Recap: Amelia Island 2014
Always a great way to start off the car show season, this year’s Amelia Island weekend did not disappoint with its exceptional selection of cars and near-perfect weather. Check out these event highlights.
After a chilly, wet and windy start to things Friday morning with the Passport Transit Tour, the weather did an about face for the remainder of the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend.
Both on Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of amazing cars and a record crowd gathered under brilliant blue skies on the lawn of the Amelia Island Golf Course to take part in this year’s events. From the racecars of this year’s honoree Jochen Mass to classic post-war American concept cars like the Chrysler Turbine to the first Meyer’s Manx, this year’s event had a little something for every automotive fan to enjoy.
On Sunday, the FIVA Preservation Award went to an unrestored 1929 Stearns-Knight “J” Series Convertible Victoria (owned by F. Christian and Kathleen Koch of Palm Coast, Florida), while the HVA’s THIS CAR MATTERS Award went to a 1921 Duesenberg Model A Bender Coupe, owned by James Castle, Jr. of Monterey. Castle’s Duesenberg was especially popular as it was the first customer-owned production passenger car built by the Duesenberg brothers; it featured a custom-built body and spent its early years in Hawaii in the possession of its seven-foot tall owner.
The overall best of show winners were a 1937 Horch 853 Voll and Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet, winner of Best of Show Concours d’Elegance, owned by Robert and Ann Lee of Sparks, NV, while the 1958 Scarab Meister Brauser from the Collier Collection, won Best of Show Concours de Sport.
As with years past, the HVA was on hand to record stories for its ongoing THIS CAR MATTERS series. With so many amazing cars from which to choose, this year’s events provided some truly exceptional stories that will be featured in the coming months. In the meantime, you can check out THIS CAR MATTERS videos from past years’ Amelia Island Concours attendees over on our THIS CAR MATTERS YouTube page, as well as photos from this year’s event on our Flickr page.