Amelia Island’s nod to Silver Arrows
The 14th Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island proved as popular as ever, with an estimated 20,000 visitors. Mercedes-Benz commemorated the 75th anniversary of the famous Silver Arrows team at the March event, hosting a gala dinner with special guest speaker David Hobbs, who also acted as Grand Marshal this year. A Silver Arrows display featured a Mercedes W154 and W196, while Sir Stirling Moss was seen in the Mercedes tent sharing a few racing stories.
The large variety of cars on show included an excellent group of Porsches, and ex-Le Mans driver Hurley Haywood gave passenger rides in a new Turbo Porsche, reaching speeds of up to 150mph – on a naval landing strip!
The competition in the Concours field was strong, but Best of Show went to the 1921 Voisin C20 Demi-Berline from the Munders collection and the Concours Sports Category prize went to the 1923 supercharged Miller 122 owned by Dano Davis. Bill Warner, the founder of the Amelia Island event 14 years ago, presented the awards.