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Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Teaser

Posted in Automotive Event, Cool Stuff, Event Coverage, General by Kurt Ernst | March 14th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Chevys wait for the sun to hit the horizon.

There aren’t many good reasons to drag your ass out of bed at 4:45 AM on a Sunday morning (3:45 AM when you factor in the switch to Daylight Savings Time), but seeing some of the worlds finest cars up close and personal has to be one of them. This was my fourth year at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and it never ceases to amaze me how the event’s founder, Bill Warner, manages to up the ante each and every year with better cars, better seminars and more of your childhood racing heroes. He’s got an in with God, too, since the weather is always sunny with blue skies and not the slightest chance of rain. Maybe running the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash back in ’75 was the secret to eternally good karma. Who knew?

Looking north down the green as dawn breaks.

Anyway, I’ll be posting a lot of content from this year’s event, but it’ll take me a few days to sort everything out. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with these teaser images from Sunday morning. If you’ve ever thought of coming to Florida for the event, my advice is “do it”. You won’t be disappointed with the cars, you’ll get to rub elbows with the motorsports (and motor journalism) elite, and you’ll get to gawk at some really, really rich folks (who really are different than you and I). Just plan your trip well in advance and plan on bouncing your credit card off the credit line rev-limiter, since everything is more expensive during Concours week.

A Ford RS200 Evo waits for a new owner at the RM Auction.

A DeTomaso Longchamps covered in early morning dew.

Dawn, and yours truly, reflected in a Packard hubcap.

Detail of a Bentley knockoff hub.

The crowd by mid-morning.

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