Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance summary

Dear Car Enthusiast, The 2009 Best In Show winners at the 14th Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance are in, and two very deserving vehicles took home top honors. VEHICLES FROM FLORIDA SWEEP BEST IN SHOW AWARDS Cars from North and South Florida...

Dear Car Enthusiast,

The 2009 Best In Show winners at the 14th Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance are in, and two very deserving vehicles took home top honors.

VEHICLES FROM FLORIDA SWEEP BEST IN SHOW AWARDS

Cars from North and South Florida took home both best in show awards at the 14th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance recently held at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach on Amelia Island, Florida. Amelia was the first Concours to award two bests in show to equally recognize both the top traditional classic vehicle and race car/sports racer.

The Concours d'Elegance award for the best traditional vehicle went to The Munder Collection out of West Palm Beach, Florida, for a stunning 1931 Voisin C20 Demi-Berline. Gabriel Voisin was a pioneer in French aviation and also lent his name to some of the most beautiful cars of the 1920s and 1930s. His cars are highly sought after today by collectors for their advanced technical design and attention to detail. Voisin died in 1973 in France.

The Amelia Island Concours was started with a focus on race cars and the personalities of the sport, and its Concours de Sport award for the best race/sports car went to a 1923 Miller Special 122 Supercharged racer owned by A. Dano Davis of Jacksonville. Considered a rare find today, Millers are some of the oldest American-bred race cars around and they are still raced in numerous vintage series. Harry Miller was a master at supercharging and is one of America's most dynamic racing figures. Miller's cars ruled Indy during the 1920s winning five 500s and he never placed less than six cars in the top ten.

The People's Choice award went to a 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Coupe owned by The Patterson Collection out of Louisville, KY.

"Once again the judges did their duty and two very deserving vehicles were recognized above the rest," says Bill Warner, founder and co-chairman of Amelia. "It was exciting to see that both cars were from the state of Florida; it just shows you how much of a haven we are for top notch car collectors and collections."

Visit www.ameliaconcours.org for the full list of winners. Photos from the show can be found at the Concours' official photographer's site: www.rashba.com or by going to www.neilrashbaphotography.smugmug.com/.

RM AUCTIONS LOGS ANOTHER STRONG SHOWING AT AMELIA

RM Auctions' "Automobiles of Amelia Island" took in a respectable $12.5 million during its one-day event on the oceanfront lawn of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The big sellers included a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Convertible for $1.072 million, a 1954 Packard Panther-Daytona Roadster Concept Car at $700,000, and a 1966 AC 427 Cobra, which went for $675,000. This was RM's 11th auction at Amelia; a complete list of the results is available at www.rmauctions.com.

THE YEAR WAS 1959

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the first and only time Indy Roadsters ran at Daytona International Speedway, five of the eight original cars that competed in the 1959 races, including the winning roadster driven by Jim Rathmann, returned to the high banks of DIS for parade laps during Amelia Week.

Rathmann captured both races that weekend - the first was a 100-mile affair, and the second was shortened to 50 miles. His average speed in the first race was 170.261 mph, the fastest race ever run on a closed course at the time. Later in the day, he was clocked at 160.694 mph in winning the second race.

Paced by legendary endurance champion and five-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner Hurley Haywood, the roadsters did a number of laps at the Speedway and it was 1959 all over again. Rathmann, the 1960 Indy 500 winner, attended the demonstration and was also the special guest of the Concours. He was a panelist in the always popular Saturday seminar, which recounted those events of a half century ago. The front-engined racers were also part of a class at the Concours. "I like to see the old cars," Rathmann says. "We got some good speed out of them."

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS!

We'd like to thank our sponsors that made the 14th Annual Amelia Island Concours another great success. We urge all of our supporters to support them whenever possible!

THANK YOU TO:

Founding Sponsors:
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Mercedes-Benz

Show Sponsors:
RM Auctions
Bridgestone
PORSCHE
Hyundai
Breitling
Rolls-Royce
Heacock Classic Collector Car Insurance
Meguiar's
Jaguar
Hagerty Collector Car Insurance
Grundy Worldwide Collector Car Insurance
duPont Registry
BBVA Compass
BASF/Glasurit 90
FedEx Auto Transport
AFAS

-credit: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance

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Series Vintage
Drivers Hurley Haywood , Bill Warner