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This weekend is the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.  There will be a significant display of electric cars going back to the 1800's and even an early GE charging station!  AACA is bringing down a 1909 Studebaker Electric Suburban Stanhope which is believed to be the only one in the world.  The car is there for display only and has its share of wood body cracks but we had only 45 days to get it in the shape it is.  Came out pretty nice though.

 

Not only would you get to see this car in person you would get the honor of seeing Edinmass as well! :)  He will be showing a car in another class.  Actually a lot of AACA people will be in attendance.  I hope to be around the Studebaker for awhile after judging duties are over. 

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I think like most things in life you get what you pay for.   If you want to see the absolute best cars in the world,  you pay the 150 bucks for Amelia, or the 300 for Pebble.    Which, btw, is just the start if you have actually ever tried to attend either.

 

You can still have a great time at a local cruise night.   But you won't see the same stuff.

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I’ve gone to a few concours in the past. This will be our first Amelia Island and hopefully not our last. I can’t wait to see the car Ed has eluded too that he is showing. Hopefully he will see the success the collection did in 2020 with the

29 Duesenberg J218. The cost of tickets is a little high compared to a lot of things we do but it’s been a long 18 months and spending a little more to see these magnificent machines will be a great way to start the new season. Who knows I may even see Steve, AJ, and of course Ed ( I owe him another refreshment for fixing my distributor) 

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1 hour ago, TerryB said:

It’s easy to pay $150 or more for a lot less entertainment. 

 

 

Go to the casino and see how long 150 bucks lasts at the tables or wheel. I never dump money on a game of chance. I'll "waste" my money on cars. 

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I have lived next to Belmont Park Race Track, the third race of the annual Triple Crown of horse racing - the track is my neighbor on two sides of my property. I have never been tempted to place a bet. Have never been a great enthusiast of car concours events either, would rather spend the $ on the cars in my garage, period literature or artifacts also that I can look at year round anytime I please . The static display of cars is great, but for me riding down the road in one is just so much more satisfying. Different strokes for different folks.

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2 hours ago, SC38DLS said:

I’ve gone to a few concours in the past. This will be our first Amelia Island and hopefully not our last. I can’t wait to see the car Ed has eluded too that he is showing. Hopefully he will see the success the collection did in 2020 with the

29 Duesenberg J218. The cost of tickets is a little high compared to a lot of things we do but it’s been a long 18 months and spending a little more to see these magnificent machines will be a great way to start the new season. Who knows I may even see Steve, AJ, and of course Ed ( I owe him another refreshment for fixing my distributor) 

dave s 

 

 


I'll be the good looking one.

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Walt, as you say different strokes for different folks! :)  However, as you are a renowned historian I propose that great concours like Amelia are history lessons to the public.  They get to learn about these great cars and the past.  There is a huge educational value to these great events as they prove to the general public that our hobby is worth protecting.  Many of the guests have a sincere interest in understanding the hobby and the cars.  When they get to meet knowledgeable people like Ed they can learn so much.  The glass is more than half full on this one...yes, I'd rather be in my race car or treasure hunting most of the time but Amelia is very, very special and I always come away seeing cars I have never seen before, learning more about automotive history and feeling better for having been there.  Just my opinion...

 

P.S. Many of these cars are driven during the day to the review stand and the stands are usually packed with people watching.  

 

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I had an invite several years ago for a display vehicle and couldnt make a go of it. Likewise I have shown at a couple of others with invites to a couple more. Being an invited vehicle I have never paid to attend a concours show, in fact there is usually a pretty nice gift bag, I even got a bottle of Kentucky bourbon at one as a gift (right when I quit drinking too!) I figure if I have to pay the price to go to one of them I am still ahead.

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1 hour ago, SC38DLS said:

You’re the good looking one in that picture I assume! 


Yes, I am! Both the York and I are native sons of Springfield. 

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2 minutes ago, alsancle said:


Both made about the same time.


Yes! Both the best in the world when you look close at the refinement, sophisticated engineering, and the stunning body in both style and construction. 😏

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Beautiful day at the show field. Weather is good for the entire week......bring your sun block, and your shorts.

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3 hours ago, Steve Moskowitz said:

I especially like the one with your finger in it!😁  See you tomorrow....


Holding my Crown Royal and taking pictures with a tablet is a skill set a I have not mastered. Didn’t spill any Rye!👍

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1 minute ago, padgett said:

These are electric cars ?


 

Yes, they use a Kettering ignition and electric start system......no electricity, no drive. 🥸

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I would argue that Amelia is the best show of all. Pebble is Pebble, but it's expensive and difficult to get there if you can't afford $800/night accommodations. Amelia is equally well-curated, half the cost, and far more accessible on a "budget." It's not cheap, but it's also not an $8,000 week like Pebble, either. Personally, Amelia is my favorite of the big shows, although I'm always very impressed with the Concours of America at St. John's (which took the place of Meadowbrook Hall), which is by far the most affordable of the three. Screw the haters, Detroit is AWESOME!

 

Have fun boys, I'll see you there next year.

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Matt, I agree, Detroit can be amazing. Several years ago when I used to be a member of CCCA I attended their annual meeting held north of Detroit and there were bus trips into Detroit to see the Art Institute etc. GREAT time. That club seemed to have more members then that were enthusiastic , perhaps ( just perhaps) a bit more creative thinking . I know  I saw you and Melanie there as well during  a visit to a great car collection. 

Will not hijack this thread but found and wanted to share this photo of the meeting I mentioned when it visited the Art Institute in Detroit that used to be the G.M. Design studios many decades ago, note the turntable in the floor is still there and still works. There are elevators in the building to transport cars like this V16 Cadillac up several stories to display . It was in this room that I gave a talk on pre WWII era coach building to over 100 people that included students of the Art Institute. Good days  - perhaps I will be giving a talk on coach builders at the 2022 AACA annual Convention as well. ( I only use period images ).

1936 Cadillac V16 aerodynamic coupe.JPG

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45 minutes ago, Matt Harwood said:

 

Want.

 

That is all.


 

I agree.....I really like it. Would be fun for those long Michigan winters. 

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