25th annual Amelia Island Concours to host past superstar honorees

A lineup of motorsport greats will be celebrated during the premier Florida automotive event

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Jacky Ickx, David Hobbs, Brian Redman and Hurley Haywood speaking at an Amelia seminar | Amelia Island Concours photos

In celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance looks back to some of the motorsport superstars who served as past honorees by hosting a reunion of these legendary race drivers.

Those expected for the grand “homecoming” at Amelia Island’s Silver Anniversary concours include Bobby Rahal, Sam Posey, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser, Hurley Haywood, David Hobbs, Brian Redman, Emerson Fittipaldi and Jochen Mass.

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Emerson Fittipaldi (left) and Jochen Mass

 “The Amelia has always been as much about people as it has about cars,” Bill Warner, founder and chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, said in a news release. “This homecoming of champions seems like the perfect way to celebrate our 25th anniversary.”

Roger Penske, racing champion, team owner and now owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar race series, is the Amelia Island 2020 honoree with four classes of his cars celebrating “his unique career at the pinnacle of international motorsport.”

Bobby Rahal was the 2011 honoree

The concours also will pay tribute to those motorsport greats who have passed in recent years.

“We’ll miss our only two-time honoree, Stirling Moss,” Warner said. “Our World Champion Phil Hill, 1964 World Champion John Surtees and Carroll Shelby are gone, but their spirit, the style and the accomplishments they brought to the industry and our sport are still part of The Amelia’s legacy.” 

The Amelia Island Concours takes place March 8 at The Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Resort.  For more information, visit the concours website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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