The first part of March means two things around here: Bike Week is coming to Daytona Beach, and jewel-like automobiles of the past will be gathering along the oceanfront in Nassau County, Florida, for this coming Sunday’s latest edition of The Amelia, as the world-ranked concours in the state’s northeastern corner is now known. The 28th annual concours does indeed live up to its billing of being “a motoring event like no other.” Where else, just for instance, do you get to look at exquisitely restored cars just yards from the lapping Atlantic as they occupy exalted positions on the green of The Golf Club of Amelia Island? The Amelia also annually honors a luminary from the world of cars or motorsport, with this year’s honoree being Jeff Gordon, the NASCAR icon, broadcast personality and now, vice chairman of Hendrick Motorsports.
This being The Amelia, specialty classes will be arrayed and judged at the concours, including Le Mans winners, the 120th anniversary of Buick and Fiberglass Racing Spyders – Porsche. Remember that the Amelia is virtually alone among global automotive events in presenting two Best in Show awards, one for road cars, one for competition vehicles. And if you go, make sure you stop by the booth for Crankshaft magazine, right on the golf course, and learn for yourself just how good a premium magazine on automotive history can be.