>Not only did it happen, but it happened at the highest levels
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Please do not think of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance as “Pebble Beach South” or any such. This at first may seem like a compliment to both events but ultimately is not because each is distinct from the other in countless ways.
Yes, they are both grand and prestigious car shows held on sprawling golf greens, but the makeup of the entrant field, geography, judging, and other ancillary events around each Big Show is very different.
Among the many aspects that made this year’s Amelia weekend – the event’s 26th annual – utterly wonderful is that it happened.
After the lost year of 2020, it was refreshing and invigorating to get back to the events, places, people, cars, and experiences we all love and missed so much.
One entrant from Virginia expressed that he was “long overdue for a fix,” and returning to Amelia Island was the hit he needed.
It’s easy to forget that there was a successful Amelia Island 2020, because just a few days later, the big rolling steel doors of Covid-19 came crashing down, shuttering such action for more than a year.
Typically held in March, the organizers carefully debated the relative merits of every possible calendar scenario, given constantly changing rules and mandates, before settling on the third weekend in May 2021 for its 26th reprisal. A well-thought-out, challenging, somewhat lucky, and inspired bit of planning.
Founder and Chairman Bill Warner is a racer at heart, an active vintage racer, a motorsport photographer, and book author of considerable note. He has given his Amelia weekend program substantial motorsport DNA.
Of course, it’s still a concours d’elegance so that you won’t be disappointed at any shortage of Rolls-Royces, Duesenbergs, Packards, Bentleys and Bugattis. Plus, there are numerous and highly stocked classes for sports and racing cars. Not to mention big game American muscle, and serious Ferraris, Porsches, Mercedes-Benz, ad infinitum.
A foundational element of Amelia is the naming of a motorsport honoree, who attends the show and all other events, and is honored at an elegant Saturday night gala.
Previous honorees include Dan Gurney, Sir Stirling Moss, Carroll Shelby, Johnny Rutherford, Jochen Mass, John Surtees, Bobby, and Al Unser, Sr., Sir Derek Bell, Hurley Haywood, and the King of Le Mans, Jacky Ickx, and 2020’s highly notable honoree, the incomparable Roger Penske, to name a few of the previous 25.
2021 marked Amelia’s first female honoree, the versatile and highly accomplished Lyn St. James. Most will remember her as the second woman to qualify and race at Indy, but her accomplishments in sports car, speed record, and endurance racing may be more notable.
Not just a runner, but a winner beyond Indycars, Ms. St James proved an extremely popular and worthy honoree this year. She was fully engaged in the role, strolled the
By: Matt Stone
Title: Amazing Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2021- Report & Photo Gallery
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2021-amelia-island-concours/
Published Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2021 10:36:34 +0000
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