Best of Show from 2017 Amelia Concours d’Elegance
Amelia Island, FL – 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ-582 and 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider Win Best of Show at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
The 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ-582 and 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider won the Best In Show honors on Saturday, March 11, at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. In spite of a schedule change due to inclement weather, the award-winning event, which typically occurs on a Sunday, still drew a colossal crowd throughout the weekend.
The competition drew more than 300 cars and motorcycles into 41 classes from 11 different countries to the 10th and 18th Fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island
The highly coveted Best in Show Concours d’Elegance Trophy was presented to Terry Adderley for his 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ-582. The Model J was produced in Indianapolis from 1929 until 1937 and each of the chassis sold received custom coachwork built to the whims of the owner. Five Torpedo Phaetons were built to Gordon Buehrig’s design, with this car being one of the last two Torpedo Phaetons, which were built by the A. J. Walker Company to the Gordon Buehrig design specifications.
The newest event for 2017 was the Amelia Motoring Film Exhibition organized by Popcorn Octane Productions. It was a casual evening of auto-centric movies that drew film buffs and car aficionados alike. Featured films included Adam Carolla’s “The 24 Hour War” which chronicles the FORD vs. FERRARI battle in the 1960’s at Le Mans and Smith’s very own “The Red Grifo”, a documentary that recounts a family’s multigenerational influence of a rare automobile welded high Italian design together with American muscle to form one of the most desirable gran touring cars of all time, the Iso Grifo.
Rounding out the trio was Peugeot’s “Climb Dance” a very short but high-octane film featuring Peugeot’s winning runs at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the late 1980’s.
The event was off to a great start as the Hagerty’s Amelia or Bust Rally 2017 Tour participants rolled in to the parking lot for a special display. Noted collector and author Tom Cotter and Sports Car Market Founder Keith Martin, among others at the sell-out event, enjoyed social reception with popcorn, drinks, and shrimp and grits before adjourning to the old Florida theatre to enjoy three incredible films. Plan to kick off your 2018 Amelia Island trip by attending this event.
The Porsche Club of America launched the Amelia version of the famed Werks Reunion over at the Omni Plantation. A full field of judged cars took part with over 650 Porsches registered for the gathering. The Ingram Collection and Road Scholars displayed a 1967 911R alongside a new 2016 911R with matching livery.
Back to the big event at the Ritz-Carlton on Saturday, a Jaguar D-Type class was headlined by two surviving Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Types, marking the 60th anniversary of its third consecutive and final victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Another historical gem, Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 Roadster, was the highlight of the “BMW 501-507” class. The car was delivered to him in 1958 during his service in the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany. Along the way, female fans from across the country kissed the white Roadster and wrote amorous messages in scarlet lipstick, leading Presley to have the 507 painted lipstick red.
Additional highlights on the field included the “Movie Cars” class with nine of the most famed vehicles to cross the big screen. The class included James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger.
For Porsche fans the concours honored the cars of Brumos Racing with a special class including Brumos’ first IMSA GT Champion, Trans-Am Champion 911, Can-Am Porsche 917 Turbo, Turbo 935 IMSA GT Champion and many more.
(Watch our 2015 interview with Hurley Haywood here.)
“The Amelia continues to be more than just a Concours each year,” said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance “It’s a celebration of the automobile and great racers, designers and engineers of the industry.”
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Official Amelia Concours photography by Deremer Studios. Additional photography by Guy Smith