The Amelia

Historic Corvette. [Eddie LePine photo]

By Eddie LePine

This year was the 28th edition of the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club, the event is now simply referred to as “The Amelia” since the changing of the guard a couple of years ago, when Concours founder Bill Warner turned the event over to the capable hands of Hagerty.

Hagerty has certainly put their mark on the event, and Bill Warner handing it over to them was a very wise move, as it looks as though “The Amelia” will continue to go from strength to strength.

This year’s edition honored NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, who was on hand for the festivities along with a nice selection of his cars. The crowd was massive this year, larger than I recall ever seeing at this event in the past, and I have been coming here for over 20 years. Around 25,000 people attended, a virtual sell out and they enjoyed wonderful Florida weather and the beautiful cars and people that are drawn to this event annually.

The event raised nearly $150,000 for charity this year, continuing the tradition which founder Bill Warner established at the very first Concours. During Bill Warner’s stewardship of the event, over four million dollars were raised for charity.

Auctions have become a huge part of “The Amelia” and this year was no exception, with RM Southeby’s, Gooding & Company and Bonhams combining for over $178,000,000 is sales. Wow. The collector car business is very healthy.

“The Amelia” continues to be a ‘must attend’ event for automotive enthusiasts every March. I know I look forward to it every year, and can’t wait for next year’s edition.

Until then, I’ll be seeing you on the road.

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