If you have not been to it yet, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is an event you should be marking on your calendar now and attending next year. The organization behind it always does a superb job of presenting something of interest for everyone and at the same time putting on a 1st class event. In honor of the quality of the annual event, the Concours was awarded the EFG International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award last year. Today it was announced that next year on March 13-15, 2015, at the 20th annual event, Chrysler’s famous Town and Country will be one of the featured cars.
Mark Becker, Vice-Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance sums up the decision to feature the unique Chrysler: The Town and Country was essentially a hand built car, from another era in America; when elegance and dignity were more important than the bottom line. Chrysler was not the first to offer a wood-bodied car, but the Town and Country was the zenith of the American woodie genre. The Town and Country was the final flourish of the traditional woodie, where the wood was structural and not merely decorative.
At a time when most new cars were simply warmed over pre-war models, the 1946 Town and Country was truly new, they married post-war optimism with the pre-war concept of what a luxury car should be.
In addition to the the Town and Country, some of the other highlights next year are: Sir Stirling Moss will be the Guest of Honor and the 60th Anniversary of his victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia will be celebrated; the Cars of the Cowboys class will display customized and modified cars used to promote America’s movie and TV cowboys, and Porsche’s 914 will be another featured car with a special class.
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world, and the show’s Foundation has donated over $2.5 million to charities in the last nineteen years. Every year over three-hundred vehicles from around the world are displayed on the fairways of the lush golf course at the Golf Club of Amelia Island, next to the Ritz-Carlton that is located on the beach on the Northern Atlantic Coast of Florida. To learn more visit the Amelia Island Concours.