'64 Ferrari 250 LM and '35 Voisin C25 Aerodyne Best in Show at The Amelia


'64 Ferrari 250 LM and '35 Voisin C25 Aerodyne Best in Show at The Amelia


'64 Ferrari 250 LM and '35 Voisin C25 Aerodyne Best in Show at The Amelia


A 1935 Voisin C25 Aerodyne and a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM (The cover car and salon feature of VM’s 2022 Nov/Dec issue) were crowned Best in Show at The Amelia Concours d’Elegance – its 28th annual event. Known to many as “the racers’ concours,” the 2023 event honored that tradition by hosting some of the most accomplished competition cars and drivers at the Golf Club of Amelia Island and the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Central to the weekend’s festivities was the celebration of The Amelia’s 2023 honoree: 4-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and Vice Chairman of Hendrick Motorsport, Jeff Gordon.

“Racing is where drivers and machines meet in their purest form — and The Amelia is where the best of both gather,” said McKeel Hagerty, Chairman of The Amelia and CEO of Hagerty. “We would like to congratulate Merle and Peter Mullin and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum team on their well-earned honors. Thank you to all of our guests, entrants and volunteers for helping us celebrate the belief that certain cars are just super important, deserving of celebration and recognition.”

The Best in Show Concours d’Elegance Trophy was awarded to a 1935 Voisin C25 Aerodyne displayed by Merle and Peter Mullin of Oxnard, California.

The Aerodyne was Voisin’s “Car of the Future” – an automobile that sought to capitalize upon the public’s growing fascination with streamlining and aerodynamics. It was first shown in October 1934 at the 28th Paris Salon de ‘Automobile and was considered avant-garde, even in an era of progressive design. In the spring of 1935, Voisin displayed this special Aerodyne at the Lyon Fair and at the concours d’elegance at the Place Bellecour. With its two-tone paint, low faired-in headlights, high beltline, skirted rear fenders, and power, retractable roof, this Aerodyne cut a profile unlike anything else. In total, 28 C25s were produced; including six Aerodynes, four of which survive.

“We had some serious contenders and I am honored that they chose us to win,” said Best in Show – Concours d’Elegance winner Merle Mullin. “I have the blessing of being married to a passionate collector who has never restored a car with an eye to winning a prize. His intention is always to restore a car to its historical correctness. But winning a prize is always greatly validating.”


The Best in Show Concours de Sport was awarded to a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM displayed by Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana.

While most of the attention at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1965 focused on the battle between the “factory” team entries of Ferrari and Ford, it was a privately-entered, one-year-old 3.3-liter V-12 Ferrari 250 LM that caused a major upset by winning when the favored entries encountered difficulties. Entered by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (NART), American Masten Gregory partnered with future world champion Jochen Rindt of Austria for the unexpected win. The pair completed 347 laps of the 8.365-mile circuit, averaging 120.944 mph over 24 hours. This victory was the last time a Ferrari won overall at Le Mans. In the years after its 1965 victory, this 250 LM competed at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1966 and 1968. It returned to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1968 and 1969, before its final race at the 1970 24 Hours of Daytona, where it finished seventh. Shortly after its final race, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum acquired the Ferrari 250 LM.

“This win is very special and was a complete surprise,” said Jason Vansickle, Vice President, Curation and Education, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. “Obviously the car speaks for itself – the last Ferrari to win outright at Le Mans, and it’s just one of the many prestigious cars we have at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.”

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