The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2013 was held Sunday, March 10th on the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida.
The 18th annual Amelia Island Concours honored the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911 by gathering together a wonderful selection of 911-based race cars. The 911 story would not be complete without the countless racing victories achieved by this car, in its various guises, over the past five decades and even up to the present day.
Porsche, too, hasn’t forgotten their vital link to the motorsports world. “We understand the importance that our motorsports heritage plays in the Porsche customer’s choice to buy the 911, and our racing efforts around the world today reflect that priority,” said Detlev von Platen, president of Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
Introduced in the autumn of 1963 at the Frankfurt Auto Salon, the Porsche 911 has become a touchstone design and the car that propelled Porsche to commercial and competition success. Designed by the late Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche, the grandson of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, the 911 broke new technological ground with a horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine that became the foundation of generations of Porsche sports and racing cars.
From its first entry Porsche’s new 911 won its category in all the classic sports car endurance races. Class wins in the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans were followed by outright victory in the rugged Monte Carlo Rally in 1968. In 1973 the Brumos Porsche 911 RSR driven by Peter Gregg and Hurley Haywood won an upset victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona, defeating an international field of prototypes. The same year brought Porsche’s 911 overall victories in the punishing 12 Hours of Sebring and the World Championship Targa Florio on the mountain roads of Sicily.
The 911s assembled at Amelia Island this year, pictured below, really were the cream of the crop. When strolling through the display, each one just seemed more spectacular than the last. And with several RSRs, rally cars, and even the first 911 to win a race, the full range of this most versatile of sports cars was represented. A true racing institution, Porsche’s most enduring model deserved a celebration such as this one, and what a celebration it was. With all the other highlighted anniversaries and countless beautiful cars there was so much to see, but it was hard not to stop and stare at these breathtaking 911s.
Best in Class was awarded to Bruce Meyer’s 1979 Porsche 935 K-3, the overall winner at Le Mans in 1979. After spending thirty years in storage, the car has recently been refreshed with a complete tear-down and restoration by Canepa Motorsports.