This 'parade of elegance' honors the jewels of auto artistry, engineering


Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:39 p.m.

The fairways of the 10th and 18th holes at the Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach will be transformed into a showcase of classic, exotic and race cars on March 10.

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From top: A Ford GT40, Porsche 911 and a Harry miller car. (Photos By Dave Wendt And Peter Harholdt)

Part of the Amelia Island Councours d'Elegance, the event will honor legendary race car driver Sam Posey, who will drive onto the show field at 9:45 a.m. in one of his historic cars.

French for “parade of elegance,” the Amelia Island event—now in its 18th year — celebrates the automobile as an engineering feat and also as a work of art. Beyond the show on Sunday, the weekend will also feature seminars and a road tour and is expected to draw 15,000 to 20,000 people.

Tickets for Sunday's show are $55 for adults and $30 for youth. Parking is available at the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport for $15 per car, which includes shuttle service to the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The hotel is located next to the golf course.

This year, the event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911, the legendary flagship model, and the 50th anniversary of the Corvette Sting Ray. A fleet of Posey's race cars will also be on display. This year's show will also feature a rare collection of Cadillac concept cars — a handful of machines designed for the General Motors Motorama and Detroit Auto Show.

And “the Amelia,” as it has come to be known, is an event you can feel good about supporting. The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance has pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into Northeast Florida charities since its inception in 1996.

Last year alone, its foundation gave $100,000 to the Hospice of Northeast Florida, bringing its 18-year donation total to $2 million.

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