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Amelia Island, 11 March 2001

Quality in Quantity
In just six years from its inception, the Amelia Island Concours has established itself as one of the premier and most prestigious events of its type in the world. The gathering has grown in both size and quality over the years, and this year attracted over two hundred and twenty cars and motorcycles to the golf links adjacent to the front entrance of the Ritz Carlton in the exclusive Amelia Island resort in northern Florida. The span of automobile history encompassed ranged through a truly wide reaching spectrum, from pioneers of the motoring revolution like the 1886 Benz and 1910 Pierce, through American sporting and luxury icons of the twenties and thirties like Duesenburg, Packard and Pierce-Arrow, a 1936 Scarab electric car, to an F1 Vanwall, the 1965 Lotus Indy car, the 1970 Howmet TX Turbine sports racing car, a wide selection of Porsche sports racing models, and unique examples of one man’s dreams like the 1937 Dubonnet Hispano styled by Saoutchik.

Celebration of Surtees and Pierce-Arrow
The main themes of this year’s gathering were celebrations of John Surtees OBE and the centenary of Pierce-Arrow. As part of the latter there was a road tour for examples of the marque on the Friday morning, whilst the special guest was Al Gonas, who was the original kneeling archer model for the Pierce-Arrow logo. For the celebration of John Surtees, still the only man to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels, there was a wide selection of cars and motorcycles of the types raced by him during his career on display around the concours field. The cover of the programme and the event poster featured an art montage of the maestro and a selection of his racing machinery, by Ken Dallison. The display included Manx Norton and MV Agusta motorcycles, a ”Matchbox” liveried Surtees F2 car driven by Mike Hailwood in 1972 to win the F2 championship, examples of Ferrari 250 GTO, 250 P and 365 P2, together with a 1966 Lola T70 spider in the red with a white arrow Team Surtees livery.

Ferrari Fantastic!
Almost ten per cent of the concours field was occupied by Ferraris, with production spanning the period from 1949 to 1972. They came from as far as California in the west, and Vermont in the north, and provided an eclectic display of both road and racing models, some of which are already noted in the Surtees display. The two earliest examples both carried Vignale coachwork, firstly there was the beautifully curvaceous dark blue 166 Inter coupe of Richard Fraser, and second the 212 spider of Jeff Fisher, in its original black over metallic sea green colour scheme, that took three awards at the show, including The Bank of America Trophy for the best open car. Other early rarities were the Oblin of Belgium bodied 166 MM/53, displayed by Bob and Judith Selz, and Gil Nickel’s stunning yellow 340 America spider Vignale. A great attraction was the 375 America with Pinin Farina coupe coachwork featuring long buttresses running from the roof into the tail panel, however it was not the styling that attracted the attention, but the crumbling and cracked paintwork that is the complete antithesis of normal concours presentation.

One of the rarest examples in terms of public viewing was the very original 250 GTO of James McNeil, which apart from an outing at the Louis Vuitton concours a couple of years ago, has rarely been seen at public events, although it does get regular exercise around the roads of Long Island where it resides. To compliment this example, Jim Jaeger brought his 4 litre engined example from Cincinatti. Another extremely rare bird was what might have been the GTOs successor had things worked out differently, this being the 275 GTB/C ”Speciale” of Ron Finger with its unique body styling on chassis number 07185. There were further examples of 275 GTBs, including the 1967 New York Show car, originally owned by Kirk F. White, finished in an unusual shade of pale gold, and even more unusually having concealed boot hinges, normally a feature of the much earlier short nose two camshaft model.

Other Italian treats include a pair of pre-war Alfa Romeos, a 1929 Super Sport Zagato Spider and a 1933 1750 Grand Sport, a more modern Ghia bodied Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sport from 1955, and a delightful red Maserati Tipo 61 ”Birdcage”, chassis number 2462, first owned by Giuliano Giovanardi of Modena, brought by current owner John Schumann Jnr.

Altogether a tremendous selection of some of the world’s rarest and most prestigious automobiles, impeccably presented in a garden party atmosphere under clear blue Florida skies, a true taste of Nirvana for any car enthusiast, whatever their proclivity.

Concours Ferrari


Chassis # Colour Entrant

166 Inter Coupe Vignale

039S Dk Blue/Grey R. Fraser

212 Spider Vignale

0090E Dk Green Met’-Blk/Green J. Fisher

166 MM/53 Spider Oblin

0300M Red/Beige R. Selz

340 America Spider Vignale

0140A Yellow/Beige G. Nickel

375 America PF Coupe

0355AL Black/Red J. Thomas

250 GT PF Coupe Speciale

0465GT Blue Met’-Blk/Beige D. Kary

500 TRC

0698MDTR Red-White Stripe/Blue J. Marriott Jr

410 SA PF Coupe

1449SA Black/Red P. Kalikov

250 P Spider

0810 Red/Blue A. Wang

365 P2 Spider

0838 Red- White/Blue Stripe P. Sachs

250 GT LWB TdF Berlinetta

0911GT Red/Beige R. Reiss

250 GT SWB California Spider

1883GT Red/Beige E. Singer

250 GTO

3647GT Red/Blue J. McNeil

330 GTO

3765SA Red/Blue J. Jaeger

275 GTB/C Speciale

07185 Red/Black-Red R. Finger

275 GTB (L/nose)

08389 Red/Black W. Locke

275 GTB (L/nose)

08933 Yellow/Black C. Robinson

275 GTB/4

9501 Gold/Black W. Sparling

275 GTB/4

10469 Red/Black H. Wilkinson

365 GTB/4 Comp.

14889 Red-White/Blue Stripes/Blk-Bl’ E. Wettech

365 GTB/4

14417 Dk Red/Blk J. May

Dino 246 GTS

07812 Black/Red S. Barney

Keith Bluemel

Ferrari 166 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 039S
Ferrari 212 Export Vignale spyder s/n 0090E
Ferrari 166 MM/53 Oblin Spider s/n 0300M
Maserati 5000 GT
Alfa Romeo 1750 GS
Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage s/n 2462
Ferrari 250 GTO '62 s/n 3647GT
Ferrari 330 P Fantuzzi Spyder s/n 0810
Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spyder s/n 0140A
Ferrari 166 Inter Vignale Coupe s/n 0065S
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