Wow! The 20th annual ~ Amelia Island Concours d’ Elegance is March 13th – 15th – 2015! Jon will be taking photos and will be joined by Ellen Jones Pryor of Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts who are planning an exhibition of classic Italian cars in 2016. It will be curated by Ken Gross who did the fabulous Sensuous Steel exhibition of 1930s Art Deco cars.
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is an automotive charitable event held each year during the second weekend in March at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in Amelia Island, Florida.
A New York Times article about “celebrity car ownership” listed “the nation’s top concours d’elegance:
- Pebble Beach in California
- Meadow Brook in Michigan
- Amelia Island in Florida
- Louis Vuitton Classic in midtown Manhattan.
Concours d’Elegance (literally ” a competition of elegance”) is like a beauty pageant for rare and elegant cars.
Each entry is rated for:
- Style and Quality of Restoration by a team of judges that includes specialists for each car type.
A perfect score is 100, buy any imperfection, no matter how slight, requires a fractional point deduction.
Classes are arranged by:
- Country of Origin
- Time Period
Judges select first-, second-, and third-place finishers for each class in the event, and the judges confer the “Best of Show” award on one car from the group of first-place winners. In addition, a group of honorary judges — typically individuals who have made significant contributions to the automotive industry or motorsports — give subjective awards to recognize standout vehicles regardless of class ribbons, as well as memorial awards created to honor automotive industry personages.