This weekend marked the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and for the second year in a row, threats of rain meant that the event was held on Saturday rather than the traditional Sunday.
This year’s Concours d’Elegance winner was a 1929 Duesenberg J/SJ Convertible owned by Harry Heaggy of Cincinnati, Ohio, while the Concours de Sport was won by a 1963 Ferrari 250/275 P owned by JSL Motorsports Collection of Redwood City, California.
1929 Duesenberg Model J/SJ, earlier on in the awards ceremony, receiving the Kemp C. Stickney Trophy for the Most Elegant Open Car.
Although the Duesenberg Model J was designed to have the best chassis and engine in the world of its time, the Model J’s Murphy roadster-style coachwork was restyled in-period by Bohman & Schwartz of Pasadena, California. Modifications made by Bohman & Schwartz included lengthening of the hood and the addition of more contemporary bumpers.
One of its early owners was Edward Beale McLean, who also owned the Hope Diamond. His family owned the Washington Post. Unfortunately, McLean’s increasingly erratic behavior and out of control spending eventually meant a forced sale of the Washington Post and led to him being committed indefinitely to a psychiatric hospital where he died in 1941.
1963 Ferrari 250/275 P pulling up earlier in the awards ceremony to receive the Spirit of Sebring award.
The Concours de Sport winning 1963 Ferrari 250/275 P is one of the very first V12 mid-engined Ferraris. It was originally built as a 250 P to compete in the then-new 1963 World Prototype Championship where the Ferraris would sweep first and second at the Sebring 12-hour race and win overall at the ADAC Nürburging 1,000 km and the 24 Hours of LeMans, earning them the 1963 World Prototype Championship.
The 250 Ps would be given an update the following year to a 3.3-liter engine and were then called the 275 P. This particular 275 P won overall victory at the 1963 ADAC Nürburging 1,000 km with John Surtees and Willy Mairesse driving and the 1964 Sebring 12 Hours with Mike Parkes and Umberto Maglioli. It finished second at the 1963 Sebring 12 hour and won the first race at Mont Tremblant at an entry with Ferrari’s “N.A.R.T.” – North American Racing Team, with Pedro Rodriguez driving. It was driven as a NART entry in ’64 and ’65.
Trumpetists play their horns to mark the beginning of the Best of Show being awarded.
Amelia Island Concours founder Bill Warner ushers the winning cars up to the front.
Best of Show winners arriving.
Wouldn’t be a win without the celebratory spraying of champagne!
A thumbs up from Bill Warner.
The winners celebrate with Bill Warner and 2018 honoree driver Emerson Fittipaldi.