Jacksonville, FL — Activities related to Sunday’s Silver Anniversary Amelia Island Concours get underway today, including a reunion of motorsport stars who have served as past honorees of the event.
Among those expected for the homecoming of champions are Bobby Rahal, Sam Posey, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser, Hurley Haywood, David Hobbs, Emerson Fittipaldi, Brian Redman, Jacky Ickx and Vintage Motorsport columnist Jochen Mass.
“The Amelia has always been as much about people as it has about cars,” said Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the event. “This 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 this year’s honoree, and four classes of his cars will celebrate his unique career at the pinnacle of international motorsport.
Included in that mix is a trio of Penske’s Bahamas Speed Week winners, led by the Brumos Porsche RS 61 that took Penske to his first Bahamas victory in 1961. Speaking of that, we hope you’ve read Jim McCraw’s Mar/Apr Vintage Motorsport article about the new 35,000-square-foot facility in Jacksonville that houses the Brumos Collection.
“We’ll miss our only two-time honoree, Stirling Moss,” said Warner. “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.”
And in light of the COVID-19 virus, officials of the Amelia Island Concours are working with local public health authorities and monitoring advisories from the CDC and the World Health Organization as part of ensuring the health and safety of event participants. In addition to taking proactive steps, officials ask anyone who shows any flu-like symptoms to stay home.