The 22nd Annual Amelia Island Festivities are in the bag! Notice I didn’t only mention the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. This automotive divertissement has grown to encompass multiple venues including The Amelia Golf Club, Ritz-Carton Amelia Island Resort, Omni Amelia Island Plantation, which host five distinct auctions, Cars and Coffee, Festival of Speed, and of course the grand finale, The Concours d’Elegance.
This is a world-class automotive happening that should be on any serious car guys bucket list. There is more to see and do than is possible on one visit. It’s one of the few places where a rumbling Ferrari or Lamborghini barely warrants a quick glance. I hesitate to use the phrase “car-porn” but that description comes pretty close. Everywhere you look there is exotic and frequently one-off hardware.
And the island itself is a pleasant place to spend a few spring Florida days. As the event is in its 22nd year, all the annoying little glitches that trouble newer events have long since been ironed out. In fact, everything seems to run like a well-oiled machine at all of the venues. The auction company’s employ staff, but Warner’s Concours is mostly a volunteer effort, and what an army of volunteers it is.
As I’ve already stated, there is an incredible amount to see and do, with many events overlapping at multiple venues. With that in mind I thought a visual tour might convey the excitement. I’ve tried to break it down in a semi-cogent fashion, and highlighted some of my favorites which tend to be the oddballs.
A quick note on the auction results. All are from the official results released by the auction companies. We take no responsibility for accuracy of the information included.
Bonham’s Amelia Island Auction at The Fernandina Beach Golf Club
All Bonham’s Amelia Island Auction photos courtesy of Bonham’s Motorcar Division.
Gooding & Co.-The Amelia Island Auction at The Omni Amelia Island Plantation
All Gooding & Co. Auction photos courtesy of Gooding & Company.
Photo by Jensen Sutta.
Motostalgia 2017 Amelia Island Auction at 4171 Amelia Island Parkway
Photos courtesy of Motostalgia Auctions d’Elegance.
RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Resort
RM Sotheby’s Amelia auction photos all Courtesy RM Sotheby’s except as otherwise noted.
The RM Sotheby’s auction room at the Ritz-Carlton.
Amelia Island Cars & Coffee & Concour d’Elegance at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Resort
All Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton, Cars & Coffee, and Concours d’Elegance photos courtesy of Deremer Studio.
At the Ritz Carlton Amelia Resort.