This was Hagerty‘s first year producing and running The Amelia, which has long-since exceeded simply the Concours d’Elegance. More than 22,000 automotive enthusiasts attended The Amelia for events such as the all-new Cars & Community that featured RADwood, a celebration of automotive excellence from the 1980s and 1990s, the infamous Concours d’Lemons, and a curated Cars & Caffeine, as well as Supercar Celebration displays. More than 450 cars of all sorts were showcased on three fairways at The Golf Club of Amelia Island.
This year saw the Concours d’Elegance celebrate 215 different vehicles from a wide assortment of classes, culminating in the Best in Show award going to a 1934 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe and a 2017 Cadillac DPi-V.R – driven to victory at the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona by Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso along with Renger van Der Zande, Jordon Taylor, and Le Mans winner, and team principal for Toyota’s FIA World Endurance Championship team Kamui Koayashi – receiving the Concours de Sport Best in Show title. Having attended events at Amelia Island many times in the past, we can say with confidence that Hagerty’s involvement has only improved an already-great show.
Hagerty followed its successful event at Amelia Island with the addition of RADwood to its event portfolio. This means that standalone RADwood events will continue with Hagerty’s ownership and guidance, as well as offering an opportunity for new enthusiasts to see more of the collector car world at the Detroit Concours d’Elegance and the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance.
Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty commented, “From Members Only jackets to t-topped Z Cars and Firebirds, the nostalgia of the ‘80s resonates with me personally. Rolling onto the RADwood show field is about as close as you can get to traveling back in time.”
Founded in 2017, RADwood quickly rose to success with the help of social media and close-knit groups of automotive enthusiasts. There were ten shows a year hosted by RADwood across the country in 2019, leading the name “RADwood” to become a calling card for cars from the 1980s and 1990s.
RADwood will continue their expected calendar with the next show occurring on April 23, 2022 at the Circuit of the Americas, while the next concours hosted by Hagerty will take place in Greenwich, Connecticut at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance on June 3-5. It will be followed later this year by Hagerty’s recently-announced Detroit Concours d’Elegance that runs September 16-18.