If you couldn’t make it to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, you missed a truly memorable show. Once again, the weather was spectacular, and event chairman and founder Bill Warner managed to attract an impressive array of cars and draw a crowd of some 25,000 spectators.
As in previous years, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance judges doled out two “Best In Show” awards, one for the Concours d’Elegance category (reserved for road-going cars) and a second for the Concours de Sport class (reserved for race cars).
This year’s winner in the Concours d’Elegance category was a 1936 Duesenberg SJN (Supercharged), part of the Nethercutt Collection. Ageless good looks aside, the car’s 420-cubic-inch, supercharged straight-eight engine puts out an estimated 320 horsepower, good enough to get the plus-sized roadster from 0-100 mph in just 17 seconds.
Top honors in the Concours de Sport category went to a 1968 Ford GT40 Mk I, chassis #1075. The car has quite a pedigree, racking up a victories at Le Mans in 1968 with drivers Pedro Rodriguez and Lucien Bianchi, and again in 1969 with drivers Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver.
Throughout the car’s racing history, the John Wyer-prepared GT40 managed to rack up six wins in 11 races. When rule changes following the 1969 season made the GT40 obsolete, chassis #1075 went on display at the Indianapolis Speedway Museum. The car is currently owned by the Rocky Mountain Auto Collection.