Winners to be revealed live on Facebook during Cars & Coffee at the Concours on March 11 at 11 a.m. EST.
LOS ANGELES, CA—MARCH 1, 2017—AUTOMOBILE, America’s leading automotive lifestyle brand, and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance announced today that AUTOMOBILE will reveal its 2017 All-Stars live on Facebook during Amelia’s Cars & Coffee at the Concours event on Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. EST.
AUTOMOBILE chooses its annual All-Stars from a diverse mix of vehicles, including passenger cars, super sports cars, sport/utilities, and minivans. This year’s six winning cars were selected after several days of exhaustive testing from a field of 23 all-new, heavily revised, or newly significant variants of vehicles on sale in the United States during the 2016 calendar year.
“The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is without question one of the preeminent automotive events in the world,” says AUTOMOBILE Editor-in-Chief Mike Floyd. “We are absolutely thrilled to host our 2017 All-Stars celebration at The Amelia and are honored to partner with such a fantastic event.”
Amelia’s Cars & Coffee at the Concours is a free-to-the-public celebration of the spirit of the automotive enthusiast and allows individuals to display their vintage, exotic, and otherwise collectible vehicles on the same show field as the following day’s Concours d’Elegance. The six 2017 AUTOMOBILE All-Stars will be shown to the world for the first time on the greens in front of Club Amelia, with the reveal streamed live on the AUTOMOBILE Facebook channel.
“We are delighted to welcome the AUTOMOBILE All-Stars to our 2017 Cars & Coffee at the Concours event,” says Brian Webber, Executive Director. “Having AUTOMOBILE honor their top picks on the same field where we celebrate many of the greatest vehicles of all time is a winning combination.”
To learn more about the prestigious awards and view photo galleries, videos, and much more, please visit the event hub at automobilemag.com/awards.
About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Now in its third decade, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, "The Amelia" draws over 300 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show's Foundation has donated over $3.0 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc., Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Shop with Cops, and other deserving charities. The 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for March 10-12, 2017. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.
AUTOMOBILE, a brand of TEN: The Enthusiast Network, is America’s leading automotive lifestyle brand, with a total audience of more than 5.7 million across its print, online, and social channels. AUTOMOBILE is home to the annual All-Stars awards and is written for the sophisticated enthusiast. For three decades, AUTOMOBILE has set the standard for automotive journalism, maintains a devotion to offbeat adventures, and continues to emphasize #noboringcars.
About TEN: The Enthusiast Network
TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier transmedia network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 60 websites, 50 publications, 50 annual events, the Motor Trend OnDemand subscription video-on-demand service, as well as the world’s largest automotive and action/adventure sports media platforms, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit enthusiastnetwork.com.
Come See Both Legendary Camaros Featured In the 2017 Camaro Dream Giveaway at the 22nd Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance!
Gravette, AR - February 17, 2017- The 2017 Camaro Dream Giveaway is a nationwide sweepstakes sponsored by New Beginning Children’s Homes. The winner of this extraordinary prize package will receive a fully restored 1967 Rally Sport Camaro and a 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Camaro ZL1. The grand-prize also includes $35,000 towards the prize taxes.
On March 11-12 both Camaros will be on display at the 22nd Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance inside the Dream Giveaway tent. Visitors will have the chance to see these two legendary cars up close!
On Saturday, March 11th, the Cars & Coffee at the Concours event will take place from 9AM to 1PM. Over 400 classic and exotic cars from local car clubs will be displayed. Close to 30 Camaros will be on display during the event next to the Dream Giveaway tent. Ken Lingenfelter, the owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, will be there to greet fans.
The 2017 Camaro Dream Giveaway celebrating 50 years of Camaro high performance is brought to you by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. The 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Camaro ZL1, which sports Serial #001, cranks out 800 horsepower thanks to a 376 cubic inch (6.2-liter) Chevy LT4 Gen 5 small-block featuring a Magnuson supercharger, ported and polished factory cylinder heads, an ultra-high-performance cam, and custom tuning, all courtesy of the horsepower experts at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
The 1967 Rally Sport Camaro features a Chevrolet big-block V-8 and a Tremec five-speed overdrive manual transmission. It has a long list of restomod upgrades, including Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes, QA1 shocks and front coil springs, Billet Specialties suspension, TMI Performance Sport interior, Electric hide-a-way headlamps, LED taillamps, vintage air climate system, and show-quality engine bay with polished aluminum and billet steel. It is painted Tuxedo Black with contrasting Torch Red stripes and a matching black-and-red interior.
You can enter to win both Camaros by going to http://www.dreamgiveaway.com/dg/camaro and making a tax-deductible donation to New Beginning Children’s Homes. Use promo code LE0317R3 to get 25% bonus tickets with any donation of $25 or more.
New Beginning Children’s Homes (NBCH) is a 501(c)3 provider of family-style long-term residential care with a mission to provide foster children a safe and faith-centered family atmosphere where they can heal, grow, and be loved while working through difficult life issues. In addition to the funding they receive, NBCH will provide grants to several worthwhile charities, including Disabled American Veterans, National Guard Educational Foundation, Smile Network International, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Bright Pink and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.
A HOLIDAY GIFT FROM THE AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
Jacksonville, FL - The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has earned the label “the racers’ concours.” We confess: guilty as charged. Competition cars of all stripes have been (ahem) disproportionally represented on Amelia’s field since 1996. All-star racers from Formula 1, Le Mans, Can-Am, NASCAR, Indy Car and other major racing series have served as Amelia Honorary Chairmen. We love racers, racing and racing cars. (The Amelia’s founder and Chairman is a long time racer and member of the prestigious Road Racing Drivers Club. It’s in our blood.)
As the end of the 2016 calendar and the 22nd annual Amelia Concours d’Elegance approach (March 10-11-12, 2017) we thought it would be appropriate to send you a little gift; some fresh racer’s wallpaper, now that the holidays are upon us.
The photos were shot at the December tests for the Rolex 24 at Daytona by our founder and Chairman -- and Road & Track staff photographer -- on the 25th anniversary of Rolex sponsorship for the 24 Hours of Daytona. Be sure to download as many as you like and share the link with family and friends!
All of us at The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance would like to wish you and yours a very blessed and merry holiday season. Without the 600 plus volunteers, dozens of gracious sponsors, hundreds of entrants, and the tens of thousands of attendees, we simply wouldn’t exist. We are grateful for each and every one of you!
From RM Sotheby's:
- RM Sotheby’s sets the pace with exceptional docket of early entries for its 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance sale, March 10-11 in Florida
- Latest highlights led by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, one of the most valuable cars ever presented during the Amelia Island weekend
- RM secures distinguished private collection of Orin Smith, to be offered during a dedicated sale session on March 10
- Further information and a frequently updated list of entries available at rmsothebys.com
BLENHEIM, Ontario (December 14, 2016) – If early entries are anything to go by, RM Sotheby’s 2017 Amelia Island sale will feature one of the most thrilling offerings ever presented in Amelia Island auction history. The official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance today announced a superb 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta and a 58-car private collection as the latest highlights for its 2017 March sale. The addition of the latter, a superlative group of Rolls-Royce, Bentleys and other sporting icons, will see the company’s 19th annual Amelia Island auction extended to two days, with the private collection to be offered during its own dedicated sale session on Friday, March 10. RM’s traditional Amelia Island sale, featuring a curated selection of 80 blue-chip automobiles, will follow on March 11.
“Our Amelia Island sale is a perennial favorite on the global collector car calendar and interest in our 2017 sale has been extraordinary,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “When you look at what our team has secured thus far in terms of early entries—highlights such as the one-of-three Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet by Vanvooren, and now, this incredible Ferrari 250 GT SWB along with the collection of Orin Smith—it is shaping up to be the biggest auction ever held during the concours weekend. And, there’s still plenty more to come.”
Maranello’s Finest Dual-Purpose Grand Tourer
RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction has been witness to the sale of some of the world’s most important Ferraris over the years. The tradition will continue in 2017 with early highlights led by the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, chassis no. 2639 GT.
An outstanding example of one of Ferrari’s most beloved berlinettas, 2639 GT was completed by the Factory in 1961, outfitted as a luxury street version with several competition-style features including a steel body with aluminum hood and deck lid, as well as roll-up windows. Sold new to Marion Dall’Orso of Genoa, Italy, it was soon thereafter exported to the United States, where it spent much of its early life in California and Texas, before returning to Europe in the 1980s. It was eventually acquired by its current owner in 2011, who promptly commissioned the renowned Ferrari specialists at Motion Products of Neenah, Wisconsin, to conduct a comprehensive restoration. Beautifully presented, the quality of the restoration has earned 2639 GT numerous accolades, including Best of Show at Concorso Italiano, as well as Platinum Awards at the Ferrari Club of America International and the Cavallino Classic. Highly eligible and complete with the all-important Ferrari Classiche Red Book certification, 2639 GT is expected to command in excess of $9.5 million when it takes center stage at RM’s Ritz-Carlton sale in March. Ahead of the Amelia Island auction, the car will be on preview at the 26th annual Cavallino Classic, January 25-29 in Palm Beach Florida.
“It is easy to see why the SWB tops many enthusiast’s lists; a true dual-purpose car, it combines sensational looks with incredible driving dynamics, and its versatility means you could race it at Laguna Seca, take on the roads of the Colorado Grand and everything in between,” says Gord Duff, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “From its various unique features to the incredible quality of its restoration—– confirmed by a string of awards—– 2639 GT is a car worthy of close inspection. The fact that it is eligible for virtually every important motoring event on the planet and will outperform nearly everything in its class, makes it all the more attractive.”
‘A Gentleman’s Collection: The Pride and Passion of Orin Smith’
In addition to the SWB, RM’s 2017 Amelia Island docket is further bolstered by ‘A Gentleman’s Collection: The Pride and Passion of Orin Smith’, a meticulously presented 58-car collection, which will be offered March 10 as a prelude to RM’s traditional Amelia Island sale.
Well-known and highly respected on the international show circuit, Orin Smith was a consummate enthusiast and active concours competitor with a keen eye for detail. His collection—the result of two decades of meticulous curation—represents, at its core, one of the world’s finest groups of coachbuilt Rolls-Royces and Bentleys. In total, 22 vehicles from the two marques will be featured at the March 10 sale. For those with a predilection for Rolls-Royce, highlights include an authentic 1929 Phantom I Henley Roadster by Brewster, one of only two Henley prototypes built on the Phantom I chassis; an award-winning 1948 Silver Wraith Cabriolet by Franay, complete with streamlined one-off coachwork for French cabaret star “La Môme Moineau”; and the world’s most famous PII Continental, the ex-Raymond Gentile 1934 Phantom II Continental Drophead Sedanca Coupe by Gurney Nutting. For Bentley enthusiasts, the collection contains a show-stopping 1947 Mark VI Cabriolet, one of two bodied by Franay and featuring one-off coachwork commissioned by its original owner, A.J. Liechti; along with a beautifully restored, factory left-hand-drive 1952 R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner, formerly of the Bud Lyon Collection and complete with factory 4.9 engine upgrade.
Beyond its concentration on Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars, the Gentleman’s Collection has a secondary focus on sports and performance vehicles, including powerful examples from the likes of Allard, Jaguar, Lancia, Mercedes-Benz and more. In the market for an Aston Martin? The collection covers everything from prewar to modern models, including a 1966 Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante, the first such example built. Then there is unique, jet-age design, showcased by such striking examples as the 1953 Lancia Aurelia PF200 Cabriolet, a unique Pinin Farina concept on the rare Aurelia B52 chassis, displayed at the 1953 Geneva and Turin motor shows; and, an exquisite 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia, originally delivered to powerboat racer Lou Fageol.
“I had the great pleasure of knowing Orin Smith and found him to be a true gentleman in every sense of the word,” shares Don Rose, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “In addition to his impressive gathering of some of the finest Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles, Orin displayed an eclectic taste with a keen eye for other icons of style, including sporting machinery from prewar to the best of the contemporary. The common thread here is beauty, in both design and engineering; fitting for a man of generous spirit devoted to excellence. Because of those qualities, Orin Smith was beloved to the Amelia Island crowd, which makes the offering of his collection at our Amelia Island venue all the more poignant.”
Additional details on ‘A Gentleman’s Collection: The Pride and Passion of Orin Smith’, including a full car list, will be available in early 2017.
For further information on RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale or to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visit www.rmsothebys.com, or call +1 519 352 4575 to discuss limited consignment opportunities.
FOR MORE NEWS FROM RM SOTHEBY’S