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Amelia Island Concours 2015 – Preview

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance returns to Amelia Island, Florida on March 12-15, 2015 for the 20th 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 d’Elegance is much more than the showcase event 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 Sir Stirling Moss will be the featured honoree at the Amelia Island Concours 2015, serving as the honoree at the Concours’ annual Gala Dinner on Saturday and driving onto the show field on Sunday at 9:45am to officially open the Concours. Sir Stirling was the honoree of the first Amelia Island Concours in 1996 and will again be the honoree at the 20th annual event in 2015. Moss is the only person to be honored twice by the event.

This year’s event will also celebrate Sir Stirling’s Mercedes-Benz World Champions; Porsche 914; BMW 328; Cars of the Cowboys; Hot Rods: East Meets West; Orphan Concept Cars; World Rally Cars and much more.

The 20th annual Amelia Island Concours will be held Sunday, March 15th at the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Tickets are $80 in advance ($100 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.

Best of Shows Winners - 1937 Horch 853 and 1958 Scarab (photo: Dirk de Jager)
Amelia Island Best of Show Winners – 1937 Horch 853 and 1958 Scarab (photo: Dirk de Jager)

Amelia Island Concours 2015 – Seminar Schedule

On Friday, March 13th at 3:00pm, the “Design DNA of Iconic Cars” seminar will see designers from General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche discuss the responsibility of the design team to maintain the DNA as new cars are designed and developed. A poster signing follows the seminar.

On Saturday, March 14th at 10:30am, the “Car Guys of Television” seminar will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about the challenges of producing an automotive television show. Racer and Broadcaster Tommy Kendall will moderate a panel to include: Wayne Carini – Chasing Classic Cars; Ray Evernham – Americarna; Peter Klutt – Legendary Motorcar; Barry Meguiar – Meguiar’s Car Crazy; Bob Varsha – Auto Racing Television Commentator and Dale Walksler – What’s in the Barn. A poster signing follows the seminar.

Admission to each seminar is $30.00. To order tickets to either or both the Design DNA of Iconic Cars and the Car Guys of Television seminar visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Auction

RM Sotheby’s will hold its 17th annual Amelia Island auction on Saturday, March 14th on the grounds of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Headline cars include the 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet by Pinin Farina, 1955 Jaguar D-Type and 1988 Jaguar XJR-9.

Gooding and Company Amelia Island Auction

Gooding & Company will hold its 6th annual Amelia Island Auction event on Friday, March 13th on the grounds of the nearby Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. Gooding assembled more than 85 cars for its auction, headlined by a 1956 Maserati 200 SI, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 and 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR.

Bonhams Amelia Island Auction

The inaugural Bonhams Amelia Island auction will be held Thursday, March 12th at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Amelia Island. More than 80 automobiles will be offered at Bonhams’ debut Amelia Island Concours Week sale, headlined by a 1930 Cord L-29 Town Car, 1932 Stutz DV-32 Super Bearcat and 1992 Ferrari F40.


Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2015 – Official Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 12th

The Shop at the Concours
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Santa Maria 1

RM Sotheby’s 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

The Amelia Island Concours Silent Auction
3:00 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 13th

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.
$220 per car (2 people included). 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

The Shop at the Concours
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Santa Maria 1

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

Automobilia and Luxury Lifestyle Merchants
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Open to Public

RM Sotheby’s 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

The Amelia Island Concours Silent Auction
10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Plaza 1

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

Design DNA of Iconic Cars Seminar
3 p.m.
Designers from General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche will discuss the responsibility of the design team to maintain the DNA as new cars are designed and developed.
Poster signing to follow
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 Sotheby’s 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 14th

MotorXpo
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Vendors and cars on display on the first hole of the Golf Club of Amelia Island
Free Admission

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
Free Admission

The Shop at the Concours
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Santa Maria 1

Automobilia and Luxury Lifestyle Merchants
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Open to Public

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

The Amelia Island Concours Silent Auction
10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Plaza 1

The Car Guys of Television
10:30 a.m.
Learn about the challenges of producing an automotive television show
Racer and Broadcaster Tommy Kendall will moderate a panel to include: Wayne Carini – Chasing Classic Cars; Ray Evernham – Americarna; Peter Klutt – Legendary Motorcar; Barry Meguiar – Meguiar’s Car Crazy; Bob Varsha – Auto Racing Television Commentator and Dale Walksler – What’s in the Barn.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Ballroom
Poster signing follows seminar
$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 Sotheby’s 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 Sir Stirling Moss, OBE
7:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – Talbot Ballroom
Black Tie Optional, Reservations Required: www.ameliaconcours.org
By Invitation Only

Sunday, March 15th

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 Sir Stirling Moss, OBE 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: $100/$80*
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.): $100* Limited quantities.

Club Amelia: $425* 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: $170* 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, Buick, Ferrari, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

The Shop at the Concours
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

MotorXpo
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Vendors of Automobilia on the first hole of the Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the public

Book Signings
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island – in James Edition Midway
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

Cumberland Harbour Midway
Luxury Lifestyle Merchants
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
North end of the Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

Automobilia
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

Luxury Car Displays
Friday – Sunday
The Ritz-Carlton, Front Entrance

All events are held rain or shine. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Foundation, Inc. reserves the right to change or cancel an event.

For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.

[Source: Amelia Island Concours]