The 27th Annual Northeast Florida’s Longest-Lasting Classic Car Event, and One of the Nation’s Top Concours d’Elegance, Has a Modern Racing Legend Coming in March as the 2022 Winner .
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance also gains a new name for the new year.
Renamed The Amelia, the annual event from March 3-6 will honor runner and winning race team owner Chip Ganassi in and around The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
The contest, founded in 1996 by Jacksonville businessman Bill Warner, was bought last year by Hagerty.
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The automotive lifestyle brand and insurance company also owns other major classic car events such as the Concours d’Elegance of America, the California Mille and the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Hagerty began publicly trading late last year on the New York Stock Exchange.
“Honoring a hero in the racing community is an important part of Amelia’s DNA,” said Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty. “From the first person honored, Sir Stirling Moss, to the recent celebration of Lyn St. James, the Amelia has anchored the celebration of motoring to the incredible people who have dedicated their lives as ambassadors of driving.”
Chip Ganassi’s Legacy
Ganassi’s racing heritage represents Hagerty’s love of driving and his passion for the well-being of others, the CEO said.
Ganassi began his racing career in 1981, driving open-wheel Super Vee race cars, then launched his first Indianapolis 500 in 1982. He retired from racing in 1984 after an accident at Michigan International Raceway, but raced once again in the 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Three years later, he founded Chip Ganassi Racing, which became the only team to win the biggest races in the country in 12 months: the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 and the 24 Hours of Daytona.
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The team has a total of eight 24 Hours of Daytona wins, plus eight IndyCar championships and four Indianapolis 500 wins.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing finished first, third and fourth in class at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. And Ganassi currently fields teams in INDYCAR, NASCAR, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Extreme E.
The legacy of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
The Amelia was launched by Warner to host an automotive destination event in northeast Florida, honoring famous racing drivers like Hurley Haywood, Sir Stirling Moss, Brian Redman and Bobby Allison each year.
The three-day event, normally in early March, includes an RM Sotheby’s classic car auction, gala dinners and racing seminars, while more than 300 volunteers help run it each year.
The 2021 event saw an estimated 13,000 fans view 240+ classic cars on May 25, two months later than its usual date due to COVID-19 concerns. Warner, who has led the event for the past 26 years, remains chairman emeritus.
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Along with the renaming of the event, Hagerty has renamed an expanded and popular Saturday event that allows local owners of classics, hot rods and exotic cars to show off their vehicles on the same course at Amelia Golf Club Island as the contest classics the next day.
Now called Cars & Community, the long-running automotive event will be joined by a RADwood exhibit focusing on the 1980s and 1990s, the Unique & Weird Lemons Contest show and the first-ever Kids Zone of Amelia.
Once free to spectators, tickets for the expanded Cars & Community event are now $20 for adults, $10 for youth plus military and first responders, and free for children 12 and under.
Tickets for the Sunday contests are $150 for adults (rise to $175 on March 1); $85 for military and first responders; $75 for children aged 13 to 22); and free for children under 12. Each ticket purchased for the competition automatically includes free entry to Cars & Community.
The Amelia has raised approximately $4 million for area charities like Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Spina Bifida of Jacksonville and others.
Tickets and information for Amelia 2022 events are available online at AmeliaConcours.com.
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