THREE GREATS: The Best Of The Best

When enthusiasts discuss the "best of the best," these drivers always make the list: Petty in oval racing, Moss in road racing and Garlits in drag racing. "The King" Richard Petty, Sir Stirling Moss OBE and "Big Daddy" Don Garlits are unsurpassed in their combined number of races entered and won. Their victories and records of achievement comprise a staggering number, and their worldwide influence on their respective branches of motorsports is undeniable. But, perhaps most importantly, each of these individuals has continued to contribute to the world of motorsports as tremendous ambassadors.

On Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, there will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and hear these three icons discuss their careers, exploits and important milestones. In a seminar hosted by David Hobbs and Sam Posey, there will surely be stories and tales about the golden age of stock car racing, sports car racing and drag racing - before the influence of million dollar advertising.

Bill Warner, founder and co-chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, says, "To have these three racing giants at one place is unprecedented. This is a historical moment for all race fans." Tickets for this seminar are limited, and can be purchased at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance website at www.ameliaconcours.org or at the door.

The 200 MPH Steamroller Burt Levy's New Book To Be Unveiled At Amelia Island

That irrepressible raconteur, semi-noted author/racer, and self-professed "world's greatest ride mooch" Burt Levy has announced that his latest addition to The Last Open Road series, The 200 MPH Steamroller, will be introduced first at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours, March 12-14. The LOR series has earned rave reviews from both the mainstream and motoring press, and is on the recommended reading lists at many high schools, colleges and libraries. LOR has spawned a series of popular and award-winning sequels - Montezuma's Ferrari, The Fabulous Trashwagon, and Toly's Ghost. The 200 MPH Steamroller follows Levy's hilarious and sometimes recognizable cast of characters through the annals of motorsports history and across the landscape of the American 50s and 60s.

LOR is a reader's delight. Our friend Art Eastman said about the LOR series, "...a true car enthusiast can read and enjoy this book without having to wince at inaccuracies, mistakes, flights of fancy or superhuman feats of daring-do." Picked by the prestigious British magazine Classic & Sports Car as one of the top 20 motor books of all time, the Last Open Road series is a car lover's guilty pleasure. We're looking forward to having Burt and his new book with us next year!

Visit Levy and learn about The Last Open Road series at www.lastopenroad.com.

THIS JUST IN: Congratulations To Amelia Board Member Mark Becker

Mark and his wife, Hilary, are to be congratulated for three of their cars being nominated for an Annual AACA National Award. Voting will be held in December and the awards will be handed out in February at the AACA's annual meeting in Philadelphia. Good Luck To The Beckers! Volume 2, Issue 3 Bergandi

Hector Bergandi: 2010 Poster Artist

Gifted with the ability to tell a great story is one thing. Add to that the ability to paint an image of the story and you have the complete package. Hector Bergandi, the artist/writer who created the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance official event poster, has made quite a career of doing exactly that.

In fact, the Argentina-born Bergandi created the event poster for the very first "Amelia" 15 years ago. Founder and co-chairman Bill Warner says of Bergandi, "Hector was our first choice for the inaugural show, and we asked the master to once again work his iconic magic for our crystal anniversary." Certain to be a collector item, Bergandi's work on the 2010 event poster is in a class of its own.

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