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Classic Duesenberg, Cadillac racer awarded Best in Show at The Amelia

27th annual Florida concours completes its first year as Hagerty-owned event

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A 1934 Duesenberg J-531 and, in a surprising announcement, a 2017 Cadillac racing car took Best in Show honors at The Amelia 2022, the first year for the concours d’elegance under Hagerty ownership.

Winning the Concours d’Elegance Trophy was the Duesenberg owned by well-known collector Harry Yeaggy.

Amelia, Classic Duesenberg, Cadillac racer awarded Best in Show at The Amelia, ClassicCars.com Journal
1934 Duesenberg J-531 owned by Harry Yeaggy

“Intended to  compete with the most luxurious and powerful cars in the world, production Duesenberg J’s were fitted with 420-cubic inch, eight-cylinder engines with twin camshafts and equipped with factory-fitted dual Winfield carburetors,” the concours said in its announcement. 

“One of the last Duesenbergs produced, this LaGrande Convertible Coupe could top 115 mph and was originally owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post (General Mills founder, businesswoman, socialite, philanthropist and collector of fine art — and the world’s wealthiest woman). 

“This ‘Duesie’ was used as her Long Island summer house car until 1962. Current owner Harry Yeaggy had it restored to its original specifications.”

Amelia, Classic Duesenberg, Cadillac racer awarded Best in Show at The Amelia, ClassicCars.com Journal
2017 Cadillac DPI-V.4 from the Jackson Collection

Winning Concours de Sport honors was the Cadillac racer.

“After a 14-year absence, the Cadillac DPi-V.R was purpose-built to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship,” the concours pointed out. “This Wayne Taylor Racing chassis features a race-prepared, normally aspirated series-limited 600-hp Cadillac 5.5-liter V8 engine and was the overall winner of the 2018 Petit Le Mans with lead driver Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and Ryan Hunter Ray. 

“This was followed up by winning the 2019 Rolex 24 At Daytona overall with lead driver and double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonzo, Renger van der Zande, Jordon Tayler and Kamui Kobayashi.”

Among the features at The Amelia this year was a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Daytona race and the 70th anniversary of racing at Florida’s Sebring track.

Andy Reid
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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