Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance

This past Sunday, while in Florida, we drove up to Amelia Island for the 15th annual Concours d’ Elegance. My uncle Bert, has been telling me about this event for years, so it was great to see it in person. It was an amazing car show at a wonderful venue, The Golf Club of Amelia Island, at Summer Beach. The drive north to Amelia Island was neat. We went by construction sites, Jaxport, marinas, Mayport Navy Station,  the coal-fired powerplants, and other cool sites. There are numerous bird sanctuaries and state parks too. Our son was ecstatic.

The concours was jam-packed with fancy cars, both new and old. Thousands of people walked the course, inspecting some of the finest automobiles in the country. You didn’t have to be a gearhead or car buff. Anyone would have enjoyed these masterpieces. A friend of mine referred to it as “mobile art.” Truly. If I wasn’t lugging the kids around, I would have taken a lot more time with my photography. Instead, I got snapshots, but they still capture the essence of this event. It was very much a high society affair, with some of the car owners in period dress. Very cool.

Richard Petty and the cars he drove were the special theme. He was present earlier in the week for a dinner and autograph signing session. All of the proceeds for the concours benefit two North Florida charities. More than 100 top name judges rated the best of the best. The cars came from all over the USA and there was a special delegation from Cuba, where many vintage cars remain in top form.

Along with the vintage cars, there were a handful of new supercars. Many came from sponsors, including Porsche, Bugatti, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Chevrolet, Tesla, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lamborghini, and Chrysler. It was a delight to see these amazing vehicles.

However, the real classics were the oldies. My favorite machine was the 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith. What an automobile. The wood body was spectacular. What craftsmanship. The rumble trunk was the best feature with the picnic set, wine glasses, and tool set. There was even a jar of Grey Poupon!

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