Recap: Amelia Island 2014

March 13, 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.

Chrysler Turbine Car

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.

TCM Winner

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.

Best Of Show Concours de Sport

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 


  1. f.p. "wedge" rafferty rensselaer indiana usa

    I competed against this ride when lance drove the 500 at road look good from the back when he lapped me.....have a good day

  2. Chuck Spransy Cascade, WI (12 mi south of RA)

    I first saw this car racing at Road America in June 1962, at the tender age of 11. I was hooked! Pure eye candy, plus Augie Pabst and Harry Heuer taking 1-2. Still hooked 52 years later. In 2001, I finally indulged... got a 1974 Pantera. It's no Scarab, but it will do! Mr. Rafferty, I probably saw you too, if you were there in June 1962. There are usually one or more Scarabs at RA every July for the historics. What a machine!

  3. Michael Muller United States

    That 1921 Duesenberg Model A Bender Coupe, owned by James Castle, Jr. of Monterey, CA is an unusual automobile and definitely a significant vehicle. Who was the original seven foot tall owner from Hawaii?

  4. onaroll PA

    Is this not the same third Scarab that got balled up at Laguna Seca in 2010? It is certainly not Augies #7 or Walton's #16, and not the later produced one of Bob Sirna. If so it was last numbered 3 or 5. The new snout looks more like how it did at Meadowbrook with pointy ends rather than elliptical.