Amelia Island’s Grand Event Showcases Man’s Love of Cars Throughout History

RARE COLLECTOR CARS: Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, one of the top automotive shows in the world, attracts muckety-mucks and motorheads alike. See some of the planet’s finest collector automobiles in beautiful barrier island setting.

1963 Corvette Z06, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
1963 Corvette Z06, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

If there’s ever a time to be on Amelia Island, many would say it’s in March for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.  A signature annual event, the Amelia Island Concours typically showcases 250 rare automobiles, some from private collections not often seen in public.

So much more than just a display of collector cars, the weekend’s events include dinners, a road tour, interesting seminars, auto auctions and a silent auction to raise funds for charity. Enjoy the main Sunday show and other festivities surrounding this marvelous event that’s truly a grand time to be on Amelia Island, Florida.

A brother and sisterhood of automobile enthusiasts from all walks of life gather on Amelia Island to celebrate and share a common love of cars and automotive history.  Among the top shows of its kind in the world, this posh event attracts muckety-mucks and motorheads alike.

The automobile inventory here on Amelia Island, Florida may be more valuable per square mile than anywhere else on the Eastern Seaboard (perhaps across the nation and even across several continents). For example, besides the value of the show field cars, separate auto auctions sold $55 million of collector vehicles last year, read recap of previous Concours weekend and see photo gallery. This year in 2014, one race car to be auctioned, a 1968 Porsche 907 Longtail, is projected to fetch $3.5 to $5 million, just a single example of the many valuable vehicles to be featured here.

One of the most famous “car guys” is Jay Leno, known for his automotive passion. The former “Tonight Show” host, in an appearance on “Car and Driver’s” radio show (broadcast live from a previously-held Pebble Beach Concours on the west coast), spoke highly of the east coast Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance:

In Leno’s words, discussing the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event:

“…that is the greatest show, certainly on the east coast, if not all time. In fact, a lot of people prefer it. . . this [Pebble Beach] gets a little crazy. . . I like the classes of things he [Bill Warner, Founder] does. They do unusual sorts of things, hot rods, motorcycles, all kinds of different [things], that’s what I like. . . any car show I go to and I learn something. . . because there’s only so many Duesenbergs and only so many Bugattis. . .” ( See also Jay Leno’s Garage website.)

1936 Dusenberg SJN Wins Top Award at 2013 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
1936 Dusenberg SJN Winner of Last Year’s Top Award at “The Amelia” 2013

Many jet into Amelia Island’s Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport on private planes. However, for those who live in the drive market within Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, take an outstanding day-cation or weekend escape to Amelia Island for the main Sunday show (in 2014 being held March 9th). Head north, south, or east for this extraordinary event with global reputation for excellence. See some of the world’s finest collector vehicles in a beautiful barrier island setting in northeast Florida.

A special selection of the Concours cars will be parked along historic Centre Street in Fernandina Beach on Friday, March 7, 2014, free for the public to browse. Part of the “Passport Transport Eight Flags Road Tour” that departs the Ritz-Carlton at 8:30 am, the drivers of these rare collector cars will end their road tour downtown for lunch, so head to Centre Street by around noon to see them, they’ll depart by 1:30 pm.

CARS & COFFEE AT THE CONCOURS, SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014 FREE EVENT

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance invites the public to spend Saturday morning at the 2nd annual Cars & Coffee at the Concours. The free event is a perfect time to take the kids and your camera, presented by Heacock Classic Car Insurance. The special show will be held Saturday, March 8 on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at the Ritz-Carlton. Over 300 cars from marque car clubs are expected. Gates will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Parking for Concours events will be available at the Fernandina Beach Airport for $15 fee with shuttle service to the show. There is no charge for admission to this Saturday show.

MAIN EVENT DAY: SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014 CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

The gate opens at 9:30 am Sunday and the show ends at 4 pm (tickets can be purchased at the event, $80 at the door). For further information, full event schedule visit the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance website.

For more insight about the Amelia Concours experience, read in-depth article, “Man’s Passion and Dreams Personified on Amelia Island.”

For more about investing in this asset class and potential ROI, read previous article, Amelia Island Host To Investment Vehicles, Collector Car Auctions.”