As is often the case this time of year, rain proved to be somewhat of a factor at this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. But the state was able to live up to its billing and the sun came out just enough to save both the day and the show from a proper drenching. Check out this rundown of Historic Vehicle Association award-winners.
Johnny Lightening 500 Special
[photo credit: Matt Lewis/Hagerty Insurance]
Taking home the HVA’s THIS CAR MATTERS Award for “the most historically significant vehicle” on the show field was this 1970 Vels-Parnelli Jones “Johnny Lightning 500 Special” Colt/Ford owned by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Racing legend Al Unser raced this car to his first of four victories at the Indianapolis 500, leading for 190 of the 200 laps and only ceding the lead while making pit stops.
1929 Cord L-29 SWB
The crop of preservation vehicles continues to grow year after year, with dozens of remarkably preserved and original vehicles being displayed amidst the modern restorations. Taking home the FIVA/HVA Preservation Award was this Murphy-bodied 1929 Cord L-29 SWB. The car has been totally preserved and was originally sold to actress Dolores Del Rio. Del Rio rose to prominence in the 1920s to become the first Mexican movie star with an international appeal. Del Rio starred in a number of feature films including Flying Down To Rio (1933) with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
Show Stopping Rolls
[photo credit: Hagerty Insurance]
This year’s overall “best of show” award went to this stunning 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II and a uniquely styled 1952 Pegaso Z-102. Both vehicles were celebrated with their wins beneath partially sunny skies and pleasant temperatures that let attendees know the 2016 car show season was officially upon them. Stay tuned to both the HVA website and our Facebook page for information on upcoming events and live event coverage from our team on the ground of a number of upcoming events.