“The Amelia” World-Renowned Collector Car Show
The show will go on in 2021, according to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “Our team is preparing so that we can host our award-winning event at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and The Golf Club of Amelia Island even if the virus lingers and a vaccine remains elusive,” stated the organization on August 17, 2020.
NEWS UPDATE JANUARY 11, 2021 — (This article has been revised to reflect event scheduling changes): “The Amelia” show dates have changed from the traditional month of March to May 20–23, this year in 2021. The postponement was announced by the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in a January 11, 2021 news release. Also see related article published 1/11/2021.
COVID-19 Precautions & Social Distancing
“While no one can promise tomorrow, we can assure you that our team is making every effort to produce a Concours event that acknowledges and responds to the inherent challenges of hosting large events during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Lyn St. James, Honoree
Racer, writer, broadcaster, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Lyn St. James is the Honoree of the 26 th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
Special Car Classes 2021 Event
A sampling of the featured car classes to be presented at the 26th Annual Amelia Concours d’Elegance in 2021 include: Hispano-Suiza, Porsche 935, Chevy Thunder, Ferrari 275 GTB, 1970s Muscle Cars, Supercars of the 80s and 90s,“It’s Electric” Class, and Shadow Cars.
“Weird & Wonderful”
One of the reasons why “The Amelia” show is so popular with the “Who’s Who” of the automobile industry, aficionados, rare car collectors, gear heads and lovers of American muscle cars, are some of the unusual vehicles curated for special classes. This year’s “Weird & Wonderful” class is yet another example, to be presented at the May 2021 Amelia Concours d’Elegance.
Cars & Coffee at the Concours — New Date May 22, 2021
Featuring hundreds of collectible vehicles, many from car clubs, showcased on the Golf Club of Amelia Island on the first, tenth, and eighteenth fairways, Cars & Coffee at the Concours has a new date of Saturday, May 22, 2021. The Cars & Coffee event (hours are 9 am to 1 pm), is free to spectators, and hosted by Heacock Classic and Collier Car Clubs. For those with a car to enter, submit an application ($50 fee, non-refundable), to show a vehicle. The vehicle participant limit is typically reached several months prior to the event.
Concours d’Elegance Tickets
The big show date has been moved from March to instead happening on Sunday, May 23, 2021 (9:30 am to 4:00 pm). General admission tickets are $100 per adult when purchased in advance through March 31, 2021 — prices then go up. For those who wait to the day of the event, gate entry tickets cost $150 per adult. The show raises funds for various charities. See the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance website to buy tickets online and further information.
Saved By Date Adjustment
The previously held Concours d’Elegance in 2020 was the only big Amelia Island event to make it to the finish line during what’s normally peak tourism months in Spring/Summer of 2020. Seemingly saved by just a few days, the 25th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was held Sunday, March 8, 2020. Four days later at TPC Sawgrass in the nearby Jacksonville area, The Players Championship was canceled abruptly after Thursday’s play on March 12, 2020, sending the golf pros home early.
It was the National Basketball Association’s sudden announcement the day before (March 11th, 2020), canceling the basketball season, that seemed to get the cancellation ball bouncing across the nation.
The Amelia Concours d’Elegance had changed its traditional second weekend in March date to a week earlier last year in 2020. The date was changed to not conflict with the prestigious golf tournament. It turned out to be a perfect example that “timing is everything.”
About Amelia Concours Foundation
The show’s Foundation has donated over $3.5 million to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville and other charities on Florida’s First Coast since its inception in 1996.