The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2015 was held March 12-15th 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 a crowd of over 32,000 and more than 315 cars and motorcycles on display. With fantastic weather and friendly Sports Car Digest fans at every turn the Amelia Island Concours weekend couldn’t have been better. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Concours, an event that under the expert guidance of Bill Warner has grown into one of the premier classic car showcases worldwide.
Honorary Chairman Sir Stirling Moss kicked off the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance by driving onto the field in one of his former race cars, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR that Moss drove to overall victory at the 1955 Mille Miglia. A further selection of Moss’ race cars were among the stunning highlights of the ‘Race Cars of Stirling Moss’ class, from the Mercedes-Benz W196, W196 R and W196 S; Maserati 250F, 300S, 450S and Tipo 61 Birdcage; Aston Martin DBR1; Porsche RS-60; Jaguar C- and D-Type; Ferrari 250 GTO, 250 GT Speciale ‘Sperimantale’, 250 TRi/61 and 290 MM. It was a unbelievable gathering of cars and the fortunate attendees will no doubt cherish it for years to come.
In addition to the race cars of Stirling Moss, the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance also celebrated the BMW 327/328; Cars of the Cowboys; Corvette Race Cars from 1968 to ’72; Ferrari Formula 1; Forgotten Fiberglass; Hot Rods: East versus West; Orphan Concepts; Porsche 914 and World Rally Cars; among others.
A 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster, owned by Ed Schoenthaler, was named Best of Show Concours d’Elegance at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours, while the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Zagato Spider owned by David Sydorick won Best of Show Concours de Sport.
Off the show field, attendees enjoyed seminars on the ‘Design DNA of Iconic Cars’ and ‘The Car Guys of Television’. The Design DNA seminar saw General Motors, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche designers talk about the responsibility of the design team to maintain the DNA as new cars are designed and developed, while racer and broadcaster Tommy Kendall moderated the TV panel that included Wayne Carini; Ray Evernham; Peter Klutt; Barry Meguiar; Bob Varsha and Dale Walksler.
Plans for the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance are already underway and the 21th annual event is scheduled to be held on March 11-13. The show’s Foundation has donated over $2.5 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc., Spina Bifida of Jacksonville and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.
Similar to 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Sports Car Digest also documented the Amelia Island Concours 2015 with the following selection from the fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island. We split up pictures 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 by found on the last page of the gallery and gives a comprehensive view of all 310 photographs.
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2015 – Featured Photo Gallery
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