March, 2016 -- The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, in its 21st year, has grown at an amazing rate over the years. Beginning with just over 160 cars, and approximately 2,000 spectators, now more than 300 cars and tens of thousands of visitors come to this small island to share their enthusiasm for the automobile.
Hans-Joachim Stuck, double Le Mans 24 Hour winner, 1985 World Sports Car Champion, and one of the most successful international road racers of the '70s, '80s, and '90s, was this year's honoree. Alfa Romeo sent Stuck's 1977 Watkins Glen Alfa Romeo-powered Brabham to Amelia Island from its museum in Arese, Italy as the centerpiece of the Cars of Hans Stuck Class.
Other highlights of the Concours were: the Pegaso, which was this year's marque; Janis Joplin's Porsche 356 SC, which anchored the Porsche 356 class; the "Rain Man" roadster, a 1949 Buick Convertible restored by Wayne Carini; several pioneering concept cars, all developed by companies and/or individuals outside the major manufacturers in Detroit; and auction companies that offered an incredible selection of some of the most coveted automobiles in the world.
Best of Show winners for the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance: Concours d'Elegance - 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, Owned by Helen and Jack Nethercutt of Slymar, CA and Concours de Sport - 1952 Pegaso Z-102, Owned by Lowman Museum in Netherlands.
|During Amelia Island Auction Week, there were several auctions being held. Here are the highlights from three of them.|