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The Florida-based event returned for 2021 with a May rather than its usual March date, the Hispano-Suiza crowned Best in Show, Concours d’Elegance, the Shadow claiming the Best in Show, Concours de Sport trophy.
The Shadow topped a class dedicated to the marque en route to overall glory, while the Hispano-Suiza won The Heacock Classic Insurance Award for the most elegant French coachwork.
Owned by Jill and Charles Mitchell of Stuart, Florida, this weekend’s trophy-winning 1926 Hispano-Suiza gained its Cabriolet Le Dandy coachwork by Henri Chapron in 1931.
It is powered by an aluminium 6.6-litre straight-six and has power-assisted four-wheel drum brakes.
Brought by James Bartel of Key West, Florida, the 1974 Shadow DN4-1A is the car in which Jackie Oliver won four of the five races in the final season of the original Can-Am, thereby claiming the title.
Bartel took ownership in 2014, since when it has been restored and raced – and it has won every historic race it has started.
It went to Amelia Island fresh from a second restoration, following damage incurred in competition last July.
“The 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet and 1974 Shadow DN4 both represent the excellence we strive for,” said Bill Warner, Chairman and Founder of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
“This year’s showfield might have been reduced to encourage social distancing, but the quality of the entries made selecting the winners as difficult as ever.”
Among the many other class winners this year were Bruce Meyer’s 1979 Porsche 935 K3 (most historically significant production Porsche), a 1930 Ruxton Roadster (Best in Class – American Classic 1920-1930), a 1929 Duesenberg J-239 Convertible Coupe (Best in Class – Duesenberg), a 1936 Lancia Astura (Best in Class – Pre-War Custom Coachwork) and a 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C-2500 SS (Best in Class – Sports and GT Cars 1946-1953).
And of the 11 cars brought together to celebrate event honoree and former racing driver Lyn St James, a 1985 Ford Mustang, in which at the 1987 24 Hours of Daytona she and teammates Scott Pruett and Bill Elliott scored what was her first class victory at the event, took Best in Class.
Images: Deremer Studios