihull and Halewood plants. Land Rover exports to 169 countries and Jaguar exports to 63 countries, with global sales for both brands exceeding 240,000 vehicles annually. The Jaguar Land Rover business employs 16,000 people in United Kingdom, including 3,500 engineers at two product development centers.

Headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey in the United States, Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC has offices across the USA and Canada and is represented by more than 330 retail outlets.

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Official Amelia Concours Endurance Drivers Seminar Panel

Official Amelia Concours Endurance Drivers Seminar PanelThe Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will host The Great Endurance Drivers Seminar at 10:30 AM, March 10, 2012 in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. The panel for this once-in-a-lifetime seminar is composed of a who’s who of, world championship sports car endurance racing.

Derek Bell (UK) has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times and the 24 Hours of Daytona four times.

Joe Buzzetta (USA) was one of the first Americans to race for the Porsche factory and won the Nurburgring 1000 Km for Porsche in 1967.

Vic Elford (UK) is The Amelia’s 2012 Honoree and won the Monte Carlo Rally and the 24 Hours of Daytona for Porsche in the same week. He’s won the 1000 Kilometers of the Nurburgring and the Targa Florio, raced Jim Hall’s ground breaking Chaparral 2J.

Jim Hall (USA) changed the world of sports car racing with his ground breaking Chaparrals. He raced in Formula 1 and, at Sebring in 1965, was the first to win a World Sports Car Championship race in a car he designed and built.

Hurley Haywood (USA) is a five-time winner of the Daytona 24 Hours, a three time Le Mans winner and has two wins in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

David Hobbs (UK) is Speed TV’s the Formula 1 commentator and won both the 1971 Formula 5000 and the 1983 Trans-Am championships. He has made 20 starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and scored a class victory in his first 24 Hours in 1962.

Gerard Larrousse (F) is a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and was Vic Elford’s co-driver winning the Targa Florio and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

Sam Posey (USA) Is a Daytona, and Le Mans veteran and, with Brian Redman, won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1975; he won the Lime Rock Trans-Am for Carroll Shelby, has driven for Roger Penske and is the man who broke Lime Rock’s one-minute barrier. He is an author, designer and a racing commentator for American television networks.

Brian Redman (UK) is the 1981 IMSA GTP Champion and two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring plus World Championship races at the Targa Florio, Monza, the Nurburgring, Watkins Glen, Brands Hatch, Spa, Monza, the Osterreichring and Mosport. He is the three-time Formula 5000 champion.

The GREAT ENDURANCE DRIVERS SEMINAR begins at 10:30 am, Saturday, March 10, 2012 in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Admission is $30.00. Purchase tickets at www.ameliaconcours.org or at the door.

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Gooding and Company Offers Collectible and Iconic Cars at Auction

Gooding and Company Offers Collectible and Iconic Cars at Auction

1948 tucker Torpedo

Gooding & Company, the acclaimed auction house celebrated for selling the world’s most significant and valuable collector cars, will once again offer a world-class presentation of the rarest and most luxurious automobiles (e.g., American Classics, Iconic Race Cars and Post-war European Sports Cars) at its 2012 Amelia Island Auction on March 9 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

STAR CARS:

    · A rare 1948 Tucker Torpedo that was featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s hit film Tucker: The Man and His Dream. Estimate: $950,000 – $1,300,000.
    · The Drendel Family Porsche Collection, which is recognized as the world’s finest private collection of its kind, consisting of both road and race cars spanning 25 years of Porsche history from 1973 – 1997. One of the collection’s most significant examples is the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can -Am Spyder. Estimate: $3,250,000 – $4,000,000.
    · Racing Legend Mike Hawthorn’s 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe, a legendary Italian car that is eligible for the world’s most exclusive events such as, Mille Miglia, Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza and the Colorado Grand. Estimate: $1,300,000 – $1,600,000.
    · The iconic 1955 Porsche 550/1500 RS Spyder, also known as Porsche’s legendary four-cam sports racer. Estimate: $2,200,000 – $2,600,000.

WHEN: The auction beings at 11:00 am on Friday, March 9; Preview opens Thursday, March 8 at 9:00 am.

WHERE: Racquet Park located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation at 6800 First Coast Highway in Amelia Island, Florida.

ABOUT GOODING & COMPANY: Gooding & Company, internationally celebrated for its world-class automotive auctions, provides unparalleled service in the collector car market, offering a wide range of services including private and estate sales, appraisals and collection management. Preceding each auction, a complete catalogue is made available online at www.goodingco.com and a virtual auction guide is published via Gooding & Company’s IAC award-winning iPhone and iPad app. Gooding & Company will conduct its next annual auction in Pebble Beach, California on August 18 & 19, 2012.

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Concours d’Elegance to Open With Classic Flyover

Concours d'Elegance to Open With Classic FlyoverThe 17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will open with a historic three-plane flyover at 10:02 AM on Sunday March 11th. In keeping with “The Amelia’s” theme of rare, elegant, and desirable cars and maximum fun, “The Amelia’s” flyover will not only be unique, but historically accurate.

The three-plane Amelia flyover will be led by David Martin’s 300-horsepower aerobatic Breitling CAP 232 monoplane. His wingman will be David Kicklighter in the Breitling Extra 300L aerobatic two-seater. The 300-series Extra is so fast and maneuverable that it was chosen as the chase plane for Burt Rutan’s Space Ship One.

Representing the classic trans-war period of aviation is David Marco’s award-winning Lockheed 12A, one of just eight still flying. Marco’s graceful 1938 Lockheed underwent a two-year, historically meticulous 10,000 hour restoration that presents the “Electra Junior” as it appeared in the late thirties.

Classic FlyoverThe twin-engine, double-tail Lockheed 12A was considered the “Lear Jet of the Thirties” and marked the dawn of American business aviation. Capable of 225 mph in 1938 the six-passenger Electra Junior was of all metal construction and even featured an on-board lavatory. It was made famous by the Academy Award-winning 1942 film Casablanca.

Marco’s Electra Junior was originally purchased by Phillips Petroleum in 1939 but was “drafted” into the US Army until 1945 when it was returned to Phillips Petroleum. Since 2011 it has been based in Jacksonville.

“There’s nothing like the sound of a radial engine,” said Warner, “Witnessing this flyover will be like a bit like time travel with the sight and sounds of the two Breitling aerobatic planes and the Lockheed 12A above the field of classic cars.”

The 2012 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held March 9-11th on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.The show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.8 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.

About The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance:
Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other.Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.8 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast.The 17th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 8-10, 2013.For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.

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Rare and Classic Cars are Heading for Amelia Island

Rare and Classic Cars are Heading for Amelia Island

Packard Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria (photo credit: Darin Schnabel © 2011 courtesy RM Auctions)

RM Auctions returns as the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance with its annual sale scheduled March 10, 2012
• Single-day sale features a superb roster of automotive styling with 100 investment-quality motor cars set for the auction podium
• Featured highlights include a coveted 1934 Packard Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria and a breathtaking, one-off 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe
• Sale acts as a prelude to the world-famous Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, making for an ultimate automotive weekend for motoring enthusiasts

Blenheim, Ontario – RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, has announced an exceptional roster of automobiles for its highly-anticipated Amelia Island sale, March 10 in Northeast Florida.

Returning to the prestigious Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the well-established sale – now in its 14th year – will present a magnificent roster of 100 blue-chip automobiles as it looks to build upon RM’s strong track record in Northeast Florida. In 2011, the company once again enjoyed the top auction results posted during the Amelia Island Concours weekend, generating a remarkable $24.3 million in sales with a superb 96% of lots sold – the highest tally ever achieved during the event’s history. The 2012 event promises to continue the momentum with a stellar list of early entries, including a handsome 1934 Packard Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria (pictured top) and a stunning 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe. Both are considered the ultimate in Classic Era design, rarity and desirability.

“The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend is a world-class celebration of automotive styling through the years,” says Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions. “We are delighted to be an official part of the weekend once again and look forward to bringing another impressive catalogue of high-caliber motor cars to our Amelia Island auction stage.”

Regarded by many as the ultimate Classic Packard, the 1934 Packard Twelve Convertible Victoria, chassis number 1108-15, is expected to garner serious attention from discerning enthusiasts. In many ways, the Packard Twelve was the signature car of the Classic Era – the top-of-the-line offering from one of America’s leading manufacturers. The example on offer represents the most desirable model year and is one of as few as two known surviving examples featuring the perfect combination of supremely desirable custom Dietrich coachwork in this style on a powerful Packard 12-cylinder chassis. Boasting an excellent provenance and well-documented history, it has benefitted from the care of several notable collectors over the years. In addition, it is a proven touring car – its excellent driving dynamics confirmed during a 1700-mile tour from Seattle, Washington, to Pebble Beach, California. Completing its status as the ultimate Classic Packard, its beautiful restoration was recognized via “Best in Class” honors at the 2011 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s in Michigan (Estimate available upon request).

“This Packard ticks all the boxes when it comes to desirability – unique styling cues, excellent provenance, superb presentation and capability for extended touring. It is arguably one of the finest, rarest and most inspired automotive masterpieces of the Classic Era, deserving of close inspection,” adds Myers.

1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe (photo credit: Darin Schnabel © 2011 courtesy RM Auctions)

1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe (photo credit: Darin Schnabel © 2011 courtesy RM Auctions)

Another outstanding example of Classic Era styling set for RM’s Amelia Island auction podium is a stunning, one-off 1929 Cord L-29 Hayes Coupe, chassis 2927005, widely recognized as the most significant L-29 in existence. Designed by Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky and built by Michigan’s Hayes Body Corporation on the revolutionary front-drive Cord L-29 chassis, this “one-off” design statement was conceived and built specifically for international show competition. No stranger to the show field, it enjoyed stunning results at the 1930 Paris, Monte Carlo and Beaulieu Concours d’Elegance events, where it secured its place in the history books as the first American entry to win at all three venues. Its stunning looks have continued to fascinate onlookers over the years, with additional accolades received at the 1987 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and more recently, “Best in Class” honors at the 2008 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance. Beyond its success on the show field, it also holds its ACD Category 1 Original Certification and boasts a known, well-documented provenance, including 50 years of careful single ownership (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,500,000).

Reflecting the international flavor of consignments for the RM Amelia Island sale, additional highlights include:

    o a one-off, well-documented 1937 Squire Corsica Short Chassis Roadster, chassis 1063, one of a limited few cars built by Adrian Squire. Powered by a supercharged Anzani twin-cam engine, it is the only one with coachwork by the London firm Corsica (Estimate available upon request);
    o The Ex-Walter Chrysler, Jr. 1941 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton, one of five built and the only example to pace the 1941 Indianapolis 500 (Est. $1,500,000 – $2,000,000);
    o a well-documented 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta, chassis 09721 (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,400,000);
    o a highly-desirable, professionally-restored 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, resplendent in the superb colors of black over dark green and featuring a removable hardtop and desirable Rudge wheels (Est. $850,000 – $1,100,000); and,
    o a beautifully restored, matching-numbers 1959 Jaguar XK120 “Alloy” Roadster (Est. $290,000 – $360,000).

RM’s Amelia Island sale acts as a prelude to the world-renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, returning March 11. Combined, the events make for an ultimate vintage car weekend for automotive enthusiasts.

The Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, Florida, 32034
Sale date: March 10, 2012
Preview dates: March 9, 2012 and March 10, 2012
Admission: An official auction catalog is available for $120.00 and admits two people to the preview and auction.

For those unable to attend the event in person, Internet, absentee and telephone bidding options are available and the auction will stream live online at www.rmauctions.com to provide real-time coverage of the event.

For more information on RM’s Amelia Island sale and a frequently updated car list, please visit www.rmauctions.com. For further information on the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, please visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

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David Piper Joins Amelia Concours

David Piper Joins Amelia ConcoursDavid Piper will join Ferrari’s Mauro Forghieri, Cobra creator Carroll Shelby and Cobra Daytona Coupe designer Peter Brock for the Cobra vs Ferrari: the Battle For the World Championship for Sports Cars Seminar at 4:00 PM, Friday March 9th in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.

Trying to cast David Piper in a racing movie would be almost impossible. But Piper is a star in his own remarkable life. And he knows entirely too much about making movies. At the height of his sports car racing career David was part of the driving crew for Steve McQueen’s 1971 feature film Le Mans. An accident during filming cost Piper part of his right leg. But he did not stop racing.

While Piper dabbled briefly in Formula 1 during the late Fifties and early Sixties when Grand Prix racing changed from Italian racing red to British racing green, he is best known for his days in sports cars, usually his green Ferraris.

He was part of the Cobra Ferrari battle for the World Sports Car Championship’s original cast in his green Ferrari GTO which he drove from New York to Florida to race at Daytona and Sebring. He raced his Ferrari to victory in the Kyalami 9 Hours in 1962 on the challenging 2.544 mile South African Grand Prix road course. Piper became an institution at Kyalami, racing his Ferraris to five more victories in South Africa. He also won his seventh Rand 9 Hours in one of the first Porsche 917s delivered to private a entrant. That car wore Piper’s distinctive “BP Green”. While David had no trouble mastering the fast and potent 917, he is best known for his races in Ferraris.

Piper not only raced his own Ferraris but drove for the most famous Ferrari teams; NART (North American Racing Team) and Maranello Concessionaires (British Ferrari distributors) and even as a works driver for the Ferrari factory.

“A gathering like this has never happened before,” Said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, “These men were key players in one of motorsport’s most bitter rivalries. There will never be another opportunity to see these famous men together or to hear the first person details of the battle for the World Sports Car Championship.”

Admission to Friday’s Cobra/Ferrari seminar is $25. Tickets may be purchase online at www.ameliaconcours.org.

Special Announcement:

Michael Keyser will be signing books at the Saturday Poster and Book Signing event as part of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend festivities.

After working at The Baltimore Sun as a reporter, Michael Keyser turned to freelance photography. In 1969, he attended SCCA drivers schools at the Marlboro and Bridgehampton

circuits in a 911 Porsche, and in 1970 formed Toad Hall Motor Racing. For the remainder of 1970 and all of 1971 he competed in SCCA, IMSA and FIA events, at the same time hopscotching throughout the United States and Europe taking photographs for The Speed Merchants, a photo essay on road racing that was published in 1973 by Prentice Hall.

In 1972 Michael finished 3rd in the IMSA Camel GT Challenge series in a 2.5 liter Porsche, at the same time producing a documentary film, also called The Speed Merchants.

The Speed MerchantsUsing the Porsche as a camera car, he raced at Daytona, Sebring, the Targa Florio, the Nurburgring, Le Mans and Watkins Glen with German driver, Jürgen Barth. He placed 2nd in the Camel GT Challenge series in 1973, 3rd in 1974 and 8th in 1975, driving a number of different Porsches. In 1976, after a victory in a Porsche at the 12 Hours of Sebring with Al Holbert, he switched to a Chevy Monza for the balance of the season, finishing 4th in the Camel GT series. In 1981, after driving for numerous teams, Keyser retired from active compeition. The Speed Merchants was re-released in September of 1999 with a totally new text and twice as many photographs. A French Kiss With Death, a book about the making of Steve McQueen’s film Le Mans, by Michael Keyser, with Jonathan Williams, was published in November 1999.

In 2007, Michael’s company, Autosports Marketing Associates, published Bernard Cahier: F-Stops, Pit Stops, Laughter & Tears, a two-volume set covering the colorful life of the French photo-journalist The book contains many of Cahier’s most memorable photos along with personal anecdotes on the “behind the scenes” activities of some of motor-racing’s great drivers from the ’50s through the ’80s. It was the winner of the 2007 Dean Batchelor Award For Excellence in Automotive Journalism. In 2010 Autosports published The Speed Merchants – Frame By Frame – The 70s & 80s, and in 2011 Evolution of the Porsche 911 in Competition, 1965-2010 and Behind Le Mans: The Film In Photographs.

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Porsche Winner to Appear at the Amelia Concours

Porsche Winner to Appear at the Amelia ConcoursThe Porsche 917K that won a lopsided victory in the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona will appear at the 17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance as part of the salute honoring the Daytona 24 Hours’ 50th anniversary.

Wearing Gulf’s famous blue and orange for the first time in competition at Daytona, 1970 the potent 600 hp, 230 mph Porsche 917 coupe would become Porsche’s second Daytona 24 winner and the undisputed king of World Championship Sports car racing for two seasons.

Driven by Pedro Rodriguez, Finland’s Leo Kinnunen and 2000 Amelia Concours Honoree Brian Redman, the #2 917K Gulf Porsche dominated the first round of the 1970 International Championship of Makes winning Daytona by 45 laps – more than 171 miles! Redman was installed in the leading #2 Porsche while the 917K he shared with Swiss sports car and Formula 1 ace Jo Siffert had transmission repairs.

“They had trouble communicating with Leo Kinnunen, who didn’t speak much English,” Said Redman later, “They couldn’t make him understand that he should slow down… because they had a good lead.”

The Porsche 917K Redman shared with Siffert eventually finished second, giving Porsche a one-two finish, making Redman the first racer in history to place first and second in the same Daytona 24 Hours.

Rodriguez and Kinnunen went on to win three more World Championship races in 1970. With wins in every round of the 1970 championship season, except the 12 Hours of Sebring, Porsche won an equally lopsided championship victory over arch rival Ferrari.

The 1970 Daytona winner did not race again and was modified to Interseries specification as an open cockpit “spyder” in 1971. Kinnunen was reunited with his modified Daytona winner and raced it to the 1971 Interseries Championship. Kinnunen went on to win the Interseries Championship for three consecutive years. The 1970 Daytona 24 Hour winner was restored to Daytona-winning specification and still competes in high profile vintage and historic car races driven by its owner, Bruce Canepa of Scotts Valley, California.

Breaking News:

Al Satterwhite to be among several automobile writers attending the book signing event during Concours weekend. The book signings will take place on the afternoon of Saturday March 10th. Mr. Satterwhite will be selling and autographing his new limited edition (100 copies) book titled “the Racers”. In addition Mr. Satterwhite will have archival limited edition prints available for sale.

His book “the Racers” brings together a portfolio of award-winning photographer, Al Satterwhite’s, stunning black & white photographs of the most exciting decade of racing. From 1963-1973 the Daytona 24-Hour and Sebring 12-Hour races represented a time of profound change in racing as cars reached unheard of speeds, while advances in handling and aerodynamics forever changed the course of racing.

Al captured it all with his keen eye for action and composition and brings it to you in this exclusive collector’s limited edition book. You’ll get an intimate, never published before’ glimpse behind the scenes of drivers, action in the pits and on the circuit. Al’s work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and has been published in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, and Playboy.

About the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Now in its second decade, The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.8 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. The 17th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 9-11, 2012.

For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call (904) 636-0027.

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Ferrari vs Cobra, Sports Cars Seminar

Ferrari vs Cobra, Sports Cars SeminarAmelia Island, FL – Ferrari racing engineer Mauro Forghieri will join The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance’s FERRARI vs. COBRA, The Battle for the World Championship for Sports Cars seminar on March 9, 2012.

At the age of just 26 Forghieri, the son of a Ferrari tool and pattern maker, found himself a survivor of the infamous Ferrari racing department purge of 1961. Despite Forghieri’s age Enzo Ferrari promoted the young Modenese to chief engineer of the racing department.

Forghieri’s long tenure produced some of Ferrari’s greatest racing cars and a string of World Champions in Grand Touring, Sports Car and Formula 1 competition. In 1962 Forghieri got immediate results upon completing development work of Ferrari’s iconic GTO and saw it win the 12 Hours of Sebring, its first race. By his 30th birthday Forghieri’s Ferrari prototypes had won Le Mans and delivered world championships to Modena in 1963, ’64 and ’65.

Forghieri’s masterpiece is Ferrari’s 312 series of Formula 1 and Sports racing cars. The Ferrari 312PB prototype sports car earned the 1972 World Championship of Makes, winning every race the 12-cyliner prototypes entered during 1972. That was prologue for his brilliant Ferrari 312T that won the Formula 1 World Constructors Championship in 1975, 1976 and 1977.

Forghieri was the last of a rare breed of engineers who designed the entire car. He designed 15 Ferrari F1 racers from the tiny 1.5 liter Grand Prix cars of the early Sixties to the dawn of Formula 1’s 1000-hp Turbo Era in 1981.

Mauro Forghieri will join British Ferrari racing legend David Piper, Cobra creator Carroll Shelby and Cobra Daytona Coupe designer Peter Brock at 4:00 PM on Friday, March 9, 2012 in the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island’s Talbot Ballroom for the FERRARI VS COBRA, THE BATTLE FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SPORTS CARS seminar.

“Friday’s ‘Ferrari vs. Cobra’ seminar will be an unblinking look inside one motorsport’s bitterest rivalries,” said Amelia Concours founder and Chairman Bill Warner, “A group like this has never been assembled before; this will never happen again.”

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