The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2014 was held Sunday, March 9th on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. The event attracted an estimated crowd of 29,000 and more than 325 vehicles on display.
Honorary Chairman Jochen Mass kicked off the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance by driving onto the field in one of his former race cars. A selection of Jochen’s racer cars were among the highlights of the Race Cars of Jochen Mass class, from the 1989 Le Mans-winning Sauber-Mercedes C9 Silver Arrows to the 1975 McLaren M23 Formula 1.
In addition to the race cars of Jochen Mass, the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance also celebrated the 100th anniversary of Maserati race and street cars, the 50th anniversary of McLaren, BMW 3.0 and 3.5 CSL ‘Batmobiles’, Cars of Zagato Design and Chrysler Concept Cars. Other classes ranged from Beach Cars, Bugatti, solid-axle Corvettes, Ferrari Production and Race, Offenhauser Power, Porsche race cars from 904 to 962, Packard Concepts and Underslung.
The BMW CSL display was headlined by the ‘Batmobile’ race car painted by Alexander Calder. The 3.0-liter CSL was an alliance of racer and art auctioneer Herve Poulain and American sculptor Calder mixed with the foresight of BMW Motorsport chief Jochen Neerpasch. Poulain and Sam Posey raced the ‘Art Car’ at the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, qualifying first in class and 11th overall in a 55-car field.
A 1937 Horch 853 Voll and Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet, owned by Robert M. Lee of Sparks, Nevada, was named Best of Show Concours d’Elegance at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours, while the 1958 Scarab Mk. II owned by the Collier Collection of Naples, Florida won Best of Show Concours de Sport.
Off the show field, attendees enjoyed seminars on the Great Offy Drivers and the Merchants of Speed. Indy 500 Winner Johnny Rutherford moderated the Great Offy Drivers Seminar that included Parnelli Jones, Al Unser, Bobby Unser and David Hobbs, while Merchants of Speed featured Ray Evernham, John Mecom, Bobby Rahal, Alwin Springer and Bob Tullius discussing the triumphs, trials and tribulations of owning a successful racing team.
Plans for the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance are already underway and the 20th annual event is scheduled to be held on March 13-15. The show’s Foundation has donated over $2.25 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.
We split up pictures from the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery
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