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The Best of Show - Concours de Sport: 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider from the Dano Davis Collection.
Best of Show - Concours d’Elegance 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ-582 owned by Terence Adderley.
Photo courtesy of Deremer Studios
The Amelia Island Concours was again spectacular. Over 300 vehicles on the field in stunning variety ranging from the incredible high tech Cadillac Daytona 2017 winner at the main entrance of the show to the oldest car in the show the diminutive 1899 Marot Gardon. This was at the opposite end of the spectrum being an incredibly low tech single cylinder, achingly sweet 4 seater with steering wheel owned by fellow member Paul Wilson from Virginia.
In between there was a feast of automobiles. Name it and it was there.
What struck me was the sheer quality of the restorations. Restorers seem to excel increasingly just when one thought there was no possible room for improvement. Pity the judges.
I asked Paul Ianuario (Chief Judge at most if not all the grander Concours d’Elegance in the country at one time or another) how they coped. He told me that they tried to evaluate each car in terms of state of the art in decades of change. Although this does not seem to have been observed by the exhibitors it is hard not to be impressed with the evolution of what is considered perfection.
On the other hand in plain sight on the honored marque “grass podium” at the north end of the huge field there was a collection of 15 D-type Jaguars all winners most looking as if they were just driven there from the track. What a great assembly Bill Warner managed to seduce into coming.
There were 6 Alfas. The stunning Best of Show Sport winning 1939 8C 2.9 Touring cabriolet was the star by far. Belonging to Dano Davis of Florida this magnificent award winning vehicle had a black exterior and a beautiful mid blue interior drawing admiring glances from all .
Also exceptionally attractive was the 1933 8C 2300 SS Touring Spider of Texan John Lee and not to be outdone was a beautiful blue 1949 6C2500SS PF cabriolet from the Shigiel Collection in Miami, a good looking 2000 Touring spider (roadster?) of Bob Pass, and a 1965 GTA of Thomas Stegman. I did not see the 6C1750 GS Testa Fissa entry by Keith Duly. A black fully restored 1929 6C1750 MM winner in a commercial display graced the Ritz Carlton front entrance.
Sorry to report there were no 1900 entries but three were auctioned. An SSZ sold for $1.1 million, a 3 window went for $176,000 and the other was a no sale.
Items of Interest
New Millenove Book
H.Jürgen Döhren, the author and publisher has kindly provided the following short introduction to his new Millenove book.
All the coachbuilders who designed very special vehicles for the 1950s era are introduced. Innovative in technical terms, but also progressive, even extravagant in their styling, at the time it was above all the Italian designers who set milestones with their creations.
The complete development of the 1900 sedan, all coupes and convertibles based on the 1900 floorpan, but also very special Alfa Romeos like the Sportiva, BAT or Disco Volante are described in detail and highlighted.
04.November 2016 H.-Jürgen Döhren Author and publisher
The price is Euro78 plus shipping (36 to US)
See a review of this book by clicking on the following link
"This is a keeper, replaying a 2012 Peter Vack review of the 1900 and of the Millenove book. Our thanks to Skip Cook who drew our attention to this "