Prototype Porsches at the Amelia Island Concours (photo: Dirk de Jager)
Prototype Porsches at the Amelia Island Concours (photo: Dirk de Jager)

Amelia Island Concours 2014 – Preview

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance returns to Amelia Island, Florida on March 6-9, 2014 for the 19th running of the Concours regarded as one of the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, the Concours will draw 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world.

Staged at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island and the adjacent Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach, the Amelia Island Concours is much more than the big show on Sunday, with several days of poster and book signings, seminars, driving tours, parties, automobile and silent auctions, art shows, test drives and more.

Racing great Jochen Mass will be the featured honoree at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours, serving as the keynote speaker at the Concours’ annual Gala Dinner on Saturday and driving onto the show field on Sunday at 9:45am to officially open the Concours. This year’s event will also celebrate the 100th anniversaries of Maserati and the “Race of the Century” French Grand Prix, the 50th anniversary of McLaren, the 25th anniversary of the Sauber-Mercedes win at Le Mans, BMW CSL ‘Batmobiles’, Cars of Zagato, Chrysler Concept Cars and much more.

The 19th annual Amelia Island Concours will be held Sunday, March 9th at the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Tickets are $60 in advance ($80 at gate), youth 12 – 18 and active duty military pay $40 and children under 12 are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.

The awards presentation begins at 11:30am at the awards tent on the show field. Participants will compete for Best in Class or Amelia Awards (2nd or 3rd), in addition to Corporate Awards, which as the name implies are given by various corporate entities to their favorite cars. The Best in Class winners then compete for the overall Best of Show for two designations: Concours d’Elegance and Concours de Sport.

2013 Amelia Island Concours, Best of Shows: 1968 Ford GT40 and 1936 Duesenberg SJN
2013 Amelia Island Concours, Best of Shows: 1968 Ford GT40 and 1936 Duesenberg SJN (photo: Dirk de Jager)

Seminars

On Friday, March 7 at 3:00pm, UBS will present the Great Offy Drivers Seminar. Indy 500 Winner Johnny Rutherford moderates a panel of drivers including Parnelli Jones, Al Unser, Bobby Unser and David Hobbs, who all won in Offenhauser-powered cars. A poster signing follows the seminar.

On Saturday, March 8 at 10:00am, Kelly Services will present the Merchants of Speed Seminar. Team owners from different forms of motor sport will regale the triumphs, trials and tribulations of owning a successful racing team. The panel will include Ray Evernham, John Mecom, Bobby Rahal, Alwin Springer and Bob Tullius. A poster signing follows the seminar.

“The Merchants of Speed will be a fast paced, 90-minute “MBA-quality” seminar about the inside business of motorsport, something that has not been offered to the public until now,” said Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours. “Both seminars will take an intimate look at motorsport and the business of motorsport from an insider’s perspective.”

Admission to each seminar is $30.00. To order tickets to either or both the Great Offy Drivers and the Merchants of Speed seminar visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

Automotive Fine Arts Society Exhibit

The Automotive Fine Arts Society will host its annual art show, which will showcase automotive subjects in a variety of mediums including oil, watercolors, acrylics, wood, gouache, pen and ink, clay and metal. The AFAS was established in 1983 and consists of the most celebrated automotive artists in the world.

RM Auctions Amelia Island Auction

RM Auctions will hold its 16th annual Amelia Island auction on Saturday, March 8th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Headline cars include the 1937 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster by Figoni et Falaschi and others on offer from the Malcolm Pray Collection.

Gooding and Company Amelia Island Auction

Gooding & Company will hold its 5th annual Amelia Island Auction event on Friday, March 7th on the grounds of the nearby Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Gooding assembled almost 90 cars for its auction, headlined by a 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail estimated to sell for $3.5 – $5.0 million.

Amelia Island Select Auction

The inaugural Amelia Island Select auction will be held Saturday, March 8th on the grounds of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Staged by Hollywood Car Auctions, the sale will see approximately 125 cars cross the block including a 1954 AJ Watson-built Indianapolis 500 race car.

(See 2013 Amelia Island Concours – Picture Gallery)

(See 2013 Amelia Island Concours – Report and Photos)

(See 2013 Amelia Island Concours – Class Winners)

(See 2013 Amelia Island Concours – Porsche 911 Race Car Class)


Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2014 – Official Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 6th

RM Auctions Amelia Island Sale Preview
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Ocean Front Lawn
For more information: www.rmauctions.com or call (800) 211-4371 or (519) 352-4575
Open to Public, Thursday morning by appointment

Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS)
(Only East Coast appearance, featuring the Women of AFAS)
2 p.m. – 11 p.m. Free to the public
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza II

The Amelia Island Concours Silent Auction
2:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Plaza 1

Guardians of Porsche Wine Maker’s Dinner
6:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Ballroom
$295 per person. Reservations required: www.ameliaconcours.org

Friday, March 7th

The Porsche Driving Experience
7 a.m.
Departs from the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. Driver’s meeting at 7 a.m. Activities to include a high-speed ride in the latest Porsche and an entrant participation autocross.
$110 per person. Open to the Public – Reservations Required: www.ameliaconcours.org
*Ownership of a Porsche is not required. Must be 18 years of age to participate in the high-speed experience portion of the event.

Passport Transport Eight Flags Road Tour
8:30 a.m.
Departs from The Ritz-Carlton main driveway. The tour stops at various points on and around Amelia Island and concludes with a public display and lunch in downtown Fernandina Beach.
Open to Concours Registered Vehicles Only

Hasselblad Automotive Photography Exhibit
When the Moment Has to be Captured
Featuring Automotive Photography by Bill Warner
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS)
(Only East Coast appearance, featuring the Women of AFAS)
9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Free to the public
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza II

Test Drives – Various Manufacturers
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton & The Golf Club of Amelia Island, Front Driveway
Complimentary

RM Auctions Amelia Island Sale Preview
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Ocean Front Lawn
For more information: www.rmauctions.com or call (800) 211-4371 or (519) 352-4575
Open to Public

Book Signings
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Talbot Pre-Function

The Great Offy Drivers Seminar presented by UBS
3 p.m.
Indy 500 Winner Johnny Rutherford moderates a panel of drivers including Parnelli Jones, Al & Bobby Unser and David Hobbs, who have won in Offenhauser powered cars. Poster signing follows seminar.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Ballroom
$30 per person – Tickets can be purchased online www.ameliaconcours.org or at the door on the day of the event. Open to the Public. Limited Seating.

RM Auctions Amelia Island Sale Reception
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Grand Ballroom
For more information, email Lauren Udzbinac at [email protected] or call
(800) 211-4371 or (519) 352-4575
Registered Bidders Only

duPont Registry Live Aeroport Reception (click here for more details)
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Fernandina Beach Airport
$125 per person. For more information, call Tim Webber at (407) 649-9190.

Saturday, March 8th

Cars & Coffee at the Concours presented by Heacock Classic Car Insurance
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Over 250 classic and exotic cars from local car clubs will be displayed on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island. Vehicles must be pre-registered to participate. Email [email protected] for application to participate.
Free Admission

Hasselblad Automotive Photography Exhibit
When the Moment Has to be Captured
Featuring Automotive Photography by Bill Warner
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS)
(Only East Coast appearance, featuring the Women of AFAS)
9 a.m. – 11 p.m. Free to the public
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Plaza II

The Merchants of Speed Seminar presented by Kelly Services
10:30 a.m.
Team owners from different forms of motor sport regale the triumphs, trials and tribulations of owning a successful racing team. Poster signing follows the seminar.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Ballroom
Panel to include: Ray Evernham, John Mecom, Bobby Rahal, Alwin Springer, and Bob Tullius
$30 per person –Tickets can be purchased online www.ameliaconcours.org or at the door on the day of the event. Open to the Public. Limited Seating.

RM Auctions Amelia Island Sale
11 a.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Grand Ballroom
Admission is for registered bidders, sellers and credentialed media only. For more information, visit www.rmauctions.com or call (800) 211-4371 or (519) 352-4575

Book Signings
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Talbot Pre-Function?

Breitling Cocktail Reception
6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Pre-Function and Colonnade
By Invitation Only

Mercedes-Benz Gala Dinner
Honoring Jochen Mass
7:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – Talbot Ballroom
Black Tie Optional, Reservations Required: www.ameliaconcours.org
By Invitation Only

Sunday, March 9th

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Golf Club of Amelia Island
10th & 18th Fairways

9:45 a.m.
Honoree Jochen Mass enters the show field from the Awards Tent

10:30 a.m.
Vintage Fashion Show presented by Fashion Group International,
North Florida, Inc. – Awards Tent

11:00 a.m.
Chairman’s Welcome
National Anthem
Flyover
Judges Introduction

11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Awards Presentation – Awards Tent. Presentation includes Best in Show, Best in Class, Amelia and Corporate Awards.

General Admission Adult: $80/$60*
General Admission Youth 12- 18 years old: $40
General Admission Children under 12: admitted free with paying adult ticket.
Active Duty Military and immediate family: $40 with Active Duty ID available on site only.
General Admission with early entry (8:30 a.m.): $80* Limited quantities.

Club Amelia: $400* per person includes: admission to the Concours, VIP parking, collector program, continental breakfast, lunch, snack, three drink tickets and cash bar. Limited availability.
Concours and More: $150* per person includes: General Admission ticket with early entry (8:30 a.m.), event poster and lunch inside The Ritz-Carlton. Limited availability.
*purchased in advance

Exhibitors
Bentley, BMW, BMW Group Classic, Breitling, Brumos, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and SRT.

For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

[Source: Amelia Island Concours]