Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance news 2009-07-08

Dear Car Enthusiast, Happy summer everyone from the Concours. This is a quick note to let you know that the 2010 event is coming together and we have some very exciting things planned. Expanded events, great car classes and ground breaking...

Dear Car Enthusiast,

Happy summer everyone from the Concours. This is a quick note to let you know that the 2010 event is coming together and we have some very exciting things planned. Expanded events, great car classes and ground breaking automotive art will be celebrated at our 15th Anniversary next spring. Look forward to us communicating with you more often, keeping you up to date on next years event. As always, comments and suggestions are welcomed.

NINE ONE SEVEN

The '70's were the beginning of Porsche domination in world endurance racing with the introduction of the 917, nothing captured the racing public's imagination more than these sleek "panzerwagens" from Zuffenhausen. The 2010 Amelia Island Concours will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Porsche's inaugural victory at the 24 Hours of Daytona (Rodriguez/Kinnunen) with special class of these influential cars. Short tail, long tail, "flounders", "spyders" and open cockpit variants of the 917 all found their way onto victory lane at Daytona, Le Mans, Watkins Glen, the Can-Am series and European hill climbs. Considered to be one of the most significant racecars of the modern era, The Amelia will showcase a number of important 917's in various forms.

THE GREATEST ROAD RACER

The title usually gets a lot of discussion, and there are certainly just a handful of noteworthy candidates; but at the head of most everyone's short list is Sir Stirling Moss, OBE. In a career spanning the golden years of international formula racing, 1950-1960, Moss posted an impressive resume of worldwide victories and classic battles with the best road racing had to offer. Driving everything from "tin tops" to Vanwalls, Coopers, and Mercedes, Moss saw and drove it all.

Back in the 50's and 60's (and sometimes up to today), the rhetorical question to speeding British motorists was: "Who do you think you are? Stirling Moss?" it was the standard question that all policemen asked. Moss has told the story many times that when he himself was once stopped for speeding and asked just that question; his answer was not quite believed by the officer who stopped him.

Sir Stirling arguably The Greatest Road Racer will return to The Amelia in 2010 to help us celebrate our 15th anniversary and to commemorate his being our first Honorary Chairman in 1996.

OUR CRYSTAL ANNIVERSERY

It's hard to believe but it has been 15 years since the first Amelia Island Concours d' Elegance. Through the vision of our Chairman and Founder Bill Warner, "The Amelia" has become the pacesetter by which other car events measure themselves. The beauty and reputation of the Concours has been made possible by a great deal of hard work and dedication on the part of our entrants, sponsors and volunteers. As we look ahead to the 2010 show we will set aside special times in our newsletter this year to celebrate the efforts of all who make "The Amelia" the best. We also wish to thank all of the thousands of attendees who have made this event possible and have helped us create the preeminent people's Concours in North America.

COY TRAWICK - REMEMBRANCE

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of one of the pioneer members of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Coy Trawick was involved with The Amelia from its inception and his contribution to the success of the event was celebrated this past spring by naming him the Mercedes-Benz "What Drives You Award" winner for 2009. This award annually recognizes major contributions by volunteers to the concours. Coy's organizational skills in the early days were key to the success of the event's judging and scoring. Bill Warner remembers Coy as "Always giving and never taking, Coy was truly a gentleman's gentleman".

-credit: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

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