The Amelia Island Concours is always a highlight on the calendar, and this year was no exception. The fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island were once again packed with enthusiastic attendees and over 240 of the finest automobiles in the world. More than anything else, it was a wonderful feeling to be able to reconnect with so many friends throughout the industry in a single location once again.
Our client and friend, Mr. Ed Anderson, presented the 1951 Split Window chassis 5511 in the Sports and GT Cars class. It was not only the first time that Chassis #5511 has been presented at a Concours since its restoration’s completion, but it was also Mr. Anderson’s first time attending a Concours. Mr. Anderson was involved in the research process throughout the restoration, and had gained such intimate knowledge of the car’s history that he insisted on presenting the car to the judges himself.
By the end of the day, 5511 was awarded both the third-place trophy from the Youth Judges and the Craftsman/Phil Hill Restorer’s award for the restorer of the best new restoration in the Sports/Race category. It’s the first time that we’ve been honored with this award, and it represents a tremendous milestone for the company. The unique award was created to honor the artisan whose restoration of a classic, antique, historic, or competition car is judged the best new restoration in its first Concours appearance, and was presented by Wayne Carini.
The 935 was one of this year’s special classes, and the Ingram Collection 935 was featured among an incredible assembly of 13 significant 935s. Our longtime friend Bruce Meyer was awarded the Porsche Trophy for his Le Mans winning 1979 935 K3 #41 driven by Klaus Ludwig, Don Whittington, and Bill Whittington. After receiving their trophies, Bruce and Ed took a moment to reflect on their experience this year and to discuss their passion for preserving such significant automobiles and the history of the marque.