December 7, 2006


Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance to host seminar with racing greats

Jacksonville, Florida – The top drivers of road racing’s “golden era” will tell all in a two-hour seminar during the 12th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida, March 9-11, 2007, announced the show’s organizers.

A once-in-a-lifetime panel of Sir Stirling Moss, John Surtees MBE, John Fitch, Hershel McGriff, Brian Redman, and Vic Elford will recount their driving experiences in these once magical, but now defunct races.

Former racer and Speed Channel F1 commentator David Hobbs and Emmy Award winner Sam Posey will lead the Saturday seminar, which is being sponsored by General Motors.

These races – Targa Florio, Mille Miglia, Carrera Panamericana (a.k.a., the Mexican Road Race), and Isle of Man TT – gave motor racing some of its most famous moments. The winners were considered gods by the rabid fans that lined the courses oftentimes only inches away from the cars. In one of the greatest drives ever, Sir Stirling Moss won the 1955 Mille Miglia in a record time of 10 hours and eight minutes, nearly 30 minutes ahead of his Mercedes-Benz teammate the great Juan Manuel Fangio. “Quick” Vic Elford triumphed at the 1968 Targa Florio after a blown tire left him and his Porsche 908/2 a seemingly insurmountable 18 minutes back. NASCAR pioneer Hershel McGriff was the winner of the very first Carrera Panamericana in 1950 when he took overall honors.

The 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be held March 9-11 on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. For more information, visit www.AmeliaConcours.org.

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