2020 Amelia Island Concours

by Dave Hutchison

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  We have been busy preparing for our annual pilgrimage to the Amelia Island Concours. This year, our journey will start early next month when we load onto our trailer the 1964 Triumph Italia 2000 GT Vignale #295 that will appear on the Concours show field on Sunday, March 8th.

 This Italia 2000 GT is the third Italia that we have restored that has been invited to this annual prestigious Concours. As always this car has been a labor of love and a team effort with our sister shop Pollock Auto Restoration. Since completion, this Italia has been awarded 399 points (we have since found the additional point!) at the 2018 Vintage Triumph Register in La Crosse, WI and a First in Class at Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California. It has been fully sorted and runs very strong and our client is looking forward to driving his car on the “Porsche Driving Experience” on Friday.

We plan to attend the Bonhams, Gooding & Company and RM Sotheby's auctions and maybe more. For the past 25 years Bill Warner (Happy Silver Anniversary, Bill!) has invited many of our racing legends to serve as honoree for this incredible event. This year, we will see and hear from Roger Penske, the winner of the SCCA Driver of the Year in 1961. After retiring from driving a few years later, he created one of the most successful teams in IndyCar Series and NASCAR racing. The "Captain" has become known as the most successful owner in the Indianapolis 500 with 18 victories. We plan to attend two seminars: Penske Perfect Effort = Results and Team Penske - The Early Years on Friday and Saturday and I expect these seminars to be very informative and entertaining!

                                                          

 The Cars & Coffee has become a very popular event on Saturday and has great support from local car clubs. Hopefully we will place the Italia on the show field Saturday later that afternoon. Stay tuned on Ragtops & Roadsters Facebook page for more updates. For full schedule of events click on Amelia Island Concours