With spring playing a stubborn game of hide-and-seek throughout much of the country, the idea of a car show in March might seem the product of an overactive imagination longing for the warm, sunny days of summer. But in the Sunshine State they’re very much a reality and, with the amazing cars on display, a dream come true for car guys and gals everywhere.
Saturday With Sir Stirling
Despite a looming threat of rain all weekend, this year’s 20th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance featured dozens of unbelievable cars basking in the warm glow of the equally unexpected sunshine and warm temperatures. On hand as this year’s honoree, Sir Stirling Moss was reunited with a number of the cars he had raced during his career, resulting in a one-of a kind photo op that is sure to have vintage race fans drooling.
Having grown considerably since its inception some three years ago, Saturday’s “cars and coffee” event drew record crowds and an impressive array of vehicles to the show field. Featuring 250 vintage and contemporary cars, the event held a little something for just about everyone.
Sunday’s main event again saw a record number of onlookers wowed by an incredible number of eye-catching vehicles gathered on the golf course. Among those in attendance was the latest addition to the National Historic Vehicle Register, the 1954 Mercedes-Benz Type 300 SL (198 040 4500003), which was presented with the HVA’s THIS CAR MATTERS.
Taking home the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award was a 1926 Duesenberg Model A owned by Steve and Susan Babinsky, a vehicle that also appeared at last year’s inaugural Cars at the Capital event.
Taking home Best in Show honors, were a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8-c 2300 Zagato Spider and a 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster. An impressive pairing, the duo dazzled those in attendance and rightly drew a crowd as they received their respective honors.
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