AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS ANNOUNCES 2009 HIGHLIGHTS – Rare & Antique Cars

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AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS ANNOUNCES 2009 HIGHLIGHTSFlying Wombat – Phantom Corsair to make appearance Print E-mail
Michael Rose,   Saturday, September 20 2008

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance announced today it will celebrate world famed American coachbuilder Bohman & Schwartz as well as a pair of 50th anniversaries for significant races at Sebring and Daytona, during its 14th annual concours March 13-15, 2009 at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island.

The elegant creations of Southern California coachbuilder Bohman & Schwartz will be featured in a separate class, which will display the one-of-a kind “Phantom Corsair” that was commissioned for Rust Heinz, heir to the H.J. Heinz food empire.
The Phantom Corsair’s futuristic shark-like body was mated to a Cord 810 Chassis and enjoyed a brief stint in Hollywood appearing as the mysterious “Flying Wombat” in the movie, “The Young in Heart.”  The car will be making a rare trip outside the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) in Reno, Nevada for its showing the Amelia Island Concours.

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Also celebrated at this year’s concours, are the 50th anniversaries of the first US Grand Prix Formula One race at Sebring International Raceway and the only Indy car race ever held at the Daytona International Speedway. A seminar called “The Great Roadster Drivers,” will be held to recount the history and legacy of these races. Miami native Jim Rathmann, the 1960 Indy 500 winner, will be the Concours’ guest for the weekend and will participate in the Saturday seminar at The Ritz-Carlton grand ballroom. Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser, and Parnelli Jones are also tentatively set to join Rathmann on the panel.

About the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is one of the nation’s most innovative vintage auto events featuring more than 250 rare classics from seldom-seen private collections nationwide.  The show is scheduled for March 13-15, 2009, at The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. The show’s foundation has donated nearly $1.6 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. since 1996.
For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org or  call 904-636-0027.

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