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A Concours for Everyone: Preview for the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 6
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Amelia Island, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, An Addictive Take On Cars, auto show, Automotive, Duesenberg, Ferrari 250 GTO, Jacksonville, FL on 03 6th, 2014
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In the past several years I have been fortunate enough to take in the full experience of one of the world’s most prestigious automotive right here in Jacksonville, Florida’s back yard, Amelia Island. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance doesn’t only attract automotive enthusiasts and those who are truly addicted to the automotive culture, you can expect to see curiosity at an unprecedented level from virtually every walk of life. Mostly due to the stature of the vehicles on display, dating back from the conception of the automobile to the year 1972, there is something for everyone who has even the slightest recognition of automotive history.

The Amelia Concours is a treat for everyone, providing discoveries for those who are new to the world of vintage automobiles and offering surprises to enthusiasts who pride themselves in an extensive knowledge of automotive history. This is part of the uniqueness of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the show can catch an automotive veteran off guard while steadying others on a walk down memory lane. For many, the Amelia Concours is a “bucket list” event, a once in a lifetime experience.

In the past few years of covering the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, I have taken away cherished memories of the people I have met and the cars on display. In a way, for me the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is a dream come true, yes, even in the limelight of driving a different new vehicle each week and spending countless hours at auto shows around the world. For someone like my mother, a respected grade school teacher who hasn’t the slightest clue about the historical significance of the 1936 Duesenberg SJN or the driving experience associated with the Ferrari 250 GTO, the show is equally treasured and meaningful. She gets it, walking from car to car with a big smile on her face, glancing at each uniquely sculpted body and stopping to take in the short backstory listed on the show plaque. There really is nothing else like thousands of spectators walking on one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses filled with the most esteemed vehicles from around the world.

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Each year the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance selects an honoree and pays homage to the accomplishments of the selected honoree and how it correlates to theme and automotive history of the event. Last year (2013) the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance featured Sam Posey, who is one of America’s most articulate representatives of motorsports. His wide range of skills apart from racing is also a tribute and hat tip to the amalgamation of the show.

Other events during the weekend of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, such as Silent Auctions, RM Auctions, and exclusive displays put on by various manufactures, all plays a part in the versatility and having something for everyone to enjoy.

Leading up to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, my staff and I had the opportunity to sit down with founder, Bill Warner. In our discussions we were overwhelmed with his warm and heartfelt passion for helping others, which truly determines that the Concours is much more than just a car show. The local community is a big influence in Warner’s passion. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance donates millions of dollars to charity.

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Warner welcomed our local Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee venue to join his Saturday Amelia Island Cars and Coffee, asking us to help select local participants. Usually, our event is held at The Florida Times-Union every second Saturday of the month averaging about 400 vehicles in attendance representing everything from million-dollar exotics and resto/modified VW buses to American muscle cars. For our Cars and Coffee venue in March, we are joining the Amelia Island Cars and Coffee event welcoming our local participants to spectate the nice field of vehicles Amelia Island Concours has invited. It is a pleasure and honor to be part of Saturday’s event and we look forward to covering the Sunday vehicle display.

The 19th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance with Honoree Jochen Mass takes place this weekend with the Amelia Island Cars and Coffee running Saturday from 9am till 1pm, various other lifestyle events, and concludes with the official vehicle display at The Golf Club of Amelia Island on Sunday from 9:30am till 4pm. AutomotiveAddicts.com will bring to you exclusive coverage following the event in addition to images from Saturday’s Amelia Island Cars and Coffee, which we will be participating in with local vehicle entrants.

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Our exclusive coverage of the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be live following the show. You may view previous year Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance coverage here.



Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘Breadvan’ Makes Sweet Music at Oldtimer Grand Prix: Video 28
Oct
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Ferrari, Ferrari 250 GT, Ferrari 250 GTO, News, video on 10 28th, 2013
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The line of Ferrari 250 vehicles gives us some of the most recognizable and cherished Italian cars on the planet paying homage to the famous 250 GTO. Each vehicle with is own hand-made character within the family line, Ferrari garage artists tended to make unique one-offs and the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Breadvan is one that adds to the exclusive characterization of the most expensive vehicles around today.

Today we stumble on an in-cabin Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘Breadvan’ video of it making rounds the Nurburgring to pole at the 2013 Oldtimer Grand Prix. The sound is music any automotive enthusiast’s ears from the 3.0-liter V12 engine. Today’s successors of the 250 GT include that of the new Ferrari FF, something that will be a surprise to many enthusiasts – the ‘hatchback’ idea was long explored on the Italian mainland long before any of us were born.

Enjoy!

Thanks for the tip Mike Hilal



17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (2012) 11
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Amelia Island, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, auto show, Automotive, Concours d’Elegance, featured, Ferrari, Ferrari 250 GTO on 03 11th, 2012

This year the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance featured some of the most intricate and expensive cars in the world. One particular group of vehicles present at the 17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, was about 12 Ferrari 250 GTOs.  This group of cars represented the pinnacle of automotive perfection. For a fine handmade Italian vehicle produced between 1962 and 1964 (only 39 examples), where some examples captured over $30 million at recent auctions, the display at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was one-of-a-kind.

Every year the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance brings about automotive enthusiasts from all over the world to not only show off fine automobiles, but partake in the exclusive festivities that make Concours events the most prestigious automotive shows in the world. Additionally, thousands of googly-eyed spectators laced the Ritz Carlton lawn as early as 8am in the morning to capture what may be considered a once-in-a-lifetime montage of automotive history and creation.

Encompassing the remainder of the field where various makes and models of automobiles dating back to the late 1800’s all the way to present day. We welcome you to view our photos below capturing many of the vehicles on display at this year’s 17th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – 2012.

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