The Legend with his Race Cars - Stirling Moss with a a selection of his finest race cars at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2015
The Legend with his Race Cars - Stirling Moss with a a selection of his finest race cars at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2015

Amelia Island Concours 2015 – Report and Photos

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2015 was held March 12-15th 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 a crowd of over 32,000 and more than 315 cars and motorcycles on display. With fantastic weather and friendly Sports Car Digest fans at every turn the Amelia Island Concours weekend couldn’t have been better. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Concours, an event that under the expert guidance of Bill Warner has grown into one of the premier classic car showcases worldwide.

Honorary Chairman Sir Stirling Moss kicked off the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance by driving onto the field in one of his former race cars, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR that Moss drove to overall victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia. A further selection of Moss’ race cars were among the stunning highlights of the ‘Race Cars of Stirling Moss’ class, from the Mercedes-Benz W196, W196 R and W196 S; Maserati 250F, 300S, 450S and Tipo 61 Birdcage; Aston Martin DBR1; Porsche RS-60; Jaguar C- and D-Type; Ferrari 250 GTO, 250 GT Speciale ‘Sperimantale’, 250 TRi/61 and 290 MM. It was a unbelievable gathering of cars and the fortunate attendees will no doubt cherish it for years to come.

In addition to the race cars of Stirling Moss, the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance also celebrated the BMW 327/328; Cars of the Cowboys; Corvette Race Cars from 1968 to ’72; Ferrari Formula 1; Forgotten Fiberglass; Hot Rods: East versus West; Orphan Concepts; Porsche 914 and World Rally Cars; among others.

A 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster, owned by Ed Schoenthaler, was named Best of Show Concours d’Elegance at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours, while the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider owned by David Sydorick won Best of Show Concours de Sport.

Off the show field, attendees enjoyed seminars on the ‘Design DNA of Iconic Cars’ and ‘The Car Guys of Television’. The Design DNA seminar saw General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche designers talk about the responsibility of the design team to maintain the DNA as new cars are designed and developed, while racer and broadcaster Tommy Kendall moderated the TV panel that included Wayne Carini; Ray Evernham; Peter Klutt; Barry Meguiar; Bob Varsha and Dale Walksler.

Plans for the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance are already underway and the 21th annual event is scheduled to be held on March 11-13. The show’s Foundation has donated over $2.5 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc., Spina Bifida of Jacksonville and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.

Similar to 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Sports Car Digest also documented the Amelia Island Concours 2015 with the following selection from the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island. We split up pictures 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 by found on the last page of the gallery and gives a comprehensive view of all 310 photographs.

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2015 – Featured Photo Gallery

Maserati 450S, Aston Martin DBR1 and Porsche RS-60
Maserati 450S, Aston Martin DBR1 and Porsche RS-60
Porsche RS-60, ex-Stirling Moss
Porsche RS-60, ex-Stirling Moss
Maserati 300S
Maserati 300S
1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia 'Bugelfalte'
1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia ‘Bugelfalte’

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1983 Lancia 037
1983 Lancia 037
1975 Lancia Stratos
1975 Lancia Stratos
1988 Lancia Delta Integrale, 1983 Lancia 037, 1975 Lancia Stratos and 1969 Lancia Fulvia
1988 Lancia Delta Integrale, 1983 Lancia 037, 1975 Lancia Stratos and 1969 Lancia Fulvia
Aston Martin DB4GT
Aston Martin DB4GT

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  1. What a great collection and variety of cars! I sure wish I could go to this event. Also the photos are some of the best ever done of the static display. Really enjoyable.

  2. Very poor photo coverage – just like it was in the past with the car magazines. A fixation with Ferrari, who has not won anything significant in Formula 1 or sports car racing in a long, long time. It is too bad as the Concours was great, with a broad representation of makes and non-production groups of cars. I gather that Sports Car Digest, for the most part, prefers to focus on past glories instead of the present/future growth of interest in the sports car category.

    1. Well said Tim. You guys are the exact opposite of poor photo coverage. This guy is obviously doesn’t know SCD well, nor did he apparently even look at the pictures on page 1.

  3. Fantastic photo’s!! For those that are curious, there was also a featured class of 15 significant motorcycles that have competed at the Daytona Raceway. As always, Bill Warner and his team assembles a terrific group of vehicles to appeal to all interests…..thank you for your coverage!!

  4. Very nice pictures. In fact, your 1952 Ferrari 375 Indianapolis picture represents a 1954 625 4 cylinder F1 bitza.
    The real 1952 Indianapolis V.12 375 -ex-1950 F1- was the beautiful light blue, “Howard Keck Special” also on the lawn.

  5. Thank you for wonderful photos, mainly of an era gone by, but great for a 79 year old.

  6. WOW! Be still my beating heart. I just changed my bucket list from Festival of Speed to Amelia Island.
    Incredible photos -congratulations.

  7. I actually saw in person the Mille Miglia winning 300SLR and Stirling Moss, when he started it up next to me, I had to ask is this happening?

  8. This was my 1st Amelia event and while very crowded it is one I will attend again. Spectacular pictures but my favorite award winning Triumph Italia is missing from the lineup!

  9. Images of the (important) motorcycles that were displayed please ? This seems to be missing year over year.

  10. Great show. Friendly people, excellent show of cars from past and present. Amelia Island great place to have car show. Sorry grounds keeper.

  11. Jamie,
    Wonderful photos but why no line of credit to the great photographer at this event ? Am guessing it is Tim Scott but no credit ? Jeez !

      1. ALL photographers SCD uses are outstanding professionals who do great work, and fans like me are very grateful for them.

      2. ALL of the photographers SCD uses are outstanding professionals who do great work for which I am very grateful…thank you all.

  12. The current preservationist, patina-obsessed trend seems not to have touched the owners of any of these historic competition cars. They all look great. Thanks for the beautiful photos.

  13. I too think the photos are excellent. I wonder if John Sloane believes you should photograph just the cars after shooing away the people, but what sort of show would it be without the public?

    1. If you don’t get the photos early, it’s all over once the herd comes over the hill – some 30,000+ this year.

  14. Wonderful photo coverage of a premier event, with one exception: no coverage of the Forgotten Fiberglass class, except for an unidentified photo of a LaDawri Daytona. We were there, too!

  15. Yes very saad that there are no forgotten Fiberglass Pictures I hoped to find one or the other.
    Unfortunately I live in EUrope and it is hard to travel just for such an event some more exotics would be nice…. and all where is Ferarri Porsche Maserati and so on is not exotic (enough).