1975 BMW 3.5 CSL Alexander Calder Art Car

Amelia Island Concours 2014 – Report and Photos

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2014 was held Sunday, March 9th on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. The event attracted an estimated crowd of 29,000 and more than 325 vehicles on display.

Honorary Chairman Jochen Mass kicked off the 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance by driving onto the field in one of his former race cars. A selection of Jochen’s racer cars were among the highlights of the Race Cars of Jochen Mass class, from the 1989 Le Mans-winning Sauber-Mercedes C9 Silver Arrows to the 1975 McLaren M23 Formula 1.

In addition to the race cars of Jochen Mass, the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance also celebrated the 100th anniversary of Maserati race and street cars, the 50th anniversary of McLaren, BMW 3.0 and 3.5 CSL ‘Batmobiles’, Cars of Zagato Design and Chrysler Concept Cars. Other classes ranged from Beach Cars, Bugatti, solid-axle Corvettes, Ferrari Production and Race, Offenhauser Power, Porsche race cars from 904 to 962, Packard Concepts and Underslung.

The BMW CSL display was headlined by the ‘Batmobile’ race car painted by Alexander Calder. The 3.0-liter CSL was an alliance of racer and art auctioneer Herve Poulain and American sculptor Calder mixed with the foresight of BMW Motorsport chief Jochen Neerpasch. Poulain and Sam Posey raced the ‘Art Car’ at the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans, qualifying first in class and 11th overall in a 55-car field.

A 1937 Horch 853 Voll and Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet, owned by Robert M. Lee of Sparks, Nevada, was named Best of Show Concours d’Elegance at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours, while the 1958 Scarab Mk. II owned by the Collier Collection of Naples, Florida won Best of Show Concours de Sport.

Off the show field, attendees enjoyed seminars on the Great Offy Drivers and the Merchants of Speed. Indy 500 Winner Johnny Rutherford moderated the Great Offy Drivers Seminar that included Parnelli Jones, Al Unser, Bobby Unser and David Hobbs, while Merchants of Speed featured Ray Evernham, John Mecom, Bobby Rahal, Alwin Springer and Bob Tullius discussing the triumphs, trials and tribulations of owning a successful racing team.

Plans for the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance are already underway and the 20th annual event is scheduled to be held on March 13-15. The show’s Foundation has donated over $2.25 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.

We split up pictures from the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.

Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery

1976 McLaren M26 F1, ex-Jochen Mass

1976 McLaren M23 Formula 1, ex-Jochen Mass

1974 Porsche 911 RS 3.0 Liter

1974 Porsche 911 RS 3.0 Liter

1957 Maserati 200SI

1957 Maserati 200SI

Lamborghini Miura P400

Lamborghini Miura P400

1955 Maserati A6G/54

1955 Maserati A6G/54

1965 Alfa Romeo TZ

1965 Alfa Romeo TZ

Porsche 956

Porsche 956

1960 Chevrolet Corvette Sebring Racer

1960 Chevrolet Corvette won its class at Sebring in 1960

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Comments

  1. Louis Galanos says

    Great report and photos. Looks like the entire SCD staff was out there Sunday morning taking photos in order to get this story online the same day as the Concours.

  2. Michael Thomas says

    Huge thanks to Sports Car Digest for putting together such a great selection of images. Couldn’t make it this year, so I was thrilled that you brought it to my laptop.

  3. Cooper Jenkins says

    Is it me or is Amelia now considered the best concours? The diversity (and quality) of cars on this year’s show field are unmatched by Pebble, in my book at least.

  4. Chuck B says

    Always a couple that require extra looks- this time the green Porsche and the black Ferrari with frosted glass- frame worthy!!

  5. NC TRACKRAT says

    Would’ve loved to have seen pics of the first two Shelby GT350′s. It was their first outing since total restoration and super-human effort was made to get them ready in time.

  6. says

    Your photo coverage of Amelia was just outstanding. Really tough as there were so many people! This has become the premier event of it’s kind as it really is a “people’s event” The whole concept of adding Cars ‘n Coffee for free on Saturday was so like Bill Warner. “way ahead of the pack and for the people! Bravo. Peter Brock

    • Charles Hess says

      The Cars n’ Coffee on Saturday was a blast! So many good looking cars out on the golf course. Can’t wait for next year…..

  7. Adelso Barrios says

    Whaooooo !! Huge thanks to Sports Car Digest for giving up us such a great selection of our most loved cars images.
    I´ve been sighing for more than 60 minutes.

  8. says

    Bill Warner and the entire staff and volunteers did another fantastic job. Never attended Pebble Beach, but after many years at Amelia, I don’t feel the need to go. Outstanding seminars, fabulous cars and the chance to renew many old friendships. Bravo!!

  9. Gary West says

    Amelia HAS to be on every car enthusiast bucket list. There is just no down side to this most excellent event. Some concours display an undercurrent of elitism, Amelia is truly the peoples concours. Sincere thanks to Mr. Warner and volunteers. Capitol job.

  10. Chuck says

    My wife and I were at the 2010, Concourse and were impressed with the Griffith 400 owned by a Mr, Sheldon who owned a Ferrari dealership. The rear of the Series 400 and the front are just beatiful! There were two Series 200 and one Series 600 (a totally different automobile-no 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds). I went through all of the pictures and did not see one Griffith at this years Amelia Island Concourse D’ Elegance. We flew from California to see Jack Griffith and his American superfast sportscars, and also met Jacks’ family.

    Were none entered? Is Jack Andrew Griffith alive? He was one of the founders of the event. When I see his cars driven by the McInerney;Shipman, Hagel,etc. he most certainly build an automobile capable of beating just about anything in the old 60′s, A Production, classes. Take a look at the 2013 Oldtimers Gran Prix and see Sean or Michael McInerney come from the back of the pack to almost win the race. Maybe if there hadn’t been so many cars blocking for the lightweight Jaguar, and there were tons of Jaguars especially in the beginning, the Griffith 400 would have won the race. Take a look.

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