The move from Sunday to Saturday after Mother Nature threatened rain didn’t appear to dampen enthusiasm at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

 

Thousands of fans enjoyed breezy, sunny skies Saturday to see 300 elegant, cool and just plain fast cars on the sprawling 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island as part of the rescheduled concours. They also gazed at 400 more cars and trucks owned by car club members on the annual Cars and Coffee at the Concours cruise-in next door.

In the end, Terence E. Adderley’s 1935 Duesenberg SJ-582 from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Jacksonville resident Dan Davis’ 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider were named Best of Show respectively in the concours d’elegance and race car classes.

Davis just purchased the sleek black convertible from collector Sam Mann, and thanked him for the condition of the Italian car.

“I’m a bit stunned, to tell the truth,” Davis said. “To me, an Alfa is a very special car, and this 2.9-liter Spider especially so. But I am almost shocked.”

As they sipped champagne after the win, Adderly and his wife praised the concours and the Indiana-made car they won with.

“This is an outstanding show, and it continues to get better every single year,” he said. “Duesenbergs have always been my favorite and I have been fortunate to have several wonderful cars.”

“Good things come to those who wait,” his wife, Jennifer Adderly added.

And 2017 honoree and four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr., whose open-wheel racers from those Memorial Day classics were displayed on the concours field Saturday along with many of his other winning race cars, said it was a big honor to be invited.

“I am proud to be here, especially to have all four of my winning cars here plus some others,” Unser said. “They are all favorites.”

Concours founder and chairman Bill Warner works year-round with a small paid staff and more than 700 volunteers to set up the annual weekend classic car event in and around the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. But this year, predictions of bad weather Sunday forced a reschedule.

“Oh yes, we made the right decision,” Warner said at show’s end as clouds rolled in. “The decision was easy to make; the execution was difficult to make. I have a great team that made it happen. … The two best in shows are fabulous cars, how can you say not?”

Along with Unser’s four Indy 500-winning cars, a class for cars from Jacksonville’s iconic Brumos Racing team was on display. The 60th anniversary of Jaguar’s victory at Le Mans was celebrated with sleek D-Types that won in 1956 and 1957. A class of cars that starred in movies was popular, especially James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger.” The only one left, its machine guns, bullet-proof shield and ejection seat worked. Surrounded by fans all day as they shot photos with a woman in gold paint, the car came from the Yeaggy Collection.

“For a few moments you couldn’t even see the car with people packed around it taking pictures,” said John Carefoot, curator for the car.

“It’s a sea of greatness,” said McKeel Hagerty, who runs a classic car insurance company and showed off his own 1960 Aston Martin DB4. “They pull together not only the world-class coachbuilt and unique stuff you would love to see at a major league concours, as well as the race cars that get your blood going. There’s stuff that creates a little twinkle in the eye moment that makes you smile.”

The concours has raised more than $3 million for Community Hospice of Northeast Florida and other charities since it began.

Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549