Amelia Island’s Saturday show is open to every sort of car

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Porsches were among the cars on display during the cars and coffee cruise-in celebration that is the Saturday preliminary to the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance | Andy Reid photos

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For many of us in the classic car hobby, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is our favorite event of the year. There are a number of factors, including the wide variety of cars, the amazing seminars, the spectacular concours show field on Sunday, but most of all it is the feeling of inclusiveness that this show offers to those of us in the car hobby.

This is best illustrated in the Amelia Island Concours cars and coffee event held on Saturday, the day before the big concours extravaganza. This cars and coffee event is a place where you can show your car, visit with old friends, meet new ones, and basically take part in the proceedings whether you are driving a Triumph Spitfire or a Mercedes SSK. 

Not-quite-concours-ready but this be-stickered Porsche was welcome at the cars and coffee event

Any kind of car is welcome here and it makes for a show field that is even more crowded with interesting cars than it will be on Sunday. 

Sure ,there are not as many top-tier cars on display, but I am sure that you will see something you need to take a closer look at if you attend.

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This year, the cars and coffee field was packed with everything from Datsuns to Porsches and from BMWs to American muscle. Both old and newer cars are celebrated and the event serves as a great kickoff to the Sunday grand finale, the concours itself.

PS: Next year, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Not only will that show be special, but we think the cars and coffee preliminary will be better than ever as well. Mark your calendar immediately for the March 12-15, 2020 weekend.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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  1. I have been attending the Amelia show for a few years and was wondering how would I enter my car ( 2007 Corvette Ron Fellows Edition #352 into the Cars and Coffee. Thanks Keith

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