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The 2011 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance wants to be the Pebble Beach of the East Coast.  They think they are now on par with Pebble Beach; but you need more than a decade of shows to match the depth and pinnacle of automotive engineering and design presented each year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Pebble Beach has been in business since 1950 and is considered by many to be the world’s premiere celebration of the automobile.

Amelia Island, a ritzy little Atlantic resort town north of Jacksonville, Florida near the Georgia border, is home to this significant Concours d’Elegance each year. It’s held the second weekend of March at the Ritz Carlton — a fitting background for these beautiful, graceful beasts of times long past.

The Amelia Island Concourse really has fantastic automobiles and some quirky fun ones too.  I have no doubt that it is in the top tier of shows in the world and number two in the US.

The video is a great introduction to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance:

Here are this year’s top prize winners:

Left, 1933 Duesenberg SJN Arlington Torpedo Sedan. Right, 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster.

Left, Best in Show, Concours d’Elegance: 1933 Duesenberg SJN Arlington Torpedo Sedan.  The Nethercutt Collection. Helen and Jack Nethercutt – Sylmar, CA.  Right, Best in Show, Concours de Sport: 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster. Harry Yeaggy – Cincinnati, OH.

Enjoy!


This 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet is similar to the one driven by Captain von Trapp in the 1965 movie, The Sound of Music.  These pre-war Mercedes are worth a fortune and are highly coveted.  It’s an engineering masterpiece and a work of art.  Beautifully and meticulously restored, it won the Best in Show at the 2010 Amelia Island (Florida) Concours d’Elegance.

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K