Richard Petty will serve as the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Honorary Chairman for 2010. The seven-time NASCAR champion, winner of 200 races, including a record 7 Daytona 500s, will be helping “The Amelia” celebrate its 15th anniversary. In a world of standout competitors, Petty is widely considered the greatest NASCAR driver of all time.
He was the sole stock car representative in the first class inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1989. In 1997, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and NASCAR named him one of the organization’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. President George H.W. Bush awarded Petty the Medal of Freedom in 1992, the first motor sports individual ever honored with the award.
“What better way to celebrate our 15th Anniversary than with ‘The King,’” said Bill Warner, founder and cochairman of the event. “We are thrilled to have one of America’s true heroes here with us next spring.”
“The Amelia,” scheduled for March 12–14, 2010, at the Golf Club of Amelia Island Summer Beach on the grounds of the Ritz Carlton, is expecting to display an extensive collection of Petty’s competition mounts, including his dominant winged Plymouth Superbird and his Petty blue Ford Torino.