The Amelia Island Concours included plenty of other fun events

A group of classic Datsun 240Zs joined the 450 cars on display at Cars & Coffee at the Concours.
Jacksonville resident Ross Bremer's 1966 Lotus Cortina MK-I race car was displayed across the lake from many of the other Cars & Coffee classics.

Cars & Coffee at the Concours

The fairways were alive with local car club classics, muscle cars and the just intriguing on May 22, as the Amelia Island Concours’ d’Elegance’s annual Cars & Coffee at the Concours, presented by Heacock Classic, parked on the same golf greens as the 26th annual concours the next day. 

Founded in 2013 to let those with vintage, exotic and collectible vehicles to gather on the concours grass, there were 450 on display from Porsches and Panteras to GTs and BMWs on the first, tenth, and eighteenth fairways. Like the concours, there were winners. Chairman’s Choice went to author and Barn Find Hunter YouTube series host Tom Cotter’s 1939 Ford Deluxe Woodie, and Tom and Elaine Moske’s 1988 BMW M3. The Shifting Gears award went to Donna Brandt’s 1968 Porsche 911 Targa; the Pixar Pick to Geoffrey Lane’s 1965 Peel Trident; and  Caffeine and Octane/Speed and Style to Jason Newman’s 1963 Aston Martin.

The donated 2002 BMW 530i raffled off to benefit Spina Bifida of Jacksonville

Rare Bimmer raises more than $85K

A rare 2002 BMW 530i raised $85,226 to benefit Spina Bifida of Jacksonville, as part of the Concours d’Elegance Foundation’s annual charity auction at the classic car event. The Amelia’s annual donation to the nonprofit organization helps those affected by this birth defect of the brain and spine as well as their families. YouTube personality Samcrac donated his BMW with rare 5-speed manual transmission and unique specification. Raffle tickets were $20 per, the winner from Texas. The concours foundation has donated more than $3.75 million to Spina Bifida, Jacksonville’s Community Hospice & Palliative Care and other area non-profits since 1996.

Jonathan Klinger speaks about the new Hagerty Drivers Foundation in front of the actual DeLorean DMC-12 time machine prop from 1985's "Back to the Future."

Hagerty announces new foundation

With the original 1985 DeLorean DMC-12 time machine from 1985’s “Back to the Future” as a backdrop on the Amelia show field on May 22, the official launch of Hagerty Drivers Foundation was announced by CEO McKeel Hagerty.

“We talk so much about the dollars and cents of the car world and we don’t talk about the cultural value of it,” he said. ” … Our entire organization is to save driving and car culture for future generations. And the mission is to create the organization big enough, connected enough and strong enough to participate and do it.”