My 1st experience at the Amelia Concours (2014)
As the Amelia Island D’elegance Concours is around the corner, I began to think about my first year attending in 2014. Though many things happened during those four days, I wanted to share some snippets of the trip.
I had learned about the event through Boston Cup organizer Rich Doucette. He arranged for me to meet up with Paul Wuori, who I would join in driving from the airport in Jacksonville to the condo where we would be staying. Even though Paul was on the same plane as me, I had never met him before. I wasn’t able to pin point him prior to boarding and didn’t want to seem invasive asking for him during boarding, so I decided that looking for him when I got off would be best. The fly down was lackluster but satisfactory as I had a chance to relax and plan out my weekend. The event was on Sunday, but flying down on Thursday meant more time prior to the show to explore, capture shots, and meet others. As I exited the plane, I noticed a man wearing a McLaren jacket. Assuming this was Paul, I introduced myself. I was correct! It was him!
2015 Corvette Z06
After we gathered our stuff, Paul and I decided that food was a necessity and we headed out to a southern type restaurant for lunch. We were able to talk more about ourselves and our passion for cars. I was relieved that I would be spending my time with someone as knowledgeable and unique as Paul, as having never met, I didn’t know what to expect. Lunch ended and we went over to the Ritz Calton to get our passes for the weekend. I had to pick up Media Passes as well. As we arrived, we saw a Mercedes Benz SLR and a Porsche 918 elegantly parked. The anticipation I had up until now was met with two beautiful cars. This weekend would be memorable, I was sure of it.
Photos can be found here for all Amelia Events. Amelia Concours d'Elegance Photos
2005 Mercedez-Benz SLR McLaren
1957 Ferrari 250GT Tour de France Zegato
1914 Mercedes FGP Race Car
I had called Michael Furman, one of the best automotive studio photographers, prior to leaving for Florida to see if he would be attending so we could meet up. He let me know that he would be doing book signings on Saturday and that I should visit him then. When Saturday arrived, I went to see him. He invited me to sit next to him at his booth as he met people and signed his books. I was amazed at the way he interacted with people and how his clients were seeking him out to arrange him to photograph their collection. As he spoke to them, he told them he sees me as a student and of course, that meant a lot to me!
Mercedes-Benz Sauber C9
2015 McLaren P1
As demonstrated with Michael being in attendance, I knew I was going to have some other talented photographers here. It was important for me to be on my A-game. I spotted a Ferrari P4 over from across the lawn and focused my attention to grab some different angled shots. This Ferrari #23 ended up belonging to James Glichenhaus. It was absolutely stunning and at in pure beauty. I grabbed some shots, which later appeared in some auto blogs and one even done in Italy! I had to translate their article to read what they had written! During the weekend, I was focused on getting as much in as possible and found myself running from one event to another. I didn’t want to miss anything! This was obviously impossible to avoid, and I missed out on a few things like the Honoree Jochen Mass driving around in his McLaren.
1977 BMW 320 Turbo
During one of the events, I was fortunate enough to be with Paul as we went over to the McLaren booth. We were able to sit in the new P1 as it was unveiled to the United States. As I sat there, a young boy came up to me to see if he could sit in the car as well. I helped him in and took a few photos of him in the car. He had pure excitement on his face on you could see him imagining himself down a long highway, shifting his paddle gears on the wheel. The Keno Brothers, appraisers for Antiques Roadshow, came up to me to see if they could get the photos I had just took of the boy as he was their nephew! Of course! I introduced them to Paul and got a photo of all of them next to the McLaren P1.
Paul Wuori showing the Keno Bros. his involvement with McLaren
Paul Wuori Sr. "Batt" McLaren Cars Close friends with Bruce McLaren
Bruce Mclaren's 1967 Mclaren M6A Winner: Griot's Garage
The group of guys I was staying with at the condo were all interested in the auctions. One of the main interests was to see the current value of cars. We made our way over and watched as the event begun. Having a media pass afforded me the opportunity to be up close and next to some of the big names and players in the auctions. One memorable part was standing just a few feet away from Wayne Carini, host of Chasing Classic Cars and owns F40 Motorsports in Connecticut. Later, Rich introduced me to Wayne, and it was great to talk to him. He was just one of many people I was able to meet on this trip.
1959 Porsche 718 RSK
1939 Delahaye 135 Competition Court Torpedo Roadster sold for $6.6 million
1983 Ferrari 512 BBi
1974 Iso Grifo 7-Liter sold for $440,000 at RM Auctions
Bill Warner the host of the Amelia Concours celebrates with the winners
I am looking forward to what awaits me in Florida this year. I will be expanding the trip to include visiting family, though I have already warned them that some editing and writing will have be done.
1976 MCLAREN M26 F1
1948 Ferrari 166
1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2