The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance each year has a tremendous task at hand. To attempt to outdo itself by curating yet another unique selection of collector cars for its world-renowned show.
This year the 24th Annual Amelia Concours is March 7 – 10th, 2019. A time when fairways at the Golf Club of Amelia adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton are lined with millions of dollars worth of gleaming, glitzy and historically significant automobiles.
Each year, the show’s founder, Bill Warner, hones a collection of vehicles in various special “classes” to present on Amelia’s “Field of Dreams.” It’s always a dazzling display representing mankind’s love of cars.
It takes great skill and creativity to assemble hundreds of extraordinary vehicles for the show each year, not to mention the logistics and other behind-the-scenes tasks. With the huge event so close, Bill Warner says he’s not sleeping. Watch this recent interview (video below), by First Coast Living.
Cars & Guitars of Rock Stars
The video provides some insight about one of the special collections being presented at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, “Cars & Guitars,” a partnership with John Oates of the famous duo. Hall & Oates (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014), are the “best-selling musical duo of all time.”) While the gates open at 9:30 am on Sunday, March 10th, the official opening ceremony is at 11 am. Besides the Chairman’s Welcome, the ceremony will feature an aircraft flyover, plus John Oates will sing the National Anthem.
Warner’s reference to “depending on Tim Deegan” (the First Coast News station’s Chief Meteorologist), is for good reason. Considering what transpired the past two years when Warner had to make a last minute judgement call. In both 2018 and 2017, he made the decision to shift the Councours d’Elegance Sunday show up a day to Saturday, due to stormy Sunday weather forecasts. Hopefully history won’t repeat itself again this year, and fingers are crossed. But he did manage to pull off this date change twice with success.
One can easily see how the show is embraced by the industry and automobile journalists alike. Simply do a Google search to see the breadth of favorable coverage. Accolades galore have piled up over the years. A reflection of the esteemed reputation of the show and its chairman and founder, Bill Warner.
While it’s said the Pebble Beach Concours is the show that the connected car crowd “have to” go to, the Amelia Concours has gained a reputation as the show people “want to” go to.
For The Novice
Importantly, it’s not just a show for auto aficionados. The novice, the non-car-buff individual, can attend the show, learn and be fascinated. Signs are placed beside each car, plus attendees can read the excellent show guide. Each car and “class” has its own unique story and place in automotive history.
Saluting The Dreamers
2019 Concours Highlights
For those who have never been to this extraordinary show, put it on your to do list. Check out related article, a summary of highlights of the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
If you can’t make it this year, consider the event for your bucket list. Easy to plan ahead, it’s always held the full second weekend in March each year.
It’s an aesthetically pleasing experience, not only for the collection of beautiful, rare automobiles, but also the barrier island setting here in northeast Florida.
Entering the show field, it’s a splendid scene to take in. Actually a bit overwhelming at first, as there’s so much to see everywhere you look. For the first-timers, when you depart, it’s likely you’ll drive away with a brand new appreciation of the automobile. For the cars and the individuals behind their development, the dreamers. You’ll go home with plenty of photos of your favorite vehicles. Plus some car stories embedded in your memory from a day spent on Amelia’s “Field of Dreams.”
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Where To Park?
Out-of-towners, especially, may be wondering where to park for Amelia Concours events. See this 2019 Amelia Concours d’Elegance parking map with parking fees.
Many other events are also scheduled Concours Week. These include auto auctions held by some of the world’s top auction houses, such as RM Sothebys (at the Ritz-Carlton), Gooding & Company (at Omni Amelia Island Plantation), and Bonhams (at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Golf Course).