The changing of the guard in northeast Florida became a reality this week as Hagerty, the insurance and marketing powerhouse out of Traverse City, Michigan, took over as owners and operators of the Amelia Island concours. In a long-expected announcement of the ownership change, this terrific annual gathering of historic automobiles has be rebranded simply as The Amelia, with the 27th edition of the elegant show set for March 3rd through 6th at the Ritz-Carlton on the coast of Nassau County, Florida.
The image makes clean that even in the necessarily COVID-limited event of 2021, stunning delights abound on the show field at the Ritz-Carlton, whose beachfront hotel you can observe in the background. The Amelia is unique among the world’s great automotive concours in that it assigns equal significance to competition and road vehicles. To that end, the 2022 edition of The Amelia will mark historic anniversaries for both the 24 hours of Daytona (60 years) and the 12 Hours of Sebring (70), plus the 75th anniversary of Ferrari, the centennial of Lincoln and the 90th anniversary of the car that launched a million hot rods, the 1932 Ford. Other judged categories will evaluate Indy roadsters, the quirky little microcars of Davis, aluminum-bodied Porsche racing cars and automobiles with Waterhouse custom coachwork. We feel confident that besides its ownership change and renaming, The Amelia will still represent the very finest in cars. And what would you rather do, sitting freezing somewhere in March or come to the beach in Florida to examine glorious automobiles?