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RM Sotheby’s Auction Breaks $60 Million at Amelia Island

RM Southeby's Auction Breaks $60 Million at Amelia IslandAmelia Island, FL – RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, is delighted to announce spectacular results for its 17th annual Amelia Island sale. The auction, which represented the first RM Sotheby’s event since RM Auctions and Sotheby’s formed a strategic partnership in February, achieved total sales of $60,360,050, besting the company’s record 2014 Amelia Island performance by 67 percent.

Photo: 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet brings $6,380,000 to set a new auction record for the model and become the most valuable car sold during the 2015 Amelia Island week (credit: Darin Schnabel (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

This result represents not only the highest total ever for a sale held during the Amelia Island week, but also exceeds the combined total of all other auctions this week, reaffirming RM Sotheby’s clear market leadership. The incredible 98 percent sell-through rate, which includes 13 individual million-dollar-plus results, is a testament to RM’s reputation for offering best-of-category automobiles.

Taking top sale honors of the day and of the entire Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance week was the 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, chassis no. 1945 SA, achieving a very strong $6,380,000 to comfortably set a new world record for the model at auction. Significantly, proceeds from car’s sale will benefit the consignor’s charity for the education of children.

“We were thrilled to present as significant a car as the 400 Superamerica here at Amelia Island”, said Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Both the importance of the car and the success of RM Sotheby’s international team in uniting collectors with the world’s finest automobiles is reflected in its result. The outstanding sale total is a sign of the ever-expanding market for blue-chip collector cars, with bidders hailing from no fewer than 22 countries, of which 22 percent were new to RM Sotheby’s.”

Providing further proof of Ferrari’s domination at the top of the market, additional lots garnering strong prices included the genuine 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, realizing $3,300,000; a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4, bringing a record $495,000, and the time warp 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, dubbed “the Condo Find”, achieving a fantastic $770,000.

Some of the most electric moments of the auction were brought about by the record sales of late model and emerging collectibles. Notable highlights included the exceedingly rare, six-speed manual 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB, which nearly tripled its pre-sale estimate at $682,000, smashing the previous auction record for the model. A pair of Ferrari 512 models also exceeded expectations, with the 1995 F512 M selling for $462,000 and the 1980 512 BB garnering $418,000.

Ferrari wasn’t the only high performing marque of the sale, with prices for fantastic Porsche 911s continuing to rise. Amongst numerous examples, a 1973 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring sold for $891,000, a 1988 911 Turbo ‘Slant Nose’ Cabriolet for $363,000, and a 1979 911 Turbo brought $253,000. Japanese collectibles also continue to make waves in the collector car market, with the much-talked-about 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z 432 surpassing its estimate to bring a record-breaking $253,000.

Ocean Front Lawn at RM Sotheby's 2015 Amelia IslandPhoto: Interested bidders view cars on the Ocean Front Lawn at RM Sotheby’s 2015 Amelia Island Preview (credit: Darin Schnabel (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

Demonstrating the diversity of the offering and RM Sotheby’s expertise across all segments of the market, additional top lots included elegant coachbuilt classics, racing greats of both the Pre-war and modern periods, and highly desirable sports cars of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

RM Sotheby’s – Amelia Island Million-Dollar-Plus Sales:

1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet (Chassis 1945 SA)
$6,380,000.00

1955 Jaguar D-Type (Chassis XKD 530)
$3,675,000.00

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider (Chassis 15417)
$3,300,000.00

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540 K Cabriolet A (Chassis 105384)
$3,025,000.00

1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider (Chassis 10814313)
$2,420,000.00

1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis Cabriolet (Chassis 57710)
$2,337,500.00

1971 Lamborghini Miura SV (Chassis 4884)
$2,310,000.00

1988 Jaguar XJR-9 (Chassis TWR-J12C-388)
$2,145,000.00

1967 Shelby 427 ‘Semi-Competition’ Cobra (Chassis CSX 3045)
$2,117,500.00

1953 Ferrari 212 Europa Coupe (Chassis 0287 EU)
$1,550,000.00

1930 Duesenberg Model J ‘Sweep Panel’ Dual-Cowl Phaeton (Chassis 2336)
$1,155,000.00

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Cabriolet (Chassis 188.013.6500077)
$1,100,000.00

1955 Austin-Healey 100S (Chassis AHS-3504)
$1,012,000.00

2007 Ferrari 599 GTB crosses the auction podiumPhoto: The six-speed manual 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB crosses the auction podium to roars from the crowd as it reaches a record price of $682,000, nearly tripling its pre-sale estimate (credit: Darin Schnabel (c) 2015 courtesy RM Sotheby’s)

RM Sotheby’s continues its 2015 calendar in Fort Worth, Texas, May 2 with the presentation of the Andrews Collection. The most significant private car collection ever offered at a single-vendor sale, the Andrews Collection auction will present 78 of the world’s finest automobiles along with an eclectic assortment of memorabilia. Later that month (May 23), RM Sotheby’s returns to Lake Como, Italy, for its biennial sale during the celebrated Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

To view full results from RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale or for additional information on upcoming events, please visit www.rmauctions.com or call (519) 352-4575.

Results are listed in USD and are inclusive of 10 percent buyer’s premium for automotive lots and 15 percent for non-automotive lots. Please note that results include sales that occurred immediately following the auction.

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The “Rocket” to Debut March 14 at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

The "Rocket" to Debut March 14 at Amelia Island Concours d'EleganceLos AngelesGalpin Auto Sports (GAS) and Henrik Fisker announced today the start of low-volume production on the 725hp coach-built super Mustang dubbed “The Rocket,” which was first unveiled as a prototype last November during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The first production model will make its world debut at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 14, where a select number of media will also have the opportunity to drive it.

Production of the car by Galpin and Henrik Fisker represents the commitment to build a limited number of vehicles to sell to collectors and automotive enthusiasts alike after the car received a positive reception in Los Angeles last year.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive from all over the world – you can’t get better feedback than that two months after debuting a car you helped build,” said Beau Boeckmann, President of Galpin Motors. “I’m so proud of Henrik’s amazing design, and the team at Galpin Auto Sports for the detailed performance work. Amelia Island is the perfect venue for this debut as it draws an eclectic group of passionate automotive enthusiasts from around the world into one picturesque central location that celebrates the automobile.”

The Rocket’s design, penned by Henrik Fisker, is unmistakably inspired by specialty pony cars of the 1960s and early 1970s including the 1968 Shelby GT500. While its design borrows cues from yesteryear, the materials used to produce it are as state-of-the-art as any modern exotic supercar. Constructed from ultra-strong and lightweight carbon fiber, Galpin and Henrik Fisker worked with GFMI Metalcrafters Inc., of Fountain Valley, Calif., to bring the design to life.

Since the car debuted in November of 2014, Galpin and Fisker have set to work to realize the commitment they made to bring this car to market. In just four and half short months, the team has worked with GFMI to finalize the molds for the production carbon fiber body panels and developed a number of new standard and optional performance and appearance upgrades.

black-rocket-frontFollowing its international debut in prototype form at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Galpin Auto Sports and Henrik Fisker will show the first production Rocket at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

Some exterior colors available include “Eminence Grise”-the paint color shown on the original Rocket prototype – Black, Ingot Silver and Magnetic (grey), Oxford White, Race Red, Deep Impact Blue and Competition Orange, but any interior and exterior color combination can be ordered at the customer’s taste. Other exterior options include an exposed carbon fiber hood stripe, mirror covers and lower front fascia.

Another option is the Rocket Interior Package with hand-finished Italian leather upholstery seats, dash board, center console, door panels and rear interior deck panel, as well as suede-lined A, B and C pillars, headliner and interior panels. Galpin also offers a custom-tuned premium audio system, featuring JL Audio amplifier, component speakers and an 8-inch subwoofer housed in a custom fiberglass speaker enclosure.

As standard, the Rocket is fitted with Ford’s optional Mustang performance package which from the factory includes fitment of a larger radiator with oil cooler; unique chassis tuning; gauge pack (oil pressure and vacuum); unique stability control, EPAS and ABS tuning; a 3.73 ratio TORSEN(r) rear differential and Brembo(tm) 6-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors.

The first production Rocket (black) will be unveiled at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, accompanied by the prototype (Eminence Grise) on Saturday, March 14 at the Amelia Island Ritz Carlton Golf Club Patio.

As an additional extra cost option, Galpin and Henrik Fisker are also offering a more extreme ultra-high performance Gran Turismo brake package from Brembo; featuring oversized 15-inch front and rear two-piece drilled rotors clamped by 6-piston calipers for superior stopping power.

New for production, a Bassani cat-back exhaust system with quad tips now comes standard as well; ensuring the outside of the car sounds as good as the inside. Two new additional wheel options have also been created. A 10-spoke 21-inch wheel was designed and built in conjunction with ADV1 and a special, track-oriented super-light 20-inch wheel and tire combo were also developed for owners wishing to reduce unsprung weight and improve the handling of their vehicle at the race track.

The Rocket, equipped with carbon fiber coach work, performance package and a Bassani exhaust, is available at a starting price of $109,100 USD, while models equipped with the supercharged performance package start at $125,000.

Interested buyers will have the ability to option the car to their personal tastes and can purchase directly through Galpin Ford and possibly through one of several hand-picked dealers across the country and around the world.

black-rocket-rearFor more information,
visit GalpinRocket.com.

The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance runs March 13 – 15 and takes place outside the Ritz-Carlton at the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach. Galpin will host limited media drives of the Rocket on March 13 and 14 from outside resort on an appointment basis.

About Galpin Auto Sports
Galpin Auto Sports, located at 15600 Roscoe Blvd. in Van Nuys offers customizing and personalizing services on all new and pre-owned vehicles including collector and classic cars. For more information on Galpin Auto Sports’ unique products and services, please contact GAS Operations Manager, Brandon Boeckmann (brandonb@galpin.com), at (877)-GO-GAS-GO or visit the website at www.galpinautosports.com.

About Galpin Motors
Galpin Motors, home to the world’s largest volume Ford dealership for the 25th consecutive year, was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Galpin is comprised of a family of quality automobile brands that include Ford, Lincoln, Honda, Mazda, Subaru, Volkswagen, Volvo, Jaguar, Lotus and Aston Martin.

For additional information on Galpin Motors and Galpin Auto Sports, contact Marketing Manager Jeff Skobin at 818-778-2540/, like them on Facebook at Facebook.com/GalpinMotors or visit www.galpin.com.

About Henrik Fisker
Henrik Fisker is an entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading automotive designers. Previously, Henrik Fisker founded Fisker Automotive in 2007, where he launched the world’s first premium plug-in hybrid, the Fisker Karma. Best known among his creations are BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Amongst his latest creations is also the Lauge Jensen Viking motorcycle. Originally from Denmark, Henrik Fisker is now based in Los Angeles, and is the Founder of HF Design, a design and technology company with various automotive, technology and consumer product ventures underway.

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, “Amelia” draws over 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 13-15, 2015. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 904-636-0027.

Photo Credit: Galpin Auto Sports

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Sotheby’s First RM Auction Sale Takes Place March 14, 2015 on Amelia Island

Sotheby's First RM Auction Sale Takes Place March 14, 2015 on Amelia IslandNew York – Sotheby’s and RM Auctions are pleased to announce the formation of a new strategic partnership as Sotheby’s acquires a 25 percent ownership interest in the world’s foremost collector car auctioneer, which will now be known as RM Sotheby’s.

This long-term investment comes as the more than $2 billion market for the finest automobiles continues to grow, presenting increasing opportunities for both companies. Sotheby’s and RM have previously collaborated on a number of successful sales in both the United States and Europe, most notably the November 2013 Art of the Automobile auction in New York, which achieved nearly $63 million in just two hours and saw a new auction record set for a Ferrari 250 LM at $14.3 million.

The announcement grows those previous partnerships and unites the two businesses for the full calendar of future automobile auctions. The first RM Sotheby’s sale will take place in Amelia Island, Florida, March 14, with additional auctions in Fort Worth, Texas, Lake Como, Italy, Monterey, California, London, England and New York among others scheduled for later this year.

“Sotheby’s is thrilled to join the clear market leader in this field,” commented Bill Ruprecht, Sotheby’s President, Chairman, and CEO. “RM has established a formidable position that will only be strengthened by this new phase in our relationship. Just last year, RM set a new benchmark for a collector car auction with their flagship Monterey sale totaling more than $140 million, eclipsing the previous record they had established in 2013. The incredible synergy between our businesses, including significant overlap of top collectors and a focus on new markets, will be further strengthened as we work together to expand the classic car collector base. RM’s ownership of the high end of the market coupled with our global client network positions us for great success at a time when the market for investment-quality motor cars has never been stronger.”

Rob Myers, Chairman and Founder, RM Auctions added, “The partnership that has been formed between RM Auctions and Sotheby’s is undoubtedly the most effective way for us to reach the ever-growing worldwide audience of collectors who take a keen interest in the collector car asset class. No other organization in the world has a client base as far-reaching as Sotheby’s and since we have worked so closely and successfully with them in the past, it makes perfect sense that we form a strategic partnership that creates a truly worldwide platform for collector cars. It’s an exciting time in our company history, and for the hobby at large.”

Initially Sotheby’s will have a 25 percent ownership position in RM, governance participation and a comprehensive partnership agreement to work together to drive growth in the business. Over time, Sotheby’s will have opportunities to increase the ownership stake as the partnership evolves and grows.

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Infiniti Sponsors Amelia Island Concours Media Center

Infiniti Sponsors Amelia Island Concours Media CenterNASHVILLE, TN – For the fifth consecutive year, Infiniti will support the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance by sponsoring the Media Center at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island from March 13 to 15, 2015.

Infiniti’s Ritz-Carlton media center will be available to credentialed media on March 13 and 14, and will move to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach on March 15. On Concours Sunday, media will have a perfect view of the hundreds of vintage, classic and historic racing vehicles spread out across the golf course’s 10th and 18th fairways.

The Infiniti Pavilion will feature the updated 2015 Q70L and QX80 Limited models along with the Q50 Sport with the new Performance Wheel and Tire Package. In addition, an Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 car will be on display for racing fans to enjoy.

Vehicles available for a ride and drive include a Q50 3.7, Q50 S Hybrid AWD, Q60 Convertible Sport, Q60 Coupe S Limited, Q70L and QX80.

About Infiniti
Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States and China. Production in the UK will start in 2015, bringing with it significant expansion of the brand’s portfolio. Infiniti plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.

As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the four-time FIA Formula One World Championship winning Team.

More information about Infiniti, its Total Ownership Experience(r) and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.infinitiUSA.com.

For the latest news on Infiniti, visit InfinitiNews.com.

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2015 Amelia Island Automotive Week Details

2015 Amelia Island Automotive Week DetailsThe Passport Transport Eight Flags Road Tour

As The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance approaches, many people have inquired about the upcoming Eight Flags Road Tour, sponsored by Passport Transport.

This annual event will take place on Friday morning; March 13, 2015, with participating cars beginning in at the Ritz Carlton and the Amelia Island Golf Club. This year over 60 spectacular cars are participating in this “Rally” style tour.

Once underway, this unique driving experience will take the Concours registered vehicles through one of the most beautiful, environmentally pristine and historically significant coastal areas in all of Florida, including Amelia Island. They will have an escort of officers from the Florida Highway Patrol and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Department.

The day will wrap up with a public display of the cars on Centre Street from Front to 5th Streets, and 2nd Street to Ash. Please be aware that a portion of these streets will be closed to traffic during this time. This allows the public to safely view the cars at no cost, while the car owners enjoy a luncheon provided by 23 area restaurants, for this charitable event. Lunch is served by Micah’s Place staff and volunteers.

All streets will reopen following the event at 2:00PM.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Businessman and car collector Bill Warner, a photographer and writer for Road & Track magazine since 1971, founded the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 1996 at the urging of Florida auto enthusiasts who wanted a classic car show in Florida like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. Warner selected Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, which had provided service to his parents as well as his wife, as the primary beneficiary of the event. The first event was held April 6, 1996 at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. The first year there were 163 cars and attendance was around 2,200 vs. 2014 when attendance increased to more than 29,000 people.

Entrants submit an application for each car, and the Concours field is selected from each year’s pool of applicants. Many of the competing cars are valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, with some worth millions. For this reason, along with its setting and amenities, the Amelia Island Concours is considered one of the premier Concours in the world.

In 2014 The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation topped $2.5 million in charitable giving by donating record amounts to the Community Hospice of Nassau County, the Nassau County Sheriffs, and Fernandina Beach Police Departments, Shop with Cops Christmas programs, and Micah’s Place Domestic Violence Center – A shelter for the victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Baptist Medical Center Nassau opened a new Community Hospice inpatient care center on the first floor of its new medical office building. The Community Hospice Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring is providing acute end-of-life care in a home-like setting.

The center is named in honor of Jane and Bill Warner in recognition of the remarkable legacy and support they will continue to leave on Nassau County.

Other area recipients include Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, and The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

The Micah’s Place Connection with Bonhams
March 10, 11, 12, 2015

When Bonhams ran into challenges trying to find an area location for its first annual Amelia Automotive Auction, during Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Week, it was suggested that, as Island Liaison and island resident of over 22 years, Marianna McIntyre might be able to help.

Working together with Ed Boner, Mayor of Fernandina Beach, The City Commissioners, and the City manager, they were able to find an appropriate location.

Not only is it wonderful to have Bonhams in Nassau County, but they have very kindly made Micah’s Place its nonprofit of choice. They are benefitting the victims of Domestic Violence in several ways including donating a Lot of fine items to be auctioned off in support of the Micah’s Place mission. Micah’s Place will also assist Bonhams by offering a local information table during the event, directing visitors to local business and restaurants.

automobile-week-2015-amelia-islandBonhams Auction House
Bonhams is a privately owned British auction house and one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Since its establishment in 1793, it has been amongst the most respected and trusted brands in the industry.

The Bonhams name is recognized worldwide throughout all sectors of the fine art, antiques and collectors market, with several of its departments established world leaders within their specialist category. In motoring, Bonhams continues to be unrivaled as the European number one auction house, achieving world record prices for Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Aston Martin – as is evidence by the sale in August 2014 of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, which became the most valuable car in history to be sold at auction for $38,115,000.

In 2013 alone, Bonhams achieved $24.88 million in net income.

With specialists in every major area of art and collectables, the depth of collective knowledge of Bonhams auctioneers has enabled the company to challenge the market positions of Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Ticket Sales Locations
20th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30 a.m.

$80.00 in Advance cash only while available/$100 at the Gate. Military, Youth and all other discounts available at the gate on Show Day.

Fernandina Beach, FL
*Purple Dove Resale supporting Micah’s Place – 474311 SR 200 Fernandina Beach
Amelia Island Chamber of Commerce – 961687 Gateway Boulevard, Suite #101G
First Federal Bank of Florida – 1500 Sadler Road Fernandina Beach
*Micah’s Place & Purple Dove Resale are proud members of The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation.

Jacksonville, FL
Brumos Motor Cars (Mercedes-Benz) – 10231 Atlantic Boulevard
Brumos Motor Cars (Porsche) – 10100 Atlantic Boulevard
Lexus of Jacksonville – 10259 Atlantic Boulevard
Lexus of Orange Park – 7040 Blanding Boulevard
Claude Nolan Cadillac – 4700 Southside Boulevard
Mercedes-Benz of Orange Park – 7018 Blanding Boulevard
Corrado’s Bakery’ N Bistro – 813 Lomax Street

Online Ticket Sales Information
The online ticket window will close on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at midnight (PST)
All tickets purchased online, except CLUB AMELIA, will be held at Will Call.
Club Amelia tickets were mailed out in mid-February.

WILL CALL HOURS:
Located Inside the Ritz-Carlton Talbot Pre-Function
Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2015-concours-micahs-place-infoLocated on The MotorXpo
Sunday, March 15, 2015 8:00 a.m.

General Information:
-Concours Automobiles will be on display on Sunday, March 15, 2015 only.
-Tickets are required for this event and also to attend all seminars on Friday and Saturday.
-There will be New Car Displays, Ride and Drives, Vendors, RM Sotheby’s Cars and our Silent Auction available at no charge on Friday and Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island to enhance your weekend activities.
-Cars and Coffee at the Concours is a free show on Saturday from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. on the 10th and 18th fairways.

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Office:
3016 Mercury Road South, Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Office: (904) 636-0027
(Office Will Be Closed The Week of The Event).

For More Information: www.ameliaconcours.org

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2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction

2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction

Photo by Bonhams Auctions

A new auction house is coming to Amelia Island for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and Bonhams is a recognized name when it comes to fine auctions!

Bonhams Amelia Island Auction will take place on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Preview Days are Wednesday and Thursday, March 10-11, from 10:00am until 5:00pm.

The auction will be held at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club.

Some auction highlights include Marlene Dietrich’s 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Phaeton, a 1911 EMF Model 30 Factory Racer, a 1936 Wanderer W25K Roadster, and a 1932 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat Convertible – just to name a few.

The best source of info for folks is by far the website: Bonhams.com/Amelia. You will find all lot details, descriptions, estimates, pictures and post-sale results are or will be available there.

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Official Auction of the Amelia Concours Presents Exceptional Cars

1945-SA

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Blenheim, Ontario – Fresh on the heels of its record Arizona sale, RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, announces an exceptional series of European Sports-Touring cars for its Amelia Island, Florida, sale, March 14, 2015, at the Ritz-Carlton. Headlined by one of the most valuable automobiles ever offered during the Amelia Island weekend, the sale will present a carefully curated selection of more than 90 blue-chip automobiles – a field that represents RM’s finest offering in the event’s 17-year history.

Top billing at this year’s sale goes to one of the greatest grand touring Ferraris of all time: a rare, matching-numbers 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet, chassis no. 1945 SA. Powered by a potent 4.0-liter V-12 engine producing 340 bhp and sporting stunning Pininfarina coachwork, the example on offer is the third of only seven short wheelbase Superamericas built. A left-hand-drive example and fitted with open headlights, it was finished in the unique color combination of Verde Bottiglia over a Rosso Connolly leather interior – an unusual color scheme the car still wears today. Over the years, 1945 SA has passed through a string of respected collectors, including noted sports car enthusiast, Oscar Davis. Its current owner commissioned a full, no-expense-spared restoration by marque experts, resulting in an exceptional, flawless presentation and rendering the car on-the-button mechanically. It has yet to be shown following the completion of its restoration, making 1945 SA an ideal entrant for the world’s most prestigious events. Significantly, proceeds from the car’s sale will support the owner’s foundation for the education of children (Est. $6,000,000 – $7,000,000).

1945-sa-interior

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“It’s an absolute privilege to have been entrusted with the sale of 1945 SA at our upcoming Amelia Island sale. As our recent Arizona sale showed, there’s a continued strong appetite for great open-top Ferraris, and this 400 SA is certainly among the best of its breed,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Auctions. “The true definition of sporting elegance, 1945 SA combines stunning design with high performance. Visually, it is beautiful in every respect. Its unusual and striking color combination helps distinguish it from its peers, enhancing its desirability, not to mention its various other unique details, from the chrome trim on the hood to its flush-mounted door handles. I’ve had the pleasure of driving the car and can attest it is a fantastic, turnkey driving example.”

1931-alpha-romeo-spider

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The Superamerica is joined by another superlative example of Italian design, a handsome 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Spider, chassis no. 10814313. With stunning coachwork by Zagato, this particular Alfa Romeo is a correct, fifth-series example with matching body stampings throughout. Like the Superamerica, it also benefits from a comprehensive restoration, completed in 2009 – an exercise that left the car exceptional in every respect. Imported to the United States for first time in 2011 and exhibited the following year at Pebble Beach, its offering presents a unique opportunity to purchase a superb example one of the most important sports touring cars from the early 1930s (Est. $2,300,000 – $2,600,000).

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A more recent offering slated for RM’s Amelia podium is a stunning 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II, chassis no DB6MK2/4214/LC. A Canadian example and one of 71 original Vantage-specification DB6s constructed, it was picked up by the original owner from the factory and was a treasured part of his collection in the Toronto area for some 45 years, during which time it was regularly exercised and carefully preserved. This highly original example, including its original interior and matching numbers drivetrain, features numerous optional accessories, including rare factory air-conditioning (Est. $650,000 – $850,000). The DB6 Mk II joins the previously announced 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Condo Find” Daytona, chassis no. 14385, also offered fresh to the market following single Canadian ownership from new (Est. $600,000 – $750,000).

“In today’s market, vehicles boasting single ownership from new are the epitome of automotive connoisseurship,” comments Duff. “These vehicles are often purchased new by individuals for whom it is love at first sight. It’s quite easy to understand why the Aston DB6 has been treasured by its current owner for more than four decades. Combining great looks with comfort and performance, it is the ultimate iteration of the DB6 platform, checking all the boxes.”

Veiw all of this year’s cars being auctioned at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island by visiting RMauctions.com.

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Amelia Concours Week Offers Seven Premiere Events

Amelia Concours Week Offers Seven Premiere Events Amelia Island, FL – Taking place March 12-15, 2015, the Amelia Concours Week includes seven top automotive events: Bonham’s Auction at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club (March 12), the Gooding & Company Auction (March 13) and Festivals of Speed (March 13-14) at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, duPont Registry Live Aeroport Reception (March 13) at Fernandina Beach Airport, the RM Auction at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island (March 14), Cars & Coffee at the Concours (March 14) and the 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on the greens of the Golf Club of Amelia Island (March 13-15).

Bonham’s Auction at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Thursday, March 12, is Bonham’s first-ever auction on Amelia Island and will feature a rare 1911 EMF Model “30” Factory Racer. Other notable cars for auction will include a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Phaeton formerly owned by silver screen goddess Marlene Dietrich, and a rare 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat. Viewings begin on March 10.

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation will host the Gooding & Company Auction. The Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction is a premiere destination for collectors and enthusiasts of fine automobiles. It will take place at Racquet Park at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 13 and will offer over 80 rare-to-market discoveries. The viewing will begin on March 12.

On March 13, guests can enjoy the duPont Registry Live Aeroport Reception at the Fernandina Beach Airport. An official Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event, the reception takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. and offers an elite reception staged inside a unique, aircraft hangar setting. Guests will mingle among the world’s most exotic cars, aircraft and high performance boats, while feasting on exquisite foods and premium beverages.

festivals-of-speed-jan-2015-ameliaOn March 13 and 14, the Plantation will also be home to the Festivals of Speed. The event kicks off Friday night with a luxury lifestyle cocktail reception featuring an incredible display of the world’s most exotic cars, custom created motorcycles, and luxury lifestyle products. The reception will also include cocktails, mouthwatering food displays, live music, and a live and silent auction to benefit Communities In Schools of Nassau County. The Festivals of Speed will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. The event showcases an array of vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models, and offers the opportunity to view some of the world’s most exotic supercars, custom motorcycles, watercraft, and other extraordinary vehicles. In 2014, Festivals of Speed brought $50,000 in much needed funding to Communities In Schools to provide additional services to more Nassau County children and teens.

The RM Auction, another official Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event, will take place March 14 at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Since the inaugural Amelia Island auction in 1999, RM has been the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Last year, the auction produced $35.9 million in sales and sold the most valuable car in Amelia Island auction week history, a 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster for $6.6 million. The 2015 auction will be held on March 14 at 11 a.m. in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom.

On Saturday, March 14, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will offer free admission to Cars and Coffee at the Concours, which offers the opportunity to view over 250 classic and exotic cars from local car clubs. The event is presented by Heacock Classic and features cars displayed on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island.

The Amelia Concours Week concludes with a grand finale as the 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 15, opens the International Concours season on the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island, adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The three-day event includes the Eight Flags Road Tour, seminars on Friday and Saturday, the Automotive Fine Arts Society’s annual show, an automotive photography exhibit, silent auction, Guardians of Porsche Wine Maker’s dinner, BMW dinner, Mercedes-Benz USA black tie gala and the new MotorXpo. The 2015 event will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Mercedes-Benz World Sports Car and Formula 1 Drivers Championships, Stutz, the BMW328, Chrysler’s legendary Town and Country and the Porsche 914. In celebration of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance’s 20th anniversary, Sir Stirling Moss, OBE, the first honoree from 1996, will return to Amelia for the event. More than 20 of Sir Stirling’s significant racing cars will be on the field on Sunday, March 15, among nearly 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world. Vehicles on display include rare classics and prototype cars as well as a selection of significant race cars. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation has donated more than $2.5 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, inc and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.

For more information about Amelia Concours Week, visit AmeliaConcoursWeek.com.

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Amelia Concours d’Elegance Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Amelia Concours d'Elegance Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Classic

The Amelia is celebrating their 20th anniversary!

Since 1996 the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has grown from a regional concours to an international award winning event on a global scale and is ranked at the top of the worldwide concours constellation.

To celebrate two decades of automotive design and competition excellence the 20th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will reprise the founding Concours of 1996 with our original honoree Sir Stirling Moss. This year marks the 60th anniversary of his record setting victory in the Mille Miglia, his first World Championship Formula 1 victory and the dual World Championships of Mercedes-Benz in the World Sports Car and Formula 1 drivers championships.

Sir Stirling scored each Mercedes-Benz victory in the six-race World Sports Car Championship of 1955. It started in May with his legendary triumph in the epic 1000 mile lap of Italy, the Mille Miglia. Sixty years later that record still stands. Moss’ victory for Mercedes in the Targa Florio, the final round of the World Championship, clinched the world title for Mercedes-Benz. It was the perfect complement to their second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship in 1955.

Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Classic

Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Classic

In each World Sports Car Championship race he won in 1955 Sir Stirling raced chassis number “0004”, his famous number “722” from the Mille Miglia. That same summer Moss won his first Formula 1 World Championship race, his home Grand Prix at Aintree, England, with Mercedes’ W196 Grand Prix car, the stable-mate of his triumphant 300SLR.

Sir Stirling’s final Formula 1 race for Mercedes-Benz came in the 1955 Italian Grand Prix racing the elegant W196 streamliner. After leading several laps on the fast, steeply banked Monza circuit a stone shattered the streamliner’s windscreen forcing Stirling to pit. He set a Monza lap record in his pursuit of the leaders but ended his Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 career when a drive shaft bent on the notorious Monza banking. Moss’ Monza streamliner was donated to the Indianapolis Speedway Hall of Fame Museum and will, for the first time, join “722” and the open-wheel W196 “slipper” Formula 1 car in the Cars of Stirling Moss class on Sunday March 15, 2015.

“With Sir Stirling and this extraordinary collection from Mercedes’ 1955 championship-season, the 20th anniversary Amelia Concours will be an historic and memorable event,” said Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “Sir Stirling set us on our course in 1996 and he’ll launch us to more successful decades with the reunion of this unprecedented and historically significant trio of his victorious Grand Prix and sports cars.”

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Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Classic

Tickets are now available!

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 over 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated over $2.5 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc., Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Shop with Cops, and other deserving charities. The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 13-15, 2015.

For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

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RM Auctions to Sell Daytona Winning Jaguar at Amelia Island

RM Auctions to Sell Daytona Winning Jaguar at Amelia Island

Photo credit – Tim Scott Fluid Images © 2014 courtesy RM

Blenheim, Ontario – RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, is delighted to announce it has secured one of the most historic sports prototype racing cars of the modern era – the Works Jaguar XJR-9, chassis 388, which won the Daytona 24 hours in 1990. Poised to cross the auction podium at RM’s highly anticipated Amelia Island sale, March 14, #388 is the third of just three cars constructed for the 1988 IMSA GT Championship, run by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR), and the only remaining example of just two XJR-9 chassis ever manufactured as purpose-built IMSA specification cars.

Prior to its most famous victory in 1990, #388 enjoyed two highly successful seasons in 1988 and 1989. In 1988, predominantly in the hands of Davey Jones and Jan Lammers, the car achieved four podium finishes and never finished a race outside of the top seven, a superb achievement that helped the Jaguar team secure third place in the IMSA constructor’s championship, stamping its authority in both IMSA and Group C racing.

During the 1989 season, #388 was an equally strong contender, achieving three front-row starts including a pole position, four second-row starts and eight overall podium finishes. The ’89 season saw Price Cobb and John Nielsen join the car’s driver roster, leading it to a remarkable record that saw it finish on the podium for two-thirds of all the races it competed in.

By the start of 1990 season, #388 was fully developed into XJR-12 specification and went on to famously win the season’s headline event, the 24 hours of Daytona, in the hands of Davey Jones, Jan Lammers and Andy Wallace. The victory was an unquestionable high point in Jaguar’s illustrious endurance racing history, especially after having finished second overall with this car at Daytona in 1989. #388 also secured a podium finish at Sebring in 1990.

“We’re thrilled to have been entrusted with the Works Jaguar XJR-9 for our Amelia Island sale. Its offering is made all the more special given 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of its win at Daytona,” says Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Auctions Europe. “It is a true work of art that effortlessly blends great design and engineering with incredible performance. The lines are fantastic – it appears fast even when standing still – and then there’s the massive V-12 engine that can help propel it to a blistering 240 mph. Despite all this, it is not an intimidating car. Having driven it recently, I can attest that it is a delight to drive and easy to handle.”

A short video highlighting the car with commentary from Max Girardo and Martin Brundle, TWR Jaguar Driver can be seen below:

The historic Works XJR-9 Jaguar will lead an exceptional roster of more than 80 handpicked automobiles at RM’s Amelia Island auction. Celebrating its 17th year as the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2015, the RM sale returns to the prestigious Ritz-Carlton, March 14. For further event details, including a frequently updated list of entries, please visit www.rmauctions.com or call toll-free 800.211.4371 (1 519 352 4575 outside North America).

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Bonhams Partners with Micah’s Place

Bonhams Partners with Micah's PlaceNew York – In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month this October, it is timely to announce Bonhams’ support of Micah’s Place – a non-profit, certified domestic violence center serving the communities of Amelia Island and Nassau County in northeast Florida.

Micah’s Place, with its professional, full-time staff and a support base of nearly 300 dedicated volunteers, offers free emergency services, shelter and assistance to victims of abuse and their families.

With stories of domestic violence perpetrated by professional athletes dominating news headlines in America in recent weeks, this subject has never been more appropriate.

Bonhams is committed to supporting worthy causes and the communities in which it does business. And with the recent announcement of Bonhams’ Amelia Island collector car auction scheduled for next March, at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course, the premier international auction house is proud to partner with the municipality of Fernandina Beach and Micah’s Place.

This will be an additional automotive event to compliment the offerings of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island including the RM Auction held at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island March 12, 2015, the Concours d’Elegance Amelia Island held March 13 – 15, 2015, the Gooding and Company held March 13, 2015 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, and the Festivals of Speed held on the property of Omni Amelia Island March 13 – 14, 2015.

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Concours d’Elegance Tickets for 2015 Now on Sale

Concours d'Elegance Tickets for 2015 Now on SaleTickets are now available online for the 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The three-day Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 13-15, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Resort, Amelia Island, Florida.

The centerpiece is schedule for Sunday on the Golf Club of Amelia Island and the field opens at 9:30 A.M., remaining open until 4:30 P.M.

Discounted advance sale tickets are available now online at www.ameliaconcours.org for $80.00 per adult and $40.00 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 $100.00 per adult and $60.00 per youth (ages 12-18). Early entry with a buffet lunch, called Concours and More, are available for $170.00 per adult and youth.

Tickets at the gate are $100.00 per adult, $40.00 for individual youths 12-18 years of age, and $40.00 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 15, 2015 with a paying adult.

New this year we are offering, for $12.00, a pre-paid ticket good for lunch on the field on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Children under 12 do not need an entry ticket for the event but will need to pre-purchase a lunch ticket. Active Duty Military can pre-purchase lunch tickets as they are not available day of show. You will be able to purchase your event tickets (with military ID) beginning Thursday, March 12, 2015 inside the Ritz-Carlton and also at the gate.

You will have a choice of the following (selection to be made at the event):
1. Char-grilled all beef hot dog on a sesame bun
2. Half pound grilled Black Angus burger with lettuce, tomato and onion on a corn dusted kaiser roll
3. Shaved oven roasted turkey wrap with Swiss cheese, lettuce and garden tomatoes
4. Italian wrap with ham, salami, provolone cheese and olive tapenade

All items include a bag of chips and a non-alcoholic drink.

CLUB AMELIA is also available in advance. Club Amelia guests will be hosted for breakfast, lunch, a snack, and three-drink tickets 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 Friday through Sunday, and a 2015 event poster (one per couple). Individual tickets are $425.00.

Two enthusiast seminars are scheduled for the 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. At 3:00 P.M. on Friday, March 13, 2015 in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island will be the Design DNA of Iconic Cars Seminar. A discussion by world leading designers regarding maintaining the brand appearance (Design DNA) of iconic cars. The panel will include designers from Porsche, GM and Mercedes-Benz.

Tickets are $30.00 per person, in advance or at the door, while supplies last.

On Saturday March 14, 2015 the Talbot Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton will host the Car Guys of Television seminar at 10:30 A.M. Learn about the challenges of producing an automotive television show. Panel to include Wayne Carini, Ray Evernham, Peter Klutt, Barry Meguiar and Dale Walksler. Tickets are $30.00 in advance or at the door, while supplies last.

The PORSCHE DRIVING EXPERIENCE will commence with a Drivers’ Meeting at the Fernandina Beach Airport at 7:00 A.M. Friday March 13, 2015. Participants will travel to Mayport Naval Station in their personal vehicles where they will enjoy activities to include an autocross in one of the latest Porsches and a high speed ride with Hurley Haywood or another Porsche factory driver. Lunch will be held at Mayport Ocean Breeze. You do NOT need to own a Porsche to participate. The entry fee is $220.00 per car (includes 2 people). Additional passengers are $110.00 each.

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 at www.ameliaconcours.org or at the gate.

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Cars of the Cowboys at The Amelia

Cars of the Cowboys at The AmeliaOn March 15, 2015, the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will display the eclectic and eccentric cars customized and modified to promote America’s movie and TV cowboys with the highly anticipated “Cars of the Cowboys” class. In true “Amelia” tradition, this unique display on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton will put fun ahead of fad and fashion as the first gathering of cowboy vehicles at a major international Concours.

Featured will be rare vehicles like Leo Carillo’s (Pancho, from The Cisco Kid TV series) 1948 Chrysler Town and Country “Steer Car,” and cowboy movie star Tom Mix’s death car, a 1938 Supercharged Cord convertible. Roy Rogers’ Pontiac by Nudie Cohn will also be in attendance and will take center stage alongside Dale Robertson’s 1958 “Tales of Wells Fargo” Buick Limited convertible built by Buick.

cowboy-cars-amelia-concours“This is the first gathering of Cowboy Cars at a major international Concours,” said Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “We hope to retrieve a few happy memories for the grown up kids of the 1950s who can bring their children and grandchildren to Amelia to see something that was such a fun part of our lives. Besides, without classes like ‘Cars of the Cowboys,’ it just wouldn’t be Amelia.”

The American western movie served as the financial backbone of the American Depression-era film industry. After World War II, the 1950s saw the rise of television and the western, which became a cultural phenomenon and a staple of all three American television networks. The car business, especially its aftermarket, was quick to exploit the social parallels of the cowboy’s quarter horse and the automobile.

concours-amelia-cowboy-cars“This new car class is entirely my fault,” said Warner. “When I was a kid I met Lash LaRue. He was driving his Muntz Jet, which was a very rare car. While all the other kids who had seen his cowboy movies were getting his autograph, I was ogling his car. He asked me if I knew what kind of car it was, and when I told him ‘Muntz Jet,’ he rewarded me with a ride! That’s something you never forget.” LaRue’s Muntz Jet now sits in pieces in the basement of the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles.

In addition to a unique class of vehicles that will bring out the kid in many, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation will be donating to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast; a feat that has already raised $2.5 million for charity since The Amelia’s inception in 1996.

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Team Amelia at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 2014

Team Amelia at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 2014Visit Team Amelia at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on August 15 – 17, 2014.

The people of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will again be part of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway, Laguna Seca, on Saturday and Sunday August 16th and 17th, 2014.

The historic car races at Laguna Seca are part of the annual festival and celebration of classic, historic and collector cars known worldwide simply as “Monterey Week”.

car-number-44“Please stop by and kick tires with us,” said Amelia Island Concours Founder and Chairman Bill Warner who will race the Group 44, ex-Paul Newman/Bob Tullius Triumph TR-6 on Sunday afternoon at 4:10 PM in race 7B.

“We’ll be in the paddock with David Hinton’s Heritage Motorsport folks… in the second row, near the gas pumps. It is a better location than being parked by the Port-O-Lets.”

lagunaThe car was on the Laguna Seca Sprints poster 40 years ago and this is the first time in four decades that the car has returned to race on the famous circuit.

“No, we’re not really a racing team.”

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 over 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

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