The 26th Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance was held Sunday morning, May 23rd, on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island. Each year, the Concours selects a member of racing’s greatest, and this year's Honoree was Lyn St. James. She was the first woman to win Indy’s prestigious Rookie of the Year award in 1992 and was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the “Top 100 Women Athletes of the Century”. In addition to being the Honoree, St. James was presented with the Spirit of Ford Award, presented by Ford CEO Jim Farley. Other past award recipients include A.J. Foyt in 2017, Carroll Shelby in 2001, and Dan Gurney in 1999.
Each year a variety of classes are selected highlighting particular makes, models, and time periods. Classes for this year included Hispano-Suiza, Ferrari 275 GTB, Porsche 935, Chevy Thunder, It's Electric, Weird and Wonderful, and Supercars. The gathering of around 230 cars was about as impressive as you could find. Add in the special seminars, the RM Sotheby's auction, the Eight Flags Road Tour, and the Cars and Coffee event and you would be hard-pressed to find a better automotive weekend anywhere.
As with previous years, many new cars were unveiled or on display. Much of the focus this year was on electric cars, both past and present. Electric car company Lucid was on hand with their model called the Air. Hummer has reemerged as an electric-only model for GMC and brought along the model's new truck and SUV. Cadillac presented its first all-electric luxury SUV in the Lyriq. Volkswagen also showed off the new ID.4, their first all-electric SUV. In the It's Electric class, nine 100 plus-year-old cars showed how electric cars got started going as far back as the 1895 Morris and Salom Electrobat IV.
Best in Show for the Concours d'Elegance went to the 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet. The Hispano-Suiza brand was featured this year with ten vehicles from 1912 to 1938 in their own class. Best in Show for Concours de Sport went to the 1974 Shadow DN4, the Can-Am Championship winning racer driven by Jackie Oliver. The American Muscle Car Museum brought along the 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner Retractable Hardtop and competed in the American Limited Production Class. Our well-deserved class winner was the 1956 Lincoln Premier Convertible, belonging to Warren Wubker of Mount Dora, Florida. Despite not winning an Amelia Award, the AMCM was happy to just be a part of such a prestigious gathering.
Here is a look at Sunday's festivities. The weather couldn't have been better, and things went well despite being in May this year and not March. We would like to thank Amelia Island Concours founder Bill Warner, Director of Communications Chris Brewer, and all of their outstanding volunteers for their efforts. The Amelia Island Concours is a must-see for any automotive enthusiast, and next year's event is scheduled for March 3-6, 2022. For more, check out ameliaconcours.org