The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2011 was held Sunday, March 13th on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. An estimated 15,000 people attended the Amelia Concours on a zero cloud, perfectly sunny Florida day.
Honorary Chairman Bobby Rahal kicked off the 16th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance by driving onto the field in the March 82G-1 that he put on pole at the 1982 Daytona 24 Hours. In addition to Featured Guest Bobby Rahal, the featured marques at the Amelia Concours 2011 were the cars of Duesenberg, Allard, and Kurtis and the Concours highlighted 100 Years of Chevrolet and 100 Years of Indy.
Other Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2011 classes ranged from esoteric ones like Orphan Concept, One Man’s Dream and the Cover Cars of Hot Rod to traditional Concours classes like American Classic Open, Ferrari and European Classic Pre-War.
The Amelia Island Concours awards Best of Show for two designations: Concours d’Elegance and Concours de Sport. Best of Show – Concours d’Elegance went to the 1933 Duesenberg SJN Arlington Torpedo Sedan of The Nethercutt Collection, while Best of Show – Concours de Sport was awarded to the 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster ‘Mormon Meteor’ of Harry Yeaggy.
Now deep into its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated nearly $1.7 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast.
2011 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Photo Gallery (Click image for larger picture and description)
[Source: Amelia Island Concours; photo credit: Sports Car Digest]