Amelia Island update - Bill Warner, the co-founder of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, is pleased to announce that the legend that is Caroll Shelby will stand in for Stirling following his enforced absence from the show due to his accident. We are working on a surprise for show goers, so please keep coming back to the website for updates on Amelia Island.
Stirling will be the guest of honour at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Florida, March 12th – 14th, to help celebrate the events 15th anniversary, as well as the 50th anniversary of his 1960 Cuban Grand Prix victory. On Saturday, March 13th, Stirling will participate in what is set to be an unpredictable and exciting seminar with fellow racers, Don Garlits and Amelia honoree, Richard Petty, at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. He will also be present at the Concours during the entire weekend and participate in several other activities, as well.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of his victory, Stirling will be reunited with his Cuban Grand Prix-winning Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage, now owned by John Feiber, during the Concours on March 14th.
“The year 2010 marks the 15th anniversary of the inaugural Amelia Concours and the 50th anniversary of one of Moss’ most unusual and exotic victories during his illustrious career,” said Bill Warner, founder and co-chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “It seemed only proper to have Sir Stirling, our first honoree, return to commemorate his achievements and ours, in the same year.”
Fifty years ago, Stirling drove the Maserati Tipo 61, the fabled “Birdcage”, to a clean sweep victory, by winning the Cuban GP’s Le Mans start, leading all 50 laps and setting the fastest lap of the 250.4 kilometer Cuban Grand Prix. En route to victory, he defeated an international 41-car field that included reigning World Champion Jack Brabham, Indy 500 winner Rodger Ward and Le Mans winner and two-time Monaco Grand Prix champion, Maurice Trintignant.
The 1960 Cuban Grand Prix, better known as El Gran Premio Libertad was the first Cuban Grand Prix held after the revolution of 1959 and also the final international race on the Caribbean island nation of Cuba.
The first Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance was held on April 6, 1996 at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. Founded by Bill Warner, an automotive photographer and avid car collector, the Concours was started at the urging of Florida auto enthusiasts who wanted a classic car show in their area. Since then, the Amelia Island Concours has become world famous for being not only fan friendly but in presenting over 250 rare, unusual and seldom seen classic road and racing cars from all periods of automotive history.
About The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is one of the United State's most innovative vintage auto events featuring over 250 rare classics from seldom-seen private collections from across the US. The show takes place from March 12th -14th, 2010 at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida. The show’s foundation has donated nearly $1.6 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. since 1996. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or call 001 904-636-0027.