Wednesday, 28 February 2018
|THE ELECTRIC FUTURE AND THE GTP PAST MEET AT AMELIA|
Tradition will be held on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, 2018, when the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance offers auto enthusiasts two rare opportunities to get "backstage passes" to the inside world of automotive competition and design.
Jaguar Electric E-Type (Photo Courtesy of Jaguar USA)
On Friday, March 9, 2018, Stewart Reed, Department Chair Transportation Design of the Art Center, will host the WATTS NEXT? Design Challenges of the Electric Car seminar. The seminar features an all-star panel including Alfonso Albaisa, Senior VP of Global Design, Nissan; Ian Callum, Design Director, Jaguar; Moray Callum, VP of Design, Ford Motor Company; Grant Larson, Exterior Designer, Porsche; Michael Simcoe, VP Global Design, GM and Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler, AG. Watts Next? will explore and explain the challenges and complexities of designing for the burgeoning electric car market.
1985 Porsche 962 (Photo Courtesy of Bill Warner)
Saturday, March 10th brings Drivers of the IMSA GTP Prototypes (Grand Touring Prototype) to the Ritz-Carlton's Talbot Ballroom. These are the headline players who made IMSA's endurance races of the 1980s and nineties one of the most popular and best-supported racing series in North American motorsport history. IMSA's 1981 Lola T600 GTP-mounted Champion Brian Redman will be united with former Group 44 teammates Hurley Haywood and 1987 GTP Champion Chip Robinson. They will be joined by Derek Daly, Rob Dyson, Tommy Kendall, and Davy Jones to share insider stories and experiences from America's most prestigious sports car series.
1983 March 83G (Photo Courtesy of Bill Warner)
As a Saturday seminar bonus Andial founder and former Porsche Motorsports North American CEO Alwin Springer and IMSA Senior Vice President Mark Ruffauf will join the panel for an inside look at the racing formula that saw speed and attendance records obliterated and automotive technologies forced into the future. The Amelia's IMSA GTP seminar will be hosted by award-winning television racing commentatorBob Varsha.
"IMSA's GTP era marked the first time in motorsport history that a North American road racing series helped force automotive technology through competition rather than exist as little more than motorized entertainment," said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. "The seeds of the high-technology GTP era can still be seen in today's efficient hybrid-powered racers. We believe the IMSA GTP and WATTS NEXT? - The Design Challenges of the Electric Cars seminars offer relevant views of the path and future of automotive technology and design."
INFINITI Prototype 9 Concept (Photo courtesy of INFINITI)
The Amelia's seminars take place in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island March 9 - 10, 2018. Tickets for both WATT'S NEXT: Design Challenges of the Electric Car and Drivers of the IMSA Prototypes ($35.00 per person, per seminar) are available now at www.ameliaconcours.org.
Tickets for the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 9-11, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island are available now. Click Here for Tickets
Monday, 26 February 2018
Friday, 23 February 2018
|THE MYSTERY CAR REVEALED: SHELBY'S LONESTAR "COBRA III" DEBUTS AT 2018 AMELIA CONCOURS|
The sole Shelby Lonestar,created in secrecy a half-century ago as a replacement for the legendary 427 Shelby Cobra, will make its international concours debut at the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 11, 2018.
You'll need to attend the 23rd Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on March 11, 2018 to see the freshly-restored Lonestar revealed on the show field.
See the original post: THE AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE SECOND ANNUAL REALLY HARD "IDENTIFY THIS CAR" CONTEST.
Based on the GT40 chassis the Ford V-8-powered mid-engine coupe was assembled in England during 1968 and wore the name "Cobra III" in internal Shelby documents.
The Cobra was a very hard act to follow but the Lonestar checked all the right boxes; and Shelby had a potent plan. But there were considerable obstacles: Ford had acquired the Cobra name a year earlier. So Shelby, a Texan by birth, nature and bearing, named his third-generation "Cobra" after his home state and the Shelby Lonestar was born.
In the end US safety legislation halted the budding project. A disgruntled Shelby left for the wilds of South Africa. The Lonestar was advertised for the then princely sum of $15,000 but there were no takers. Now, after a sensitive and complex ten year-plus restoration, Shelby's only Lonestar will make its international concours debut at the 2018 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
"The Lonestar is a globally significant one-of-a-kind car. With its pedigree and design it could have changed history," said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. "We're honored that the Lonestar's owner has chosen to reintroduce Carroll Shelby's 'ultimate Cobra' to the world at The Amelia."
Congratulations to Jeffrey Moore of Rogersville, Missouri for being the first to correctly identify the Shelby Lonestar and win two tickets to the 2018 event! We also want to thank the hundreds of entrants who guessed and the half dozen that guessed correctly.
Tickets to see the Shelby Lonestar and the rest of the 300 historically significant vehicles appearing at the 23rd Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance can be purchased online atwww.ameliaconcours.org
|N.A.R.T CORVETTE COMES TO THE 23RD AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS d'ELEGANCE|
Luigi Chinetti's New York-based North American Racing Team is internationally famous as Enzo Ferrari's UNOFFICIAL western outpost. Yet right in the middle of the cars in the 23rd Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Cars of N.A.R.T. class -- surrounded by a fleet of exotic and historic Ferraris -- is a pure red-white-and-blue Chevrolet Corvette nicknamed "Old Scrappy" for its Florida junkyard origins. At first glance the burly kid from Tampa seems out of place and context with this gathering of glamorous Italians. But it's a Corvette with a pure Le Mans pedigree.
Photo supplied by Anthony Geraci
It all has to do with Luigi Chinetti's status with the ACO, the organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As a three-time Le Mans winner -- including Ferrari's first 24 Hour victory in 1949 -- Chinetti Senior enjoyed an exalted status with the organizers of the world's most famous endurance race. And Chinetti held Chevrolet's all-American sports car in some esteem.
"He once said the Corvette would make a good racecar," said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
Photo supplied by Anthony Geraci
When Goodyear -- for whom N.A.R.T. had produced their first overall Le Mans victory just seven years earlier -- said they wanted "an American presence" in the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans they turned to Chinetti for help. So Chinetti provided the entry for a Goodyear-shod Corvette in the 24 Hours on one condition: that the car wear his famous N.A.R.T./Ferrari insignia. The deal helped Goodyear counter a squadron of very fast BF Goodrich Corvettes built by Corvette ace John Greenwood for Le Mans that year.
The number-four "N.A.R.T. Corvette" was driven at Le Mans by Bob Johnson and Dave Heinz who had finished an astonishing fourth place overall at Sebring earlier that year in their "Rebel" Corvette. That was not only good enough for the over-2.5 liter GT class victory, it made them the first GT car to finish that famous and final FIA World Championship edition of the venerable Florida 12 Hour enduro.
At Le Mans the ZL-1-powered "N.A.R.T. Corvette" was never able to challenge the Ferrari Daytonas for the GT victory. Yet it lived up to the team's Sebring-winning performance starting 51st and climbing relentlessly through the field to finish 15th overall; again best of the Corvettes entered winning the over 5-liter GT class in the 40th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Photo supplied by Anthony Geraci
Corvette added yet another chapter to its competition legend and Luigi Chinetti was proven right again.
Tickets to see the Shelby Lonestar and the rest of the 300 historically significant vehicles appearing at the 23rd Annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance can be purchased online atwww.ameliaconcours.org.
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