By Kenneth Visser
Saturday at the Amelia Island Concours was chock full of fantastical vehicles emerging from their trailered cocoons. You hear the sudden bursts of an ancient 11 liter thumping in the distance or the sudden wail of the new McClaren MP4-12C coming from the test drive area. All this makes for automotive sensory overload. That leads to staying up well past midnight to process photos and write my blog.
So all that coupled with the time change made for a challenging early Sunday morning. I managed to rustle up the team but sunlight was burning. We made a decent breakfast which would get us through most of the day. When there are 300 cars to see, there isn't any time to waste on nourishment!
We got on the road right at the break of dawn and were greeted with a huge amount of activity as the loading of the field was in full flow. My video guy and I jumped out at the back gate and were immediately consumed by the 1953 Ferrari 375 Mille Miglia Spyder. We will revisit that car in a future post.
Next the 1964 Shelby Daytona Coupe tooled on by. Then the 1949 Ferrari 166 Touring Barchetta came rolling on the greens. This car is celebrated in the 1981 song" Red Barchetta" by the Canadian group, Rush. But I had to ignore it - the island of GTO's was singing its siren song.
Oh, and here is Judge North's 33 Duesenberg SJ-478, and there's Jim Taylor's barn find 37 Horch 853 Cabriolet and there's ... You get the idea. It's difficult to stay focused when you are in such a target rich environment.
So ignoring the insanely awesome Cobras on my left, I work my way over to the GTO's.
The sun rises over the greens of the Ritz Carlton to slowly reveal the details of the exotic machinery housed there on.