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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