At the famous Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance last week, celebrating its 20th year, the honored guest was the great Stirling Moss who is now 85. Racer and photographer Bill Warner, the founder and chairman of the Amelia event, arranged for 24 cars that Moss had raced during his career to come to Amelia to be gathered together for a photo to be remembered. Mercedes-Benz sent over the 300SLR with which Moss had won the 1955 Mille Miglia, setting a record that was never broken. Mercedes also brought along a W196 F1 car and the Indianapolis Speedway Museum sent their W196 with streamliner bodywork, as used in 1954 when Mercedes returned to Grand Prix racing. Behind the three Mercedes, with Moss standing next to his 300SLR, is a mouth-watering selection of Ferraris, Maseratis, Jaguars, a Vanwall and even the little Briggs Cunningham O.S.C.A. which Moss had driven to an overall win at the Sebring 12 Hours in 1954.
The Amelia Island Concours has become a leading automotive event, both in this country and worldwide, on a level with its famous rival at Pebble Beach. Amelia is very different from Pebble Beach, offering far more cars and a far greater variety for the spectators, all with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The 20th Anniversary had 315 cars entered and attracted some 32,000 people for its display on Sunday. The overall winners, one for Elegance and one for Sport, were a 1930 Cord L29 Brooks Stevens Speedster and a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8c2300 Spyder with a long and highly successful Mille Miglia history. But the real hero this year was Stirling Moss.
Photos courtesy of Charles Nearburg and The Klemantaski Collection – http://www.klemcoll.com