Brimming with exhilaration from both the duPont REGISTRY LIVE event on Friday, March 7th, and the Cars & Coffee event on Saturday, March 8th at the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, Car Show Television attempted to prepare itself for a day like no other day in our history: the Sunday Concours d'Elegance at the Ritz-Carlton golf course. This is the glorious culmination of the four-day event, and it's no wonder why this event is considered to be in the top two car events in the world! We barely got 25 feet onto the field, when we were inundated with sensory overload- vintage Ferraris from all over the world, all grouped in a space of about 1200 square feet! there were Pininfarina, Vignale, Zagato, Bertone, and Ghia examples of one-off coach-built cars that are literally "rolling pieces of art".
We could have created an entire episode, JUST on vintage Ferraris, but we knew we had a lot more cars to explore. The American Underslung Car Company from Indianapolis, Indiana was in existence from 1907 to 1914. During that time, they generated some of the most elegant and beautiful cars in that or any era. They were one of the official featured marques for this spectacular event, and we found an expert to tell us all about them! Of course, the field had vintage and classic cars in peerless condition of all shapes and sizes- and models dressed in period-correct clothing for a car-based fashion show, like no other!!! From Delages to Bugattis to Maseratis, and many, many more.
Perhaps most exciting to us was this year's collection of Concept Cars from both Chrysler and Packard. These historic and very limited production cars have never before all been together on one field, so it was truly a momentous occasion. I can distinctly recall voraciously reading all about the 1956 Chrysler Diablo, the 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt, the 1941 Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton, and the legendary 1963 Chrysler Turbine Car. Chrysler Corporation sent it from their collection, along with their Director of Historical Cars, who actually fired up the Turbine- it really sounded like a space ship taking off! Alex, who owns a dune buggy, actually got to meet the inventor of the dune buggy, Bruce Myers- who originally designed the Myers Manx, the often copied original dune buggy. Alex got his picture with Bruce in front of Bruce's very own Myers Manx dune buggy! Speaking of personal experiences, you'll also get to see an original 1971 Indy race car that Andrew remembers from his youth.
We talked about how we really needed another day to simply drink in all these exceptional cars. With enough time, we could have taped FOUR episodes, based on the variety and excellence of the cars here. Just being out on that beautiful day, with the sun gleaming off these exceptional show cars had us in full agreement- that, despite the number of car shows we have attended in our lives, we have NEVER seen a better field of cars than we did at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance!!!