The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2015 was held Sunday, March 15th on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island next to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida. With more than 315 cars and motorcycles in attendance, the judges at the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours were tasked with a difficult job of not only picking class winners, but also awarding the Best of Show Winners. The Concours awards Best of Show for two designations — Concours d’Elegance and Concours de Sport.
Best of Show Concours d’Elegance at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours was given to the flawless 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster owned by Ed and Judy Schoenthaler from Oak Brook, Illinois. This black and white modern-classic was completely redesigned by renowned Wisconsin architect and car designer Stevens who acquired it in 1930. The Cord competed in many driving events including the Copperstate 1000 Rally and several hill climbs and races until Steven’s death in 1995.
Best of Show Concours de Sport at the Amelia Island Concours 2015 was awarded to the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider owned by David Sydorick of Beverly Hills, California. The short chassis 8C ‘two-three’ Spider was introduced in 1931 and won the Mille Miglia in 1932, 1933 and 1934 as well as the Spa 24-hour race in 1932. The car has a powerful Jano-designed straight-eight twin overhead cam supercharged engine. The previous owner purchased it in 1950 with a broken clutch. In 2003 Sydorick bought the vehicle and had Wisconsin-based restorer Rick Bunkfield rebuild the engine in 2005 to make it drivable once again.
Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Concours, said, “Both the Cord L29 and the Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 are well deserving of the Amelia’s 20th Anniversary Best in Show awards, with their impressive automotive style and historical pedigree. I’m not sure how our esteemed panel of judges was able to pick just two winners, given the record number of world-class entrants we had at this year’s Concours. I congratulate them on their excellent selections and I hope we can make their job harder in 2016.”
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2015 – Best of Show Photo Gallery
[Source: Amelia Island Concours; photos: Neil Rashba, Mark Coughlin and Sports Car Digest]